7 Things to Do in Lisbon on Sundays, from Morning to Night

Even on the weekend, there’s never a dull moment in the city of seven hills!

Sunday in Lisbon starts lazily, in a mix of people returning home after a Saturday night out partying and others going on their morning run by the Tagus River. A lot of the stores are closed and cafés typically open later. It’s the perfect day of the week to slow down the pace, do some people watching, and get under the skin of the city. At Devour Lisbon we have a few suggestions on what to do in Lisbon on Sundays.

Enjoy Sunday in Lisbon—here are 7 great activities to keep you busy!

 

1. Start with Brunch

Going out for brunch wasn’t a Portuguese tradition, but the trend has stuck in Lisbon for a while now. Therefore these days it’s hard to not find a place advertising brunches on Sundays and some even dare to serve it all day, every day of the week. Locals’ favorite spots include the Instagrammable Nicolau Lisboa in the Baixa-Chiado neighborhood and the less crowded Dear Breakfast near the Santos neighborhood.

Menu and toaster on one of the tables of Nicolau Lisboa, a perfect place for brunch on Sunday in Lisbon
Nicolau Lisboa is a cool space for brunch and breakfast. Photo credit: Sandra Henriques Gajjar

2. Stroll by the Tagus River

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s a chance the weather will be just right for a walk by the Tagus River. The pathways between Cais do Sodré and Alcântara, and Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the Belém Tower are the most popular. They’re also bike-friendly in case you’d rather pedal your way through. Too cold to be outside? Find refuge in one of the Cais do Sodré cafés with a view to the river.

3. Visit Museums in the Afternoon

Paid museums are free for Portuguese citizens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, which means some places will probably be more crowded during this window. If visiting a couple of museums is part of your Sunday in Lisbon plans, go after lunch. It’s more likely you’ll have the place to yourself.

A couple on the top of MAAT museum at sunset, one of the places to visit on a Sunday in Lisbon
Sunset at the top of MAAT, one of the must-visit museums on a Sunday in Lisbon

4. Hunt for Bargains at the LxMarket

Most street shops close on Sundays, except during holiday season in December, so locals flock to big malls like Colombo and Vasco da Gama. Go further west, to the heart of the old industrial area in the city, and you’ll come across the hippest second-hand market in Lisbon. The LxMarket happens every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., just under the 25 de Abril bridge, on the grounds of LX Factory.

5. Explore Lisbon’s Most Famous Urban Park

Step inside the gardens of the Gulbenkian Foundation and you’ll feel the city around you has disappeared. Designed by renowned Portuguese landscape architects in the late 1960s, everything from trees and resident animals to art has its place and its purpose. Weather permitting, grab a book and sit at the outside amphitheater. On rainy days, explore the two museums at the foundation. Both are free on Sundays after 2 p.m.

Trees and lakes at the gardens of Gulbenkian Foundation, one of the must-visit places on a Sunday in Lisbon
The gardens of Gulbenkian Foundation are part of Lisbon’s most popular urban park. Photo credit: Jorge Franganillo

6. Soccer Fan? Attend a Match in the Evening

Soccer season in Portugal runs from August to May. With two professional teams in the major league, Benfica and Sporting, you have great chances to catch a game and see how locals root for their favorite teams. Bonus points if that match is between the two big local ones. Food trucks line up outside the stadium selling mostly bifanas and pregos, the staple dishes of Lisbon street food.

Empty red chairs at the Benfica soccer team stadium, one of the places to go to on a Sunday in Lisbon
Soccer fans? Head over to the Benfica stadium on game day!

7. Grab a Drink with a View

One of the perks of a hilly city is the number of great views, most of them unofficial and free. Pair that with your favorite drink, and you got the perfect end to your Sunday in Lisbon. Go for a classic view over Chiado, like the one you get from Entretanto Rooftop Bar, or opt to look at the Santa Justa lift and the S. Jorge castle from a different angle, at TOPO Chiado.

TOPO Chiado near Carmo church ruins is a cool spot for a drink on a Sunday in Lisbon
TOPO Chiado rests against one of the walls of the iconic Carmo church ruins in Lisbon. Photo credit: Sandra Henriques Gajjar

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