Want to make sure that you’re going to be eating the best of the best when you’re in Lisbon? Check out our top five places…
1. Mercado da Ribeira at Cais do Sodre, Lisbon (Time Out Market)
Not sure what you want, this food market has it all, including all the alcohol. There is food from all over the world and none of its shabby. However we have to recommend the croquettes, if you get anything… get the croquettes!
They have a variety of flavours from cod and chorizo to goats cheese and caramelised onion, perfect for a small lunch or mid-afternoon snack.
2. O’Cantinho Das Gaveas, Bairro Alto, Lisbon
Now you will more than likely end up in the Bairro Alto district on more than one occasion for dinner (we know we did) and that’s because it hosts some of the best local Portuguese cuisine going. You will be spoilt for choice but this little gem has amazing food and great service. The staff were energetic and fun and who doesn’t want a port on the house at the end of the meal!? We can recommend the seafood rice ten times over, as well as the veal ribs. Plus, we promise it won’t break the bank!
3. Amorino, Lisbon
So what could make ice cream even better? Eating an ice cream shaped like a flower with an unlimited amount of flavours, that makes an ice cream better! This has to be on your mid-afternoon snack list, it turns you back into a child. Plus you can even add a macaron on top!
4. Sala De Corte, Lisbon
So Portugal on all fronts is pretty well versed in its meats, steak being one. However, whats the very best steak in Lisbon? Well come to this little corner restaurant, which has a maximum of ten tables, see the queue round the block and you’ll have your answer.
We were walking back to our hotel one evening and literally bumped into the queue and vowed to come back the next evening – and a food promise is something we never break.
As well as amazing steak they also offer sides of creamed spinach and sweet potato dauphinoise. Plus the dessert… do not miss the dessert! We finished of our meal with a mouthwatering summer fruits pavlova and carrot cake.
5. Faia, Rua Da Barroca, Bairro Alto
On our final night there was nowhere else we wanted to go then back to the Bairro Alto district. Again, we found ourselves at a small corner side restaurant recommended to us by our hotel. The food was amazing (we went for the chicken and the lamb!) and you could tell it was a favourite with the locals as they came in bundles and had to be turned away.
Faia is local Portuguese cuisine but with a more modern twist, adorable waiter and an epic wine list! Perfect for celebrations at the end of an amazing trip!