Using some of my favorite things – Lisbon and food – and one of the things in which we Portuguese are really good at, I decided to make a a post with a list of some of the best places to eat here.
It will not be the best places to eat in Lisbon, neither my 10 favorite places, is just a list with a bit of everything, between some very typical places and the ones that are not so typical.
So, without a specific order:
1- Casa do Alentejo
Even being a small country we are divided in several areas that have some very specific types of food, Alentejo is one of them, if you ask me, it’s one of my favorites (I’ll probably say this about all of Portuguese food).
That being said, Casa do Alentejo is a restaurant that is kind of divided in 2, it has “normal” restaurant on the second floor, that is a bit more expensive and on the first floor has a tapas restaurant were you can try all of the amazing “alentejana” food bit by bit.
It’s definitely a must go in Lisbon, and the best thing about it (especially to someone who’s here for just a few days) is right in the center of Lisbon.
2 – Queijaria
I went here for the first time last month, and I just fall in love. It’s a cheese place, where you can buy cheese from all over the world, but that also has a small room where we can eat some tapas (mostly with different kinds of cheese).
For any cheese lover, like me, is heaven on earth, they not only have cheese tapas, but also some amazing wines and beers brewed in Minho (i didn’t even knew that there were theses types of beers made in Portugal).
Also on the center of the city, it’s a good place to be with your friends and talk about nothing and everything while eating cheese and drinking wine.
3 – La Paparrucha
This is a famous restaurant in Lisbon that serves an amazing Argentinian meat, but I must assume that I never went there. For 2 reason, is a bit expensive for me, and is so small that we have to book, and I’m kind of awful if I have to book anything.
Either way, it is know to have an amazing meat and amazing view.
And is in my to go list for years.
4 – Adega das Gravatas
In Adega das gravatas we can find not only a restaurant with some good food but also a restaurant with a quirky decoration, neckties everywhere, and most of them where gifted by clients.
Regarding the food, you have an enormous choice, between meat, fish, and the most typical Portuguese dishes, but I always choose the same when I go there, “Bife na Pedra” it’s translated as steak on the rock, they just bring us a steak and a scalding hot rock where we cook our on steak as we eat it.
A bit out of the center of the city, next to the Benfica neighborhood, but an interesting place to go.
5 – Markets – Mercado de Campo de Ourique; Mercado da Ribeira; Mercado de Algés
On the last couple of years, there was a modernization of the markets in Lisbon, instead of the traditional markets in Portugal, that were slowly dying due to the raising of supermarkets, they were changed to food markets, where you can find several little restaurants that sometimes are just a little place that should show us a bit of some of the restaurants of a few important chefs in Portugal.
They’re places with a different kind of vibe and with a large selection of food from where you can choose.
6 – Santini
I love sweets. And I’m able to eat ice creams anytime, being it summer our winter. So when I discovered that my favorite ice cream place in Cascais, that I used to go when I was a little girl, was going to open in the center of Lisbon I just saw myself getting fatter and poorer.
Santini has some of the best ice creams that I ever ate and I lived in Italy.
this one s definitely a must go place, and you should try it, my favorite ones are mango and strawberry, but,you can just try any of them.
And since it open in the center of Lisbon is no longer necessary to go to Cascais to try it. (because if it didn’t’ had opened in Lisbon I would advise anyone to go there even having to travel a couple of Km’s).
7 – The best chocolate cake in the world
Yes, it is named like that. and yes, is probably not far from the truth. And imagine that, they’re able to open shops in 6 other countries besides Portugal.
The only thing that I can say about it, is that, yes it’s truly delicious, and so far (I’m still young) it was the best chocolate cake that I ever ate, even better than the one made by my grandma. For me it has only a downside, I can only eat a piece at a time, with the one made by my grandma, I can probably eat it all in one go. Seing it like this, I don’t know whats best, eat just a piece or an entire cake.
8 – Fabulas
One of my favorite places in Lisbon, a bit quirky (maybe hipster, but I’m not very good understanding what’s hipster, and what’s not), and with a really nice ambient.
It’s a nice cafe, with some good food and drink options, it has craft beer, and that’s something something that made me go back several times.
From the decor to the food it has always something good and interesting.
Right on the center of the city, so if you’re here, it’s a nice place to go drink something on the end of a long walking day.
9 – Dom Leitão
Another place that I didn’t knew of until recently, I went there this last weekend, and it was a really nice surprise.
A typical dish in Portugal is Leitão (that means a little pig – and either saying this or piglet I just remember Winnie the pooh, and makes me get weird out about loving so much this dish), as I was saying, this is really a typical dish in Portugal, but is not that normal in Lisbon, and it was really good. Even the wine that was lovely, a white frizzy portuguese wine, that paired perfectly with it.
The downside is that is a bit out of the center of Lisbon, almost out of it, but to compensate that it ad Fado while we were dining. Just amazing.
10 – Patio do Bairro
Bairro Alto is one of the main neighborhoods in Lisbon, it’s touristy, and it’s where’s the nightlife, so as you can imagine it has 1001 restaurants.
This one, is one of my favorites for years, it changed several times it was a pasta place ( i didn’t know it like that), an Italian restaurant (so, so good) and now it’s a Portuguese food restaurant (mouth watering). Even with all this changes i was always manged by the same people, and every time time that I go there I remember myself why I love to eat.
This is definitely a place that I constantly recommend to everyone.
But, something important to know is that in Lisbon there are literally 1001 places where you can eat something amazing, either in fin dining or in a simple cafe around the corner.