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Eating and Drinking in Lisbon


Pastel de Nata


Aguardente bagaceira

Portuguese aguardente has several varieties. Aguardente vínica is distilled from wine, either of good quality or undrinkable wines. It is mostly used to fortify wines such as port or aged to make aguardente velha (old burning water), a kind of brandy. Aguardente bagaceira is made from pomace as a way to prevent waste after the close of wine season. It is usually bootlegged, as most drinkers only appreciate it in its traditional formulation of 50% to 80% ABV. A common way to drink it is as café com cheirinho ("coffee with a little scent"), a liqueur coffee made with espresso.[10]

Things to do in Lisbon




Daytrip to Sintra

Daytrip to Évora

Daytrip to Coimbra


Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

Non-stop flights to Europe, the Middle East, north Africa, North America, and China. Metro, bus, shuttle, taxi, and Uber connect to the city.

Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas, 1700-111 Lisboa, Portugal


Trains connect Lisbon other cities in Portugal and the rest of Europe. Clean and reliable.

Viva Viagem Card

Load up this card with Euros and save big on Metro, Bus, Trolley, Ferry and Funicular rides. Essential.

24 Hour Card

An excellent value if you’re only using public transport for one day.


Lisbon’s iconic trolleys are part of the public transportation system. Get a Viva Viagem Card and zap in/zap out when you ride.


Lisbon Walker

Several excellent group and private walking tours.

Inside Lisbon

Walking and food and wine tours.

Lisbon Chill-Out Free Tour

Walking tour is free but always tip your guide at the end.

Praça Luís de Camões, 1200-243 Lisbon, Portugal

Devour Tours

Food-centric tour of Lisbon.

Santa Justa Lift

Fun way to get from the Baixa neighborhood to Barrio Alto. Often has long lines.

Rua do Ouro, Lisbon 150-060, Portugal

Estufa Fría

Greenhouse and garden of exotic plants on the grounds of a former stone quarry.

Parque Eduardo VII, 1070-051 Lisboa, Portugal

Lisbon Cathedral

First church built in Lisbon after the Moors were pushed out.

Largo da Se, Lisbon 1100-585, Portugal

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (Museum of Ancient Art)

Not ancient art, but instead a huge collection from the “Age of Discovery.”

Rua das Janelas Verdes, Lisbon 1249-017, Portugal

Museu Do Aljubel (Museum of the Resistance)

Museum dedicated to the rise and fall of Fascism (and its leader Antonio Salazar) in Portugal.

R. Augusto Rosa 42, 1100-059 Lisbon, Portugal

Maria da Mouraria - Casa de Fados

Former home of Maria Severa Onofriana, a famous fado singer. Now a restaurant with fado performances. Cash only.

R. Capelão 2B, 1100-341 Lisboa, Portugal

Memorial to the Victims of the 1506 Massacre of Jews

Small memorial to the Jews killed in Lisbon in 1506. The square is also the site of a slave market.

Largo de Sao Domingos, Lisbon 1150-320, Portugal

Museu do Fado (Fado Museum)

All about the history of Fado. Occasional performances.

Largo do Chafariz de Dentro 1, Lisbon 1100-139, Portugal

National Coach Museum

Museum of over-the-top royal coaches.

Av. da Índia 136, 1300-004 Lisboa, Portugal

Jerónimos Monastery

Ornate Gothic monastery with an impressive facade. Inside is tomb of Vasco de Gama. There is also a maritime museum inside (separate entrance fee).

Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisboa, Portugal

Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)

Massive monument to Henry the Navigator and other Portuguese explorers.

Avenida Brasilia | Belem, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal

Bordallo Pinheiro Garden

Garden populated with crazy porcelain sculputres by artist Bordallo Pinheiro.

Campo Grande 245, 1700-162 Lisboa, Portugal

Cacilhas Ferry

Commuter ferry to reach Cacilhas. Bus or Uber from there to Cristo Rei statue.

Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa, Lisbon 1399-059, Portugal

Cristo Rei Statue (Christ the King)

330 statue inspired by the one in Rio. Spectacular views!

Praceta do Cristo Rei 27, Almada 2800-058, Portugal

Food and Drink


Two Michelin starred dining experience from chef Jose Avillez.

R. Serpa Pinto 10A, 1200-026 Lisbon, Portugal

Ao 26 Vegan Food Project

Not just great vegan food, great food period.

Rua Vitor Cordon 26, Lisbon 1200-484, Portugal

O Botanista

New restaurant by the folks behind Ao 26.

Rua Dom Luis I 19, Lisbon 1200-149, Portugal


Vegetarian take on Portuguese dishes. Vegan Pasteis de Nata!

Rua da Palmeira 15, Lisbon 1200-311, Portugal

A Primavera do Jeronimo

Lisbon home cooking. Always busy.

Travessa da Espera 34, Lisbon 1200-176, Portugal


The place to get Pastel de Nata.

Rua do Loreto 2 | Largo de Camões, Lisbon 1200-242, Portugal

Cafe A Brasileira

Coffee bar famous for the writers and intellectuals who hung out here in the 30’s. Now tourists and students do.

Rua Garrett 120, Lisbon 1200-205, Portugal


Petiscos (tapas) and full meals are delicious.

Largo do Carmo 11, Lisbon 1200-092, Portugal

Lisbon Winery

Not only the best wine bar in the city, but good cheese pairings with fado music playing in the background.

Rua da Barroca 13, Lisbon 1200-047, Portugal


Cape Verde restaurant with simple dishes and grogue (Cape Verdean firewater).

