What to do in Lisbon in November: 6 Seasonal Suggestions

This blog post was originally posted on November 13, 2018 and was updated on December 5, 2022.

Days may be shorter, but the light of Lisbon in November is the brightest and most beautiful of the whole year.

Everyone falls in love with the light of Lisbon. It bounces off the Tagus River at sunset and makes the colorful façades of the Alfama neighborhood look like a tiny waking village in the morning. But there is more to see and do in Lisbon in November. Here are our top six suggestions.

Specialty drip coffee at Fabrica Coffee Roasters in Lisbon Portugal
Curling up with coffee and a pastry is one of our favorite things to do at any time of year – Fabrica is a great choice, with coffee shops around Lisbon, all around Lisbon! Photo credit: Bex Walton

Eat Roasted Chestnuts

Roasted chestnuts are the trademark image of Lisbon in November. In the first days of cold, street vendors set their roasters strategically in pedestrian streets or outside metro exits. The scent of freshly roasted chestnuts takes over Lisbon and people will stop to buy a cone of a dozen of these delicious and healthy snacks. They’re seasoned with nothing more than handfuls of rock salt, which is thrown on top of the fruits while roasting.

Street vendor roasting chestnuts in Lisbon in November

Eating roasted chestnuts is one of the must-do things in Lisbon in November. Photo credit: Sandra Henriques Gajjar

Network at Web Summit

When the digital revolution hit Lisbon, the city embraced it. Not only is the Portuguese capital known for its great weather and hospitality, but has state-of-the-art coworking spaces, startup incubators, and highly skilled human resources. Web Summit chose Lisbon as their new headquarters in 2016 and will be around for at least ten more.

A big part of the attendees come to do business or seek investment, but they also spur a wave of creative energy around the event. In one of the nights, the Pink Street in Cais do Sodré fills up with conference goers mingling with locals.

The center stage of the Web Summit, the biggest tech conference in the world happens every year in Lisbon in November
Web Summit is the biggest tech conference in the world. Photo credit: Sandra Henriques Gajjar

See Live Music at Unexpected Venues

Due to a change in sponsors, the name Super Bock em Stock is recent, but the festival has been taking over Lisbon in November since 2008. Showcasing smaller independent bands and artists, the concert venues are concentrated mostly in Avenida da Liberdade. Live music can happen anywhere from Rossio train station to Capitólio, a remodeled playhouse in the old theater district of Parque Mayer.

Hear Eclectic Sounds at Misty Fest

Every year the lineup of the Misty Fest is far from cohesive. But the point is that this has been one of the most iconic music festivals in Lisbon in November since 2010. The festival brings artists from diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds to different venues across the country. In older editions, the festival took place in locations like Centro Cultural de Belém and Gulbenkian Foundation.

Explore one of the Historic Neighborhoods

November is low tourism season, which means it’s the best time of year to explore any of the historic neighborhoods in Lisbon slowly. The hills of Graça and Alfama are as challenging as they are charming, posh Chiado is excellent for shopping and afternoon coffee, and Mouraria is a melting pot of cultural influences with one of the must-visit food markets in Lisbon. Whatever neighborhood you choose, make sure you start as early in the day as possible.

Colorful houses at the lower side of the Alfama neighborhood, near Campo das Cebolas in Lisbon
Colorful house on the lower side of the Alfama neighbouhood near Campo das Cebolas. Photo credit: Sandra Henriques Gajjar

Have a Coffee and Pastry

While tea is a great drink for colder days, in Lisbon coffee is still the preference. If you can’t tell how to order coffee in Portugal yet, don’t worry. Keep it simple and order a bica, what Lisbon locals call an espresso. Deciding on what pastry to have is trickier. You can go the more traditional route with custard tarts in Lisbon or take the tram 28 all the way to Campo de Ourique to try freshly baked croissants at Moço dos Croissants.

Pasteis de nata are the ultimate souvenir to buy in Lisbon, Portugal
Custard tards are a must-try when visiting Lisbon in November!

Related Reading: Did you know that Portugal was the world’s largest coffee producer in the 18th century? (Hint: They didn’t grow the coffee in Portugal.) Discover how Lisbon’s cafes are intertwined with political, cultural, and literary history.

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