Many of you know that I have spent an incredible 2 summer months working and living in beautiful Lisbon. I can’t recommend this city enough and strongly (!) recommend every digital nomad to come to Lisbon and enjoy the beautiful weather, lower costs, growing community of freelancers, and, of course, everything else that Portugal has to offer (and there is SO much!). So I have decided to create a Lisbon guide for digital nomads to share my awesome experience.
To cut it short: Lisbon is 100% perfect for people who work remotely. It is indeed one of the most vibrant, fun, authentic and amazing cities I have ever been to and it is just perfect for all kinds of freelancers, location-independent professionals, and digital nomads. So, check out my Lisbon guide for best places to sleep, eat, see, work and have fun! All of them were personally checked out and enjoyed 100% 😉
Where to live
If you are on a budget, it might be a good idea to find a cheap hostel or Airbnb in the center or a little bit outside of Lisbon. Check out Cascais which is a short commute from Lisbon by train. It’s a small but beautiful city offering authentic Portuguese experience, nice beaches, cheaper accommodation and generally slower pace of life. Beware, that it can get pretty busy and expensive during summer season!
Talking about my experience: we have booked a room through Airbnb and stayed in the center of Lisbon (Arroios area). We were lucky as the rest of the flat was not occupied the majority of the time and we really enjoyed being alone by ourselves.
The city has really good transport links (especially metro), so commuting was easy, cheap and really fast.
Other long-term accommodation options to consider may include co-working and co-living stations, special digital nomad houses or accommodation provided by surfing / freelancing communities.
The best places to start your search are those Facebook groups:
Places to eat
There are a lot of beautiful cafes in Lisbon not only to enjoy the food and coffee but also to get some work done 😉 Here is my top:
- Cafe Tati – charming spot with healthy food options and live music.
- Village Underground – not only a creative and artistic space but also a unique work environment. The cafe is inside a double-decker bus with the tables on the upper level. There is also outdoor seating.
- Copenhagen Coffee Lab – great coffee and relaxing minimalistic environment.
- Pois Cafe – a comfortable cafe with a special ambiance. Lots of seating options, comfy sofas, bookshelves, armchairs covered in pillows, high ceilings – all provide a cozy atmosphere. The all-day menu includes coffee, sandwiches and a variety of snacks.
Where to work
In Lisbon, it’s really easy to a buy cheap internet plan for your phone, so you won’t have to stress out about WiFi. But there are also fabulous co-working stations and most of them are not gonna break your wallet. I suggest to visit all of them and choose the one you like most. For example:
I also love this detailed coworking guide so check it out 😉
Finally, don’t forget to check out local Meetup groups because there are so many events for freelancers and foreigners happening daily.
We hope you enjoyed this Lisbon guide for digital nomads. We would love to know about your experience in this beautiful city! Have you been to Lisbon? Did you get to know other freelancers and digital nomads? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
P.S. You can always find more travel guides curated specifically for digital nomads here 😉 We are adding more regularly.