The Portuguese people and the inhabitants of Lisbon like to drink coffee and there are so many places to have your coffee. It is a custom to drink in a bar or a café and talk to the people. They drink lots of coffee here.
Wines are something Portugal is well known for. As far as the local wines are concerned, we must not forget young vinho verde and aged port wines. Because usually young wines are for us not the best choice with food, we stayed at couple of good typical portuguese alternatives:
1) dry and good quality wine Planalto from Douro
2) typical Grao Vasco from Dao
3) young Casal Garcia
BUT, we couldn´t find Solar do Vinho do Porto in order to taste different portos, it must have been closed. Well, anyway, portos are quite not my favourite.
Bacalhau (salted, dried cod) is one of the most popular dishes in Portugal. There are hundreds of variations on how to serve and there's a good chance you'll have a choice of at least one type of Bacalhau dish in any Lisbon restaurant. When you see it in the supermarket or the markets it doesn't look like the most appealing meal but the dish we tried, Bacalhau con Nates, was delicious.
Portugal is very famous for it's whines.
Alentejo, Douro, Dão, all very good zones of whine.
In Bairo Alto you will find many "hole in the wall" bars where you can taste very good whines!
Some of this places also have live music, usually Fado, which makes the perfect combination for whine tasting.
Anyway, most of these bars are only open at night! So visit Bairro Alto at it's best, like from 9pm.
Panaché is beer mixed with 7-up. At first I thought this drink was bit off or weird, but when I tried it, I liked it.
Bacalhau is one of the most important food in the Portugese cuisine. They can prepare it in many ways. Probably Bacalhau A Gomes de Sá or Bacalhau à Braz is the most delicious.
Until now I was thinking that it's only us - Lithuanians crave for pig's ears. Apparently we are outdone by the Portuguese, just because I would never imagine them in combination with cola!
What better indication do you need than a bag with empty snail shells in front of a local restaurant?