Travel to the capital of Portugal for cuisine that can be spicy, sweet, and hearty. Lisbon is known for staples of codfish, spicy chicken piri piri, and addictive custard tarts. Here are some dishes you must try during a visit to Lisbon.
Travelers with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss the pastéis de nata, or custard tarts. This palm-sized pastry is a cult favorite, and you’ll find them at bakeries across the city.
No visit to Lisbon would be complete without sampling bacalhau, or codfish, in its many forms. Keep an eye out for other seafood as well, from grilled sardines to dishes with octopus.
Caldo Verde Soup
For a fortifying meal, try caldo verde soup. This combination of kale and pureed potatoes with garlic and chorizo is beloved by locals at any time of day (even as a late-night snack).
Quick, affordable, and satisfying, a bifana (or pork sandwich) is a city staple. The meat is sliced thin and marinated in a spicy sauce.
Arroz de Marisco
This combination of rice and shellfish is a must-try for seafood lovers. Flavored with garlic, parsley, and piri piri, this dish often includes shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab on the same plate.
Chicken Piri Piri
Don’t miss the chance to try this spicy chicken dish; it goes perfectly alongside a cold beer.