My Hometown: Welcome to Lisbon, With Amy Thomson - Full-Time Travel

My Hometown: Welcome to Lisbon, With Amy Thomson

My Hometown: Welcome to Lisbon, With Amy Thomson

In FTT’s series My Hometown, notable travelers divulge local places they couldn’t live without.

By Esme Benjamin

This week Amy Thomson, founder of hormone health app Moody Month, shares her go-tos for Lisbon, Portugal. Originally from the UK, Amy now splits her time between Lisbon and Marrakech, working remotely and filling her downtime with trips to the beach or the natural wine bar. 

From hidden tapas restaurants and the best local ceramics stores, to the city’s ultimate Portuguese egg custard tart, Amy’s travel guide to Lisbon is packed with insights and tips for one of Europe’s most popular destinations. Bookmark it for your next visit.

Amy Thomson outside Mila cafe

My hometown is special because it is a walkable, romantic European destination with access to surf spots and nature within 30 mins. 

The best place to stay in my hometown is Principe Real with views of So Pedro. Book a room at Palacio Ludovice - a beautiful hotel, originally designed in the 18th century by the architect to the king and reimagined for the 21st century by Miguel Câncio Martins. Santa Clara 1728 is another favorite of mine. More minimal in style, with lots of neutral tones and materials, it’s surrounded by little parks and squares on the east side of town. 

When you're in my hometown, you absolutely need to try some natural wines. Portugal has a huge natural wine scene, showcasing hundreds of small producers from across the country. My top three natural wine bars are: LADIDADI, a thoughtfully curated wine store and sipping bar with great tunes; Black Sheep, a hole-in-the-wall bar where you can take your wine and sit in the nearby park; and Holy Wine a store and bar the best selection of vegan wines. If you want food with all that wine try Sem, a sustainable food spot (and my favorite place to eat in the city), Dahlia, a “listening bar” with food, wine and an incredible vinyl collection, or Senhor Uva, for delicious vegetarian food and natural wine pairings.

Santa Clara, Luxury Hotel, Silent Living, Graca, Lisbon

When friends visit my hometown, I always take them on the ferry from Cais do Sodré to Almada, and walk from the ferry station along the river to a local Portuguese tasca restaurant on the water called Ponto Final. By sure to book ahead by phone (+351 21 276 0743).

If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous, check out Caparica beach for surfing and lunch. There are lots of surf schools but my favorite is Dr Bernard. If you want a more local experience, Epic surf school is the move.

Without question, the most romantic date night spots in my hometown are Da Noi or Kefi Greek, a new cozy Greek restaurant. If you want a date with 360-degree views of the city at sunset, then head to Java – a great place to have a cocktail and dinner.

Courtesy of Dr. Bernard

I spend far too much money at ceramics stores all over the city. My favorites are Cerâmicas na Linha, where you can get ceramics by the kilo, and Somewhere a Process which offers artisanal pieces by local designers. Normally I go on a Friday, as the store is only open Thursday through Sunday, 11am-7pm, and have a glass of natural wine after (LADIDADI is a stone's throw away).

When you're in the mood for some "me time" head straight to Amplify for a spin class or to Baraza Yoga for more yin flow vibes, followed by brunch at Mila Cafe in Santos. 

My secret obsession is sitting and reading my book with a coffee and pastry in the secret garden at the back of my favorite bakery/concept store Marquise, followed by a walk to my favorite park – Praça Da Estrela – for more reading and fresh air. This is my weekend ritual and my greatest joy in life.

Yoga at Baraza Studio

Something only locals know about my hometown is that it’s the best place to enjoy a hidden dinner. After watching the sunset at Mirador de Graça I walk to my favorite tucked-away tapas and wine bar, Vino Vero. If I can’t get a table at Vino Vero I head to another hidden restaurant called Bla Bla Glu Glu. It’s got a very local menu and an amazing chef. 

Don't end a trip to my hometown without eating at least one pastel de nata (Portuguese egg custard tart). You will find them everywhere but it’s worth the train journey or 15-min taxi to Belem to visit historic bakery Pastéis de Belém. The pastel de natas there are unparalleled and you can watch them being made right in front of you.

