Santos is one of the most typical and lively neighbourhoods of the city, where you still get to feel the authentic portuguese way of life, without having to leave the center.
Being just a few minutes away from the most crowded areas, this district mixes the comfort of a upmarket residential area – with tons of street shops, new beautiful restaurants opening every week and places to have a drink at night – with the vibrating vibe of museums, universities and the serenity of churches, chapels and the Bernardas Convent.
With the Tagus river at its feet, you will be able to enjoy Lisbon’s magical light while having a drink on one of its many terraces – welcoming people, great ambience without overcharged prices!
If you are into interiors decoration and industrial design this is also the place for you, as Santos is the city’s design district. Plenty of stores to explore, either you prefer well-known mid-century reproductions or creative contemporary items.
For those jog loving travellers, the pedestrian path along the river is specially breathtaking for the early birds or later in the afternoon, offering front row tickets for a very special sunset.
Eat and Drink
Lots of magazines to explore, great coffee to warm your soul and free wi-fi for those who can´t stay away from our journal 🙂
A small bright space, decorated with beautiful Nordic furniture.
Rua do Poço dos Negros, 103 // 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday
Água no Bico
Definitely one of the best vegetarian restaurant is Lisbon.
The terrace is really cozy – with wooden tables, plants, flowers and a heater for the colder days.
On Sundays they serve an exquisite healthy brunch!
Rua das Gaivotas, 8 // 10am – 6pm Monday to Wednesday // 10am – 12pm Thursday to Saturday // 12am – 6pm Sundays
The best roof top bar in town offers an outstanding view over the city, great music and a cool, laid back ambience.
The bar is hidden away at the top of a car park but be sure: you won´t be disappointed once you find it.
Calçada do Combro, 58 // 1pm – 2am Tuesday to Sunday
The place that allows you to go to Italy, while in Lisbon.
This little ice cream shop serves the creamiest artisan ice cream you could ever wish. The shop is really small, but the garden in front it’s perfect for relaxing while enjoying this delicious treat.
Rua Nova da Piedade, 64A // 12am – 10pm Daily
Another Italian restaurant that we really love! The food is truly traditional, since they follow Artusi’s classic recipes, using only seasonal ingredients so you can get the authentic 19th century eating experience.
The staff is super friendly and the restaurant is beautifully decorated, with details and objects that will certainly take you to another time.
Rua do Merca-Tudo, 4 // 7:30pm – 10:30pm Monday to Saturday
We didn’t had the habit of eating cupcakes in Portugal… And then Tease opened!
The space is really cozy and cute, the cupcakes are to die for, the sandwiches and juices are always made with fresh ingredients and the pancakes are outstanding. Need more?
Rua Nova da Piedade, 15 // 9am – 9pm Daily
If you don’t care about fancy trendy restaurants; if you really want to try the delicious portuguese grandmother’s food – this is the place you can’t miss. You won’t get more genuine than this!
The price is very reasonable and the portions are huge!
Rua da Esperança, 178 // 12pm – 4pm | 7pm – 11pm Tuesday to Sunday
Frade dos Mares
It is impossible (it should be forbidden) to visit our little country without going for a fish and seafood restaurant to have dinner!
Here we can assure you that the fish is always fresh and delicious, the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and that they also have exquisite wines.
Rua Dom Carlos I, 55A // 12:30pm – 3pm // 6:30pm – 10:30pm Daily
Do and See
We know that the tram that everybody is always talking about has three more numbers…and ok, if you really want to, you can also catch the famous 28 while in Santos – but our advise goes for the 25.
The 28 goes all the way up to Chiado, Baixa, Alfama and Graça – and it is beautiful. However, you will probably go in that direction anyway, while walking around in Lisbon.
If you want a truly genuine experience on the tram – without being surrounded with lots of people – this is the perfect option. The ride is very beautiful and it will lead you to places that you probably wouldn’t see otherwise: Campo de Ourique and Estrela – two residential districts, filled with gardens, commerce and really nice restaurants.
7am – 9pm Monday to Friday
With the Tagus river at its feet, Santos invite you to take a bike ride on the path along the river.
Rent a bike and go early in the morning or late in the afternoon – both sunrise and sunset are beautiful!
If you want to make your ride useful, turn right, go to Alcântara and make a stop at LX Factory.
“It is the home to the most important Portuguese public collection of art, ranging from paintings to sculpture, and gold and silverware, as well as decorative arts from Europe, Africa and the Far East.”
One of the things we love about this museum, is that it gives us a pretty good idea and knowledge about our history – a true must see.
Rua das Janelas Verdes // 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday // Ticket – 6€
The museum is focused on Asian and European puppets.
There you can see how marionettes & puppets evolved, and you can even play with them.
We can promise that you will leave with a smile on your face.
Rua da Esperança 146 // 10am – 1pm | 2pm – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday // Ticket – 6€
If you are a fan of literature you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the House of Fernando Pessoa, one of the world’s most important contemporary writers.
The house where he lived in the last 15 years of his life is now a Museum/House of Arts.
There you can visit the poet’s room, the dresser where he gave voice to his well known heteronyms and several other personal objects like his tipping machine, his emblematic glasses, his notebooks, among others.
R. Coelho da Rocha 16 // 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday // Ticket – 3€
A beautiful furniture shop.
If you are a vintage lover, you absolutely cannot miss this place.
The shop with the Japanese binding notebooks – produced manually in Portugal – are one of our favourites in this district that is embracing new emerging designers.
Did you know that Portugal is the oldest tea producer in Europe? We have been developing this tradition since the 19th century, and since then, the tea has always been part of our culture.
However, it was by the hand of an Argentinian – that fell in love with our city – that this place was bought to life.
A beautiful shop, with a calm and intimate atmosphere, filled with the “finest teas”.
This is not the shop that everybody loves, but everybody will surely find something that will love!
Mona presents original concepts that are based on common objects. Here you will find good ideas and perfect souvenirs.
The store also serves as an art gallery, and as a venue for young artists.
One of the most outstanding stores in the so-called “Santos Design District”.
If you are looking for the gem of design furniture, from classic to contemporary, here you will find it all.
We know that probably you aren’t interested in buying a bike… but you can always look at them, because they are beautiful!
In any case, here you can also rent a bike – so you can go on that bike ride along the river.