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What to Eat in Lisbon

Lisbon is among the easiest cities in Europe to find a good, affordable meal. This is true for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any meal in between – even in many tourist districts. If you're on a budget, it's possible to experience the best of traditional Portuguese food for less than 30 euros per day, per person. For a veritable smorgasbord of all the city's cuisines, head to Time Out Market. Located in the Mercado da Ribeira at Cais do Sodre, the food hall is filled to the brim with a variety of vendors selling everything from sushi to wine to Iberico ham. You'll encounter crowds anytime you go, but past visitors said it's worth it.

Lisbon also has a cosmopolitan restaurant scene, and you can find just about any type of cuisine around town. For Portuguese haute cuisine accompanied by two Michelin stars, try Belcanto; for a family-run seafood joint, try Cervejaria Ramiro. The Portuguese have cultivated a rich seafood diet, and you can find fish and shellfish on most lunch and dinner menus. Bacalhau (salted cod) is an especially popular traditional Portuguese dish. But it's an acquired taste, so you might want to consider a backup option if you're not feeling adventurous.

Another Lisbon specialty to try? Pasteis de nata. These tasty custard-filled pastries are everywhere in Lisbon. Eaten for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or both, pasteis de nata are full of sugar and satisfaction. The most famous ones can be found at the Pasteis de Belém  (in the district of the same name), which began selling them 200 years ago. Lisbon also has its own alcoholic drink – ginjinha – a fortified wine made with cherries and sugar. For short, you can call it "ginja," and you should try it at the hole-in-the-wall A Ginjinha near the Rossio metro station.

Discerning foodies in the know also rave about the city's Chinese food. Called Chinês clandestinos, these restaurants are mostly family-run outposts that are set up in the homes of local Chinese residents. You'll find them stowed within apartments in Mouraria, the city's immigrant enclave. Most don't have names and are only identifiable by their addresses. Keep your eyes peeled if you're in the area of Rua do Benformoso, Rua da Guia or and Rua do Capelão.

When it comes to coffee, the Portuguese know how to enjoy it more than just about anyone else. Whether in the morning or afternoon, you can find Lisboetas packed into cafes. Don't assume cafes or "coffee shops" are necessarily limited to coffee, however: Affordable wine, beer, pastries and even full meals are available. It's pretty easy to find a beer for less than 1 euro, for example, even in some touristy cafes.

Find the Best Restaurants in Lisbon

  • #1
    Wine Room Lisboa
    #1 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 90 reviewsTripAdvisor (90)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Portuguese
    Travessa da Memoria 47A Belém, Lisbon 1300-402 Portugal
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  • #2
    Bottega Montucci
    #2 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 510 reviewsTripAdvisor (510)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
    Rua do Monte Olivete 71, Lisbon 1200-079 Portugal
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  • #3
    A Nossa Casa
    #3 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 272 reviewsTripAdvisor (272)
    $ - $$ | Brazilian, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
    Rua da Atalaia 31 Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-037 Portugal
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  • #4
    Jam Club
    #4 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 398 reviewsTripAdvisor (398)
    $ | Bar, Portuguese, Street Food
    Travessa dos Inglesinhos n0 49 Near the conservatory of music, Lisbon 1200-109 Portugal
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  • #5
    Estamine Art Food Drink
    #5 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 484 reviewsTripAdvisor (484)
    $ | Bar, Pub, Healthy, Brazilian
    Calcada do Monte 86 A Não, Lisbon 1170-251 Portugal
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  • #6
    Manteigaria
    #6 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 4213 reviewsTripAdvisor (4213)
    $ | Portuguese
    Rua do Loreto 2 Largo de Camões, Lisbon 1200-242 Portugal
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  • #7
    Royal Spice Restaurante
    #7 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 388 reviewsTripAdvisor (388)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, Nepali, Healthy
    Rua do Conde de Redondo 127A 127 A, Lisbon 1150-104 Portugal
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  • #8
    Sanskar Nepal
    #8 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 880 reviewsTripAdvisor (880)
    $ | Indian
    Rua das Chagas 25, Lisbon 1200-106 Portugal
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  • #9
    Invicta
    #9 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 140 reviewsTripAdvisor (140)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Grill, Portuguese, Gastropub
    Rua da Esperanca 140, Lisbon 1200-659 Portugal
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  • #10
    Dom Queijo Cheese House
    #10 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 158 reviewsTripAdvisor (158)
    $ - $$ | Contemporary, Portuguese, European
    Campo Grande 232-C, Lisbon 1700-094 Portugal
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  • #11
    Ola Nepal
    #11 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1084 reviewsTripAdvisor (1084)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, Nepali
    Rua do Conde de Redondo 121A Marquês de Pombal, Lisbon 1150-109 Portugal
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  • #12
    Prova - Enoteca
    #12 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 137 reviewsTripAdvisor (137)
    $ - $$ | European, Deli, Portuguese, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
    Rua Duarte Pacheco Pereira 9E, Lisbon 1400-139 Portugal
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  • #13
    Agulha No Palheiro
    #13 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 425 reviewsTripAdvisor (425)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Contemporary, Fusion
    Rua do Jardim do Tabaco 5, Lisbon 1100-286 Portugal
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  • #14
    Bettina & Niccolo Corallo
    #14 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 131 reviewsTripAdvisor (131)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    Rua da Escola Politecnica 4, Lisbon 1250-102 Portugal
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  • #15
    BA Wine Bar do Bairro Alto
    #15 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1703 reviewsTripAdvisor (1703)
    $ - $$ | Portuguese, Wine Bar
    Rua da Rosa, 107 Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-382 Portugal
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  • #16
    La Buvette da Mae d'Agua
    #16 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 564 reviewsTripAdvisor (564)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Portuguese
    Rua Mae d'Agua, Lisbon 1250-154 Portugal
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  • #17
    Versiculo do Faia
    #17 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 308 reviewsTripAdvisor (308)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
    Rua da Barroca 60A Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-050 Portugal
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  • #18
    M'arrecreo Pizzeria
    #18 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 279 reviewsTripAdvisor (279)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
    Travessa dos Inglesinhos 36,42, Lisbon 1200-223 Portugal
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  • #19
    Sorbettino
    #19 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 141 reviewsTripAdvisor (141)
    $ |
    Rua da Misericordia 23, Lisbon 1200-270 Portugal
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  • #20
    Ha Tapas no Mercado!!!
    #20 of 5,353 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 730 reviewsTripAdvisor (730)
    $ | European, Portuguese, Soups, Mediterranean
    Rua Angela Pinto 12 Mercado de Arroios, Loja 20, Lisbon 1900-067 Portugal
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