Lisbon is renowned for its hot culinary scene featuring casual cafes, Spanish-style tapas bars, and fine-dining establishments highlighting the creations of Portugal's top chefs. Here are some favorite dishes and food tours you won't want to miss.
The seafood in Lisbon is world-famous, and diners will find bacalhau (salted cod) on nearly every menu in the city—grilled, fried, au gratin, or scrambled with rice and eggs. Carne de porco Alentejana, Lisbon's take on surf and turf, is made by simmering pork and clams in their juices and serving them up on a bed of roasted potatoes. On a chilly afternoon, nothing beats a warm bowl of caldo verde, a rich broth seasoned with onions, potatoes, cabbage, and Portuguese chorizo, but no matter what you're eating, wash it down with a glass of Portugal's famous port. For dessert, save room for a pastel de nata, a warm, creamy egg custard tart sometimes dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon.
- Take a day or night food and wine tour to sample the best bites from Lisbon's traditional eateries.
- Hop on a Segway for a sightseeing tour and food tasting.
- Brush up on your cooking skills by preparing a three-course meal under the direction of an expert chef.
- Treat your tastebuds and your ears during a live Fado performance with dinner.