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Best food in Lisbon from Portugal’s ex-colonies

  Portugal’s maritime explorations were launched mostly back in the 15th century. Not only did they chart parts of the globe, which obviously already existed, but that were until then mostly unknown for Europeans, they also laid the groundwork for a complex network of colonies across Asia, Africa, and South America. This period of exploration…

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May 1, 2024

Lumiar travel guide for food lovers

  Each of Lisbon’s neighborhoods has a distinct character. Lumiar stands as a hidden gem, often bypassed by the typical tourist trail yet brimming with cultural richness and culinary opportunities that would make any adventurous food lover happy. Feat photo by Gardens   Photo by Prestige Realty Advisors    Far from the hustle and bustle…

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April 27, 2024

Where Lisbon locals go for lunch

  No matter the pace of life these days, lunch is still taken quite seriously here in Portugal. Normally, depending on your job, you’ll have about an hour to enjoy your midday meal. So you can grab a fork and knife, because sandwiches may be a thing elsewhere, but here we still care about a…

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April 15, 2024

Seixal travel guide for food lovers

  Just a stone’s throw from the bustling streets of Lisbon, Seixal on the southbank of the Tagus river, offers a serene escape, making it an ideal day trip from the city, for both locals and travelers alike. Reaching Seixal from downtown Lisbon is quite easy. For those with a car, a mere 20 minute…

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April 12, 2024

Best late-night restaurants in Lisbon

  As the sun sets over the seven hills of Lisbon, the city doesn’t just sleep: it transforms.  Picture this: It’s late at night in Lisbon. You’ve been wandering through the charming cobblestone streets, maybe you’ve already enjoyed a delightful dinner earlier. Perhaps you danced at a local party, or maybe you’ve been so captivated…

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March 10, 2024

Mafra travel guide for food lovers

  Nestled in the heart of Portugal, Mafra is more than just a picturesque place. As the main city in the Zona Saloia, Mafra embodies the country’s rich agricultural history. This region, historically significant as the primary breadbasket for Lisbon, still resonates with the echoes of its past. Here, agriculture was not just a practice…

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February 29, 2024

The 3 iconic Portuguese meat sandwiches: bifana, prego and leitão

  In the world of gastronomy, the humble sandwich has transcended its simple origins to become a canvas for culinary creativity and cultural expression. In virtually every culture, sandwiches have unique interpretations. Here in Portugal, they are not merely quick bites but reflections of our rich culinary traditions. Feat photo by whatforbreakfast In Portugal, the…

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February 15, 2024

Montijo travel guide for food lovers

  Known as Aldeia Galega until 1930, Montijo is a town that belongs to the municipality of Setúbal, just across the Tagus River from Lisbon. If you come to Lisbon during June, the month during which our city is on party mode while celebrating the festival of St. Anthony (also unofficially known as the “sardine…

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January 30, 2024

Where to eat the Portuguese national dish – cozido à portuguesa – in Lisbon

  Most people would agree that food can be a straightforward way of comforting us on any given day. Portuguese comfort food comes in many shapes and forms, savory and sweet. But if we had to choose just one dish to hit the spot, both in terms of flavor and solace to the soul, it…

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January 21, 2024

Best restaurants to eat contemporary Portuguese food in Lisbon

  Lisbon is famous for its history, unique architecture, incredible light and a rich gastronomic and wine scene.  Think about Portuguese food and chances are dishes like salted cod, grilled sardines, meats stew or pastel de nata come to mind. These are indeed some of the most iconic recipes you can taste in Lisbon, but…

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January 10, 2024

Barreiro travel guide for food lovers

  We’ve said it before and we will say it again: if you’d like to marvel at some truly stunning views of Lisbon’s cityscape, your best bet is to travel to the south bank of the Tagus River. Amongst other places, this applies to Cacilhas, in Almada, which we have invited you to come to…

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January 1, 2024

The best Portuguese vegan food and wine in Lisbon

  Traditional Portuguese cuisine is notoriously not the most accessible option for those who choose to eat a plant based diet. But at least in Lisbon, just like in most major cities around the world, the number of vegan restaurants offering vegetable based dishes has been increasing in recent years.  Whether it’s done for the…

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December 29, 2023

How to celebrate Christmas like a Portuguese

  In Portugal, Christmas means two things: family and food. And when it comes to family, the more, the merrier. Grandparents tend to be the center of the celebrations and, usually, it is at the grandparents’ house that the family gathers to celebrate. The food is what is on everyone’s mind. It should be enough…

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December 20, 2023

The best family-friendly Portuguese restaurants in Lisbon

  Generally speaking, here in Portugal, the vast majority of restaurants welcome children and are family-friendly. By default, we don’t make this distinction, even though we recognize that some establishments may be more suitable for welcoming families with their children, whether it is from a space and logistics point of view, or even when it…

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December 14, 2023

Amadora travel guide for food lovers

  We are very well aware that Amadora, a city nearby Lisbon, doesn’t always enjoy the best reputation. Amadora is a part of Greater Lisbon and it’s mostly a residential area. Even though it has a personality of its own and plenty of local life, the truth is that many people who reside in Amadora…

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November 25, 2023

The oldest restaurants and cafes in Lisbon

  Some of the most iconic and long lasting businesses in Lisbon are food and drink related. There is no doubt that the people of our city love to go out to eat, drink and hang out with friends, and it seems that it has been that way for at least a couple of centuries…

