The last time I was in Portugal was back in 1998; some 20 years ago but I can assure you that it will not be that long before I return. I had such an inspiring and relaxing holiday here in September. Food – tick. Wine – tick. Inspiration – tick. People – tick. Architecture – tick… all the requirements for my perfect holiday were covered.

Whenever I visit a new place, I am always interested in looking at how the culture, history and iconography is translated into retail, hospitality and product. I guess being a designer, we are always looking for new ideas and inspiration. The Portuguese love their tiles, colour and pattern…

 Lisbon Inspiration by Chris Chun

The food was incredible though I must admit I was over the cod and sardines by the time I left lol. The wine was great; they have this sparkling green wine called Vinho Verde which is tooo drinkable. A visit to Portugal must include a Portuguese tart at least once a day! We tried the pastel de nata at the famous Pasteis de Belem which bake over 23,000 tarts a day. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait longer than 5mins. Our best meal in Portugal was at a restaurant called Prado Restaurante which celebrates the best seasonal produce of Portugal with organic, bio dynamic wine. Highly Recommended.

Portugese Food by Chris Chun

I think I took over 500 photos just on the tiles alone…


And the most beautiful shades of pink and green…

Pink and Green Tiles Lisbon from Chris Chun Trip

Our 12 day itinerary:


Stay: Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas

Eat:  Arcadas Restaurant  | Tapas Nas Costas

Visit: Universidade de Coimbra, Biblioteca Joanina, Capela de São Miguel, stroll around town.



Eat: Taberna Está-se Bem | Vinum

Shop: Claus Porto | Chocolataria Equador | A Vida Portuguesa | Livrario Lello



Visit: Vista Alegre Porcelain Museum and Factory



Eat:  Prado Restaurante | 100 Maneiras | Sea Me | Nova

Shop: Embaixada

Visit: Alfama | Belem | Gulbenkian Museum | Museu Nacional do Azulejo | Day trip to Sintra

August 08, 2018 — Poo Kim

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