Dining in Lisbon can be a downright heavenly experience. Appropriate for any budget, there are innumerable cafes, tascas, and restaurants offering simple traditional fare at shockingly low prices. Sweet pastries, succulent steaks, fresh seafood, and amazing combinations abound. Of course, the possibilities are endless, so explore some of these suggestions, ranging from the bottom-line local favourites to the high-end cuisine and chic bistros praised by international foodies and the Portuguese culinary aristocracy.
Portuguese food varies from delighfully unhealthy steak and eggs and pork sandwiches to saussages, seafood stapls, fresh produce, and rice-anything – all brightened by a distinct Portuguese flair and a long-time appreciation for creative-based cooking that, lately, has garnished international attention for it’s innovation, while still borrowing heavily from traditional roots.
Check out our list of traditional Portuguese pubs and restaurants with local Lisbon flavor.
Good vegetarian options may seem limited in a city where the culinary scene is very much a fish and wine culture with tendancies toward bold, succulant, and heavy meats and saussages.
Nonetheless, it’s still nice every once in a while to get a light meal rich with veggies. If you’re looking for an alternative to bifanas, steaks, and choriço, try one of these vegetable-loving establishments.
Portgual, and Lisbon in particular, has a culture of fish and wine. Do not miss out on some amazing traditional seafood dishes while visiting the Portuguese capital.
And bare in mind that young talented chefs are taking the old classics and putting their own twist on them, creating dishes that have captured the imaginations of Lisbon foodies and hungry travellers alike.
Enjoy the best seafood restaurants in Lisbon!
Take a bite out of Portugal’s colonial past and try some of the exotic dishes that have become as popular to visitors as they are to locals in the immigrant districts.
With Lisbon’s diversity comes an array of wonderful African, Indian, and Asian restaurants. These are our favourites.
The most important meal of the day. At least to us. Of course Oasis breakfast is waiting for you until 11h, but perhaps you slept a little late. Or maybe you just need something more to help youreslf recover from a long night.
Lisbon has tons of cakes and pastries and they can be found in small cafes anywhere – but if you want a true and proper brunch, these are the best places in Lisbon to find it.
Seafood restaurants are something that you shouldn’t miss in Lisbon
Portugal, and Lisbon in particular, has a culture of fish and wine. Do not miss out on some amazing traditional seafood dishes while visiting the Portuguese capital. And bare in mind that young talented chefs are taking the old classics and putting their own twist on them, creating dishes that have captured the imaginations of Lisbon foodies and hungry travellers alike.
In the Expo area amid a strip of “so-so” restaurants mainly geared towards tourists lies this gem of seafood. The sign says “Setubal in Lisbon,” and its fish come fresh everyday straight form the port 50km south of the city. Endless fish options on the menu.
Not the cheapest place, but if its fresh fish you after, then splurging here is worth it.
Rua da Pimenta
Parque das Nações
Open Tuesday to Friday 19h – 22h30 / Monday, Saturday, and Sunday 12h – 15h30
tel. (+351) 218 955 892
Cantinho do Mercado
Located just a stone’s throw from the fresh fish market, this place guarantees the fish you are eating was hand picked by the owner in the early morning hours.
A simple place were the quality is always good and where, as the owner says, a “little bit of passion” from the fishing village of Ericeira can be found in Lisbon.
Near the Mercado 31 de Janeiro
Cais do Sodre
Open Monday to Friday 12h – 15h
tel. (+351) 213 544 233
Toscano Casa de Pasto
If you really want to get off the beaten path and enter a real Portuguese Tasca – look no further than this place. The walls are adorned with photos of famous football players, and the plates come with great fish at great prices.
R. Sacramento à Lapa, 74
Closed on Sundays
tel. (+351) 213 968 633
One of the best places in town for shellfish and crustaceans. Right in the center of the city this traditional cervejaria rarely disappoints. About 35€ per person.
Avenida Almirante Reis, 1H
Open Wednesday to Monday 09h – 18h
tel. (+351) 218 851 024
Eat Portuguese in Lisbon!
Portuguese food varies from delighfully unhealthy steak and eggs and pork sandwiches to saussages, seafood stapls, fresh produce, and rice-anything – all brightened by a distinct Portuguese flair and a long-time appreciation for creativity-based cooking that, lately, has garnished international attention for it’s innovation, while still borrowing heavily from traditional roots.