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November 14, 2023

Iconic foods and places Lisbon locals love

  Much could be written about Lisbon’s most iconic foods. We could praise the uber popular Portuguese custard tarts, or talk about the historical importance of salt cod in our national cuisine. We could point you towards where Lisbon’s residents like to go out to drink, or get your cravings going by listing the top…

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November 2, 2023

Campolide travel guide for food lovers

  Campolide is certainly not the most touristic of Lisbon’s neighborhoods. In fact, we suspect not many travelers end up making it to this part of Lisbon, unless they are going to browse stores at Amoreiras Shopping Center (Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco 48) or, at the most, interested in visiting Aqueduto das Águas Livres, the…

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October 26, 2023

The best group-friendly restaurants in Lisbon

  As much as we love intimate dinners and small places, where it feels like the restaurants almost exist for our own sake, sometimes we like going out in big groups too. In fact, particularly as Christmas comes around, we know that other companies are also into organizing dinners out with their employees, as a…

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October 19, 2023

Ericeira travel guide for food lovers

  We sincerely believe that Ericeira is one of the best day trips from Lisbon. You can get to this seaside town in less than one hour’s drive or even by public bus departing from Campo Grande, which is on the green line of the metro. There are plenty of options most of the day,…

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September 24, 2023

Food-related social projects in Lisbon

  “The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.” – Norman Borlaug, biologist and humanitarian. We are very fond of projects that combine the world of food with a strong social component. We are firm believers that…

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September 12, 2023

Portuguese flexitarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Lisbon

  Portugal is a delicious destination for travelers who love eating meat and fish. Lisbon is full of incredible seafood restaurants and, some of the most typical Portuguese dishes, do indeed revolve around meats, particularly pork. We love these traditional comfort foods and even their contemporary versions, often reinterpreted by younger chefs who put their…

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September 5, 2023

Comporta travel guide for food lovers

  As the weather is clearly asking for it, lately we’ve been focusing our travel guides for foodies on beach destinations near Lisbon. We have previously taken you to the unspoiled beaches of Arrábida Natural Park and, today, we’d like to invite you to what magazine Condé Nast Traveller has highlighted as Portugal’s best secret…

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August 24, 2023

The best ways to enjoy the Tagus river in and around Lisbon

  To say that the Tagus River, known in Portuguese as the Tejo, has shaped Lisbon and the local way of life is an understatement. If it wasn’t for this river, and its close proximity to the sea, Lisbon would have never probably become the prominent city that it is today. If back in the…

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August 13, 2023

Unusual seafood you should try in Lisbon this Summer

  Indulging in fresh seafood is on the bucket list of many travelers who come to Lisbon and who have a keen interest in food culture. It’s understandable – our Atlantic coast is long and the amazing products we get to extract from it are some of Portuguese cuisine’s greatest delicacies. The best seafood restaurants…

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August 4, 2023

Arrábida travel guide for food lovers

  Arrábida Natural Park, often known in Portuguese simply as Serra da Arrábida, is a protected area which ranges from mountains to the Atlantic ocean, roughly between the city of Setúbal and the fishing town of Sesimbra. Being located in the Peninsula of Setúbal, just 45 km from Lisbon, Arrábida makes for a great day…

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July 26, 2023

Sustainable things to do in Lisbon

  When we travel, particularly at an international level, it’s important to think about our actions and how we can be more responsible travelers. Tourism naturally has an impact, both environmental and at a human level, affecting the places, the lifestyle of people, and the ecosystem. If you are planning to travel to Portugal soon…

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July 15, 2023

The best contemporary taverns in Lisbon

  If you have been following our work for a little while, you’ll know that at Taste of Lisboa we love tascas. These are the Portuguese versions of taverns, simple eateries which serve typical food which tends to be quite representative of our local style of home cooking. When you go to good tasca, sometimes…

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July 7, 2023

Colares travel guide for food lovers

  Sintra is a world-famous destination and one of the most popular day trips from Lisbon. Even though many travelers do make it to Sintra, at least for the day, not that many make it a point to go beyond the town’s city center. Indeed Sintra has a lot to see, do and eat, but…

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June 24, 2023

​​Delicious ways to beat the summer heat in Lisbon

  As we always like to stress, there is no best time to travel to Lisbon, because every season of the year has its particular appeal and there is always something going on in the Portuguese capital. But one thing is for sure, if you are not a fan of the warm weather, you have…

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June 16, 2023

10 best rooftop bars in Lisbon

  We love being high! We mean high up in Lisbon’s best rooftop bars, where you can share a bottle of wine with your friends, drink a signature cocktail, feel the summer breeze as it gently hits your hair and, of course, enjoy marvelous views of the Portuguese capital. As Lisbon is the “city of…

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June 9, 2023

Penha de França travel guide for food lovers

  Penha de França is a neighborhood in Lisbon with lots of personality. It is often overshadowed by Graça, the more popular parish which borders it, but we’re firm believers that it should also be on the map for those seeking to experience a side of Lisbon which mixes local characteristics with a certain international…

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May 24, 2023

What is alheira sausage and where to taste it in Lisbon

  Portugal has a varied and appetizing range of cured meats and smoked sausages, which we refer to in Portuguese as enchidos. In between blood sausage, chouriço and other pork based creations such as bone and cartilage sausage (butelo), we find alheira, which is arguably the one Portuguese sausage with the most troubled background. Most…

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May 14, 2023

Best typical Portuguese chicken dishes

  When you think about chicken dishes from Portuguese cuisine, it’s quite likely that the first thing that comes to mind is peri-peri chicken, which we refer to in Portuguese as frango de churrasco. Juicy meat, crispy skin, smokey untones and the heat of peri-peri sauce which you can add to taste – what’s there…

