When I figured out the Poulles and I were going to Lisbon I made it my trip mission to drag them to Cervejaria Ramiro. The only time we could make it work was right before our flight – so risky. We grabbed our roller bags and headed out.
Because of the popularity this place generally has a wait. Luckily we went right around 1 and the wait was no longer than 30 minutes.
Once inside we were quickly seated and got a menu.
We pretty much ordered the same thing Spencer and I had when we were there. A must is the spider crab which is served with crab roe.
Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato – clams in white wine, butter, garlic and parsley.
Of course with so much crab cleaning also comes a lot of splash so we had to wear our sunnies…
This place is one of the most amazing restaurants I’ve been to. I’ll never forget each experience there.
On our walk the first day in Lisbon we ran into this adorable outdoor cafe. They had these amazing chairs all around the water front with a great view of the 25 de Abril Bridge. So, like any smart human would do – we sat.
At first we were a little confused by what we could purchase. The little quiosque looks like it can’t hold more than a few drinks/snacks but their menu is actually quote vast.
HOW WE GOT THERE
Given I was already in Paris for work it was fairly easy to hop down to Portugal. We booked with EasyJet and paid around $200 for a round trip ticket. If you book earlier you can easily get a round trip flight for under $100.The deal with EasyJet is that you need to pack light. They’re very particular about you have ONE carry on bag. That means one bag so you have to put your purse inside your carry on. I was able to leave my larger luggage at Hotel Panache for the weekend so it was no problem.
VISAS FOR LISBON
If you’re a U.S. Citizen you don’t need to pre arrange a visa to enter Portugal. Of course you will need a valid U.S. passport for at least 3 months from the date of planned return or other travel document recognized by member States of the Schengen Agreement.
PAYING FOR THINGS
I withdrew around 100€ for the whole weekend and wasn’t able to spend it all. We were able to use our credit cards for pretty much everything. I used my Chase Sapphire card, which is great for international travel as it has no foreign transaction fees. ATM’s are easily accessible everywhere and I wasn’t charged a withdrawal fee!
Portugal is on the Euro so it’s fairly simple to navigate if you’ve used Euros before. At the time we were there the currency was around 1€ = $1.23
We honestly walked everywhere which I think is why I didn’t feel like a cow when I came home (mmm, pasteis). Lisbon is very reminiscent of San Francisco and is incredibly hilly. It was pretty easy to get around by foot but sometimes my calves did burn with the hills. Uber is also very easy to use and the rates are very reasonable.
INTERNET AND PHONES
I’m personally not signed up with an international plan so I kept my phone on airplane mode. This wasnt a problem as everywhere we went had WiFi and we were able to easily connect.
NAVIGATION Due to the abundance of free wifi, we were able to use Google Maps easily while there. Prior to driving, we would connect to wifi and load our route on Maps which became very helpful. If you’re not familiar with this concept, all you have to do is open Google Maps and ask for directions as you regularly would and then just don’t close the app. The blue location dot will move along with you. Sure, there may be a short lag but nothing to be bothered by!
People were very nice and helpful. I not once did I feel like I was in any sort of danger.
Is it safe to drink water from the faucet in Portugal? Yes. Is it going to taste great (like NYC water)? No.
Lisbon and San Francisco were separated at birth. No doubt about it. The feel, the fog, the bridge, the trolleys…all the same! I loved visiting Lisbon with Spencer because we had both been wanting to go for quite some time. We stopped at this lovely cafe called Pensao Amor. It was perhaps the most beautiful cafe I have ever been in. Full of bright pink walls, velvet chairs and cute balconies. And of course the coffee was delicious.
After coffee we braved the rain and tried some shots of Ginjinha – a sour cherry liqueur. It was delicious but very strong!
In the afternoon we headed out for Spencer’s birthday dinner and came across this beautiful trolley and street.
We went to Cervejaria Ramiro which we heard about on No Reservations. Of course, it did not disappoint. The food was incredible and although we ordered FAR too much food I’m glad we were able to try a little bit of everything. If ever in Lisbon do not skip out on this.