a little bit of lisbon.

a lisbon travel guide. / sfgirlbybay

as promised in yesterday’s post about our charming apartment in lisbon, i wanted to share a few ‘must-visit’ spots around the city if you happen to be headed that way — which i most certainly recommend. lisbon is a beautiful seaside city, full of colorful pastel architecture. it reminds me a little bit of a much older san francisco — it’s hilly (and there’s trams), and even has a bridge — the 25 de Abril Bridge that closely resembles SF’s golden gate. we only had a short time in lisbon, but what i prized most was just aimlessly wandering the narrow streets and staircases, taking in all the colors and breathtaking views. oh, and you can’t go wrong with one of the many local bakeries serving the traditional Portuguese custard tarts or pasteis de nata — i brought two home on the plane with me! here are a few of our favorite places to eat and shop in lisbon and for more of lisbon, visit my instagram.

pink building in lisbon with red 'hat'. / sfgirlbybaya look at my trip to lisbon. / sfgirlbybaypastel building exteriors in lisbon. / sfgirlbybayvintage inspired seafood tins in lisbon. / sfgirlbybaya lisbon travel guide. / sfgirlbybay

a vida portuguesa — hands down favorite shop (we went there twice!). it has a few locations, but we visited Chiado I which will have you lingering for a long visit, so give yourself plenty of time to peruse their shelves. Occupying a centuries-old David & David warehouse and perfume factory, they’ve preserved the historical interiors and have displayed the most beautiful and judicious of selections of jewelry, soaps, stationery, books, cookware and food products including the most divine selection of tinned seafood of which i took home a ton of. they also carry a beautiful selection of bordallo pinheiro ceramics — had i not feared breaking them all in my suitcase, i would have loaded up, but i did bring home a single black swallow — which has become a true Portuguese symbol.

lisbon's LX factory / sfgirlbybay
hip cafe in lisbon. / sfgirlbybayoutdoor dining area in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

LX factory — this place also gave me san francisco vibes! it’s housed on the grounds of a historical old fabric factory dating back to 1846 located just underneath the aforementioned 25 de Abril Bridge and houses a multitude of independent design shops and cafes. think pop-up shops galore with tons of handmade goods from ceramics, to leather goods and textiles. the place was hopping with good energy and interesting food options and also host loads of events from fashion shows to music and the arts.

LX Factory in lisbon. / sfgirlbybaymodern light fixture in lisbon. / sfgirlbybayornate decor in cafe in lisbon. / sfgirlbybaya lisbon travel guide. / sfgirlbybay

embaixada — Embaixada is located in Ribeiro da Cunha Palace, one of the most iconic buildings in the trendy neighborhood of Príncipe Real. This XIX century new-Arabian Palace has been transformed into a unique shopping gallery with lots of unique national brands and artists focused on Portuguese design, craftsmanship, fashion, gastronomy, and culture. the architectural alone is enough reason to visit and be sure and drop into the gin lover’s bar in back — the views and the bartenders are both quite eye catching!

inspiring interior of a cevicheria. / sfgirlbybaysalmon ceviche at a cevicheria. / sfgirlbybay

a cevicheria — also located in the Príncipe Real neighborhood just a stone’s throw from embaixada, you’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the giant octopus (made from sponge) hanging from the ceiling above the prettiest blue tiled floor. this is some of the best and most unique ceviches i’ve ever tasted (try the salmon ceviche with an orange foam!) and the tartar tacos and sandwiches (like the surf & turf) are amazing. the wine they serve is delicious and they also specialize in a pisco sour, a yummy drink from Peru. they don’t accept reservations, but there’s a walk-up bar outside that you can order something cold from while you wait.

