Eating in Lisbon (Travel Guide)

September 21, 2013

Pasteis de Belem

As soon as I completed the Intermediate Cuisine course at Le Cordon Bleu, Arjun and I left Paris for Lisbon. We wanted to spend a week on holiday, something that was overdue considering the city around us had shut down for the summer for the past 6 weeks. I’d wanted to visit Lisbon for a long time. My interest in Lisbon began when I ate my first Pastel de Nata, a Portuguese pastry, at Comme à Lisbonne in Paris, a matchbox sized pastry shop that only makes this one Portuguese treat. Invariably, every time I go there, there’s a fresh batch coming out of the oven and they are served warm with a little bit of powdered cinnamon sprinkled on top. The Pastel (Plural: Pasteis) de Nata is a sweet treat made with golden, flaky puff pastry case that holds a rich, egg yolky (but not overtly so) custard that’s still quite wobbly. Once the pastry is baked, the top forms a glossy skin, blistered in spots. When I first had it, I went back home and looked up several recipes and tried to replicate it, but the more I delved into my research, the more I realised that a good pastel de nata recipe is hard to come by, and is, in fact, a notoriously guarded secret. Instead, I went back to Comme à Lisbonne and happily bought one pastry served on a paper napkin and savoured every little bite while ambling through the Marais.

So, on to Lisbon. Lisbon is such a pretty city. The moorish architecture, the gorgeous hand painted wall tiles, the brick red roofs and the majestic mosaic lined plazas will make you go shutter crazy. Lisbon is the city of seven hills, and this means that there are lots of steep streets to climb – so wear comfy shoes!

A few things about the way I travel: sightseeing doesn’t interest me all that much, unless it’s the kind you do at markets. What’s of prime importance for me that I have my meals for the entire trip planned out. For this I spend hours researching the places to eat at. In addition to my own research, I turned to Salt of Portugal for some excellent, excellent recommendations, as well as Arjun’s Lisbonian classmate.

Getting Around in Lisbon

First, you buy a  Viva Viagem card for €0.50 and then top it up with whatever type of ticket you’re interested in. You can buy a €6 ticket that let’s you use the Metro, Bus and Tram for a period of 24 hours. I believe they also have a more cost-effective 5 day pass, that you can find out about when buy a ticket. Fares here.

Where to stay in Lisbon

While the Bairro Alto neighborhood is where all the action is, we wanted to stay a bit further away (near Rossio Metro). The Bairro Alto neighborhood is known to come alive post 11PM and even when the bars shut down, people continue their party on the streets because, in Lisbon, it’s legal to drink on the street! Therefore, not great to get a good night’s sleep if you end up staying at an apartment upstairs from a bar. Plus, this neighborhood has more steep slopes than usual, so we didn’t want to risk ending up with an apartment we’d have to climb to every night after a day of galavanting.

Favourite Spot in Lisbon

Praça Luíz de Camões

Praça Luíz de Camões – Every evening, we’d invariably end up at this bustling square in the Baixa Chiado neighborhood. We’d buy the local lemongrass (Erva Príncipe) or black currant (Groselha) drink from Quiosque de Refresco (refreshment kiosks) and sip the ice cold drink served in these cool cornstarch glasses, watching the people around us. The kiosque, by the way, is a genius idea that needs to be replicated in other cities.

Favourite Neighbourhood in Lisbon

I think Alfama wins hands down as my favourite neighborhood. It’s typically middle-class and as you walk through the district, you literally get to peek into people’s lifestyle and homes. You will literally get lost in the lanes and pathways because the tiny streets aren’t even mapped on Google maps. This is also the neighbourhood to catch some live Fado instead of the touristy and not-so-authentic Bairro Alto. We ran into this young fellow who wanted a picture taken.

Touristy Fun

Lisbon, Portugal

TRAM 28: Ride the Tram 28 in Lisbon that takes you through all the famous tourist spots. But careful! It’s known for its pickpockets as well.

