Lisbon is a city I have fallen in love with. I love its vibrant architecture, friendly people, relaxed vibe, and of course, their custard tarts. We had the best time when we visited late last year, so I was so excited to travel back there again. However, this time I was going with a brand I’ve loved and worn for years and years, Havaianas.
Over two wonderful days, we explored the tiled streets of this beautiful city, while shooting ‘how to style’ content for their new sandals range. While we were in Lisbon, I was also lucky enough to interview artist, Naia Cheschin, who has collaborated with Havaianas to create stunning iconic Brazilian prints for the brand.
Heading to Lisbon with Havaianas was an opportunity of a lifetime for myself and The Emasphere brand, and I can’t wait to share everything with you.
So go on, have a read and a watch, and find out how we travelled, where we stayed, what we ate, and how I styled Havaianas with various outfits while we were there.
How We Travelled
We travelled to Lisbon from London Gatwick with EasyJet. The flight times were actually amazing. Our flight from London was at 9.55am, which wasn’t too early and gave us time to have breakfast before jetting out. We stayed overnight at the airport, which was such a great idea, as we didn’t have to rush to the airport, nor fight with the morning commuters on the tube, and it allowed us to have a little sleep-in. The flight time is two hours and 45 minutes, so we landed in Lisbon just before 1pm.
We jumped in a taxi at the airport and made our way to our hotel, which was only a 20 minute drive away. If you’re pressed on time while you’re in Lisbon, I’d definitely recommend catching a taxi to get you from a to b. We took taxis everywhere while we were there, as they were inexpensive, so easy to catch and the drivers were really lovely.
Our flight time back to London was 4pm the following day, which gave us plenty of time in the morning and early afternoon to explore, shoot photos and head to the interview with Naia and Havaianas.
If you’re wanting to escape on a quick city break, Lisbon is such an easy choice. The city is relatively small, so if you plan well, you can definitely see a lot in a short space of time.
Read my 48 Hour Guide to Lisbon to find out where to visit while you’re there.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at Hf Fénix Lisboa, which is located in a central area of Lisbon. The hotel was lovely and had everything you needed for a quick stay in the city – clean rooms with comfy beds, great breakfast, a stylish lounge/bar area, friendly staff and a great location.
Where We Ate
Last time I was in Lisbon, I had such trouble finding somewhere with vegetarian options. I’m not kidding you, if you’re a vegetarian it is so hard to find anywhere to eat, and if you’re vegan, it’s even harder. The Portuguese love their fish and meat!
This time, we again found it difficult to find anywhere to eat. Thankfully, they do have delicious cheese (and wine) in Portugal. So I lived off the cheese…and of course, couldn’t resist the pastéis de nata (custard tarts)! The summer detox went out the window for a few days, but it was worth it.
For a delicious Portuguese cheese board we headed to Paralelo 45, which was only a 5 minute taxi ride from our hotel. The cheese board was divine, and so was the mozzarella salad. For starters, we had the vegetarian soup of the day, which was mushroom and truffle – yum!
For the best Portuguese custard tarts, you can’t miss Manteigaria at the Time Out Market. Go there, you must!
Lisbon is the kind of city you can come to and actually not feel pressured to do all that much. Yes, there’s the museums and tourist and historical sites to see, but you can easily just come to relax. Enjoy strolling around the city and taking in the beautiful vibrant buildings and unique architecture, or spend the afternoon chilling out at one of their quirky eating or drinking spots. Lisbon has such a cool ambiance about it, and I really think to embrace it, you have to spend the time simply walking through the city.
While we were there, we took the opportunity to do as many photoshoots as we could. Lisbon’s colourful walls and summery streets are the perfect backdrop to showcase Havaianas sandals, so we knew it would be the prime location to create content for the brand.
I’ve had people ask me before – ‘Where are the best places to shoot in Lisbon?’, but to be honest with you, each building is a different colour and style, so you are spoilt for choice. Every wall you pass is beautiful, and every street you walk down is Instagrammable, so you won’t have any trouble finding a place to take a snap.
New to Havaianas
Havaianas have launched two new stylish collections just in time for the European Spring/Summer – a range which was born out of a unique collaboration with Brazilian artist Naia Ceschin, and a new sandals range.
Naia Ceschin X Havaianas
Havaianas have enlisted Brazilian illustrator and graphic designer, Naia Ceschin, to create unique prints for their original Havaianas range. This collaboration is the second edition of Havaianas “Retratos Do Brasil” (“Portraits of Brazil”), which is an art-based project the brand launched last year, with the aim to show Brazilian culture to the world.
The prints Naia has created for Havaianas are unlike anything I’ve seen before. They are a mix of vibrant colours and geometric shapes, which are inspired by Brazil’s flora and fauna. While I was in Lisbon, I was honoured to be able to catch up and interview Naia about her designs and the range. She was a such a creative spirit and was so excited to have the opportunity to share her love for Brazil to the world.
While we we in Lisbon, I was able to test drive and style some pieces from the new sandals collection. The sandals have the same comfort and sole as the original Havaianas thongs (flip flops), but instead have an elegant t-bar strap which is placed on the top of the foot and ties around the ankle. The sandals come in an array of different colours and patterns, including gold, black with a snakeskin print strap, and black with a diamante strap.
Styling wise, these sandals go with everything and anything – take how I styled them as an example. They are perfect with jeans and a tee for a casual city look; can be paired with an evening look (I’m dreaming of teaming the diamante sandals with a floaty black maxi dress, and I’d wear this while I’m enjoying a romantic candle lit dinner on a tropical island – a bit farfetched, I know, but you get the picture!); (perhaps surprisingly) they will also go with a work outfit – a la my blazer and polka dot top; and of course, they’ll (always) be wonderful to wear to the beach!
This trip was made possible thanks to Havaianas.
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