Bruno is a fun and talented Brazilian photographer. He moved with his family to Lisbon and is enjoying the good life in the Portugese capital. Lisbon is one of the most photogenic cities of Europe and a true playground for upcoming Instagrammers. Currently Bruno is working as a freelance photographer and shoots weddings and events.
What is your favorite area in Lisbon?
My favorite areas in Lisbon are Bélem and Alcântara. I love to go to Pastéis de Belém, the garden in Belém and the LX Factory. This area is also near the Tagus River and the beautiful Ponte 25 de Abril.
Where did you have a great dinner recently?
A pizzeria in LX Factory called Mesa. It is the only place or at least the one I know of that has pizza with catupiry. I always had pizza in Brazil with catupiry, and when I arrived here and went to the pizzerias, I was at first very disappointed, so when I found this place, it instantly became my favorite place. Besides the good pizza’s, the place is great to hangout. Fun fact: the pizzas are named after many of the neighborhoods in Lisbon. My favorite one is Santa Apolonia. When I’m out for dinner I usually go to restaurants in shopping centers, like Vasco da Gama, Colombo, and Mercado da Ribeira (which isn’t exactly a shopping center, but a food market). There are Portuguese specialties, Asian food, hamburger (Honorato, Caco), pizzas etc.
Where do you go for drinks?
There are many places to have a drink with friends in Bairro Alto. You just walk and look around, and you will find a place you like best. I often go to LOST IN or Park Bar for drinks and dinner.
What would you do with friends from out of town who come over for a weekend to Lisbon?
I would definitely show them around in Alfama, Bairro Alto and Rossio for the first two days. And if they are up to it, we would go to Sintra, Cascais and Costa da Caparica. For dinner I would bring them to Costa da Caparica, because there are nice restaurants close to the beach.
Where would you recommend friends from another city to sleep?
If they would like to stay in a hotel close to the subway and close to the heart of Lisbon, I would recommend Gat Hotel (Rossio). If they want to save some money I would recommend to stay in an Airbnb, there area lot of amazing places to be found in the center.
What is your favorite spot to take pictures?
Belém and Alcantara. For its interesting buildings and architecture. I love to shoot people, unnoticed moments, especially strangers and architecture.
Where do you meet your friends for coffee?
Pastéis de Belém, LX Factory, Oriente, or any Padaria Portuguesa (there are many around Lisbon).
What would you miss if you were to leave Lisbon?
I never thought about that, since you only truly miss something when you don’t have it anymore, right? But I think I would miss a lot the light of Lisbon, it’s a nice and warm place. I would miss the calmness and vibe at the same time. Oh, and Pasteis de Belém of course!
*All pictures by Bruno himself.