View from Graça

MIRADOURO: The Portuguese love their city views, so when you see a road signed marked “Miradouro” you know you’re not far away from one. Because the city is so hilly, a mere tilt of the head will reveal beautiful views of the city. I loved walking up the stairs from my apartment in the Mouraria (The Moorish Quarter) and perch myself on the steps. Some of my favourite viewing points are: Graça, Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara – Jardim António Nobre and up from the Santa Justa Lift (using this is also free with the 24 hour transport ticket).

Sweet Things

One thing that was clear on this trip was that the Portuguese have a major sweet tooth. Most pastries here are heavy on cream, egg yolks and sugar. Some were a tad too sweet for my taste (but not the Pasteis de Nata, thanks to their small size). Here are some pastry shops, chocolaterias and gelaterias that we visited and liked.

Pasteis de Belem Pasteis de Belem

PASTEIS DE BELEM (Rua de Belém, 84-92)
This is the pastry shop for which I made the pilgrimage to Lisbon, and a pilgrimage that was absolutely worthwhile. We ordered a 6-pack of pastries to go and ate them warm at the train station, sprinkled with cinnamon. Watch this.


CONFEITARIA NACIONAL (Praça da Figueira, 18B)
This is an old school pastry shop that’s been around since 1829. This one was around the corner from our apartment, so we’d invariably wind up here for breakfast. With no labels on the display shelves, we’d basically point out to the different things to place our order and we’d never know what the filling was, and that was part of the excitement of trying new things.


GELATERIA NANNARELLA (Rua Nova da Piedade, 68)
A super tiny gelato shop in the Principe Real neighborhood, that makes some of the best gelato I’ve eaten. Quality ingredients, freshly made gelato, and Italian owners made the gelato at par with what I’ve tried during my Rome Gelato Trail.

SANTINI (Rua do Carmo, 9)
This gelato shop is always packed! So much so that the line for gelato extends to the street and disrupts traffic. They have a huge selection of flavours that changes seasonally.

TARTINE (Rua Serpa Pinto, 15-A)
Portuguese pastries made with the delicate touch of French techniques. We tried their own invention, Chiado (phyllo pastry layered with egg cream) along with Brisa (egg and cream pastry coated with a layer of icing) and Arjun’s favourite: a shortbread tart with a layer of apple compote topped with condensed milk.


The name simply translates to mean “The best chocolate cake in the world” – the recipe is touted to be kept a secret for the past 20 years. Carlos Lopes make his chocolate cake with mousse and ganache sandwiched between layers of meringue. Good, but I’ve got to admit, not quite the best in the world and maybe not worth the trip.

PASTELARIA ALOMA (Rua Francisco Metrass, 67)
This pastelaria has won the prize for the best Pastel de Nata two years in a row. Pastelaria Aloma isn’t in a touristy neighborhood, so you’ll find locals popping in for their coffee and pastry at this modest little patisserie. While there were dozens of pasteis de nata lined along the counter, the waitress went into the kitchen to fetch a warm one for us – such a nice touch.

Claudio Corralo

CLAUDIO CORALLO (Rua Cecílio de Sousa, 85)
Claudio Corallo’s chocolate sorbet is what dreams are made of. Even after my return to Paris, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Luscious and velvety, the sorbet is made with nothing but pure chocolate, sugar and water. While here, were also treated to a little session on tasting roasted beans.

Pao do Ló

MERCEARIA CRIATIVA (Avenida Guerra Junqueiro 4A)
We popped in here for dessert after eating the steak sandwiches from Cervejaria Ramiro. We sampled a bunch of traditional Portuguese pastries: Cajadas do Piódão (chestnut and honey tarts), Fatia de Bolo (cheesecake) and Pao do Ló (delicate spongy cake, my favourite of the three).

Restaurants in Lisbon

A few points about eating out in Lisbon:
* Almost all restaurants will bring you a plate of olives and bread without you asking for it and add it to the bill in the end. If you don’t want it, you can ask them to take it back or just leave it untouched.
* Sunday is a bad restaurant day. Everything is closed so make sure to plan accordingly. We ended up eating the strangest African food we’ve ever eaten.
* Tipping: It’s not customary, but it’s a good gesture. 5-10% of the bill is good enough.

