Where to Eat like a Portuguese King on a Cheapskate’s Budget in Lisbon (And Other Local Travel Tips)

The cheapest restaurants you’ll never find

Hand holding Portuguese custard pastry in front of typical Lisbon backdrop.
Hand holding Portuguese custard pastry in front of typical Lisbon backdrop.
Photo licensed from Adobe Stock Photos.

The Alfama

Note that it’s “the Alfama,” like “the Bronx.”

Facade of buildings in the Alfama neighborhood.
Facade of buildings in the Alfama neighborhood.
The Alfama Neighborhood. (Photo by Paulo da Silva.)

Zip-Zip

Zip-Zip Google Maps listing.
Zip-Zip Google Maps listing.
This place is so cheap it doesn’t even have a $-rating for the menu! (Photo: Screen capture, Google Maps.)
Photo of Travessa São Tomé road, with an arrow pointing to where the restaurant is.
Photo of Travessa São Tomé road, with an arrow pointing to where the restaurant is.
It’s over there! (Photo by Paulo da Silva.)

Eating in the “Baixa” neighborhood — Downtown Lisbon

A “bitoque” — pork steak with a fried egg on top, and fries.
A “bitoque” — pork steak with a fried egg on top, and fries.
A “bitoque” — pork steak with a fried egg on top, and fries. I grew up on this stuff. Photo by Paulo da Silva.
Rua Augusta Arch in Lisbon
Rua Augusta Arch in Lisbon
The Rua Augusta Arch, leading to a tourist-trap-ridden road named Rua Augusta where you will go broke if you eat there every day. Photo by Monica Silvestre.

Pastelaria Eva Cafetaria

The restaurant is so unknown it doesn’t even have a listing on Google Maps. Here’s a link to its Street View Image, and here’s one directly to Google Maps, which kind of gets you there.

“Armazéns do Chiado” — the Crème de la Crème of incredible, cheap food

Just look at this plate:

Full plate of various meats and fries
Full plate of various meats and fries
Photo by Paulo da Silva.
Full plate of various meats, drumsticks, beans, sausage, rice, and a glass of wine.
Full plate of various meats, drumsticks, beans, sausage, rice, and a glass of wine.
Photo by Paulo da Silva.

Steakhouse Sabor Gaucho

Screencap of Sabor Gaucho’s website
Screencap of Sabor Gaucho’s website
Screen capture of Sabor Gaucho’s website.

Sr. Frango da Guia

Senhor Frango da Guia branding image
Senhor Frango da Guia branding image
Image courtesy of their official Facebook Page.

Other Good Restaurants at the “Armazéns do Chiado”

There are other good restaurants in the food court. If you’re not a total miser like me, “Portugália Balcão” is one that has always looked great. But, yeah, I think they want to charge as much as €9 (I don’t recall the price exactly) for a deliciously massive meal including a wine and including a coffee. Well, y’know, why pay nine when you can pay eight, is what I say?

The Mouraria — The “Moorish” Quarter

Mural of Mother holding baby, in Mouraria.
Mural of Mother holding baby, in Mouraria.
Mural of mother holding baby, in the Mouraria. Photo by Paulo da Silva.
View from the top of the stairs I had to climb for my four Euro meal.
View from the top of the stairs I had to climb for my four Euro meal.
View from the top of the stairs I had to climb for my four Euro meal. Photo by Paulo da Silva.
Google Maps listing for Pastelaria Violeta.
Google Maps listing for Pastelaria Violeta.
Screen capture of Google Maps listing for Pastelaria Violeta.

The Cheapest (and best) place to eat in Belem — an absolute steal!

Belem Tower
Belem Tower
Belem Tower. Photo by Pixabay.
Gilded carriage, exquisitely carved, in Belem Coach Museum.
Gilded carriage, exquisitely carved, in Belem Coach Museum.
Gilded handcrafted carriage in Belem Coach Museum. Photo by Paulo da Silva.

One man’s dive is another man’s five-star restaurant

Lisboetas” (people from Lisbon) can be summed up as a chilled, relaxed, easygoing people. I think it’s because of all that sunshine.

Ghostwriter

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store