Príncipe do Calhariz
Come to where the chicken is! Traditional Portuguese restaurant specializing in BBQ chicken with “Piri-Piri” (Chili sauce), but everything – from the grilled octopus, to the garlic prawns – is equally fantastic. Ask nearly any of your lovely staff and they’ll swear by it. Just a minutes’ walk from Oasis Hostel, and – oh yeah – did we say cheap!
Calçada do Combro, 28/ 30
Open Sunday to Friday: 12h – 15h30 // 19h – 22h30
tel.: (+351) 213 420 971
This place has been preserved in a time capsule since 1967; ideal when you need a late night solution. A long bar wraps around the whole restaurant, giving the place some kind of futuristic-vision-from-the-50s feel. From your bar stool you will be able to do the best of people watching as the clientele here changes with every hour. Walls are paneled off with geometric patterned original wood. The food is simple – the experience anything but.
Av. da República, 14
Open everyday until 02h
tel. (+351) 213 544 444
This is by far the Oasis Staff’s favorite place to eat a steak. The place is very Portuguese and it is best to go early (about 21h) Friday and Saturday because it fills up fast. The specialty here is strips of succulent raw beef steak served on a hot stone with mustard sauces and salt. You cook it yourself. Other items on the menu here are also very good (sardines, bacalhau, etc), but if you eat meat you should make this pilgrimage of fat and drizzle a must.
Rua Das Gáveas, 8
Open Tuesday to Saturday 19h – 24h
tel. (+351) 213 463 443
The Portuguese love their “merendas” (snacks) and if you want to feel Portuguese for an afternoon (or just gain a couple of pounds), there is no better place to do it than here. Try the “Bifana” – a slow stewed pork sandwich – with lots of mustard and “Piri-Piri.”
Rua 1 de Dezembro, 116
Open Monday to Saturday 18h – 01h
tel. (+351) 213 420 405
Bica do Sapato
Trendy and fashionable, this three tiered establishment, once a boat factory, has been where Lisbon’s trend-setters dine over creatively presented gourmet dishes.
Within the slick modern-minimalist interior, fusions of Portuguese and Mediterranean fare mix with other European dishes. A more casual and open cafeteria compliments the more formal ambiance of the restaurant. Upstairs, a sushi bar offers ethereal and tasty servings of Japanese food with an amazingly broad view of the river Tejo.
The severe level of sophistication and glamor comes at a price, but Lisbon’s modish restaurant is worth it for the aristocratic traveler who wants dine in style.
Avenida Infante D. Henrique
Armazém B, Cais da Pedra
Open everyday 12h30 – 14h30 and 20h – 23h30
tel. (+351) 218 810 320
In Santos, Taberna Ideal recreates the feel of an old Lisbon tavern with its cozy and relaxed atmosphere. The cuisine is traditional Portuguese comfort food meant to make you feel cozy and at home, as if the dish were made by the waiter’s grandmother. The menu and the snacks change daily with the freshest ingredients. Their hand-written menus also come complete with suggestions for the perfect wine to compliment your meal. Very reasonably priced and dripping with unrefined charm, Taberna Ideal’s outstanding reputation means reservations, sometimes days in advance, are frequently necessary.
Rua da Esperança, 112
Open everyday 19h – 02h
tel. (+351) 213 962 744
Where Intimacy, culinary genius and unpretentious service combine for the ultimate dining experience. The tasting menu changes monthly and plates are always inventive and always Portuguese.
Rua Teixeira, 35
Open Monday to Saturday 20h – 02h (kitchen closes at midnight)
tel. (+351) 210 990 475
A cosy space in Alcântara where your senses will come to life. Try their Sangria for a hangover worth having and know that, with the right kind of palete, you might just dicover who you truly are. €9 Lunch Menu | Soup, dish of the day (meat or fish), salad, juice of the day, and coffee. And there are also three Special Menus for groups larger than 10 costing 20€, 25€, or 30€.
