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5 New Restaurants in Lisbon for this Summer

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

When it comes to eating and drinking, the big news this summer in Lisbon is the new food court in the old Ribeira Market. But there are other new spots in town where you can be among the first ones to try and tell others about. Here are five of the best:

The Insólito, Lisbon

Address: Rua de São Pedro Alcântara, 83
It took over the top of an 1800s building and now offers some of the best views in town. Perfect for the warmer days, it looks over the city’s most beautiful garden viewpoint out to the castle, and serves contemporary Portuguese cuisine.
It is reached through an old elevator and there’s also an interior dining area.

Fluid, Lisbon

Address: Rua da Escola Politécnica, 42
Found inside one of Lisbon’s two new concept stores (“Entre Tanto”) in the trendy Principe Real district, this “eatery and bar” has a small patio in the back looking out to the botanical garden. The interior has a minimalist industrial style, and is open throughout the day, starting at noon. It serves light meals, and in the afternoon you may simply sit for a drink accompanied by cheeses and cold cuts. A DJ shows up at night for hours of drinking, with the apple vodka as the house specialty.

A Praça, Lisbon

Address: Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103
Lx Factory in the industrial neighborhood of Alcântara is a group of formerly abandoned warehouses and factories that are now home to several small companies and creative projects. It also has a handful of places to eat, and a few shops. The new kid on the block is “A Praça,” a restaurant with a vintage décor and a relaxed atmosphere, offering a variety of options for lunch or dinner, from Italian to Portuguese cuisine. It’s also open in the afternoon for snacks, and late at night for cocktails.
On the warmer summer days, you’ll want to sit outside.

Grei, Lisbon

Address: Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 87D
If you’re staying at one of the many hotels on or around Avenida da Liberdade, you may want to check out this new restaurant for lunch or dinner nearby. It serves Portuguese and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, and there are reasonably-priced menus for lunch. The dining area is divided into three spaces, all with an attractive décor and a welcoming atmosphere.

MiniBar, Lisbon

Address: Rua António Maria Cardoso, 58
José Avillez is Lisbon’s top top chef and one of the city’s Michelin stars. He now has a total of five restaurants, all in the same neighborhood (Chiado), and this is the latest one. It shares the building of São Luíz Theater, and is a “gastropub” with finger food or other more elaborate options in tasting menus. Because of its location, it has a theater-inspired décor and turns into a late-night spot from Thursday to Saturday, serving cocktails and craft beers.

Lisbon for Drinkers: The Spots for Different Kinds of Drinks

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

One of Lisbon’s most popular activities is bar-hopping through Bairro Alto or standing outside the bars of Cais do Sodré. As one of the top wine-producing countries in the world, Portugal also attracts tourists looking to discover its wines, so when in Lisbon, where to go for the local (and some international) drinks? Here are some suggestions:


Museu da Cerveja, Lisbon

Comercio Square
It’s one of the several restaurants in Comércio Square, and it’s also a museum. Up the stairs by the entrance is a small space presenting the history of beer, from its production to consumption. The ground level is spacious and attractive, but most people look for the tables outside for a refreshing beer in the sun.

Restauradores Square, 64
With tables outside looking out to Restauradores Square, this beer house also specializes in steaks and traditional Portuguese foods that usually accompany the beer. There are international and Portuguese labels.


Champanharia do Cais, Lisbon

Rua Nova do Carvalho
The new trend in town is champagne bars. A popular one is found on one of the most popular nightlife streets, serving champagne cocktails together with snacks.

Largo da Anunciada, 20
This is reputedly the best champagne bar in Lisbon, located in a quiet corner by the Lavra funicular and Avenida da Liberdade. Along with the champagne and other sparkling wines, it also serves meals throughout the day, inside or outside.

Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 18
Sharing the space of a restaurant serving Iberia food (“Taberna Moderna”), this bar by the famous Casa dos Bicos was the first to focus exclusively on gin. There are almost 70 varieties, mixed with different and exotic ingredients, from fruits to flowers.

Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, Armazém A, 17
It’s one of the city’s best and most attractive wine bars, but this former warehouse on the waterfront is now also a gin bar. Together with a huge list of all kinds of wines, there is now also gin to be enjoyed late into the night.

Calçada do Carmo, 37
Hidden in a corner by Rossio Station, this is one of several tiny spots in the city serving the cherry liqueur known as “ginginha.” Locals and tourists pass by day and night for a shot of this sweet and strong drink, sometimes served in a small chocolate cup.

Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara, 45
For many people, Portuguese wine is synonymous with Port. Of course Portugal is a major wine-producing country with all kinds of wines, but Port remains its most famous. Although it’s a product from the city of Porto, you may sample the different types in Lisbon, at this mansion from the 1700s facing one of the city’s most beautiful terraces, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.


Sabores da Madeira, Lisbon

Rua do Outro, 279
After Port, Portugal’s second most-internationally-known wine is probably that of Madeira. But that Portuguese island also offers another alcoholic specialty, the “poncha.” It’s a mix of brandy, lemon and honey, and in Lisbon you may try it at this spot downtown offering all that is special from Madeira to eat and drink.

Rua de São Julião, 27
If you’re in Lisbon on a colder day, why not have a glass of hot wine? It’s served at this bar recreating medieval Lisbon, offering drinks and snacks such as Portuguese sausages and cheeses on candle-lit wooden tables.

Rua do Diário de Notícias, 95
For different types of Portuguese wines, from red to “green,” head to this very popular bar in Bairro Alto. In business since the 1980s, its tables get filled up quickly, so show up early at night, for glasses or bottles of the national labels.

Bebedouro bar, Lisbon

Rua de São Nicolau, 24
Here it’s all about the wines from Portugal’s Douro Valley, the world’s first demarcated wine region. The interior is small but attractive, and there are also tables outside. Cheeses, sausages and bruschettas accompany the drinks.

Rua Bartolomeu Gusmão, 13
This is a favorite of tourists, since it’s found by the castle. The staff invites you to relax, recommending dozens of choices of Portuguese reds and whites served by the glass.

5 Restaurants to Dine for Less than 20 Euros in Lisbon

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Lisbon is known for its excellent-value restaurants, with decent portions at prices no longer found in other Western European capitals. But it’s not the bargain it used to be, and most places are now reaching the European average. So where can you still find those places where you can eat for less than 20 euros, including a drink (and often a dessert as well)? There are still many, but the five below offer some of the best local traditions:

Toma Lá Dá Cá

Travessa do Sequeiro, 38
Found not far from the Santa Catarina terrace, this could very well be the best value restaurant in Lisbon. It’s a “tasca-style” restaurant, meaning it’s a classic family-owned neighborhood restaurant with home-style food at reasonable prices. The fresh fish and meat are of excellent quality, and everyone seems to know it by now, judging from the long lines at the door. Locals and tourists are willing to wait, and it is really worth waiting, as the portions are generous, and so are the prices. The service is rushed but friendly. It’s possible to spend less than 20 euros per person, even with one of the excellent desserts.

Prego da Peixaria

Rua da Escola Politécnica, 40
A “prego” is a steak sandwich but the current trend is to make it more than that. It’s now also all kinds of meat, and even salmon or cod. There are also veggie versions, and in most cases it’s served in “bolo de caco,” a traditional bread from the Portuguese island of Madeira. At this trendy spot in the neighborhood of Principe Real they’re served with fries, and although there are now several restaurants also specializing in “pregos,” this is the most attractive and with a relaxed ambience. It’s quite popular, so expect to wait a while at the door (it doesn’t take reservations).

Taberna da Rua das Flores

Rua das Flores, 103
There was a time when most restaurants in Lisbon were like this. They were something of a neighborhood kitchen or living room, where people gathered to talk while having a few “petiscos” (tapas). This restaurant in Chiado recreates those times in the décor and food, listing several traditional “petiscos” that change daily and that are served throughout the day. They range in price from 6 to 9 euros, so if you order more than a couple, it will still come out to less than 20 euros per person, including a drink.

Petiscaria Ideal

Rua da Esperança 100
It was one of the first restaurants to bring back the all-“petiscos” concept, and remains quite a popular spot. The decor (with cooking utensils and antique pieces on the walls) makes you feel like you’re stepping into your grandmother’s kitchen, and the food (meant to be shared at the table) is in fact the type that most Portuguese grandmothers serve their guests. There are no reservations, so you may have to wait a while for a table, especially on weekends.

Oficina do Duque

Calçada do Duque, 43A
A creative young chef offers a list of reinvented traditional Portuguese dishes at lower-than-average prices at this restaurant with an open kitchen. It includes about half a dozen “petiscos,” and in addition to the meat and fish, there are a couple of vegetarian options. The original desserts are worth a try, although they’ll likely put you over the 20-euro limit per person…

Street Food in Lisbon

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Enjoy street food and outdoor dining, or simply want quick inexpensive meals in Lisbon? Go here:

Martim Moniz, Lisbon

Martim Moniz Square is the heart of the city’s most multi-ethnic neighborhood, home to immigrants from China, Bangladesh, Goa, and Mozambique. The square is overlooked by the castle, and offers a number of food stalls offering varied cuisines. They change from time to time, but currently there’s one for vegetarians, another for hamburgers, another for pizza, another for sushi, and another for hot dogs and cocktails. When the sun is shining, it’s a nice spot to relax with a drink or meal, surrounded by a multicultural ambience and the old trams passing by.

Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon

Lisbon’s luxury shopping avenue is lined with a number of kiosks serving food and refreshments. They’re open throughout the day, and some only close late at night. Look for the one that best appeals to your taste buds: there’s one for pizza, another for hot dogs, another for salads and wraps, another for pastries.

Tram cafe, Lisbon

In the Belém district, across the street from the monastery, is an old tram now converted into a café. At the tables around it you may enjoy a drink or a variety of light meals, such as salads and other healthy choices.

Ribeira das Naus, Lisbon

Watch the trams go by as you sit by the kiosk of Municipal Square. It serves drinks and light meals, perfect for before or after a stroll along the waterfront nearby. One of the most popular waterfront promenades is Ribeira das Naus, to the west of Comercio Square, and that’s where you’ll find another kiosk, quite busy in the afternoon as the sun goes down.

Praça do Município, Lisbon

New in town are the lunch trucks that are parked around the city from March to October. From Monday to Friday, from 10AM to 8PM, they may be found in the Cais do Sodré neighborhood, in the Amoreiras district or Saldanha Square uptown. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 8PM to 2AM they’re also at the top of Edward VII Park overlooking the city. On Sundays, there’s one from 10AM to 7PM at the Monsanto forest park. Different types of foods will alternate between each location, so you may find the one serving burgers, or the one with hot dogs, another with traditional Portuguese food, another with sushi, and yet another for the healthier meals offered at the Municipal Square kiosk mentioned above.

10 Things to Do in Lisbon’s Avenidas Novas District

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Although it’s home to a large number of hotels, Lisbon’s Avenidas Novas district is the least touristy in the city. Mostly dating from the the early-to-mid-20th-century, it’s mostly a business and residential area, but there are a couple of museums that top the list of must-see attractions for many tourists. If you’re staying in this part of town, or are simply passing by, consider these often-overlooked recommendations:

Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

It’s the must-see museum in town, so many do end up here. But even those who don’t particularly enjoy museums will want to check it out, even if just to enjoy its wonderful gardens. Take advantage of Lisbon’s mostly-sunny weather throughout the spring, summer, and autumn months, and catch some sun or have a picnic on the lawns by the duck ponds. Once inside the museum, you’ll find a treasure trove of masterpieces from the East and West.

Those who enjoy modern art will want to discover Portugal’s modern artists. Their work is on display in temporary and permanent collections at this museum on the grounds of the Gulbenkian museum and park. Managed by the same foundation, it also has a good collection of British works.

Versailles Cafe, Lisbon

This is the classic European café, with a mirrored interior that could very well be part of a royal palace. Admire the architecture as you enjoy a huge selection of sugary pastries that the café and Lisbon are famous for.

Medeiros e Almeida Museum, Lisbon

It doesn’t even come listed in many guidebooks so it just may be one of Lisbon’s most wonderfully surprising attractions. It’s the former private residence of a wealthy businessman from the late 1800s, who lived among the works of art he collected. Highlights of a visit include not just those precious pieces, but also the rooms themselves. There’s a Rembrandt portrait, paintings by Rubens and Tiepolo, and the beautiful “Lake Room” covered in tile panels from the 1700s and with a fountain that used to be at the gardens of Versailles.

Museu da Cidade, Lisbon

Get to know Lisbon a little more by touring this museum that tells the story of its different periods in history. Housed in a palace built by the king for his mistress, it includes a pleasant garden with real peacocks roaming around other ceramic creatures.

Eleven restaurant, Lisbon

This Michelin-starred restaurant not only offers fine dining, but also views towards Edward VII Park and beyond. The food is mostly Mediterranean, and is a good choice for a dinner for two or for a larger group.

DeCastro Elias restaurant, Lisbon

One of the top local chefs that concentrates on traditional Portuguese cuisine for modern tastes is Miguel Castro Silva. He’s behind a trio of restaurants in town, and at this one not far from the Gulbenkian, he specializes in “petiscos”, the tapas-like Portuguese dishes based on classic recipes.

El Corte Ingles, Lisbon

Lisbon’s two big department stores in Chiado burned down in a major fire in 1988, so this Spanish giant is currently the only one in the city. Skip the malls and head here instead on a rainy day, and you’ll find everything you expect from a department store, but will also find a good food court on the lower level.

