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Don’t worry if you’re only passing through Lisbon: A day is more than enough time to see many of its top attractions, taste some of its signature specialties and basically fall in love with this charming city. We’ll warn you in advance, however, that this whirlwind tour just might leave you making plans to extend your stay.
Our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend starting in Baixa, where you can snap photos of magnificent Commercial Square, walk along Tagus River and duck into cute cafés to snack on Lisbon’s famous pasteis de nata, a rich Portuguese egg tart.
After you’ve had your fill hop on the yellow Tram 28, which winds through several popular neighborhoods including Alfama, Chiado and Bairro Alto. Hop off in Alfama to tour the oldest part of the city and visit St. George’s Castle before heading north to Chiado for shopping and lunch at historic Café A Brasileira. Burn off your lunch by walking uphill to the Principe Real district to browse antique shops, or head west to Estrela to check out the gorgeous basilica and Estrela Gardens.
Finish your day off in lively Bairro Alto, where you can enjoy a spread of authentic Portuguese cuisine at Restaurante Principe Calhariz for dinner and sip cocktails at any number of bars and cafés.