What to eat?

Grilled sardines

Traditionally Portuguese. Delicious on a piece of bread soaking up the taste of fish and quality Portuguese olive oil.

Favorite? Patio 13, Calçadinha de Santo Estêvão 13, 1100-120 Lisboa

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Pasteis de Nata


The most famous of pastries. You just have to try but one a day keeps the doctor away. Expect plenty of creamy egg-custard filling. The best are at Pastelaria Santo António (very close to our home), Manteigaria, and in Belem (the inventors). Throughout the city their is a lot of "Pastelaria" with lots of cakes, cookies, pastries, tarts... Alcoa and Ovos Moles are places that revive the old traditional pastries of different regions in Portugal. Try "Toucinho do Céu", a pudding with tons of egg yokes and sugar. Confeitaria Nacional remains a legend when it comes to having a coffee and cake.

Favorite? Pasteis de Belem, Rua Belém 84-92

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Azeitão cheese

 


From the beautiful landscape of the Arrabida Park, one of Portugal's best. Try it with Moscatel from Setubal or an excellent Colares wine (both very close to Lisbon).

Favorite? Bairro do Avillez, R. Nova da Trindade 18, 1200-466 Lisboa

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Bacalhau (and more fish)

 

There is many versions of this dried codfish. "À Brás" is the most famous and definitely something you should taste. The dried fish is soaked, then bakes with eggs and small chips are added. Go for "Bacalhau com Natas" if you like cream. You surely want to try a grilled "Dourada", juicy grilled fish, served in all simplicity : a dash of olive oil, some potatoes and either salad or a broccoli on the side. Same for "Robalo" and "Carapau" (mackerel). Yummy !

Favorite? A Casa do Bacalhau, Rua do Grilo 54, 1900-706 Lisboa

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Choco Frito

 

Rare to find but if you see it on the menu : go for it. This is what those awful squid rings should really taste like, crispy on the outside and juicy tender on the inside. If not available go for the "Lulas Grelhadas", especially in "bad looking" tascas they are deliciously grilled. You can take a boat ride from Cais do Sodre to Cacillas and taste a lot more sea food and fish.

Favorite? Solar Beirao, R. Cândido dos Reis 17, 2800-270 Cacilhas

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Arroz Doce

A classic dessert, rice pudding. Or try the chocolate mousse or pudim flan, in general home made and tasty.

Favorite? In all traditional tascas, check for old fashioned places with (too much) white light like O Satelite, Largo Graça 40

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Vegetarian

 

Lisbon has excellent vegetarian options. The city might look old and classic tascas will only serve fish & meat but there is a good offer of veggie restaurants.

Favorite? The Food Temple, Beco do Jasmim 18

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Porco xyz

 

Portuguese love porc and they prepare it really well. Our favorite is "Alentejano" that mixes small pieces of pickled vegetables, clams, small cube shaped fried potatoes with pieces of porc meat.

Favorite? Zé da Mouraria 2, Rua Gomes Freire 60

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Taste Portuguese wine

Try the "Vinho Verde". Muralhas is a good option in the lower price range. Douro is a region in Portugal with excellent wines. But how to choose when there is also Alentejo? Take them both to visit the north and south of the country in one night, the red wines are excellent.

Favorite? Graça do Vinho, Calçada da Graça 10 A B, 1100-266 Lisboa

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Coffee

It was the Portuguese bringing it to Europe so they know how to make a good one. Order a "bica" , the Lisbon version of the espresso. There is tons of old coffee shops, buy it as a souvenir at Casa da Pereira, the price too is excellent.

Favorite? Confeitaria Nacional, Praça da Figueira 18B, 1100-241 Lisboa

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