Like to enjoy vibrant nightlife and fado (i.e. Portuguese folk music)? You may want to start your day by visiting Belem Tower, which was built in 1515 and was erected as a fortress to guard the entrance to the Lisbon Harbour.
After that you may go to the Mu-De Fashion and Design Museum which houses about 1,200 couture pieces including a gown from Christian Dior’s iconic 1947 New Look collection. Don’t forget to make your way to the Coaches Museum where you will see a magnificent display of royal coaches. Hop on to a funicular and be impressed with the view of the old quarters. If you are looking for a spot of shopping, head to the shopping district of Chiado.
What if you are tired, excited or too exhausted? If so, do consider to take a break at a café, not just rest but with a cup of bica (i.e. strong black coffee). As the sun sets, you may want to head over to Bairro Alto to catch a fado performance over dinner. What about if you still have time and energy for other activities? Well, suss out the local clubbing scene which is at its liveliest on Friday and Saturday nights.
As for food and board, I recommend you to stay at the very cool Oasis Backpackers Mansion for around US$28 per person per night. For those who like to enjoy authentic Portuguese fair, go to Toma Lá Dá Cá at Travessa do Sequeiro where a three-course meal including wine and appetizer that goes for less than US$18.