A ride in Lisbon on the 28

By Álvaro Tavares Ramos
Image by di Diego Soprana

Week 42
TRAINS

In the past, the yellow trams were so common in Lisbon as taxis in New York or double-decker buses in London. Despite the metro and other means of transport have been replacing the tram in Lisbon, there are still some lines that allow you to enjoy the city on rails, and the 28 is definitely the most emblematic. If visiting Lisbon, take a day (or a few hours) and enjoy the 28 tram and all good things and places along the way, here are a few obligatory stops:

1st stop – Martim Moniz
Before entering the tram, visit A Vida Portuguesa in Largo do Intendente for a great selection of Portuguese products for the home, books, ceramics, food, clothing and soaps. If you are already hungry, don’t miss the opportunity and go to Cervejaria Ramiro and taste the delicious seafood.

2nd stop – Voz do Operário
If it’s a Tuesday or Saturday, be sure to stop here and visit the Feira da Ladra (Flea Market), perfect to find vintage pieces and curiosities.

3rd stop – Largo Portas do Sol
Get off at this stop and enjoy the magnificent views of Lisbon and the Tagus river. Follow the tram line and walk a hundred meters and find a small alley where hotel Memmo Alfama is located, a great place to have a drink in the evening! Then you can visit Sé (the old Lisbon Cathedral), a stone’s throw away, and a little further down is Conserveira de Lisboa, the best place in Lisbon to find canned fish.

4th stop – Chiado
You arrived at the center, one of the liveliest areas in Lisbon. If it’s time for lunch (or dinner) go to Cantinho do Avillez restaurant, by chef Jose Avillez, but be sure to make reservations before. For a snack, Tartine is an excellent choice and for the best ice cream go to Santini. The Bairro Alto Hotel terrace is a great place for a drink and watch the sunset. Also in Chiado, visit Slou for a great selection of clothing for men, including Portuguese brand La Paz, Caza das Vellas Loreto for handmade candles or Luvaria Ulisses for the best leather gloves.

5th and last stop – Estrela
In this stop is located one of the most beautiful gardens in Lisbon. Take your time, read a book, lie on the grass and enjoy the bright sun of Lisbon. For a sweet treat go to the Casa dos Ovos Moles right next to the garden or if you want to have lunch (or dinner) Cervejaria da Esquina or Tasca da Esquina are a good option in nearby Campo de Ourique neighborhood.

If you want to enjoy this wonderful tram ride without any stops, take the 28 again and return to Martim Moniz. If you wish to experiment another tram lines, take the 18 to Ajuda, and along the way visit the new Museu Nacional dos Coches (National Coach Museum), Museu do Oriente (Oriental Museum) or Ajuda Palace. Whether by Tram, bicycle or walking, enjoy Lisbon and its wonderful food, culture and welcoming people!