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May 5, 2023

Costa da Caparica travel guide for food lovers

  Even though there are many beaches nearby Lisbon, Costa da Caparica is a favorite of many city dwellers when trying to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life, lay in the sand and soak up the sun. A short drive away, simply crossing the Tejo river via the Golden Gate look-alike 25 de…

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April 25, 2023

The coolest cocktail bars in Lisbon

  At Taste of Lisboa we firmly believe that, with good food, there shall be good drinks! We have previously explored some of the essential beverages you should try while in Portugal (including non-alcoholic options); we have talked extensively about Portuguese wine culture and the diverse wine regions across our country; explored the world of…

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April 14, 2023

What Portuguese and Spanish cuisines have in common – and what’s different between them

  “Where can I find the best paella in Lisbon?” “Oh my… Portuguese jamón is really good!” “Portuguese and Spanish foods are pretty much the same…”   These are words you won’t hear coming out of the mouth of someone who’s truly knowledgeable about Portuguese or even Spanish food. Indeed the cuisines of both Portugal…

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April 4, 2023

Alcochete travel guide for food lovers

  Many of the people who work in Lisbon actually live on the other side of the Tagus river, in an area which we broadly refer to in Portuguese as Margem Sul, that is, the south bank. Across the river not only will you find residential areas which house a growing population which the city…

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March 18, 2023

Where to eat the best sandwiches in Lisbon

  Most parts of the world have their own local versions of sandwiches. Protein and vegetables tucked inside two slices of bread, perfect to eat on the go or as a quick meal, which is usually affordable and hits the spot. What’s not to like? Some of the most iconic sandwiches around the world include…

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March 11, 2023

Best cafés in Lisbon for remote work

  In recent years, Lisbon is consistently highlighted as one of the digital nomad capitals of the world. Not only do a lot of remote workers from all nationalities find a temporary base in Portugal’s biggest city, even the pandemic has shifted the paradigm of online work for locals who increasingly enjoy the flexibility of…

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March 2, 2023

Oeiras travel guide for food lovers

Many visitors who come to Lisbon take a day trip to Cascais, a popular seaside city perfect for a leisurely stroll on a sunny day. But not everyone is aware that, in between Lisbon and Cascais (the area which we refer to in Portuguese as Linha de Cascais, that is, the line towards Cascais) there’s…

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February 27, 2023

Best food festivals in Portugal

  For those who agree with us in thinking that food festivals are a great excuse to travel to places you might have not thought of going to otherwise, today we have plenty of appetizing suggestions. For a fairly small country, Portugal has a range of food options that tend to make locals proud. It’s…

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February 19, 2023

10 Lisbon-based young chefs you should know

  The future of Lisbon’s food scene is in their hands. We’re talking about young chefs who are making a name for themselves alongside well-established chefs which are at the forefront of Portuguese dining – think, for example, José Avillez (Belcanto, Cantinho do Avillez, Bairro do Avillez), or Henrique Sá Pessoa (Alma). Some of them…

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February 11, 2023

Cacilhas and Almada travel guide for food and wine lovers

  It’s part of our job to introduce you to the best things in Lisbon which you just can’t miss when you travel to Portugal. But, way beyond the more obvious activities, places and even dishes, we take it as part of our mission to invite you to also explore neighborhoods in and around Lisbon…

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January 26, 2023

Lisbon restaurants to eat Portuguese food on Sunday and Monday

  Working in the hospitality industry is hard and everyone deserves a day off. That’s why many of Lisbon’s restaurants are closed on Sunday and also on Monday, after having a busy weekend. This rings particularly true when it comes to tascas and family-run establishments, as these are simple eateries that are often run by…

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January 15, 2023

How to stay warm in Portugal this winter – Foodies edition

  Many travelers come to Lisbon attracted by the sunny weather and temperate climate. Even though temperatures are fairly moderate all year long, especially when compared to other European capitals, it does get a little cold during the winter. If you were to ask us, we’d say that there’s no ideal time to visit Lisbon,…

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January 7, 2023

How do Portuguese people celebrate Christmas and New Year?

  If you are the kind of traveler who enjoys taking a trip around Christmas time, other European destinations popular because of their outdoor Christmas markets may come to mind before you even think of booking a flight to Lisbon. But, what if you actually knew how to embrace the spirit of the holidays learning…

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December 13, 2022

Parque das Nações travel guide for food lovers

      If old world charm and classical buildings come to your mind when you think about Lisbon, it is because you haven’t been to Parque das Nações yet. To the east of the city, this is one of the most contemporary parts of the Portuguese capital, with striking architecture and a lovely waterfront…

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December 10, 2022

Best things to do in Lisbon when it rains

  Hot weather. Glorious sunlight. Warm pastel colors and terracotta rooftops. These are all things often associated with Lisbon. But it wouldn’t be wise to assume that all of these elements are going to be at their greatest expression when you visit Lisbon. We often say that there is no such thing as an ideal…

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December 2, 2022

What do Portuguese people eat at home?

