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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 O Chefe e o Mar

#1 of 5,254 Places to Eat in Lisbon

Ranked 5.0 out of 104 (104) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Seafood, International, Mediterranean, European, Grill, Portuguese, Wine Bar

Rua Convento da Encarnacao 1, Lisbon 1150-114 Portugal

Rua Convento da Encarnacao 1, Lisbon 1150-114 Portugal

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#2 A Nossa Casa

#2 of 5,254 Places to Eat in Lisbon

Ranked 5.0 out of 155 (155) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Brazilian, Mediterranean, European, Portuguese

Rua da Atalaia 31 Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-037 Portugal

Rua da Atalaia 31 Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-037 Portugal

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#3 Jam Club

#3 of 5,254 Places to Eat in Lisbon

Ranked 5.0 out of 299 (299) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Bar, Portuguese, Street Food

Travessa dos Inglesinhos n0 49 Near the conservatory of music, Lisbon 1200-109 Portugal

Travessa dos Inglesinhos n0 49 Near the conservatory of music, Lisbon 1200-109 Portugal

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#4 Sanskar Nepal

#4 of 5,254 Places to Eat in Lisbon

Ranked 5.0 out of 794 (794) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Indian

Rua das Chagas 25, Lisbon 1200-106 Portugal

Rua das Chagas 25, Lisbon 1200-106 Portugal

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#5 Bottega Montucci

#5 of 5,254 Places to Eat in Lisbon

Ranked 5.0 out of 477 (477) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Italian, Wine Bar, European, Portuguese

Rua do Monte Olivete 71, Lisbon 1200-079 Portugal

Rua do Monte Olivete 71, Lisbon 1200-079 Portugal

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#6 Manteigaria

#6 of 5,254 Places to Eat in Lisbon

Ranked 5.0 out of 4105 (4105) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Portuguese

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

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

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#7 Estamine Art Food Drink

#7 of 5,254 Places to Eat in Lisbon

Ranked 5.0 out of 465 (465) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Bar, Pub, Healthy, Brazilian

Calcada do Monte 86 A Não, Lisbon 1170-251 Portugal

Calcada do Monte 86 A Não, Lisbon 1170-251 Portugal

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#8 Sorbettino

#8 of 5,254 Places to Eat in Lisbon

Ranked 5.0 out of 128 (128) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

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Rua da Misericordia 23, Lisbon 1200-270 Portugal

Rua da Misericordia 23, Lisbon 1200-270 Portugal

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#9 Versiculo do Faia

#9 of 5,254 Places to Eat in Lisbon

Ranked 5.0 out of 253 (253) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Mediterranean, European, Portuguese

Rua da Barroca 60A Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-050 Portugal

Rua da Barroca 60A Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1200-050 Portugal

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#10 Ha Tapas no Mercado!!!

#10 of 5,254 Places to Eat in Lisbon

Ranked 5.0 out of 679 (679) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | European, Portuguese, Soups, Mediterranean

Rua Angela Pinto 12 Mercado de Arroios, Loja 20, Lisbon 1900-067 Portugal

Rua Angela Pinto 12 Mercado de Arroios, Loja 20, Lisbon 1900-067 Portugal

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