It’s worth a splurge at one of the city’s most refined restaurants. It’s on the top floor of the Ritz Four Seasons Hotel, and offers buffet lunches and a la carte dinners with city views. The food mixes Portuguese and international flavors.

Panorama bar, Sheraton Hotel, Lisbon

End your day above Lisbon, at the top of the Sheraton Hotel. Have a drink in an elegant, relaxed space overlooking the city below.

5 New Spots to Eat in Lisbon in the New Year

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Start the new year with new experiences. If you’re in Lisbon at the moment or will be arriving in early 2014, you may be among the first to experience some new spots for lunch or dinner.
Here are five:

DeCastro restaurant, Lisbon

Rua Marcos Portugal, 1
Phone: 915 986 474
The name is that of the chef, one of Portugal’s most acclaimed. Although he’s already responsible for the menu of one of the city’s trendiest restaurants (“Largo”), here he continues to innovate with new dishes, while not forgetting his old favorites (like the clams with butter beans). It’s found on one of the city’s most tranquil spots, facing the romantic little Praça das Flores in the Principe Real district.

Casa de Pasto, Lisbon

Rua de São Paulo, 20
Phone: 213 471 397
Hidden on an upper floor, this is a brand new secret by one of the city’s top young chefs. Although he brings his fresh reinterpretations to Portuguese cuisine, the menu is mostly a list of time-tested dishes, cooked in a charcoal oven. That oven isn’t the only inspiration from the past, as the entire dining area is decorated like the typical Lisbon restaurant from the early 1900s.

Las Ficheras, Lisbon

Rua dos Remolares, 34
Phone: 213 470 553
In Lisbon you may want to concentrate on the local cuisine, but for something different, why not try Mexican? This new spot is open throughout the day and offers the spicy traditional Mexican food that has fans all over the world. Wash down the tacos and enchiladas with a nice glass of tequila before continuing down the neighborhood known for its bars.

Prego da Peixaria, Lisbon

Rua da Escola Politécnica, 40
A prego is a steak sandwich but at this restaurant it’s also fish burgers. The most popular is the salmon prego, but be warned that if you’re not a big fan of fish, you should go for the meat or vegetarian option instead. The fish taste is quite strong, as is that of the cod prego. All are accompanied by fries in a small attractive space decorated with recycled materials.

Campo de Ourique market, Lisbon

Stay on tram 28 until the last stop in Prazeres and you’ll be in the mostly residential neighborhood of Campo de Ourique. Although it doesn’t offer much in terms of tourist attractions, it’s a pleasant area with some good restaurants. But if you’re looking for a meal at any time of the day, head to the neighborhood market instead. It’s a building from the 1930s, recently renovated inside to offer a food court in addition to the stands of fresh fish and vegetables. You can sit for a quick meal of traditional Portuguese petiscos (tapas), or sushi or pizza, every day until midnight.

5 Spots for a Break by the Castle

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

After climbing the hill to the castle and walking around its ramparts, you’ll surely need a break. Luckily, there are several spots to sit for a drink or meal in the neighborhood, and we’ve selected five that you’ll want to place on your itinerary:

Nata Lisboa

Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 5-11
You don’t have to wait until you go to the Belém neighborhood to enjoy Lisbon’s famous custard tarts. They’re available throughout the city at most cafés and pastry shops, and recently a chain specializing in that pastry was born. There are currently a trio of branches in the city, and one of them is right by the castle gate. With tables facing the castle entrance, here you can have one or several tarts or simply enjoy a refreshing drink.

28 Café, Lisbon

Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 45-47A
Down the same street as Nata Lisboa is another authentic Lisbon experience — having a drink or meal inside an old tram. At least that’s what the interior of this cafe which recreates that of the city’s emblematic trams wants you to feel. But instead of taking you up and down the city’s hills it transports you back in time, with old black and white photos of the city and its trams on the walls.

Wine Bar do Castelo, Lisbon

Rua Bartolomeu Gusmão, 13
Down the hill, around the corner from the gateway to the castle is this wine bar that’s become a tourist magnet with dozens of Portuguese wines by the glass. They’re accompanied by cheeses and charcuterie, perfect for a break at the end of your sightseeing.

Claras em Castelo Restaurant, Lisbon

Rua Bartolomeu Gusmão, 31
A few doors up from the wine bar is this tiny restaurant which specializes in traditional Portuguese food. There are only a few seats inside, but there are a couple more placed outside when the sun is shining. It’s quite a romantic little place where you can also simply stay for a glass of wine.