  Restaurant food doesn’t always fully represent what people eat like at home. This happens in Portugal and in many other parts of the world. If you think about it, it makes sense: when you go out and pay for a dining experience, you expect to enjoy something different than what you already eat at…

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November 27, 2022

Ajuda and Restelo travel guide for food lovers

  Neighboring the popular neighborhood of Belém, famous for its ancient statues and edible monuments such as Pastéis de Belém, we find the areas of Ajuda and Restelo. While technically these are two distinct Lisbon neighborhoods, they’re so close by, that if you are in the area we’d encourage you to check out both of…

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November 15, 2022

Must-try Portuguese savory snacks (that aren’t cod fritters)

To talk about savory snacks in Portugal is almost immediately synonymous with speaking about cod fritters. Indeed pastéis de bacalhau, aka cod cakes, are one of our most well-liked snacks. But they certainly aren’t the only ones.     In Portugal, we eat savories known as salgados in between meals, as appetizers and, sometimes, when…

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November 8, 2022

Enchidos: must-try Portuguese sausages and cured meats

  We can’t talk about Portugal’s gastronomic traditions without highlighting enchidos, that is, our country’s range of sausages and cured meats. Translating literally, enchidos mean “stuffed”, suggesting the way meats and trimmings are typically preserved inside casings, in the shape of a sausage. Nor all Portuguese enchidos are actually stuffed, but what they do have…

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October 31, 2022

The definitive guide to bread in Portugal

  “Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” James Beard American chef and cookbook author James Beard proclaimed his love for bread on the quote above and we couldn’t agree more! 16th of October is World Bread Day, a date which officially…

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October 16, 2022

Benfica travel guide for food lovers

  Even though Benfica is a well-known Lisbon neighborhood for us natives of the city, it is often overlooked by international visitors. Furthermore, if you were to research anything about Benfica online, chances are you’ll come across results related with the popular football club by the same name, rather than the part of town itself….

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October 13, 2022

The best Portuguese octopus dishes  (and where to try them in Lisbon)

  Traditional Portuguese cooking makes very good use of octopus as one of its favorite seafood ingredients. Because of its other-wordly looks and long tentacles covered in suckers, the octopus is often a creature that inspires a certain dose of intimidation to those who aren’t used to seeing it on a plate of food. Yet,…

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October 7, 2022

Campo de Ourique travel guide for food lovers

  The neighborhood of Campo de Ourique in Lisbon is not exactly unknown. Lisbon residents flock to this area for its vibrant streets full of local shops, where international chains are not as popular as one-off boutiques and specialty stores. It is also a preferred neighborhood for expats, who tend to appreciate the quarter’s balance…

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September 29, 2022

The best Portuguese desserts (and where to try them in Lisbon)

  If we were to ask international visitors who come to Portugal what their favorite Portuguese dessert is, chances are many would say pastel de nata. The thing is that, in our country, Portuguese custard tarts aren’t considered a dessert, but instead a pastry to be enjoyed at breakfast or with a coffee any time…

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September 14, 2022

Alcântara travel guide for food lovers

  After virtually traveling with you to Marvila and Alvalade, we continue our mission to explore some of the most interesting neighborhoods of Lisbon which happen to be less known amongst international visitors. Our aim is to unveil some of their secrets from the perspective of food lovers, that is, highlighting the best restaurants, cafés,…

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August 27, 2022

Gluten free guide to Portuguese food

  As Lisbon’s dining scene is rather vast, you will easily come across a lot of gluten-free labeled options in restaurants all over town, and there’s even some fabulous fully gluten-free restaurants.  Most establishments catering to celiacs and those who’d rather follow a diet with low or no gluten consumption end up serving a menu…

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August 19, 2022

Lisbon tips for food loving solo travelers

  Solo travel is ideal for when you want to go with the flow and step outside your comfort zone. When you are taking a trip by yourself there’s more room to improvise and, while you do so, learn about yourself.   Lisbon is a perfect destination for solo trips: it’s safe (Portugal actually ranked 3th…

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August 6, 2022

Alvalade travel guide for food lovers

  The neighborhood of Alvalade offers a lively and genuine Lisbon experience like not many other parts of town do these days. At just about 15 minutes metro ride away from downtown, this can be a very rewarding area to explore if you’re looking to immerse yourself in a very Portuguese ambiance, eat good food…

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July 31, 2022

Best peri-peri chicken restaurants in Lisbon

  The fame of peri-peri chicken is a testament to how Portuguese cuisine is, in many ways, a fusion cuisine. From the 15th century onwards, the Portuguese went on to explore different parts of the world, namely the Americas, Africa and Asia, and thus promoted an exchange between our culture and the traditions of the…

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July 24, 2022

Best seafood restaurants in and around Lisbon

  When Anthony Bourdain traveled to Lisbon back in 2012 to shoot No Reservations, one of the restaurants he visited was Cervejaria Ramiro. This seafood restaurant, affectionately referred to by locals simply as Ramiro, was very popular with Lisbon diners until this time but, after being featured on the much liked travel and food show, its…

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July 18, 2022

Marvila travel guide for food and art lovers

  Craft beer. Restaurants. Urban art. Culture and events. This is what the trendy and up-and-coming Lisbon neighborhood of Marvila is becoming known for.   Marvila is often nicknamed the Brooklyn of Lisbon, in comparison to the borough of New York City, or the London East-End of Lisbon, in reference to the gentrification that’s been…

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June 21, 2022

Azulejos: the history of Portuguese tiles and where to buy them in Lisbon

  The word azulejo means polished stone in Arabic, referring to the origins of these now considered very Portuguese glazed ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles started being used in Portugal and Spain in the 13th century, when part of the Iberian Peninsula was still being ruled by the Moors of Northern Africa.  Lisbon is probably the…

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June 15, 2022

Santo António: how to celebrate Lisbon’s sardine festival

  As the biggest street party in the city is dedicated to Santo António, one could immediately assume that St Anthony is Lisbon’s patron saint. That title has been reserved for St Vincent but St Anthony is Portugal’s most revered saint and he did happen to be born in Lisbon. So the date of his…