TABERNA DA RUA DAS FLORES (Rua das Flores, 103)
This is my favourite restaurant in all of Lisbon. Favourite. We ate here on our first day. I went back here midweek for their dessert of fresh cheese, honey and almonds. And then, again, we went back there for dinner on our last night in Lisbon because I was worried that no other place might match up, and the pressure of eating well in a city on the last night is always intense. The folks at the restaurant are really nice. Although the menu is written on the chalkboard in Portuguese, they’ll go over everything in English and suggest their recommendations. They have a daily changing menu to keep things exciting. Everything we ate here was superlative, but the one dish I remember so distinctly was the Tiradito de Corvina (fish, a lot like sea bass) barely cooked on hot stones, and raw inside, served on a bed of seaweed, sprinkled with tiny dried prawns and sesame seeds and a dollop of gochujang on the side. And their clams, such good clams with chopped up chourico. I’d say, you can blindly order anything here.

CERVEJARIA RAMIRO (Av. Almirante Reis, 1)
This place is shellfish heaven. Fresh tiger prawns, scarlet prawns, crabs, clams, and goose barnacles for the adventurous. All at affordable prices. And you are expected to finish off with a ‘dessert’ or their famous….steak sandwich! We had eaten way too much, but went back for the steak sandwich the next day. They don’t take reservations so be prepared for a very long queue in the evenings, possibly up to an hour on the weekend.

TABERNA IDEAL (Rua Esperança 112)
Another excellent Taberna, serving food from the islands of Portugal. Good food, average deserts, large portions and excellent atmosphere packed with locals. Especially loved the pairing of deep fried chorico with sliced oranges and their tartine made with honey, rosemary and fresh cheese.

DELICIAS DE GOA (Rua Conde Redondo, 2)
We were curious to try out what Goan food in Lisbon might taste like, given the Portuguese colonisation of Goa in the 16th century. Both the vindaloo and the prawn curry we tried reminded us of food back home.

CASA DA INDIA (Rua Loreto)
Every time we passed by this restaurant, it was always packed, so we popped in for dinner one evening. Simple, inexpensive, no fuss traditional Portuguese food served (despite the name). A tad greasy for me, but Arjun loved their deep fried sausage.


NOVA POMBALINA (Rua do Comércio, 2)
Stop by here for a quick snack of Prego (sandwiches) with a choice of meats – tuna, sucking pig, fresh cheese, fried egg and a few more options on their chalkboard. Wash it down with some fresh fruit juice.

CANTINHO AVILLEZ (Rua Duques de Bragança 7)
Jose Avillez is quite the celebrity in Lisbon, with a string of restaurants attached to his name. We stopped by for lunch at Cantinho Avillez to try out his modern take on Portuguese food. The food was refined and served in cocottes, just like at Christian Constant’s Les Cocottes in Paris. I really liked the strawberry gazpacho with goat cheese here – it reminded me what a fantastic flavour pairing strawberries + tomatoes make.

Some places I wish I’d made it to: Tasca Esquina, Pap Acorda and Salsa e Coentros. We also had some excellent grilled sardines at a tiny restaurant in Alfama – turns out they’re nice and fat around this time of the year (through summer). Must eat that when you can!

Shopping in Lisbon

RUA DOM PEDRO V: This street is dotted with cute boutiques. When you walk further into the bylines of Bairro Alto, you’ll find local designer shops.

Bring Lisbon Home

This is the cutest store store in Lisbon. Packed with handicrafts and souvenirs made by Portuguese artists to bring back. We brought back a ceramic swallow, the harbinger of Spring and a poster.

Conserveira de Lisboa is the brand under which Portuguese seafood is canned and expired all over the world. Their packaging is what first drew me there.

Day Trips from Lisbon

Every person who had anything to say about Lisbon, insisted we go to Sintra and Cascais while in Lisbon. We acquiesced and weren’t disappointed.