interior of pharmacia in lisbon. / sfgirlbybaywes anderson-like pharmacia in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

pharmacia — one of our favorite meals! and, in one of the cleverest locations. chef Susana Felicidade has opened her very wes anderson-ish pharmacy-themed restaurant inside the Museu de Farmacia in the Santa Catarina district of Lisbon and decorated it in the most charming decor inspired by vintage pharmaceuticals — fancy a shot from a laboratory vile? sure you do! the views from the front terrace are heavenly, so be sure to have a cocktail on the ‘front lawn’ before you dine. think comfort food with a Portuguese twist — the lemon risotto with Razorfish was my favorite. it was a bit tricky for our cab driver to find, but it’s located at Rua Marechal Saldanha 1 and just tell them it’s in the old Museu de Farmacia.

teal wall tile in lisbon. / sfgirlbybaypastel cinema in lisbon. / sfgirlbybaya lisbon travel guide. / sfgirlbybay

baixa house lisbon.

inspiring interior of baixa house. / sfgirlbybay

i am finally back from my travels, oh-so-happy to see my sweet pup lucy and sleep in my own bed, and also jetlagged and on the mend from one of those nasty travel colds — but not without fond memories from both spain and portugal. we added on a visit to lisbon at the last minute, and were most fortunate to find the most charming place to stay! so first up on my holiday recap is baixa house — a gorgeous 13 unit apartment in the heart of lisbon. we found this gem via petite passport, as well as a number of other invaluable spots to see on our travels, so be sure and check out world traveler pauline’s beautiful and informative blog!

baixa house in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

baixa house apartment in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

baixa house was the loveliest apartment to stay in — central to everything including loads of great restaurants, shopping and sites to see all within walking distance and also very afforable. designed by a spanish designer, it was full of unique vintage but comfy pieces and decorated with fresh flowers — it’s those little things that make a place special and memorable. each morning they hung a bag of fresh baked bread at our door and the fridge was stocked with fresh yogurt, cheeses, butter for our bread. there was always fresh coffee and milk, too. we stayed in unit 4b, campo grande — the space is minimalist chic and spare in that perfectly european way — with beautiful morning light, so there was no need to rush out the door to hunt for breakfast. i was content right where i was, eating at the beautiful old farm table and taking in the picturesque view from the fourth floor.

baixa house apartments / sfgirlbybay

baixa house in lisboa. / sfgirlbybay

both bedrooms were super charming, too — one with a whimsical mural and the most interesting bedside tables and lamps. the other, with fab orange chairs and a wall of vintage wicker mirrors. both rooms had comfy queen-sized beds and large french doors to admire the view from, not to mention a lovely marble bathroom and plenty of fresh linens and towels. if you’re headed to lisbon anytime soon, i highly recommend looking into a stay a baixa house. more about our trip to lisbon coming up!

wicker mirrors on wall behind bed. / sfgirlbybay

collection of wicker and rattan mirrors in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

matching red chairs and wicker mirror. / sfgirlbybay

wicker mirrors at baixa house. / sfgirlbybay

wall clothing hangers in baixa house. / sfgirlbybay

artwork behind bed at baixa house. / sfgirlbybay

vintage furnishings at baixa house. / sfgirlbybay

vintage furniture at baixa house in lisbon. / sfgirlbybay

colorful vintage chair at baixa house. / sfgirlbybay

around L.A. / botanica restaurant & market.

botanica in los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

Gal pals and tastemakers extraordinaire Emily Fiffer and Heather Sperling, met in Chicago years ago when they were each working as food writers and editors. Fast forward and they’ve traded the Windy City for L.A.’s year-round sunshine and swapped their pens for aprons and knives. Their combined passion and experience has realized itself in one of the most literal (and quite possibly the loveliest), farm to table experiences : Botanica Restaurant & Market. Heather and Emily source all vegetables, fruits and dairy from local growers and artisans and complement with a careful selection of oils, spices and vinegars from around the world. Like what you eat? You can purchase many of the elements (wine included) in the quaint market at the front of the restaurant. Botanica is everything all at once without trying too hard to be. Looking for a walk-up coffee counter and pastry to go? Check. A leisurely brunch al fresco? Call your girlfriends. A romantic cozy dinner date? Yes, please. Need to grab a quality vino on your way to a dinner party? Pop on in. Heather + Emily strive to make food that makes you feel good and I’d add makes your instagram look good, too.

