Get the Ceviche
With seafood being the Portugal’s main calling, it’s not a surprise to find ceviche on many menus across the country. But when it comes to buzzworthy ceviche in Lisbon, the can’t miss restaurant is A Cevicheria. Located in the Principal Real neighborhood, Chef Kiko Martins is reimagining the popular Peruvian delicacy with a Portuguese twist. Inside the white-washed restaurant, with its blue-patterned floor and prints of painted cranes, guests will find Ceviche Portugues, made with codfish, an aromatic rosemary vinegar, chickpea puree, dried olives, and corn bread with sausage. A tasting menu of six entrees is available for 35 euros as well.
Leitao for Lunch
Tiny Nova Pombalina is a popular Lisbon restaurant always packed at lunch time. Here, locals stop in for quick leitao (suckling pig sandwiches) prepared in 60 seconds or less on fresh-baked Portuguese bread with an amazing — and totally secret — vinegar sauce. The crew behind the counter is comprised of old school Lisboans, who are quick to crack a joke and even quicker to toss a hot-and-crusty sandwich your way. Pair with a pint of local beer on tap, or a fresh-squeezed juice.
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Visit a Gourmet Food Court
If you simply cannot decide where to go and what to eat in Lisbon, rest assured: you don’t have to. Take a trip over to the TimeOut Market Lisboa, in the Cais do Sodre neighborhood, a gourmet food hall concept opened in 2014. Twenty-four restaurants, eight bars, a dozen shops, and a high-end music venue all come together under one roof to showcase the very best of Lisbon, including (you can find everything from steak and burgers to sushi and traditional seafood). Best of all, it’s very convenient for visitors who want to sample a bit of everything.
Head to the Coast for Seafood
Up the coast, in Cascais, you’ll discover a sleepy coastal community serving some of Portugal’s best seafood. If you’re going to eat Portugal’s daughter dish, you should — whenever possible — do so with ocean views. Our favorite is Bar do Guincho, a beachside joing with particularly on-point seafood and a laid-back, palapa vibe. Not to miss here is the Octopus a Lagareiro.
Get a Francesinha in Porto
Porto may be best-known for its eponymous wine, but a visit here is incomplete without sampling a Francesinha sandwich. This local treat is far from low cal (you may want to skip dinner afteward), but it’s kind of a must-order dish. Francesinha sandwiches are made with Portuguese bread, ham, fresh sausage, steak or roast meat, slathered with melted cheese, and doused with a sauce made from tomato and beer. The whole concoction is served with a mess of french fries. For the best in Porto (and arguably the country) visit Porta’O Lado.
Take a Portuguese Cooking Class
Want to get a little more hands-on? Consider a cooking class with Cooking Lisbon. The local tour operator is known for its organized cooking and baking classes, Take a two-hour course in Pastéis de Nata, or the almond cream-filled puff pastry travesseiros.
Arrange a Food Tour
Another company to consider is Taste of Lisboa, which takes foodies through the lesser known areas of the city like Campo de Ourique, which is where the ride on Tram 28 ends. You’ll explore new food markets, visit a restaurant specializing slow-cooked pork, and sample the so-called best chocolate cake in the world.