Kitchen of the kings, Sintra

Sintra: The owner of the apartment we stayed at described Sintra as “our jewel”. It’s a gorgeous little town with castles and remains of the past. We visited the Pena Palace and Castle of the Moors, both offering fantastic views of the cityscape. There are a few other spots that might be worth a visit, but these are the major ones. There is a train to Sintra from Lisbon (Rossio) every 20 minutes or so. At Sintra, don’t buy a tourist bus ticket to take you to the sights. Rather, hop onto the public bus (turn right after you step out of the train station) and buy a hop-on-hop-off ticket for €5.

Towards the end of the day, we headed to get some pastries typical to the region:

SAPA (Volta Duche, 12, Sintra)
Close to the train station, Sapa is the place that’s famous for it’s Queijadas, or fresh cheese and coconut filled in a hard, paper thin pastry. Arjun also loved their “Delicias de leite”, their milk custard tart.

Piriquita Sintra

PIRIQUITA (Rua Padarias, 1/7, Sintra)
The other pastry worth seeking out is a “Travesseiro” at Piriquita. Travesseiro literally means ‘pillow’. And this pillow of puff pastry is filled with an eggy almond cream that’s best had with a shot of espresso.


Cascais: Is the place to go for some beach fun, and it’s picturesque to boot with turquoise water and golden sand. The bad part? Even in the peak of summer when the weather is 30C, the water in the Atlantic Ocean is quite cold to swim in. While it’s a tad crowded and the beach right by the train station isn’t very big, I’d suggest hopping out of the train a few stops prior at Estoril (you can see the beaches from the train). There is a train to Cascais from Lisbon (Cais do Sodré train station) every 30 minutes.

Markets in Lisbon


Three good markets: MERCADO DA RIBEIRA (Avenida 24 de Julho), MERCADO 31 DE JANEIRO (Rua Engenheiro Vieira da Silva) and MERCADO DE ALVALADE NORTE (Avenida Rio de Janeiro) are worth visiting. Sergio of Salt of Portugal put me in touch with a friend whom he described as having the “most discriminating palates in Lisbon” who might be able to show me around Mercado da Ribeira. Unfortunately, our schedules didn’t match so I couldn’t meet him, but he did email me his recommendations for the market and how best to manoeuvre the market looking for produce. 


Anthony Bourdain’s Layover episode on Lisbon. 



To local Portuguese artists Mariza.


  • Reply Maria September 22, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Loved your article. Pasteis de nata are also my favorites and I make sure I have plenty of them when I visit my home. Can’t get them anywhere like back home. The Lisbon info is great as well. Thanks again enjoyed reading your article

  • Reply Andrea September 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I am so happy that i read this here.I’m from Lisbon and from Campo de Ourique(28 route and where ‘O melhor bolo de chocolate do mundo’ is located).You should’ve tried Artisani,another ice cream shop(for me much better than Santini and Nannarella),it’s 5 minutes from Campo de Ourique,next to Jardim da Estrela,one little open garden very nice for tourists as well.28 passes near and stops in front of Basilica da Estrela.There was another one called Amorino,i would say the best coconut ice cream i have ever had.I’m happy you liked it.And if you go visit in any other time there are several more wonderful beaches with warmer water,more to the south.

    • Reply Shaheen September 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Hi Andrea! Thanks for sharing your favourite gelato shop. I’m going to keep that in mind for next time. We do have Amorino in Paris, so I’m going to go over and try the coconut ice cream there.

      • Reply Andrea October 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Hello.You’re welcome.I am sure you will find many new things next time.There is always so much to discover in Lisbon. I hope you have tried by now the coconut ice cream at Amorino.
        All the best to you.

  • Reply Keith Gooderham September 22, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    What a wonderful article about a very special city. I was there in April and so enjoyed my visit, for me its the new Barcelona but so much better, a perfect place to visit, for either a short or a long time, and simply immerse yourself in the life of the city. I just wish that I had all of your excellent tips on where to eat before I went – but there is always the next time!;-)
    Best regards,

    • Reply Shaheen September 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      I like that you call Lisbon the new Barcelona. Agree!

