My first month in Lisbon as a Digital Nomad

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After 2 years, I decided to leave Dublin. I’m still working for the same company but 100% remote. When it comes to finding a “nomadic friendly” city, usually Nomad List is the site to go. I put a few parameters: Europe and good weather (I needed it!).

Nomad List

As you can see, Lisbon appear in the first position. Plus, I heard good things about this city. That’s 2 good reasons to give a try!

Accommodation

My plan was to stay a month in Lisbon. For short term stay, the best option remains Airbnb. In Lisbon, you can get something decent from 20 to 50€/night (depends on your expectations). If you stay longer, you should probably take a look at some dedicated Facebook groups.

Meeting people

The expat and digital communities here are very active. If you want to, you can find something every day and not only in the evening!

Meetup.com lists most of the events are. If I had to select just two, it would be Lisbon Expats & Locals and Lisbon Digital Nomads. Also, I’ve found this Facebook group (Lisbon Digital Nomads) very interesting. Mostly if you want to get some tips from other nomads.

Good places to work from

One thing that really surprised me, is the very strong café culture in the city. It’s very frequent to find people working I usually stay 3-4h / place. If you plan to get there, I recommend you this places!

Linha D’Agua

  • 🤗 Amazing view!
  • 👎 Unsympathetic staff
  • 🔌 Power outlet: few
  • 🌐 Network: ok

Linha D'Agua

Choupana

  • 🤗 Amazing staff, a lot of pastries. Prices are ok.
  • 🔌 Power outlet: Almost no one
  • 🌐 Network: ok

Galveias Palace (Library) - There is also a cafe outside in the yard. I spent a lot of time in this coffee!

  • 👍 Quiet atmosphere, very cheap
  • 🔌 Almost a lot (in Library)
  • 🌐 Network: bad. Like very bad!

Wish Coffee - Located in Lx Factory, an old industrial complex.

  • 👍 Well placed.
  • ⚠️ No laptop sticker on tables. I came in the morning and it was ok for me to work there for a few hours. A bit more expensive than other (2€ for a coffee when the average is 0.7-1€).
  • 🔌 Power outlet: few
  • 🌐 Network: ok

Ler Devagar - Next to Wish Coffee. It’s actually a bookshop but there’s a lot of tables and a cafe downstairs.

  • 👍 Well placed. The decoration is super nice.
  • ⚠️ Can be noisy (visitors). Also, it’s allowed to smoke inside 😩
  • 🔌 Power outlet: many
  • 🌐 Network: ok

Ler Devagar

Evolution Hotel

  • 👍 Nice sofa, excellent staff!
  • 🔌 Power outlet: many
  • 🌐 Network: good

Mobile application

(Android but I believe they are also on OS)

  • Foursquare. Say where you are and what you’re looking for (coffee, things to do in the city), and the app will find it for you! I’ve found user review more accurate than other applications.
  • Meetup.com.
  • WifiMap. Show a map of the city with all Wi-Fi access and passwords. It was very helpful. For example, one day I’ve found a very nice coffee but the internet connection was very slow. Thank to this app, I’ve found a better network. Only cons, it contains few adds.

My feedback about Lisbon

city overview

My feedback about Lisbon is very positive. I really liked this city and I met very good people there! I will definitely come back!

  • 🌤 Weather. I still remember the pilot saying: “Welcome to Lisbon […] temperature is 27°c”…in October! Usually, in Winter, it gets around 10-15°c and around 30°c in Summer.
  • 📢 Language. The language barrier wasn’t very strong. Most of the people there speak with very good English.
  • 👨🏼‍💻 Nomad friendly. As I said in the coffee section above, there are a lot of coffee places to work from. Despite the fact that I didn’t use coworking spaces at all, there are everywhere in the city. When I come back, I’d love one day to try some fancy ones like Second Home :)
  • 🍴 Food. In general, good is good and cheap! Especially the seafood! I really miss the Pastel de Nata with my coffee!
  • 🌉 Size of the city. For me, it’s a perfect size: not too big, not too small. Be careful, Lisbon can be hilly sometimes!
  • 🚋 Transports. Because the city is very walkable, I didn’t really use them. But if you’re in a lazy mood, there’s always a way to get somewhere by public transport (bus/metro).
  • 🚶‍♀️ Exploration. Lisbon offers a wide range of parks. Once you start getting comfortable with the city, you can take a train and visit the neighbourhood. You have several options: Sintra, Belem (you can skip the tower)…
  • 📡 Wi-Fi. Overall it’s great!
  • 👮‍♂️ Safety. I’ve found the city very safe. However, I heard stories about pick-pockets in the touristic city centre.
  • 💵 Prices. I think this city is a victim of its own success. Years ago, this city was very cheap so, a lot of people moved there. Now prices are still very decent but it’s getting unaffordable for locals. I heard a lot of complaints from locals. Apart from that, a coffee is around 1€ and a beer around 1-3€. You can eat for 5-10€ or more if you want something fancier.

About the author

For the last decade, Maxence Poutord has worked with a variety of web technologies. He is currently focused on front-end development. On his day to day job, he is working as a senior front-end engineer at VSware. He is also a frequent tech speaker and a mentor. As a new digital nomad, he is living where the WIFI and sun is 😎
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