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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.

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  • #1
    Estamine Art Food Drink
    #1 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 601 reviewsTripAdvisor (601)
    $ | Bar, Pub, Healthy, Brazilian
    Calcada do Monte 86 A Não, Lisbon 1170-251 Portugal
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  • #2
    Rose Stupa Resturant
    #2 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 272 reviewsTripAdvisor (272)
    $ | Indian, International, Asian, Nepali
    Rua Ponta Delgada 80B In front of Finanças Office, Lisbon 1000-244 Portugal
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  • #3
    Jam Club
    #3 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 830 reviewsTripAdvisor (830)
    $ | Bar, Portuguese
    Travessa dos Inglesinhos n0 49 Near the conservatory of music, Lisbon 1200-109 Portugal
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  • #4
    Augusto Lisboa
    #4 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1255 reviewsTripAdvisor (1255)
    $ - $$ | European, Portuguese
    Rua Santa Marinha No 26, Lisbon 1100-491 Portugal
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  • #5
    A Nossa Casa
    #5 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 789 reviewsTripAdvisor (789)
    $ - $$ | Brazilian, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
    Rua da Atalaia 31 Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-037 Portugal
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  • #6
    Invicta
    #6 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 421 reviewsTripAdvisor (421)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Grill, Portuguese, Gastropub
    Rua da Esperanca 140, Lisbon 1200-659 Portugal
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  • #7
    Pastelaria Guadalupe
    #7 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 216 reviewsTripAdvisor (216)
    $ | Cafe, Portuguese, European
    Rua do Terreiro do Trigo 24, Lisbon 1100-604 Portugal
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  • #8
    Scoop 'n Dough
    #8 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 109 reviewsTripAdvisor (109)
    $ - $$ | American, International
    Rua das Portas de Santo Antao 78, Lisbon 1150-269 Portugal
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  • #9
    Sanskar Nepal
    #9 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1184 reviewsTripAdvisor (1184)
    $ | Indian
    Rua das Chagas 25, Lisbon 1200-106 Portugal
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  • #10
    Bottega Montucci
    #10 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 680 reviewsTripAdvisor (680)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese
    Rua do Monte Olivete 71, Lisbon 1200-079 Portugal
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  • #11
    Manteigaria
    #11 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 4804 reviewsTripAdvisor (4804)
    $ | Portuguese
    Rua do Loreto 2 Largo de Camões, Lisbon 1200-242 Portugal
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  • #12
    Nova Wine Bar
    #12 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 480 reviewsTripAdvisor (480)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Portuguese, Wine Bar
    Rua Nova do Almada 20, Lisbon 1200-289 Portugal
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  • #13
    Come Prima Restaurante Italiano
    #13 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2505 reviewsTripAdvisor (2505)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Neapolitan, Campania, Tuscan, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
    Rua do Olival 256, Lisbon 1200-744 Portugal
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  • #14
    Royal Spice Restaurante
    #14 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 784 reviewsTripAdvisor (784)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, Nepali, Healthy
    Rua do Conde de Redondo 127A 127 A, Lisbon 1150-104 Portugal
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  • #15
    Restaurante Altar
    #15 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 88 reviewsTripAdvisor (88)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, European, Portuguese, Mediterranean, Contemporary
    Largo Rodrigues de Freitas 21, Lisbon 1100-455 Portugal
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  • #16
    Ha Tapas no Mercado!!!
    #16 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 885 reviewsTripAdvisor (885)
    $ | European, Portuguese, Soups, Mediterranean
    Rua Angela Pinto 12 Mercado de Arroios, Loja 20, Lisbon 1900-067 Portugal
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  • #17
    Legumi Sushi Vegan
    #17 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 145 reviewsTripAdvisor (145)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian, International, Fusion, Healthy
    Calcada do Monte 92A Ao lado do miradouro Nossa Senhor do Monte, Lisbon 1170-250 Portugal
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  • #18
    Yallah Lisboa
    #18 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 207 reviewsTripAdvisor (207)
    $ - $$ | Middle Eastern
    Rua do Loreto 54, Lisbon 1200-242 Portugal
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  • #19
    Wine Room Lisboa
    #19 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 302 reviewsTripAdvisor (302)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Wine Bar, Healthy
    Travessa da Memoria 47A Belém, Lisbon 1300-402 Portugal
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  • #20
    Agulha No Palheiro
    #20 of 5,251 Places to Eat in Lisbon
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 609 reviewsTripAdvisor (609)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Contemporary, Fusion
    Rua do Jardim do Tabaco 5, Lisbon 1100-286 Portugal
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