Pica Paus. Cod fish. NATAs!!!
Let me preface by saying that, this list will never be complete! Eating in Lisbon is an utter joy, and there are so many tasty options that it’ll require many more trips back to compile an evermore comprehensive list. But this year, my voyage back to a city full of fresh seafood and smooth wines has certainly made these recommendations worthy of your consideration. Enjoy all the octopus, mussels, and green wine Lisbon has to offer! Oh, the view ain’t to bad either.
One of my favorite meals in Lisbon with a fantastic view of the bridge. Madame Petitsca’s rooftop location is a stylish hub of innovative plates that combine Asian flavors with beautiful local seafood. Get the pork medallions and shrimp dish, they’re absolutely mouthwatering especially paired with a nice glass of wine. Ask the sommelier or General Manager for a great wine rec!
Near S. Jorge Castle, Chapitô is actually a snack bar, a terrace where dishes are coal-grilled, and a restaurant on the floor above. The dynamic, young and fun atmosphere comes from the circus art school connected to the restaurant which adds an authentically local experience. Make sure to get the red shrimp dish, or roasted duck. Both are divine! Definitely ask for a table by the window view, it’ll be an unforgettable meal!
This modern restaurant infuses Portuguese and Japanese cuisine where you’ll see tanks of live lobsters and crabss. Sea Me pays tribute to old-school fish shops that used to exist in Lisbon. Make sure to order a pint of beer with whatever you order since the restaurant’s concept also combines a beer house.
Coming to Lisbon without a stop at Pasteis de Belém is like going to London without seeing the Big Ben. Natas are the famous Portuguese egg tarts that are known around the world. For the best and warmest egg tarts in town, you’ve gotta come here! There will definitely be a line outside, but it’s worth the wait and order more than just one!
Some of my favorite places to eat while traveling are hole-in-the-wall, local spots with zero tourists in sight. Tasca is the kind of informal eatery that used to cater to construction workers, but now have become a trendy form of eating among locals. It’s so “insider” that many Lisbonians did not want me to put this on the list, because they didn’t want their favorite tascas to be filled with travelers.
Don’t expect fancy tableware, what you’ll get is truly great meals served on metal plates. Make sure to order Pica Pau, a Portuguese pork dish with thin meat strips seasoned with salt and ground pepper. Cod fish is fantastic as well, along with a nice cold glass of beer! Highly recommend for a casual lunch.