R. Padre Adriano Botelho, 5
Open Monday to Friday 12h30 – 15h and 20h30 – 02h / Saturday 20h30 – 02h
tel. (+351) 213 627 380
Estrela da Bica
Simple, unpretentious and casual, while at the same time retro-hip, phenomenally delicious, and shamefully lowpriced. This is one of the best restaurants in Lisbon. The cuisine is healthy Mediterranean-style with fusion aspects and, despite only having three traditional items per day on the menu (one meat, one fish, one vegetarian, as well as a number of entradas and small dishes including bruschettas, linguica, and guacamole) and a variety of blissfully sumptuous desserts, this ‘star of Bica’ will have you singing its heavenly praises, without a doubt. Skeptical? Take a look before you dive in, and treat yourself to a coffee or some tapas on the sofa in this amazing bar/restaurant’s ideal locale in the historic maritime quarter of Bica.
Traversa do Cabral, 33
Open Tuesday to Sunday 16h30 – 23h
tel. (+351) 213 473 310
Modern Luso-Belgian Cuisine using the best fresh produce to create exquisite meals. The service is exceptional and it’s setting, a 17th century convent, makes for an unforgettable dinning experience.
Travessa do Convento das Bernardas, 12
Open Monday to Saturday 12h30 – 16h and 20h – 24h
tel. (+351) 213 902 034
The most important meal of the day. At least to us. Of course Oasis breakfast is waiting for you until 11h, but perhaps you slept a little late. Or maybe you just need something more to help youreslf recover from a long night. Lisbon has tons of cakes and pastries and they can be found in small cafes anywhere – but if you want a true and proper brunch, these are the best places in Lisbon to find it.
In Chiado, just beside Lisbon’s famous São Carlos theater, lazy mornings get their best starts at Kaffenhaus. This Viennese cafe in the center of Lisbon serves wonderful and satisfying brunch, as well as providing lunch, dinner, and drinks as the day wears on. Relaxed, minimalist décor with furniture built in Bairro Alto help ease you into the day over drinks and Austrian style treats like the devilish Sachertorte (cake with two layers of chocolate dough and a cover of dark chocolate) and their praised Apfelstrüdel with whipped cream. Later in the day, maybe opt for the breaded pork escalope with potato salad, hearty beef stew, or one of the dynamic specials from the chalkboard.
Rua Anchieta, 3
Open Tuesday to Saturday 11h – 24h and Sunday 11h – 20h
tel. (+351) 210 956 828
This homey cafe is an absolute favourite for an easy and cheap brunch on the weekends and a great stop for a break while exploring the area’s jumbled and winding streets. Serving classic Austrian pastries, snacks, sandwiches, salads and delicious desserts, you’ll feel at home in Pois Cafe’s livingroom atmosphere. The library in this place is open to the public and book-exchanges are encouraged, so – be a literary swinger – come with one book and leave with another, but not before relaxing for a while on the sofa. Do yourself a favourand get the marbled Gugelhupf – you won’t be disappointed.
Rua São João da Praça, 95
Open Tuesday to Sunday 11h – 20h
tel. (+351) 218 862 497
Parks and Green Spaces
The Grass is always greener in Lisbon. When the sun is out and the birds are singing, there is no better place than the Portuguese capital to spend a day outside. Below is a list of some of our favorite parks.
Jardím França Borges
This is one of the best small parks in Lisbon. The highlight being a 100 year old tree whose branches have grown out horizontally to shade the park. A playground, outdoor café, and kiosk make this place a park you should not miss. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch retirees playing heated games of Portugese bridge.
Praça Príncipe Real
Great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or just to lay in the grass and make out. A large lake and streams run thoughout this park that sits between two museums. Coy fish, bamboo shrowded trails, and modern art make this a special place for a day out.
Avenida de Berna, 45A
Praça de Espanha
Miradouro de Santa Catarina
This is one of our favourite viewpoints. Being just a minute’s walk from Oasis, the place is perfect for lazy afternoons in good company. While it is small grassy knoll could hardly classify it as a park, when the sun is out this viewing point fills up with people of all ages and backgrounds who want to take in the suns rays, have a beer, and maybe break out their guitar.
Baixa Chiado Metro
Jardím da Estrela
With the majestic Basilica da Estrela in the background, this is a perfect place to take a book and enjoy the day among the trees and grass. Plenty of space for the kids to play and small enough to keep an eye on them. In the summer they have lots of live music, fairs and outdoor movie cycles.