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June 1, 2022

Portuguese dishes you should enjoy by the beach

  Whether it’s the peak of summer and the bathing season is fully on, or it’s simply a pleasant warm day, heading to one of the beaches near Lisbon can be a beautiful way of spending some time. If you want to fully embrace the local customs when it comes to spending time at the…

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May 26, 2022

How to tell if a restaurant in Lisbon is authentic

  When we talk about the intrinsic connection between food, its place of origin, and the people who cook it and eat it, it’s important to acknowledge traditions and a certain dose of authenticity.    The adjective authentic refers to something that has a clearly defined origin. Even though we are fans of fusion cuisine…

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May 12, 2022

Bacalhau: where to eat the best salted cod dishes in Lisbon

  Here in Portugal, in cod we trust. Even though cod is not a fish that was ever found on the Portuguese coastline, which happens to indeed be rich in other species, no one can deny that this is one of the quintessential ingredients of Portuguese gastronomy. The history of how cod became popular in…

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May 7, 2022

Where to drink Portuguese craft beer in Lisbon

  The concept of craft beer took a little longer to spread around Lisbon than in some parts of the world. But once the trend caught on, what happened is akin to what happens when you start drinking… you tend to keep going. Portuguese artisanal brews started becoming common less than a decade ago. Until…

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April 28, 2022

Where and how to experience coffee culture in Lisbon

  Talking about the Portuguese way of life and daily habits is synonymous with talking about coffee. The average Portuguese adult drinks at least two espresso coffees a day, which ends up amounting to about four kilos of coffee grains per person per year. No wonder wherever you go in Portugal, whether it’s in an…

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April 24, 2022

For the love of cod: a historical look behind Portugal’s obsession with bacalhau

  If you have ever read about Portuguese food, you might have come across the statement that salted cod, known in Portuguese as bacalhau, is Portugal’s national dish. We could argue this, not only because we think that there are other dishes that better embody Portugal’s edible history, but also because cod is not a…

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April 16, 2022

Lisbon best outdoor food markets

  People often say that one of the things they love about Lisbon is that it’s so close to the countryside. We could go one step further and appreciate the fact that it’s so easy to enjoy some of the best things from the Portuguese countryside in the heart of our city. We are naturally…

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April 8, 2022

Best egg based dishes you must try in Lisbon

  It won’t take you a long time after arriving in Portugal and eating out no matter where in the country you may be, to understand that the Portuguese love eggs. We feature them heavily in our savory dishes, and our repertory of cakes and pastries would certainly suffer from a severe change of identity…

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March 1, 2022

Day trips from Lisbon that we locals also enjoy

  There’s virtually a never ending array of things to see and do in Lisbon. Yet when you visit the Portuguese capital, just like when you travel to any country, it’s always a good idea to venture out of the big city and explore a little more of what the country has to offer. Your…

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February 21, 2022

Homestyle Portuguese food for the winter

  During the colder months, we crave foods that are nourishing, warming and that evoque a certain sense of nostalgia. If there is a time of the year when comfort food can be the most rewarding, winter is probably it! Even though eating out, take-away and home deliveries are increasingly popular in Portuguese cities, the…

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February 10, 2022

Most romantic spots in Lisbon for foodies

  As author Alan Wolfelt once wrote, “Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” We couldn’t agree more! Those who love food as much as we do, know how much of a source of joy tasting appetizing things can be! And what’s better than eating something you love? Doing it with someone you…

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February 1, 2022

What do the Portuguese eat for breakfast?

  Walking around Lisbon, particularly in the city centre and touristic areas, you’ll see cafés advertising full cooked breakfast options, featuring pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausages and more. While these can indeed be very enjoyable and will pack you with enough calories to go up and down the city of the seven hills, they couldn’t be…

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January 23, 2022

The world of Portuguese conventual sweets

  Once upon a time, there were convents and other religious institutions across Portugal that used to consume lots and lots of eggs. About five to six centuries ago, Portugal was one of Europe’s largest producers of eggs and, traditionally, peasants would donate some of what their chickens would lay to nearby churches and monasteries,…

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January 10, 2022

When is the best time to visit Lisbon?

  When planning a trip to a new destination, we often wonder when is the best time to visit. In fact, marketing efforts will attract our attention to specific times of the year that are supposedly great because of a confluence of favorable factors: when most people have vacation time, a set idea of what…

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January 1, 2022

The 10 best wine bars in Lisbon

  Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson once said that “wine is bottled poetry” and it just so happens that our country is full of lyricists! No matter if it’s rhymed poetry or free verse, the Portuguese have historically been very keen on wine production and consumption. When you visit Portugal, we’d always recommend visiting at…

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December 24, 2021

Where to find Portuguese food and drinks in Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland

  There are over seventy million Portuguese people all over the world. Considering that our country is home to just about ten million, you can imagine coming across a Portuguese citizen or person of Portuguese descent in different corners of the world is not that hard.  Central Europe is one of the regions where, historically,…

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December 17, 2021

The most iconic traditional grocery stores in Lisbon

  Christmas is around the corner and while Santa may have something different in mind for everyone, we’re the kind of people who’d always hope for edible gifts! We have a feeling we’re not the only ones… Whether you’re shopping for someone special or, very rightfully so, browsing for your own delight, we’d love to…

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December 6, 2021

Where to find Portuguese food and drinks in France

  Portuguese are one of the main nationalities that make up the high emigration society of France. Between Portuguese born and those of Portuguese ancestry, the number of individuals who identify as Portuguese in France these days reaches almost two million people! Most Portuguese immigration to France happened back in the decades of the 60s…

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November 27, 2021

Where to find Portuguese food and wine in Asia

  It was May of 1498 when the Portuguese first arrived in Asia. The expedition led by explorer Vasco da Gama reached India thus tightening the relationships between Europeans and Asians. Since the 15th century, cultural exchanges between both continents have been ongoing and this has been remarkable in several aspects of life, including food….

