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One of the many tempting bakeries in Lisbon is right in the Rua Augusta. Amongst all their other tempting cakes and pastries are the famous Portuguese custard tarts or Pastéis de Nata. This sweet little tart was though to have been created by the Catholic Sisters from Jeronimo’s Monastery prior to the 18th century. They are usually warm and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar.
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Chimarrao: Eat well in a great place for a nice price
This is a really good restaurant in Expo's 98 site, in Lisbon. There are others of this kind but this one is the best. It's a brasilian restaurant just beside the river, with a great view, live music and a superb surrounding. After all it's in the best place in Lisbon. The Expo's 98 site!
If you want to have lunch or supper and are really hungry just come here. You pay 24 euros and you eat everything you can! Including all kinds of brasilian meats and desserts. You just have to pay for the drinks.
General info on eating in Lisbon: Coffees and Cakes in Belém
Belém is a very nice district of Lisbon. But it is even sweeter and nicer with the options of coffes and esplanades where you can sit and relax.
The most famous of all is the Pastéis de Belém. A big coffee shop specialized in delicious custard cream cakes in the street between the monastery and the presidential palace. The recipe is a secret and came from the nearby monastery and it is locked away and only known by the chef. Even the choice of the chef is carefully executed, it has to be an old employees with more than 25 years in the place and that have to sign a contract with huge penalties in case the recipe gets released. The house is quite big and normally crowded serving an average of 14.000 custard cakes/day! Service is normally poor especially at weekends. A good choice is to buy a bunch of them and go to the nearby garden. The place is open from 8a.m. to 23p.m. or 24p.m (in summer). At sundays they close one hour early.
In the nearby coffee of the number 15 of the same street. In a small place there is the genuine factory of the beer cakes. Founded in 1943 it is one of the few places where you can eat this nice cakes. There are also some cinnamon and honey cakes.
In the river front there are other nice places. The coffee À Margem next to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos in the Direction of Belém tower is a modern white and glass building by the river that plays jazz while you sip a nice coffee or tea. A good chill out place.
In the CCB building, the huge cultural centre of Lisbon where it is held the Berardo Collection there are also nice coffees with great views over the river that are mostly used by students on their exams periods.
Next to the tower of belém there are also some esplanades where you can stop and eat a nice haggen dazs ice cream. Ok, not all that typical but quite refreshing.
In the Restelo neighborhood there is the Careca place (Rua Duarte Pacheco, 11D). Careca means bald man and this pastery has the fame of having the best plamiers in the city. The croissants are also quite good.
Favorite Dish: Pastéis de Belém
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General info on eating in Lisbon: Delicious sardines
On invitation of my Lisbon friends i eat on the terrace of this restaurant.
Unfortunately i can't remember the name of the restaurant, but as you might see on the picture it is in front of Casa dos Bicos.
Very crowded, full of locals, so that's a good sign.
Famous for their sardine-dishes and other seafood.
Also great steaks.
Favorite Dish: My Lisbon friends invited me for a meal with sardines.
I never eated such a delightful fish in my life.
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General info on eating in Lisbon: A must when visiting Lisbon
High-end Portuguese food specializing in fish and sea food. Very good wine selection and an owner that knows his wines. Service was impeccable and warm and dinner for 8 including plenty of wine and deserts came to 240 Euros....definitely a must when visiting Lisbon
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Generally in all the restaurants: Watch out tapas served looks like on the house!!
When you have the table in the restaurant the staff brings tapas (starter dishes) before you order and they do not say anything. Usually like cheese, ham, chorizo (portugese peperoni) or olives kind of things. If you eat them you will pay for it, don't forget they are not a gift. (see the picture)
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General info on eating in Lisbon: traditional tasty and reasonable price!
alentejo restaurant is located in the secong floor of colombo shopping center.the location is central city.the staff speaks english and can explain the menu for you.the menu has local traditional portuguese plates anything from fish,chicken,beef and wow a big selection of amazing deserts!they have home made breads,different styles,lots of salads for starters,tasty hot soups,all served in large traditional earth made plates.ofcourse dont miss the wine!portugal is famous for it!its served by the bottle or in traditional amphora.very social place with all kinds of people,alive and vibrant,yet not noisy and disturbing.as i said,the staff is very polite and with no ironic attitude as in other countries full of tourism....its a definetelly a five star,recomended by our guide and by our selves!*****
Favorite Dish: bacalao-for fish,with brown spicy rice.surrounded by the atlantic and famous for the portuguese explorers,fish plates couldnt be missed on a portuguese table.its a traditional plate,with fresh bacalao fish,combined with rice spices and herbs from the far east former colonies.sided by red port wine ,local green salad,soup and a big dessert made from orange custard and cake!all these,in a nice atmosphere under the sounds of fado music!!!!