Praça da Estrela
Open everyday 07h – 24h
Full of large and small plants, some exotic and some local, this place is perfect for an adventurous or romantic walk in the center of the city. After exploring the stone paths, small lakes and waterfalls, head up to the top of Parque Eduardo VII for a breathtaking view of downtown Lisbon and the river Tejo.
Parque Eduardo VII
Marques de Pompal
Open 09h – 17h
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
Split-level viewing point near Bairro Alto. The top level is adorned with a fountain, lively café, and plenty of benches. The bottom level has a beautiful cut out lawn in typical imperial Lisbon style. Also a calming grotto with running water. During the day, it’s a picture of calm and at night the café on the plaza plays audible but not loud electronic music.
Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara
Parque das Naçoes
In many parts of the world, former World Expo sites are laid to waste once the celebrations end and are monuments to bad city planning. Not in Lisbon. The site of the ’98 Expo is still bustling with people and remains a great place to get out and stretch your legs. Theres a climing wall, a bird refuge, many cafés, and other activities such as bike rentals, a train, and pedal-boat hire.
Parque de Naçoes
Parque Florestal de Monsanto
90 miles of walking and cycling trails and seveal playgrounds. This huge park hugs southern Lisbon with its green blanket of trees. The most popular site is the hilltop Parque Recreativo do Alto Serafina, an adveture park near the old Roman Aquaduct. It’s loaded with picnic areas, a children’s driving circuit, climing walls, boats, running track, and restaurants.
Old school Portuguese pubs and restaurants
Drink like a Tuga! Of course, your guide book recommends a number of places to experience ‘authentic’ Portuguese style, but none compare to the small unnamed haunts you can find that, while aesthetically bare, offer unadulterated views into the daily lives of Lisbon dwellers.
These are places where people go for snacks and drinks in between daily to-dos. Great for relaxing at low prices, these old school tascas, or taverns, offer just what you need and don’t bother dressing it up with touristy gimmicks and pandering.
A neighborhood bar that hosts everything from sardine fries, to fado nights, to dinner parties. Oh, and cheap beer. Don’t be intimidated upon entering, you might be the only foreigner, but the crowd won’t bite and is quite welcoming.
Rua Bica Duarte Belo, 6-8
Ginjinja das Gáveas
In Bairro Alto, this small but active tavern serves as a popular meeting point for young locals. With super cheap beer and ginjinja at just €1 each, you can toss back a few without yet emptying your pockets at this buzzworthy hole-in-the wall locale.
Rua das Gáveas, 17
tel. (+351) 213 468 557
A true Portuguese tasco, Amigo António’s authentic atmosphere provides more than sweet glasses of Vinho Verde (green wine). Although the place really is nice for hanging at the bar and tossing back cheap drinks, you can grab a bite here as well.
Located in the winding streets of Alfama, finding the place is its own challenge – of course, you will be greatly rewarded.
Rua São João da Praça, 76
Open everyday 12h – 24h
tel. (+351) 218 866 537
Casa de Índia
An absolute local favourite, this always-busy restaurant near Praça do Camões serves up time-honoured Portuguese recipes. One of the oldest places in the city, its rather misleading namesake stems from the establishment’s history as an old Indian spice shop.
The menu is typical Portuguese and the counter-top bar is a lively place to stop for a beer or sangria while you watch the locals hang out and chat.
Rua do Loreto, 49
Open Monday to Saturday 09h – 02h
tel. (+351) 213 423 661
A number of quick and tasty snacks on offer at this place, but you cannot avoid the locally popular mixed drink of red wine and ginjinja (Portuguese cherry liquor).
This wine and snack bar makes for a refreshing stop during a day of walking the streets of downtown. A small place where you’ll find locals chatting over drinks.
Sink in for an afternoon of people-watching and leisure before stepping back into the streets.
Praça Restauradores, 15
Open Monday to Saturday 11h – 21h
tel. (+351) 213 427 869
This is a tiny café that’s great to stop into for a small, typically Portuguese lunch or snack, but it’s perhaps more appreciated for its selection of Portuguese wines, cherry liquors, and cocktails.
A fine example of the kind of place that locals make a daily visit into, you’ll enjoy the sounds of friends who meet here throughout the day exchanging stories over drinks and simply prepared refreshments.
Praça D. Pedro IV, 6
Open Monday to Friday 07h – 14h
tel. (+351) 213 468 156