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November 10, 2021

Where to find Portuguese food and drinks in Australia

  There’s a theory that claims that the Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach Australia back in the 16th century, even though Dutch navigators are normally associated with the “discovery” of this continent. Either way, it was three centuries later when the first Portuguese settlers started arriving in Sydney. Nowadays, there are a little…

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October 1, 2021

Azores and Madeira: discover the wines from the Portuguese islands

  Among the 13 different regions that make up the wine map of Portugal, today we invite you to travel to the Atlantic, to the Portuguese islands of Madeira and Azores. If Madeira has been popular for a while due to its famed fortified wine by the same name, we’d love to introduce you to other…

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September 22, 2021

Quick introduction to Portuguese wine (and Portugal’s wine regions)

  In recent years, Portuguese wine has grown in popularity around the world, while also more and more travelers with a keen interest in gastronomy and wine keep visiting our country. When you think of wine from Portugal beyond our borders, chances are the first reference that comes to mind is Port wine. This fortified…

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September 8, 2021

Where to find Portuguese food and drinks in Canada

  Portuguese Canadians make up almost 2% of Canada’s population. In a country where the notably multicultural society is made of people hailing from all corners of the world, it’s curious to notice how our small country of Portugal makes such a significant number of the total inhabitants.  Portuguese and Portuguese descent residents concentrate mostly…

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September 1, 2021

The best artisanal bakeries in Lisbon

  Here in Portugal, we often consume bread with our meals. Bread with butter, jam, cheese and/or ham is a very standard Portuguese breakfast. Sandwiches are our go-to snack mid morning and mid afternoon. And along with lunch or dinner, it’s customary to have a bread basket on top of the table, independently of what’s…

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August 29, 2021

Unique food souvenirs you can buy in Lisbon

  As the world becomes more and more a global village, you can almost find anything anywhere in the world. This applies even to souvenirs, even though they are supposed to be mementos of one given place.  You could be in Paris and buy a figurine of the Eiffel Tower made in China. You could…

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August 24, 2021

Where to find Portuguese food and drinks in the USA

  An estimated quarter million Portuguese nationals are currently living in the United States of America. This may mean several things but, from our hungry perspective, this statistic makes us think that good Portuguese food in the US can’t be that hard to come by! While Portuguese and Portuguese descent folks, also known as Luso-Americans,…

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August 15, 2021

Petiscos: the most popular Portuguese tapas

There is no single word to translate petiscos. You may see them appearing in Portuguese restaurant menus as appetizers, snacks or finger foods, but petiscos are so much more than that! These small servings of Portuguese foods are perfect for sharing, when you go out with friends and crave not only for delicious dishes, but…

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July 11, 2021

Where to find Portuguese food and wine in The UK

  The beginning of the migration of Portuguese people to the UK dates back to the 15th century, when the Jews who were being persecuted in the Portuguese territory found a safer home in Britain. Yet, if we can count up to 400,000 Portuguese people in the UK these days, it’s mainly because of the…

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June 24, 2021

Portuguese foods inherited from the Moorish occupation

  Portugal’s culinary identity is full of references to Arabic cuisine. The presence of the Moors (the Muslim inhabitants of the Maghreb) in the Iberian Peninsula, between the 8th and the 14th centuries, influenced the way we live and eat in Portugal until today. You see this muslism influence from Northern Africa in the aesthetics…

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June 16, 2021

Pastel de nata: where to eat the best Portuguese custard tarts in Lisbon

  Buttery. Flaky. Smooth. Velvety. Rich. Enticing. Decadent. Irresistible… we could be here all day mentioning adjectives that could best describe pastel de nata, but only once you have tried a freshly baked Portuguese custard tart you’d truly know what we’re talking about! Portugal’s most famous pastry is a true staple for many locals and,…

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June 5, 2021

Where to find Portuguese food and wine in The Netherlands

  At Taste of Lisboa we’re committed to bringing you the best flavors of Portugal no matter where in the world you are! Ideally, we look forward to welcoming you in Lisbon for one of our food & cultural walks. Roaming up and down the city of the seven hills, exploring small local businesses, stopping…

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May 13, 2021

10 pastries you should eat in Portugal (besides custard tart)

  Creamy and smooth on the inside. With a crunchy exterior of flaky puff pastry to embrace its delicate core. We’re describing pastel de nata, without a doubt, the most popular pastry in Lisbon and all across Portugal. If there is one thing that many visitors look forward to trying when they travel to Portugal,…

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May 7, 2021

Where to find Portuguese food and wine in Germany

  Traveling broadens the mind and so does tasting foreign cuisines around the world. There’s nothing like visiting a given place and taking your time to explore the local dishes, drinks and customs to start understanding the local way of life.  But what happens when you do miss those holidays in Portugal, you’re craving for…

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April 8, 2021

9 Portuguese snacks and wine pairings that will surprise you

    We were inspired by Wine Folly’s article Wine and Junk Food Pairings That Actually Work to explore the addictive world of Portuguese snacks and find local wines to wash it all down in style. If we often talk about wine selections for typical dishes, complex contemporary recipes or even desserts, why can’t the…