Rua do Poco dos Negros 94, Lisbon 1200-341, Portugal

Pavilhão Chinês

Is this a bar or a museum of kitch? Either way, it’s good fun. Ring the bell to get in.

R. Dom Pedro V 89, 1250-093 Lisboa, Portugal

Jardim dos Sentidos

Vegetarian place with a lunch buffet and a great deal on Tuesday for dinner. Three courses with wine for 36 Euro.

Rua Mae D'Agua 3, Lisbon 1250-154, Portugal

Pasteis de Belem

The other top spot for Pastel de Nata.

Rua de Belem No 84 a 92, Lisbon 1300-085, Portugal

O Corvo

Nice restaurant with aguardente bagaçeira (firewater) cocktails.

Largo dos Trigueiros 15A-15B | Mouraria, Lisbon 1100-611, Portugal

Cozinha Popular

All-inclusive inexpensive restaurant using local produce.

Rua das Olarias 5, Lisbon 1100-377, Portugal

Ze da Mouraria

Lively restaurant. Lunch only.

Rua Joao do Outeiro 24, Lisbon 1100-292, Portugal

Café Martinho da Arcada

Been doing it since 1782.

Praca do Comercio 3, Lisbon 1100-148, Portugal

Restaurante Bastardo

Restaurant in the Internacional Design Hotel. Unique takes on classic dishes.

Rua Betesga 3, Lisbon 1100-090, Portugal

Boutique Taberna

Funky spot for sangria and music.

Escadinhas Sao Cristovao 8, Lisbon 1100-512, Portugal

Mesa Kreol

Menu features dishes from Portugal’s former colonies (Brazil, Cape Verde, etc.) Veg. options.

Arco das Portas do Mar 9, Lisbon 1100-035, Portugal

A Tendinha do Rossio

Little dive with cheap eats.

Praça Dom Pedro IV 6, 1100-200 Lisbon, Portugal

Restaurante A Floresta da Estefania

Family-run, no-frills with great food.

Rua Cidade da Horta 39, Lisbon 1000-101, Portugal

Winebar do Castelo (Chafariz do Vinho)

Cozy winebar near the castle.

Rua da Mae d'Agua | Praça da Alegria, Lisbon 1100-078, Portugal

A Ginjinha

Tiny place to get a Ginjinha. Great atmosphere.

Largo São Domingos 8, 1100-201 Lisbon, Portugal

Ginjinha Sem Rival

Great place for a Ginjinha. Been in business since 1890.

R. das Portas de Santo Antão 7, 1150-264 Lisbon, Portugal

Cantinho de Sao Jose

Hole in the wall with hearty Portuguese cuisine.

Rua de Sao Jose 94, Lisbon 1150-324, Portugal

By The Wine

Sleek wine bar with excellent choices.

Rua das Flores 41-43, Lisbon 1200-193, Portugal

Quimera Brewpub

18th century underground brewpub.

Rua Prior do Crato 6, Alcântara, Lisbon 1350-261, Portugal

Dois Corvo

Craft brewery with several options on tap and food.

R. Cap. Leitão 94, 1950-052 Lisboa, Portugal



Rua do Acucar, 83, Lisbon 1800-022, Portugal

Cerveja Lince

Lisbon microbrewery.

Rua do Açúcar 76, 1950-009 Lisboa, Portugal


Mercado da Ribeira

Huge food hall with a few produce stands.

Av. 24 de Julho, 1200, Lisbon 1200-481, Portugal

Cork and Co.

Everything you can imagine made of cork and then some.

Rua Salgadeiras 10, Lisbon 1200-396, Portugal

A Vida Portuguesa

Store offering Portuguese homegoods.

Rua Anchieta 11, Lisbon 1200-023, Portugal

Livraria Bertrand

World’s oldest bookstore still in operation.

R. Garrett 73-75, 1200-203 Lisbon, Portugal

Casa das Velas Loreto

Candle shop has been in the same family for seven generations since it opened in 1789.

Rua do Loreto 53, 1200-241 Lisboa, Portugal

Mercado do Jardim, Crafts and Design Market

Great market for one of a kind souvenirs. Open first weekend of the month.

12 Praça da Estrela, Lisboa, Lisboa, 1200-694, Portugal


High end cork shop with shoes, bags, and more made of cork.

Patio do Tejolo 16, Lisbon 1250-096, Portugal

LX Market

Trendy outdoor market on Sunday.

Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103, Lisbon 1300-501, Portugal

Cortiço & Netos

Place for authentic azulejos (tiles).

Calcada de S Andre 66, Lisbon 1100-022, Portugal

Wines of Portugal Tasting Room

DIY wine tasting with lots of vino on tap.

Terreiro do Paço, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal

Livraria Simão

Tiny, tiny bookstore only fits one person at a time.

Escadinhas de São Cristóvão, 18, 1100-511 Lisbon, Portugal

Feira da Ladra

Lots of junk at this flea market with the occasional find. Open Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Campo de Santa Clara | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-471, Portugal

Fabrica Sant' Anna

High quality tile reproductions.

Rua do Alecrim 95 97, Lisbon 1200-015, Portugal

d'Orey Azulejos

Authentic antique colored tiles.

Rua do Alecrim 68, 1200-213 Lisbon, Portugal

Salão Musical de Lisboa

Taking up Fado? Get your guitar here.

Largo do Carmo, Rua da Oliveira ao Carmo 2, 1200-309 Lisboa, Portugal

Mercado Biológico do Príncipe Real

Saturday farmers market. Organic produce.

Praça do Príncipe Real, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal

Mercado de Campo de Ourique

Smaller but still very good food hall.

Rua Coelho da Rocha | Campo de Ourique, Lisbon 1350-075, Portugal