Eat and Drink in Portugal
Lisbon is a dream destination for foodies, wine lovers, critics and the curious. From auteur restaurants to century-old tascas, there is always a table set and waiting for you. The famous bacalhau (salted cod), in its various forms, is not to be missed. The seafood and fresh fish bring the Atlantic onto your plate in a sophisticated way or straight from the grill. And the cafés, where so many Portuguese writers gathered together, have outdoor seating with stunning views, endless hours of enchanting sun and, increasingly, interesting wine lists to get to know one of Portugal’s greatest riches.
Open, located at Inspira Santa Maria hotel near Avenida da Liberdade, is noted for its healthy cuisine, promotion of sustainable produce and highly valued social awareness campaigns. For a light lunch that’s easy on the pocket, grab a table at Tascardoso, a humble little eatery up in Principe Real that serves traditional Portuguese cuisine. Alternatively, if Spanish-style tapas works up your appetite, head to Cais do Sodre and the stylish Meson Andaluz.
In Graça, locals in the know dine in at O Piteu da Graça, highly regarded for its homemade fare and sociable atmosphere. Meanwhile, pocket-sized A Baîuca, tucked away in Alfama, provides amateur fado and lively banter with its hearty meals – an all-round authentic dining experience! And for something new, quite literally, grab a table at the recently inaugurated Trato32 where the pasta is as good as mama makes.