  • Reply Shruti September 23, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Loved this post!

  • Reply Supriya September 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Loved going through this post. Due to visit in Lisbon in early December and going to use this as a food bible :) Would love your recommendations on restaurants that have decent options for vegetarians (eggs included). Could you please email me the recommendations for the market visit too.


    • Reply Shaheen September 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Hi Supriya, another reason we made the trip to Lisbon was to gorge on fresh seafood because we don’t get that in Paris. So, we pretty much ate only meat and fish. But when we did visit Taberna Ideal they were very thoughtful and asked if we have any dietary restrictions – so I’d imagine they’d accommodate your request.

  • Reply Elizabeth September 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    This is such a good, solid post. Makes me want to go to Lisbon and eat the custard tart. Why are you not doing the same thing for Paris? A comprehensive guide! Really good post! :)

    • Reply Shaheen September 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      I have a huge document (15 pages, and counting) on Paris in the making. I just feel like I need a little more time to make it comprehensive, especially now that I’ve moved to a new neighbourhood. But I know, that’s never going to be the case because there is so much to do in Paris. But thanks for the nudge. Hopefully, I’ll get to it sooner rather than later.

      • Reply Meghan September 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        Oh yes, something like this for Paris would be awesome!

  • Reply Sudha September 23, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I LOVED this line ‘cos I thought I am the only one who stresses about that. “the pressure of eating well in a city on the last night is always intense.”

    Great post about Lisbon, it was never on my list. You’ve put it there now.

  • Reply Family Foodie September 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    What a wonderful post on Lisbon. It brought back so many memories as I read your post and now I am totally craving Portuguese Cuisine. Thank you!

  • Reply Lisa September 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Thank you for writing such a beautiful post on my beautiful city! Made me feel like I was there again! All the places you’ve mentioned are great along with so many more!

  • Reply Meghan September 25, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I’ve been wanting to go to Lisbon for so long, and this post made me want to book a ticket ASAP! I’m going to bookmark this for when I finally do get to visit.
    I love researching food and restaurants before I travel too, and I totally agree about the pressure of the last night meal. I was in Barcelona recently and got sick on our last day. I was too sick to eat and that missed last meal is a big regret!

  • Reply Victoria September 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Dear Shaheen, thank you for the wonderful post!
    In Lisbon you fall in love at first sight. The first time I was there in February of this year. I remember how the last night I stood on the bank of Tejo near the Comercio Square and dreamed that I will return here again. My dream has come true exactly in 7 months. It’s beautiful! This is a city for artists, musicians, writers, rebels and romantics! And for the sweet-tooth of course :) !

  • Reply Frances September 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I am SO jealous that you tried the real pasteis de nata!

    David Lebovitz has an excellent recipe for chocolate sorbet…

  • Reply Cristiana Machella September 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Hi everyone,
    I visited Lisbon twice and I’d go for the third time soon as I got bewitched by the beauty of the city and Portugal as well.
    I just have a limited budget this year so I wonder if someone can kindly help me giving infos about special hotels or B and Breakfrast accomodation offers in November in the centre of the old city.
    I need single bed room.
    I also wonder if the weather is usually good and mild in this month.
    I also dont know which are the loweat cost flight companies in this period. can I meet new friends in the city to share visits, drinks and nice time?
    I hope someone can help me.
    Thank you anyway
    Muito obrigado

    • Reply Shaheen October 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      For accommodation, you can lookup either Hostelworld or AirBNB and pick something that suits your budget. We flew to Lisbon by Vueling.

  • Reply Pedro Pinto September 28, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Thank you very much for the detail visit to my city Lisboa.

    The visits here presented are very touristic, specially the restaurants presented here, nevertheless a worthy report of a small part of what you can find in Lisbon.

    The city is very safe for visitors and specially foreigners will feel at ease at most of the places, without worrying of the time of day.

    Calling the city the new Barcelona, is the same as calling New York, the new London… Unbelievable unreal. Completely different cities without any doubt to beautifull cities to visit, but with a complete different look.

    Again thank you very much for all the effort!