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April 5, 2021

The national dish of Portugal (it’s not codfish…)

  Ask folks around Lisbon what they think is the most iconic dish of our city, and chances are they will say sardinhas assadas. After all, charcoal grilled sardines are the most popular summer dish, served even during St. Anthony’s famous street festival. But when you think of Portugal as a whole, both locals and…

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March 18, 2021

The biggest misconceptions about Portuguese food

Whoever thought that Portuguese food is nothing much besides salted codfish and custard tarts was wrong. That would be the kind of person who perhaps also thinks that Portuguese dishes ought to be pretty much like Spanish food, even though the most Portuguese food they’ve ever eaten was paella. It’s easy to oversimplify when you…

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February 25, 2021

Açorda de camarão – recipe

The word açorda in Portuguese may stand for slightly different dishes, but always involving old bread. While açorda alentejana refers to an aromatic stock poured over bread slices, açorda by itself stands for a savory mashed bread concoction with a porridge-like consistency. Açorda, most typical from southern Portugal, is an edible example of how the…

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February 19, 2021

Portuguese recipes using old bread

Zero waste cooking is an emerging trend and it is becoming a priority right now. Due to a mix of increased awareness towards environmental sustainability, circular economy, food and money saving, and a sense of practicality that has been sharpened by the lockdowns happening all over the world, it feels like we’re going back to…

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February 19, 2021

Ultimate guide to the best Portuguese soups – Part 2: Non-vegetarian soups from Portugal

  Welcome back. This article gives continuity to the previous published ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE BEST PORTUGUESE SOUPS – PART 1: Vegetarian soups from Portugal  In this second part of this guide we will introduce you to the most hearty Portuguese winter soups in which the king ingredient is meat or fish. In fact, although…

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February 6, 2021

Ultimate guide to the best Portuguese soups – Part 1: Vegetarian soups from Portugal

  Comfort food is meant to be enjoyed all year round, but if there is one season that particularly asks for cosy warm dishes, that has got to be Winter. Here in Portugal, we love indulging in stews and heart-warming foods that tend to lean on the heavier side. But, sometimes, a good bowl of…

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February 6, 2021

PORTUGUESE WINTER DISHES

Do you feel more hungry during winter? It’s natural. On colder days, our body consumes more energy to regulate body temperature. But anyone who likes to eat knows that this verb is not just a functional act. Those who love to eat do not just do it for food. We also do it for the…

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November 22, 2020

Bizarre food of Portugal

  Food is culture. It is often at the table that we find unique delicacies that feed and tell the stories and habits of a people and a country. “The destination of choice for food lovers should be Portugal.” CNN says it and we agree, taking into account the delicious food and dishes that many…

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September 28, 2020

Bacalhau à Brás – Portuguese Codfish Recipe

  Bacalhau. Even though this word is Portuguese for cod the truth is that, when anyone says bacalhau here in Portugal, we are referring to salted cod, which for us is the default. The Portuguese love affair with salted cod has been going strong for over 500 years. Portuguese waters are abundant in fish, yet cod isn’t…

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June 9, 2020

Taste of Lisboa at Home: Traditional Portuguese Easter Recipes

If you celebrated Easter, we hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday! Yesterday, following our very own tradition, we were live on Instagram to bring a little bit of the taste of Portugal to you, even if in the distance. Apart from our usual Taste of Lisboa at Home session, at 7PM local time, we did an…

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April 13, 2020

8 Portuguese Female Chefs You Should Know

When you read about the inspiration of many renowned chefs, they often quote their grandmother’s cooking as a source of inspiration. When you taste someone’s food and you say something along the lines “it tastes just like my mom’s!”, that would generally be a huge compliment. For centuries, women have been in charge of feeding…

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March 2, 2020

Travel around Portugal in 18 Foods (without leaving Lisbon) 

Taste of Lisboa’s food & cultural experiences take place mostly in our capital city. That doesn’t mean that, in here, we don’t get to enjoy food and drinks from all over the country. In Lisbon it’s fairly easy to come by dishes from different corners of Portugal. Yet, to try specific regional recipes, it is often required…

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January 31, 2020

10 Christmas Foods You Must Eat in Portugal

  When that wonderful time of the year comes around in Portugal, we think about holidays and a few days away from work. We like spending quality time with our loved ones, bond over gift exchanging and, over all, have a deeper sense of appreciation for the good things in life, that may not always be so…

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December 5, 2019

Foods you didn’t know were Portuguese

  When the Age of Discoveries initiated about 500 years ago, the phenomena we now know as globalization started taking place. Portugal was one of the nations at the forefront of this exchange of cultures across all corners of the world. The Portuguese, who first explored the North of Africa, traveled to the Americas and,…

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November 4, 2019

Chefs who are taking Portuguese Food to the next level in Lisbon

Generally speaking, Portuguese people tend to have a classical mindset when it comes to food. Following the old saying “if something is not broken, why fix it?” we have for years clinged to recipes that have been passed from generation to generation in our families. We have embraced traditional flavors and cooking techniques almost as…

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October 11, 2019

How to identify an authentic Portuguese Tasca

In Portugal, there are two types of establishments that are more than just places to eat. They are places to meet friends and neighbors, to socialize, to gossip, to analyze last night’s football match, and yes, in good Portuguese fashion, to complain about the weather and the state of the country’s politics. One is the…

