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What’s your favourite Portuguese place in London?

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Although there have been Portuguese Londoners since the sixteenth century, there’s never been a better time to experience Portugal’s unique culture in your backyard. Incentivised by record numbers of British tourists discovering the joys of Lisbon and Porto, a new wave of openings across London has added to the established restaurants, cafés and community hubs around Stockwell: London’s ‘Little Portugal’ for the last 30 years, and one of the largest Portuguese expat communities in the world.

So tell us: what’s your favourite Portuguese place in London? We want to know whose natas are second to none, who’s pouring the best of the Alentejo and where to party Lisboa-style. Leave your tips in the comments box below and we’ll use the best in Time Out London magazine. (And please, let’s leave Nando’s out of it.)

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Nani G

Portuguese love affair shop.Tino in shop and supermarket tamariz Deli in Harlesden.


Best restaurants that feel like home: Grelha D'Ouro (Stockwell), A Toca (Stockwell), O Tino (Stockwell).

Bar & Co (Camden) to eat Francesinha (a meat festival basically! Bread, steak, sausage, ham, bread, fried egg, bread, topped up by melted cheese and a slightly spicy secret tomato sauce!

Ferreira (camden) & I love nata (convent garden) for pastéis de nata (aka Portuguese custard tarts)!

Maria S

Grelha D'Ouro (Stockwell). Delicious, heartwarming food with portions so big you'll be taking a doggy bag with you. The most genuine portuguese food. Trust me, this is a Portuguese girl talking. Forget the tapas places (we're not Spanish!)...Expert tip - they do the most amazing suckling pig on Sundays!

Liliana V

Bar Douro in Flat Iron Square is also amazing and of course Nuno Mendes at Chiltern Firehouse

Marta L

It depends on what you want:

- best quality/price food - Grelha d'Ouro, Vauxhall (or Bar & Co in Camden)

- goodies - Supermercado Portugal, Maida Vale or Deli Beira, Willesden

- fancy food - Taberna do Mercado, Spitafields

- coffee and natas - I love Nata, Convent Garden or Eletrico 28, Camden Market

- pão com chouriço - Cantinho de Portugal, Brixton

- to watch Benfica - A Toca, Stockwell

- watch any game with a taste of Sagres or Super Bock - Kick, Shoreditch

We're basically everywhere!

Noni P tastemaker

Once a Portugese boyfriend took me to Cafe & Co in Camden to show me his favourite food from the Porto region (just like his mom's cooking). The relationship didn't last, but I'm still in love with the place's francesinha (I go every few months for my guily pleasure fix).

Angela L

Definitely "Grelha D'ouro" and "Bar Estrela" both in Stockwell. Big portions, great prices and the food is amazing!!! 

Diogo D

Has to be O Cantinho de Portugal in Brixton. Always the busiest Portuguese restaurant filled with locals. You get really good quality food and great service to match.

Susana G

Grelha D'Ouro (Stockwell) is one of my favourite restaurants, with its generous portions, great food and good wine.

For pastries, I like going to Oporto Café in Golbourne Road. It's a bit less crowded than Lisboa Patisserie (it is across the street!) and you are very likely to get a nata!

Tiago Almeida Tastemaker

Being Portuguese I would like to think I my opinion matters, so here it goes:

- O cantinho de Portugal - Stockwell / Brixton: great prices, amazing food all around, great wine and amazing deserts. It's like being in Portugal.

- Canela Cafe - Covent Garden / Soho: great place in central London. A bit posher than the above but also more relaxed. A different way to taste Portuguese food.


My partner and I absolutely love "A Portuguese Love Affair" Deli on Hackney Road. We come for the freshly baked pasteis de nata (which are cooked to perfection; a crispy and caramalised top, with that beautiful creamy filling) and we stay for the warm, friendly welcome from the team there. On a sunny day you can sit outside and enjoy a refreshing spritz, on a colder day hunker down inside and enjoy some of the delicious warming finger food on offer. This place brings Lisboa to you! xx

Adele G

Taberna do Mercado in Spitalfields is hands down the best Portuguese restaurant in London. They have a small, seasonal and modern menu that they execute perfectly. The wine list is as impressive as the food. Their green bean fritters with balhao pato is a must!

Maria J

Atoca - best restaurant in the Stockwell area!