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General info on eating in Lisbon: Café Alcântara
The place is located in the Alcantara District of Lisboa, off a street that you would never go down. The place is an old warehouse that was converted into a nice restaurant with great service and great food to match. The decoration of the place is a mix of steel and red velvet, and leather. My wife enjoy some Bellinis' before sitting down to a wonderful dinner. I would recommend this place for a nice romantic dinner.
Favorite Dish: Lobster Risotto
General info on eating in Lisbon: Eat inside
Sit inside in a Lisbon restaurant otherwise you’ll be harassed all the time by various street “musicians” with loud bad noise. It ruins the meal even with such great food.
It’s chaos outside, too many tables. It seems there are no rules
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Cervejaria da Trindade: Good food
This restaurant does not have a big storefront, if you walk too fast, you'll miss it. However, you'll see people waiting outside if it's dinner time. There is an option of dining indoor or outdoor courtyard within the restaurant. Food is good and price is reasonable.
General info on eating in Lisbon: Rua das Portas de Sao Antao
Behind the Teatro Nacional and Parallel to the Praca dos Restaurdores is this pedestrian street lined with sidewalk cafes. Also running south of Praca Dom Pedro and parallel to Rua Augusta is Rua dos Correeiros, another street full of sidewalk cafes.
Amarra ò Tejo: What a wonderful view over Lisbon
The food is excellent, very, very good and the view... amazing! It's not very cheap, but it's worth a visit. The cuisine is sofisticated, very tasty, the atmosphere is elegant. Every time I went there I was not disapointed. Unfortunably, every such time I forgot my camera, so this is not my picture. But the reality is much better. From there we have a 180º view and we see all the Lisbon cost, the long and large Tagus river, and the two bridges.
Favorite Dish: The fish of course and the starters and the desserts... oh my God!
For example, "crepe de queijo de cabra com cogumelos", "crepe com queijo brie e molho de framboesas", "polvo à lagareiro com batatas a murro" and "tarte de amêndoa"
Gastronomy and Tradition: Gastronomy and Tradition
A moderate and healthy climate, a rich fishing coast, and smooth, protected valleys… Not surprising therefore that Portugal, wealthy in olive and wine, had already been grudgingly coveted by the Romans.
The Portuguese will introduce coriander, pepper, ginger, curry, saffron and paprika in Europe. Thanks to the expansion of their overseas empire, they will also actually be the first European to dock in the Mollucas, in China, in Japan and in Ethiopia. They will bring back with them many other exotic products up to then unknown to Europe, such as rice and tea from the Orient, coffee and peanuts from Africa, and, of course, pineapples, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes from the New World.
So, as you can see, there is alot of a portuguese influence in most of the food Europeans and others eat, brought by the Luso people.
Favorite Dish: I can't realy pick one particular dish to call it my favourite.
The portuguese cuisine is very rich and although people who have never been here think we only eat fish, they'r mistaken.
Nontheless, I'd pick:
Bacalhau á bráz- the popular Cod fish, dried and salted, wich we put in water one day before cook it (you didn't think we ate it with all the salt did you?). Rough explanation would be, like a tortilla with beautifull aromatic parsley, olives on top. Mix it all and eat with a mixed side salad... yuumi.
Leitao assado- I know that if you think about it its a bit cruel but this is, "barbequed piglet". Its cooked in one piece on the flames (like Robin wood) and it can be eaten hot or cold. on the side, whatever you want, my favourite is, a good jar of red wine and a lot of tissues
Cafe Luso: Fado
Being in Lisbon, of course, you want to go after the Fado tradition. Luso is a tourist spot, but a nice one. If you order the tourist menu, you will not only get a nice meal, but also a folklore show, interlaced with fado music: a very good quality/price ratio. Later on, the guests can enjoy more fado music. In Barrio Alto, the tourist will often gets illusions for a high price. There are a lot of overpriced restaurants which doesn't provided any additional entertainment. Stay in Barrio Alto with places such as cafe Luso.
General info on eating in Lisbon: If you don't want to spend much on food
If you're visiting Lisbon and don't want to spend much on food, you can always pay a visit to one of the many malls. Usually, there are a lot of places you can choose from. You can opt for fast food or you can go for a soup or a salad or even Portuguese traditional food. Malls like Colombo (by metro: station Colegio Militar/Luz - blue line), Armazens do Chiado (small but with a reasonable number of restos - downtown) or Vasco da Gama (at Parque das Nacoes - metro station: Oriente, red line) are only a few which offer cheap options.
Favorite Dish: Whenever I go to these places, I prefer Loja das Sopas (for a filling bowl of soup), La Maison des Crepes (the name says it all) or O Kilo (Brazilian food).
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