Chapitô à Mesa Restaurant, Lisbon

Costa do Castelo, 7
For a more complete gastronomic experience with Lisbon at your feet there’s this restaurant further down the hill. It belongs to a circus school but the food is serious business. It now even has one of the city’s most creative young chefs in the kitchen. There’s a more formal dining room with postcard views of Lisbon where a more refined (and expensive) menu is served, and a more informal terrace outside for lighter meals.

5 New Spots to Taste Portugal in Lisbon

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Sabores da Madeira

Rua do Outro, 279
Now you don’t necessarily have to fly to the island of Madeira to taste the regional specialties of that subtropical Portuguese territory. At this space in downtown Lisbon you can enjoy the traditional drinks such as poncha (made of lemon, honey and brandy) and end a light meal with a glass of Madeira wine. The meals may include wheat soup or simply a slice of the traditional cakes of the island.


Rua de São Nicolau, 24
This is a trip to northern Portugal. It’s a café/wine bar open downtown throughout the day, presenting wines and food from the Douro region. The interior is small but attractive, but there are several tables placed outside on what is a pedestrian-only street. To accompany the wines there are sausages and cheeses, canned fish bruschettas and other “petiscos” (tapas).

Pizzaria do Bairro

Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, Armazém A, 18
It’s a pizzeria but it’s more Portuguese than Italian. All the toppings are inspired by Portuguese tastes, using local cheeses and hams, and there’s even the choice of cod. It’s found on a former warehouse from the 1800s by the entrance to the Cais do Sodré ferry terminal, and there’s no space to sit inside. Instead, this is a place to grab a slice (or an entire pie) to enjoy on the waterfront.

Loja das Conservas

Rua do Arsenal, 130
What you find here is to be enjoyed at home or elsewhere. It’s not a cafe or restaurant, it’s a shop selling just one type of product — canned fish. Now recognized as a healthy and high-quality gourmet product, the canned fish from Portugal comes in a large variety and in attractive packagings that also make great gifts. Naturally, it’s attracted a large number of tourists, which is why displays on the walls explain the history of each brand in English and Portuguese.

Patio do Bairro

Rua da Atalaia, 35
For many years this was a popular Mediterranean restaurant called “Império dos Sentidos” but is now concentrating only on Portuguese food. The interior is filled with drawings illustrating typical old Lisbon courtyards and alleys, very much like those you find outside the restaurant, in the Bairro Alto neighborhood.

Two Michelin-Star Chefs Opening New Restaurants in Lisbon

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Café Lisboa, Lisbon

There are currently two local chefs in Lisbon with gastronomy’s highest honor – the coveted Michelin star. Coincidentally, they’re both opening new casual restaurants in the city, complementing their well-established fine dining spaces.
José Cordeiro’s Michelin star in Lisbon was received at the Feitoria restaurant on the waterfront district of Belém, and he is now also on the waterfront, but on Comercio Square. The new “Chefe Cordeiro” restaurant has a terrace open throughout the day on the square for those who simply wish to have a drink or light meal on one of the city’s most monumental settings. The more complete meals can be enjoyed inside, in a space from the 1700s filled with contemporary furnishings. From the open kitchen comes dishes said to be “a tribute to Lisbon,” meaning traditional foods, but reinterpreted by the chef’s talent.
The other Michelin star is José Avillez, who in addition to the famous Belcanto restaurant has two others in the city. The new one, the fourth, is a café, found in the gilded interior of the city’s opera house, São Carlos Theater. Open throughout the day, every day, it has a terrace on the square, allowing you to stop for a drink and light meals to the sound of the old trams passing by. In such an emblematic Lisbon setting, the name of the place is appropriately “Café Lisboa.”

“Eat Portugal”

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Eat PortugalWhether you’re a curious foodie or a long-time fan of Portuguese food you may want to try to prepare some of Portugal’s most popular dishes. If you’re not yet familiar with Portuguese cuisine, you may want to check out our food guide which includes recipes for two old favorites. For additional recipes, there’s the “Eat Portugal” book. Written by Lucy Pepper (a British illustrator and writer living in Portugal since 1999) and Célia Pedroso (a Portuguese journalist) who both share a passion for food, it’s a step-by-step guide to preparing Portugal’s favorite dishes with ingredients you can find almost anywhere in the world.
Written in English for a foreign reader, it explains the history of each specialty, including soups and desserts. Especially helpful is the glossary which makes you better understand the dishes you find on a typical Lisbon menu and there’s also a dictionary at the end.
Well illustrated, it whets your appetite for some quite surprising foods.
You’ll find the book at book stores in Lisbon or you may order it online from the publisher:
Book: Eat Portugal book
E-book: Eat Portugal eBook