Portuguese egg custard tarts at Pastéis de Belém

In the latest episode of our podcast, author Meg Stafford joins her daughter on a high school project to Nepal and Bhutan researching happiness. It was a mother-daughter trip that pushed Meg outside of her comfort zone. She found herself avoiding avalanches while climbing to Annapurna basecamp and dodging paint at the Holi Festival in Kathmandu. It also gave her the opportunity to examine what it means for a parent to love and to let go. 🎧 Link in bio to listen! ...

18 0

Istanbul`s beauty lies in its historic architecture, the Bosphorus Strait`s scenic charm, vibrant neighborhoods, bustling markets, rich cuisine, Sufi traditions, captivating sunsets, street art, and its unique blend of cultures as a crossroads of Europe and Asia.

Reel: @samisrt

142 0

Sweeping mountain views of the Dolomites, beautiful wildflowers, and the most delicious dinner included with your stay at @hotel_dolomitenhof_u_altepost.

Reel: @tc.travels

257 3

In the latest episode of our podcast, Christine Winebrenner Irick, entrepreneur (@lotussojourns) and podcaster (@souloftravelpodcast) shares the story of her first big trip to Asia. In the midst of a period of rebirth, as her career and marriage were crumbling, Christine took inspiration from Alex Garland`s book, The Beach, and set off for Thailand with one good friend and no solid plans. What unfolded was a perspective-shifting experience that would, in Christine`s own words, "reveal who she would become." 🎧 Link in bio to listen!

#tttcm #traveltok #thetripthatchangedme #podcast #travelpodcast #thailand #travelthailand

41 0

Is it too early to think about Fall? Daydreaming of autumn in Patagonia.

Reel: @ramirotorrents

692 5

A lovely town on the French Riviera, Menton is known for its beauty, mild weather, colorful buildings, and lemon production. Enjoy beaches, history, and a laid-back vibe.

Reel: @sofikulin

101 0

Full-Time Travel`s sister brand, @kingdomgolf, invites you to a join special guests from the world of golf and entertainment, including Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sörenstam, for a luxury island experience. Play the incredible courses at Wexford and Palmetto Hall Golf and Country Club. ⛳️ Link in bio to reserve your spot at the 2023 Kingdom Cup on Thursday, September 21st thru Sunday, September 24th. ...

49 4

One night in the desert inspires a corporate worker to follow her dream of becoming a travel journalist.

In the latest episode of our podcast, The Trip That Changed Me, travel journalist, podcaster, and entrepreneur Yulia Denisyuk (@insearchofperfect) shares the story of a career-altering trip to Morocco. It`s an ode to the power of looking for signs when you need confirmation you`re on the right track. If you`re harboring a dream but it never quite feels like the right time to make the leap, this episode is for you. 🎧 Link in bio to listen!

#fulltimetravel #travelreel #ftt #thetripthatchangedme #podcast #travelpodcast

23 1

Submerged beneath the ocean waves or inside a kaleidoscopic aquarium, these rare underwater restaurants serve meals alongside a cast of aquatic creatures. Book a table and enjoy a whole new spin on dinner and a show. ...

121 1

Bike through the world`s largest salt flats in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

Reel: @islayjoy

1113 8

Known for its stunning sand dunes that create a landscape resembling white sheets (lençóis in Portuguese), Lençóis Maranhenses is a unique national park located in the state of Maranhão, Brazil.

The park`s most iconic feature is the series of turquoise lagoons formed by rainwater that collects between the dunes. These lagoons are a stark contrast to the surrounding white sands and provide a refreshing oasis for visitors.

Reel: @melly_ba

1891 208

A travel entrepreneur rows 3,000 miles in 36 days, completely unsupported.

In the latest episode of our podcast, The Trip That Changed Me, travel entrepreneur, Jimmy Carroll (@jimmyalexandercarroll), shares his experiences of participating in the world’s toughest rowing race: the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.

For 36 days, Jimmy and his three teammates rowed in alternating two-hour stints for 24 hours a day, through storms, sleep deprivation, and an unexpected attack from a 12-foot blue marlin. It was an experience that pushed them to the limit of their resilience but one that was also full of profound beauty and awe.

🎧 Link in bio to listen!

#thetripthatchangedme #fulltimetravel #ftt #travelpodcast #podcast #jimmycarroll

114 7