10 Things to eat in Lisbon and where

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When you think about the typical Lisbon dishes codfish immediately comes to mind. It is said, in fact, that in Portugal there are as many as 365 recipes, one for each day of the year, to cook and enjoy. It is true that cod is one of the typical dishes of the Portuguese capital, but the culinary offer is much wider and more varied! To know is that every self-respecting meal in Lisbon always begins with snacks, brought to the table even if you have not requested them, and paid only if actually consumed. Also in summer it is traditional to serve a hot soup, followed by the main dish, based on fish and meat accompanied by vegetables and rice. Here 10 delicious recipes from which to be tempted if you visit the fascinating city of Lisbon.


  1. Green Broth
  2. Carne de porco à Alentejana
  3. Camarão in Moçambique
  4. Codfish
  5. Seafood rice
  6. grilled sardines
  7. Pastéis de nata
  8. Octopus to "Lagareiro" Style
  9. Cozido à portuguesa
  10. Fish stew
  11. Where to eat in Lisbon: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Warm Green

It is just a soup, green in color as the name suggests, as based on cabbage, potatoes and chorizo ​​(not included in the original recipe but sometimes added, especially in recent times). The cabbage is cut into very thin strips and combined with the other ingredients. The soup, very light, is usually served as an appetizer, or as a single dish to be enjoyed as a snack.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: cabbage, potatoes

2 - Pork meat in Alentejana

Meat and fish in the same dish for a very special recipe, but don't be put off by the ingredients! Actually clams and meat that make up the same dish is a rather unusual combination, but the result is really very tasty. To the pork, marinated with coriander, wine, paprika and pepper, are added fried clams and the whole is then served together with the potatoes.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients pork, clams, potatoes

3 - Camarão to Moçambique

Although the name of this specialty means "Mozambican shrimp", the dish is typical Portuguese and is easy to find on the menus of Lisbon restaurants. The original recipe included gods hot peppers from Africa, used for the preparation of "Piri Piri" in which shrimps are immersed. Other ingredients are garlic, parsley and paprika. The dish turns out very spicy, so be prepared!

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: shrimp, Piri Piri sauce, garlic, parsley

4 - Bacalhau

Here the great classic of Portuguese cuisine and typical of Lisbon gastronomy: cod. The average consumption of cod in Portugal is estimated to be between 5 and 7 kilos! As when pasta is mentioned, in Italy, they also exist for this product a myriad of recipes to cook it, the most famous is precisely the so-called Portuguese-style cod. In this dish, potatoes, eggs and black olives are added to the main ingredient. The recipe for creamed cod is different which, in addition to potatoes, includes the use of bechamel. You just have to visit the city and decide which version you prefer!

  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: cod with additional ingredients according to the recipe

5 - Arroz de Marisco

Among the specialties of Lisbon gastronomy, the Arroz de Marisco is a must, a dish full of taste, a mix between the typical Italian risotto and the Spanish paella. The plate, based on rice in fact, it almost looks like a soup as it is broth and is based on crustaceans, molluscs and vegetables.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 11,00
  • Main ingredients: rice, crustaceans, molluscs, vegetables

6 - Sardinhas assadas

This is the other typical dish of Lisbon, namely the sardines, usually served roast, assadas in Portuguese. A simple but very tasty dish, suitable for those who are not too fussy since fish, in the Portuguese capital, is served with all the entrails.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: sardines

7 - Pastéis de nata

After so many savory specialties, the time has finally come a typical Lisbon sweetness. These are the pastéis de nata, nothing more than small baskets of puff pastry with a delicious cream based on cream and eggs inside. During cooking, a delicious layer of caramelized cream is created on the surface. There is a legend linked to the birth of these sweets, which should have been invented at the monastery of Belém. The monks later began to produce them also outside the walls and the recipe spread throughout Portugal.

  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: puff pastry, eggs, cream

8 - Polvo à Lagareiro

It is a dish based on octopus, which is first stewed in a pot and then grilled. In this way the main ingredient not only acquires an exquisite taste, but also remains very tender, fork-proof. It is later served with a sauce based on oil, garlic and parsley, with a side dish of baked new potatoes.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: octopus, new potatoes, oil, garlic, parsley

9 - Cozido à portuguesa

A not exactly light dish dedicated to meat lovers is the Cozido à portuguesa, a kind of Portuguese cassoeula based on vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, cabbage and beans with the addition of rice and a lot of pork. In addition to the various parts of this animal we also find different versions of chouriço, a kind of sausage with a strong and morcela taste, the black sausage made from pig blood and farinheira, yet another sausage with flour, pepper and pork fat. It is a recommended specialty, for obvious reasons, during the winter season.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 17,00
  • Main ingredients: pork, vegetables

10 - Caldeirada de peixe

Fish dishes abound in typical Portuguese cuisine and this stew is no exception, based on different types of fish and crustaceans, covered with herbs and tomatoes.

  • Recommended for: lunch
  • Average cost: € 14,00
  • Main ingredients: various types of fish, herbs, tomato

Where to eat in Lisbon: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Lisbon's cuisine is varied and colorful, but definitely the typical dish which first appears in the mind if you think about the gastronomic tradition of the city is the cod. Here there are infinite recipes to cook it and definitely many variations on the theme, and it is one of the most popular dishes, by locals and tourists.

The typical meal generally begins with snacks, which are always brought to the table but which are paid for only if consumed. It then continues with a hot soup and goes on with a single dish of fish or meat, accompanied by vegetables and rice.

Typical are the sardinhas assadas, the arroz de marisco and the carne de porco alentejana.
One of the best known typical soups is the green heat, which is a soup made with fried onions, cabbage and potatoes, served with spicy sausage. Among the desserts, the undisputed symbol of Lisbon are the super traditional pastéis de nata: pastries made with crunchy puff pastry and filled with egg cream, which make anyone who tastes them go crazy with joy.
In Lisbon it is possible to eat very well while spending very little: let's see which are the best restaurants to try.

1 - Taberna da Rua das Flores

  • Description: small but cozy tavern where you can taste typical Portuguese dishes, in a family atmosphere
  • specialty: local fish, excellent wines
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Pastéis de Belém house

  • Description: famous pastry shop where you can taste some of the best pastéis in the city
  • specialty: pastéis
  • Average price: from € 6,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

3 - Casa de Linhares

  • Description: historic place, also reported in the Michelin guide, which often hosts live fado shows
  • specialty: cod
  • Average price: from € 50,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

4 - Time Out Market

  • Description: indoor market with a modern style, where you can enjoy excellent traditional food
  • specialty: Portuguese gourmet dishes, in a street food key
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

5 - The Food Temple

  • Description: vegan restaurant, with a slow food inspiration
  • specialty: quinoa dishes, excellent vegetarian dishes
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions - Facebook page

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