Lisbon

Bucket List City Break

I loved escaping London for a city break in Paris last month. For one whole day and night, we were baby free and it felt incredible to get out of town and explore the French capital.

Since we got back, I’ve been dreaming about where else we could hit up and love looking at city break locations. Browsing and researching is part of the fun! Whilst we’re making the most of spending time at home, there are a few places on my bucket list for when Coronavirus eases off. Read on to find out more…

LISBON
Before Coronavirus took hold, George and I had booked a trip to Portugal’s coastal capital city over Summer. According to the Telegraph Travel Awards, Lisbon rose 10 places to become 16th on the ‘World’s Best Cities’ list. It’s a historical capital with a bustling cosmopolitan lifestyle and the food culture is second to none. Here are a few of the places I’ve been recommended by Packed

For brunch with a spectacular river view of the 25 de Abril Bridge, enter a suspended garden and visit SUD.  The varied menu takes inspiration from ‘world experiences’, but there’s something for everyone. Take a long leisurely breakfast, book into the pool and take full advantage of stunning views whilst sipping on a cocktail.

 “A visit to Lisbon would be incomplete without venturing to the infamous Mercado da Ribeira. Otherwise known as the Time Out food market, adorned with food stalls and bars, it’s the perfect afternoon setting.  For something a little more traditional, Dine al fresco at A Travessa Do Fado for bite size petiscos (small plates) with a background of traditional Portuguese music.”

Mercado de Ribeira
Mercado da Ribeira

If you’re a fish lover, a visit to A Cevicheria is a must. Be prepared to queue (Pisco Sour in hand) as it’s fairly miniature with just 4 tables and bar seating. The fresh menu is well worth the wait.  For something a little off the beaten track, hunt out Food Temple for delicious veggie/vegan dishes with a frequently changing tapas style menu that.

BATH
A Unesco World Heritage site only 90 minutes outside of London by train, Bath is one of the most beautiful cities in the South West of England. With a thriving artistic community and blossoming food scene, I’ve been thinking about paying the city a visit for a while. Here are a couple of restaurants as recommended by Bath native Danielle Copperman

A bustling little café located on a small square, Boston Tea Party serves pretty much anything brunch. Think scrambled eggs (add tomato & basil or coriander & lime) omelettes or a great full English. If it’s eggs you’re looking for, this is where you’ll find them.

Boston Tea Party
Boston Tea Party

Situated at the top of town, Lucca could easily be overlooked and forgotten about. The café counter is positioned in a large, well-lit loft which doubles as a shop selling homewares and clothing. The counter is covered with bowls of fresh, colourful salads – think roasted veg and grains of goodness.

For more tips on the perfect day in Bath, head over to the Suitcase website here.

TOKYO
Ok so it’s basically impossible to organise a city-break to Tokyo from the UK but it’s so high on my bucket list, I couldn’t not include it!

From what I’ve been told, Tokyo is a dizzying whirl of activity. The eclectic cultural landscape is full of skyscrapers, centuries-old temples, suave hotels and enticing restaurants. Tokyo is home to more than 13 million people (almost double that of London) and is one of most densely packed cities in the world. With a patchwork of neighbourhoods all with distinctly different identities, for me it’s one of the most exciting places on the planet.

For tips on where to eat, where to stay and what to do, The Blonde Abroad has some great insider tips.

What city break is next on your bucket list?

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