    Hope to see you again visiting us, specially in the day of Santo Antonio de Lisboa 13 of June (a.k.a. Santo Antonio de Padua).

    Best regards

    Pedro Pinto

    • Reply Keith Gooderham September 28, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      When I called Lisbon the “New Barcelona” I meant that the city has so much to offer and given how easy it is to get to from all over Europe it could easily become a very popular “city break” destination, just as Barcelona has in recent year. In many ways I hope that it doesn’t, I love it as it is, and so look forward to exploring the city more just as it is and not overflowing with tourists, though if you live there you probably think that there are enough already!.
      Best regards,

  • Reply Chitra Sridhar October 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Hey Shaheen,

    I love your posts. I have always meant to drop in a line saying how good you are at what you do.

    This post is just in time – I am planning on visiting Lisbon this month end. I am a vegetarian – do you have any recommendations for Vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon?

    Much love from New York,

    • Reply Shaheen October 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      Hi Chitra – Thanks for the kind words. I’m sorry I don’t know of any vegetarian restaurants. We were pretty much focused on eating seafood and meat in Lisbon.

      • Reply Nuno February 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        Vegeterian: try Terra near Principe Real

    • Reply Roxanne July 30, 2016 at 5:45 AM

      So where shall we go, please email me your contact at 6464292244

  • Reply savera October 27, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    Hi Shaheen,

    the next time in Lisbon – take the ‘ we hate tourism tours’ day trip. it was the most amazing and fun trip. The guides are so passionate about everything Lisbon, and they take you to all the hidden gems – not the touristy places. Lunch at the farmers market was wonderful and of course the custard tarts at the monastery was out of this world.


  • Reply Chris Lauzon November 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Amazing article! I am in Lisbon at the moment and found this to be very helpful!

    – Chris

  • Reply Andrea November 18, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Perfect timing! I just booked a city break to Lisbon today and am planning on spending the entire time eating. Thanks so much for the list! Do you have any recos for best neighborhood to stay in?

  • Reply eliza&arjen December 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    What a lovely blog you have made for lisbon! We really enjoyed your choices of the places where you can eat. We actually went to everything you recommended.
    The lovely pasteis de nata in belem, and the taberne de flores, great in many ways…
    We would love to have such a place back home in amsterdam. Thank you for your blog, we are fans from now on!

    Cheers, Eliza and Arjen

  • Reply Cooking Lisbon December 11, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    It was great that you visit the local markets in Lisbon. The colors are always amazing and seems to us a very good option. Congratulations with the article, its amazing how you describe your visit to Lisbon, Sintra, pastry, among many other things. cheers.

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  • Reply Devi January 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Hi Shaheen, My husband & I love to travel & enjoy different cuisines. We just booked a trip with our daughter to Lisbon, Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona. Like you, we plan our trip around food, so I was ecstatic to find your blog on Lisbon! You have mapped out our entire time in Lisbon (4 days). The only other thing I want to add to the trip is Port Wine. Do you have any idea of a great a local Port? Also, I would like to get in touch with your contact from Sergio to plan a guided tour if possible; if not I would appreciate any additional information he shared with you. Thanks so very much for your SUPER guidance through Lisbon. Now I have to do my homework on Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, any ideas? Terrific Blog

    • Reply Shaheen February 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      And the only reason for not including Porto is because I don’t drink wine. :) Enjoy your trip!

  • Reply Denise February 5, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Bonjour Shaheen!

    We just got tickets to head to Barcelona and Lisbon – we leave this Thursday. I was doing some research on Lisbon as neither of us have been there (even though Lenny is from the Azores) and your site came up. I have read a couple paragraphs, and cannot way to dig in even more tonight.

    On a side note … how are you? How is Paris? Hope all is really well. xxoo

    • Reply Shaheen February 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Wow! Have fun in Lisbon. It’s such a refreshing little city. I’m doing well! Paris is dreamy as always, and I’m currently in London. Can’t wait to read about your travels! xo

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    What a fab article on where to eat. My hubs and I are visiting in April for our 1st wedding anniversary and have noted all your suggestions. Thank you in advance!