botanica tote bag. / sfgirlbybay

woven pendant lights inside botanica. / sfgirlbybay

freshly baked bread from botanica. / sfgirlbybay

wine on open shelves at botanica in L.A. / sfgirlbybay

dish from botanica in los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

market goods at botanica in los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

white plates stacked at botanica in los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

owners of Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

vegetables at botanica in los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

interior decor at botanica. / sfgirlbybay

barista at l.a.'s Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

lighting at Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

glassware on open shelves at Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

the bar at Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

the menu at Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

outdoor patio at Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

exterior entrance of Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

globe wall sconces at Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

Botanica Restaurant & Market interior. / sfgirlbybay

chilies hung at Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

wicker barstools at Botanica Restaurant & Market. / sfgirlbybay

food at botanica los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

interior of botanica in los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.

best of: simply styling.

simply styled dining space / sfgirlbybay

belathée photography.

sometimes simple just wins. have you ever heard that rule that says before you leave the house, take one thing off? i do this all the time, and i often apply that theory to interiors, too — because it works. i tend to want to add layer upon layer of styled objects, just like jewelry, so if i remove one accessory the room tends to open up and look a lot better. here’s some rooms and vignettes, very simply styled that work for me, 100%.

simply styled vases / sfgirlbybay


simply styled dining room / sfgirlbybay

Côté maison.

simply styled living space / sfgirlbybay

Birgitta Drejer photography for bo bedre (above + below).

simply styled nook / sfgirlbybay

simply styled spaces / sfgirlbybay

ledansla; rock paper dresses; and stokperd.

simply styled fruit branches / sfgirlbybay

dreamy whites online.

simply styled coffee table / sfgirlbybay

belathée photography.

simply styled spaces / sfgirlbybay

dreamy whites online; jardenist; dreamy whites online; and rock paper dresses.

simply styled using plants / sfgirlbybay

pop & scott.

simply styled cactus mural / sfgirlbybay

watercolor cactus mural from anewalldecor.

simply styled shelving space / sfgirlbybay

the dreslyn.

simply styled mantel with plants / sfgirlbybay


best of: vintage vibes.

modern room with vintage vibe / sfgirlbybay

jenny branson’s home, via rue magazine.

it’s quite damp and gray outside today (which is actually a welcome change from the heatwave we’ve been having). when we get a reprieve like this it just makes me want to curl up in a comfy corner and nap or read. it gives me those vintage vibes, the ones you get when you’re visiting a charming country Bed & breakfast or staying in your favorite aunt’s cozy guestroom. at the very least these rooms make me want to locate the nearest flea market and drive there fast. but when there’s not a flea market in sight, you can find great vintage finds on etsy and ebay of course, but also online vintage shops like elsie green, homestead seattle and millay vintage. i don’t normally go for a full-on vintage look, but i do love a good vintage-modern mix. but this day’s got me going all the way back in time, and these rooms just feel right for my mood.

flea market finds on display for a vintage vibe / sfgirlbybay

maker spaces.

vintage vibe created with mirrored headboard and linen bedding / sfgirlbybay

kk living.

vintage dresser and vanity / sfgirlbybay

apartment therapy (above + below).

vanity with a vintage vibe / sfgirlbybay

modern decor mixed with vintage flea market finds / sfgirlbybay

bethalée photography.

homewares with vintage vibes / sfgirlbybay

eclecchic; cherry blossom blog; vtwonen; and adored vintage.

homewares styled to create a modern meets vintage vibe / sfgirlbybay

my unfinished home.

victorian settee with mirrored end table and vintage lamp / sfgirlbybay

heart home magazine.

bedroom with vintage vibe / sfgirlbybay


vintage suitcases next to curio case filled with perfumes / sfgirlbybay

Jonas Gustavsson photography for elle decoration sweden.