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Lisbon Food Guide

A guide to help you find the best hotels & places in Lisbon for Food lovers


What to eat in Lisbon, Portugal

Ride up the charming hillside streets of Lisbon and by the time you get hungry dig into delicious grilled dishes accompanied with local wine – your culinary travel in Lisbon just started!

Food in Lisbon is related to the Mediterranean cuisine with many tempted Portuguese dishes that every foodie enthusiast should try at least one. Some of the most popular food to eat in Lisbon are:

Bacalhau - With an unbelievable amount of fresh seafood, there is no wonder why the most traditional dish of Lisbon but also of Portugal is Bacalhau, a meaty fish prepared with hundreds of recipes. The most popular of which, is its salted version that you will find in sandwiches, in omelettes with olives and fried potatoes, or in a cheesy casserole type dish.

Sardines - Other remarkable fish to eat in the coastal Lisbon are fresh sardines. The best month of the year to taste them are in June and during the popular among local festival “Festas De Santo Antonio”, sardines are grill right along on the city’s streets paired with local wine, roasted bell peppers, and boiled potatoes.

Bifana - A favorite street snack that you will find in almost every food stalls and trucks in the streets of Lisbon, it is a delicious bun filled with fried thin slices of pork marinated in white wine and garlic. Mouthwatering!

Pastel de Nata - The most popular dessert in Lisbon could not be other than the Portuguese egg tart pastry, Pastel de Nata else known as Pastel de Belém. A secret recipe created by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery during the 17th century.

In this Lisbon Food Guide, you will find the best hotels with restaurants in Lisbon offering delicious breakfast and gastronomic delights, and the best restaurants and local eateries to taste the best of Portuguese Cuisine!

The best hotels with restaurants in Lisbon

Lisbon has an abundance of places and hillside streets to explore, as thus, staying in a hotel with dining options can be very convenient.

Throughout the city, you will find excellent Lisbon hotels with restaurants, cafes, and lounges within their premises catering to your needs with professional service. 

For a total gastronomic experience in Lisbon, keep in mind that some of the hotels have gourmet restaurants specializing in Portuguese dishes with modern twists carefully prepared by famous Chefs.

See our collection with the best dining hotels in Lisbon to start your day with a sumptuous a la carte breakfast or brunch menu, have an international or Portuguese lavish lunch, or even an intimate romantic dinner within Tivoli Palacio De Seteais

Where to eat like a local in Lisbon

Lisbon’s seven hills are lined with narrow cobblestone streets and charming tiled plazas with a plethora of eateries ranging from ornate kiosks offering refreshing drinks and light snacks, and pastelarias to taste the classic custard tart Pastel de Belém, to the local tascas, tiny restaurants where Lisboetas eat daily, serving classic Portuguese dishes!

One of the best places in Lisbon to taste the mysterious Pastel de Belém is the large patisserie Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, which serves heavenly egg tarts since 1837. It is situated in Belem, Lisbon’s most touristy neighbourhood. 

While you will find the best traditional restaurants, tascas, in the old neighbourhoods of Lisbon’s and away from the city’s most touristy areas. Petiscaria Ideal is a narrow tasca in Lisbon with colourful tiles on its walls! It is one of the best spots in Lisbon to taste classic regional dishes and refreshing cocktails!

Smart tip: Keep in mind that usually, during your meal in Lisbon, you will be served with some unrequested starters. Don't eat them unless you want to pay extra.

Find below more places for tasty experiences.

Food Tips

Lisbon's dining scene consists mainly of small, family-run businesses that usually serve cheap food. However, you can also find several options for a gourmet food experience.

In the area of Chiado you will find restaurants serving traditional cuisine, at quite low prices. Some popular restaurants in Chiado are Tapa Bucho, 100 Maneiras, and La Paparrucha.

Restaurants with Fado music can be found anywhere in Lisbon. Even though you will pay a bit more than in a normal restaurant, the experience is more than worth it.

There is a wide range of culinary tours offered in Lisbon, which are ideal if you want to explore the traditional food of Lisbon in detail.

Since Portugal is generally known for its excellent wine production, keep in mind that in Lisbon, you will be able to find some of the best local wine varieties.

If you want to taste high-quality dishes (and don't really care about the cost), visit Lapa district, where you will find a very good diversity of gourmet restaurants serving Michelin level dishes.

Do not ask the taxi drivers for a good place to dine because they usually choose the tourist-oriented restaurants which are pretty expensive.

Travel Info

How to get there

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  • By bus
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  • Metro
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  • Electric trolley-buses
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  • Fine-dining
  • Lgbt holidays
  • Local gastronomy
  • Wine tasting
  • Weekends
  • Clubbing
  • Art & culture
  • Street food
  • Couples holidays

Destination Type

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 What can I find in this Food Travel Guide ?

Our Travel by Interest Experts have created this dedicated food travel guide, to help you easily plan your next culinary holidays and discover all the places you want to see and all the things you want to do. You can find here the top restaurants, bars, cafes, bistros as well as gastronomy Hotels to stay!

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