  • Reply lily February 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I m going to Barcelona 3 days, Lisbon 3 days and Porto for 1 day. After reading your blog, can’t wait to be there in Lisbon. Arrive Barcelona on 5th March.

  • Reply Ron February 28, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Thanks for the great write-up and details of your trip to Portugal! We love it here and may accidentally miss our flight back to get an extra day in. Seriously, you really helped us eat and see our way through the city – thanks so much!

  • Reply Josh April 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Hi Shaheen

    What a wonderful post, fantastic imagery and very detailed information. I’m going with some friends on Saturday and this will be a hugely helpful resource! Can’t wait to chow down on all of that food!
    I have a question for you– did you go surfing in Cascais or Estoril? Are there places to rent boards etc?

    This is about to get shared ;)

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    I’m going to Lisbon in less than 3 months and I can’t simply wait to dig into some local delicacies. I am definitely going to try seafood salads, chocolate cakes and Pasteis de Nata.

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  • Reply Kelly April 29, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    I am heading to Lisbon this weekend! I am so excited and so, so happy I came across this post. It is so insightful and really helpful! You mentioned that no restaurants are open on Sunday (what?!?) I was wondering if you had any advice as to what to do that evening then? Do you recommend stocking up from a supermarket for that night maybe?

    Thanks again! :)

    • Reply Shaheen May 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      Yes, do that! Much better than having a substandard meal.

  • Reply Ashley April 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Great post! I’m heading to Lisbon on Friday and can’t wait to check out some of the pastry and restaurant recommendations you made. For someone who isn’t the biggest fan of seafood, would you say there are plenty of other options of food to eat? Everything that i’ve found so far about Lisbon just points out the fresh fish and other shell options.

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  • Reply Lefort August 15, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Bonjour et merci pour tous ces conseils .je compte aller à Lisbonne 8jours en septembre pour l’anniversaire de ma femme et je cherche soit un appartement ou un hôtel avec une très belle vue mer ou Tage je ne trouve rien . Pourriez vous m’aider ? Merci de me répondre

    • Reply Shaheen August 18, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Salut Lefort, j’ai loué un appart via Airbnb et j’ai été très contents de l’appartement.

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  • Reply Joyce November 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Thanks for this :) We’re planning on visiting Lisbon this Dec and I got a lot of ideas from your post!

  • Reply LISBON, Portugal | Living and Traveling with Kids March 24, 2015 at 8:43 PM

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  • Reply Tours2Portugal April 13, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    We are so proud about this article. Portugal and Lisboa are so beautiful, no doubts about that.

    Thanks for sharing your experience in Portugal to others

    Great photos by the way. ;)



  • Reply Manasa July 15, 2015 at 1:24 AM

    Thank you so much for the beautiful photos and detailed recommendations. Reading this post has made me all the more excited about my trip to Lisbon next week! xx

  • Reply Jasmine August 28, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Thanks for your amazing written account of Lisbon! I hope to discover all these amazing places that you suggest!

  • Reply Monika August 28, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    I am going to Lisbon for half of the year and after that note I am sure it will be soooo delicious – thanks to your advices! :)

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  • Reply Cornelia March 2, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Very good article ! I like the way you write !

  • Reply Cristal March 27, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    This is a great and informative article, thank you! I was wondering if you found any restaurants in Lisbon serving black pig from the Alentejano region?

  • Reply Sharbanee Prusty June 20, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Awesome read! I am gonna use this is bible for my trip! Love the way you have covered every ground from shopping, eating, day trips etc. :)

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  • Reply Naasha November 5, 2016 at 3:28 AM

    Dearest purple foodie,

    My husband and I used your post while traveling through Lisbon and we are most indebted. We tried almost all the food u recommended Because like you, food is a big part of any of our travels. We only wanted to add to your list the Portuguese favorite cabbage soup which is delightful.
    We look forward to eating vicariously through you as you travel. Btw We are writing this while sitting on the stoop outside at taberna da Rua das Flores for our second meal here.

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