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Things to do in Lisbon • Restaurants and cafés

Time Out’s Portuguese editors offer their insider’s tips on the best restaurants and cafés in the gastronomic paradise that is Lisbon

Taberna Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal

‘Things to do in Lisbon: Do as the locals do at Taberna Portuguesa © Joana Freitas

Where to eat in Lisbon

Seafood splendour at O Arrastão

Seafood splendour at O Arrastão © Ana Luzia

Portugal is renowned for its seafood and youll find some of the best (and most affordable) restaurants and cafés in Lisbon.

The locals favourite O Arrastão is a good place to start – try the award-winning fish stew. But for an authentic taste of the capital, a trip to a taberna (or three) is essential. These traditional drinking holes are dotted all over the city, serving up small dishes and snacks designed for sharing. Taberna Portuguesa prides itself, as the name might suggest, on being 100 per cent Portuguese, from the décor to the plates of pica-pau (tender strips of fried beef).

Try Taberna Tosca for authentic pataniscas (codfish fritters) and superb cheese, ham and sausage. Taberna Moderna (no website) serves traditional plates with a twist, and is renowned for its excellent in-house gin bar, Lisbonita (no website) – the capital’s first, offering up over 70 gins distilled with ingredients like cucumber, cardamom and citrus fruit.

The food court of Lisbon’s historic market hall – the Mercado da Ribeira – was taken over by Time Out in early 2014. The revamped (and bustling) Time Out Mercado da Ribeira is now home to 35 permanent stalls from some of Lisbon’s most celebrated foodie shops and restaurants. Try Portuguese wines from Garrafeira Nacional, ice-creams from Santini, and pastries from Aloma – or get a flavour of one of the country’s culinary heroes, Henrique Sá Pessoa, at his on-site eaterie.

As well as its superlative traditional cuisine, Lisbon is home to a great selection of international eats. Take a gastronomic world tour at the food market Mercado Fusão on Largo Martim Moniz, where steaming kiosks serve up everything from Brazilian cakes to sushi to samosas (chamuças – don’t miss Ali’s famous fried triangles at Kebab Ali House). Other alfresco options are Ibo, with its exceptional Mozambican menu, and possibly the city’s best pizza at Italian canteen Casanova – both are perched by the river.

The Portuguese love their animal products, but vegetarians can try traditional favourites without the meat at Terra, and Os Tibetanos – whose Asia-inspired menu will keep carnivores quiet too.

Sky Bar has a good seasonal menu, but its rooftop location at Tivoli Lisboa hotel makes it the place to go for a mojito with a view.


Restaurant and café details

O Arrastão Praia dos Moínhos, Alcochete. +351 21 234 2151.
Taberna Portuguesa Rua dos Lusíadas 130, Alcântara | Calçada do Combro 115, Bairro Alto. +351 91 428 9997 / +351 91 745 8695.
Taberna Tosca Praça de São Paolo 21, Cais do Sodré. +351 21 803 4563.
Taberna Moderna and Lisbonita Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 18A. +351 21 886 5039.
Mercado de Fusão Largo Martim Moniz.
Ibo Armazém A, Cais do Sodré. +351 21 342 3611 / +351 96 133 2024.
Casanova Avenida Infante D Henrique, Cais da Pedra, Santa Apolónia. +351 21 887 7532.
Terra Rua de Palmeira 15. +351 21 342 1407.
Os Tibetanos Rua do Salitre 117. +351 21 314 2038.
Sky Bar Hotel Tivoli Lisboa, Avenida da Liberdade 185. +351 21 319 8832. 


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