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September 5, 2019

Top 10 Seafood in Portugal

  Summer isn’t summer in Portugal without its typical seafood festivities and feasts, shared with friends and family around a long table. We can jump in the car and drive for miles to the seafood festival in a coastal village, we can head to the seafood restaurant across the street or we can invite (or…

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August 23, 2019

5 coolest markets in Lisbon

  Lisbon’s traditional markets have been renovated hand in hand with the city and its lifestyle, giving way to cosmopolitan spots where classic fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetable stalls come together with renowned chefs and kitchens stalls to provide, in the same space, the entire culinary cycle – from handpicking the produce of the…

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July 4, 2019

5 amazing beaches, just 30 minutes from Lisbon

  It’s no secret: it’s perfectly possible to get lost in Lisbon’s typical streets and neighborhoods for days and not even realize how much time has gone by. But now that summer is fast approaching, don’t forget that Portugal’s capital is only two minutes away from the coast, with fantastic dunes and beaches. So, if…

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June 17, 2019

Easter in Portugal: our hosts’ favorite typical foods

Closely linked to the ancient pagan feasts that celebrated the beginning of spring, Easter also symbolizes rebirth, reunion and renewal. From the impressive processions to the deep cleaning of homes, from fasting during Lent to the overflowing tables of Easter Sunday, this is a unique celebration in our country.   The role of food during…

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April 8, 2019

How to identify the perfect Portuguese custard tart

  How to identify the perfect Portuguese custard tart   The Portuguese custard tart – Pastel de Nata – is the most iconic pastry in Portugal and one of the most delicious gifts that Portugal ever gave to the world. In 2009, The Guardian considered Pasteis de Belém “one of the best foods in the…

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June 1, 2016

Missing Portugal and its food? Open one of these 10 culinary books

Portuguese have a word of its own. It has no translation in any other language and describes perfectly the emptiness when we know we’ll miss something, or someone. Even before it happens. It’s called Saudade. You might not be Portuguese, but iIf you already walk through Lisbon, if you seen Castle Hill bring to life…

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January 29, 2016

Bitch, Damned, Miser. Calm down, don’t be offended. We’re just naming great Portuguese craft beers

The names sound a bit offensive, we have to admit. Bitch (Vadia), Damned (Maldita) and Miser (Sovina) are somehow chocking out of blue, but in this case we are talking about the latest trend in the beer universe: the microbreweries. Those beers are much softer than their names, we assure you! The brewing industy is…

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August 13, 2015

Nando´s in Lisbon? Forget it! Chicken piri piri only in the neighborhood steakhouse

In Portugal, when you think of fast food the first idea that comes to mind are not burgers or pizzas. For the Portuguese, fast food equals to buy a roast chicken in the neighborhood steakhouse. This is the perfect option for those days when you do not feel like cooking, when you want a quick…

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July 27, 2015

5 less known Lisbon neighborhoods​ to explore

Forget for a moment the Lisbon tour guides and discover the most overlooked parts of the city. Venture through narrow and quieter streets and discover fine museums, art galleries in abandoned warehouses or palaces hiding Ming porcelain collections. Besides the lovely Campo de Ourique and Mouraria neighborhoods, where we already take you to discover the…

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July 13, 2015

Open your mouth and close your eyes: we are going to eat guts!

  Do you have a sensitive stomach and you are one of those persons who would rather not know what you’re eating? If so, stop reading this article because we will talk about dishes made with guts and brains. Definitely, this is Portuguese bizarre food for many who visit us, we know! According to tradition,…

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June 22, 2015

Don’t fancy sardines? Here some alternative menus to St. Anthony evening

Lisbon, evening of Popular Saints, 12 to 13th June: If it is already difficult to find a restaurant with a free table for dinner in one of the typical neighbourhoods of the city, imagine for those who want to dine and … there are people in the group of friends who do not like sardines!…

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June 9, 2015

What to eat in Lisbon? Petiscos, petiscos, petiscos.

Lesson #1 about food in Lisbon: the petiscos. Learn how to spell this word if you want to get the best of Lisbon food culture: petishkus. Many of you wrongly know them as tapas, which is a Spanish expression for nibbles and snacks. Portuguese are proud to have their tasty petiscos because food is all…

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June 2, 2015

Are Portuguese bakeries disappearing? No, they are reinventing themselves!

Some years ago, Portuguese used to wake up at the sound of baker’s van, honking religiously at the same time to sell homemade bread – what Portuguese called “papo-secos”. Over time tradition was being lost and the habit of buying fresh bread in the morning do not passed to the new generations and the bakeries…

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May 28, 2015

The Portuguese and the bread

It’s for breakfast, for lunch, a snack, over dinner and to supper! The Portuguese have a soft spot for bread and every meal must have a good slice, either a buttered toast in the morning, to accompany a meal or even as dessert! In Portugal, the tradition of eating bread is lost in time and…

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May 22, 2015

Mouraria melting plate

Mouraria is known, among other attributes, for its multiculturalism and for get together various cultures in a climate of harmony. Here you will find Indian restaurants, Chinese, Pakistani or Angolan relatively easily and we know what happens when there are many options: the choice becomes more and more difficult! What to taste? If you fancy…

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May 9, 2015

Are you in​ Lisbon an​d ​feel like a burger? Forget McDonalds and try​ ​​the creative ​​”​tuga​”​ burgers

The Portuguese creativity in the kitchen has no limits, even when it comes to a simple hamburger. If Americans have meat burgers​ with beef and chicken,​ with a slice of cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles, Portuguese had to go much further. And lately there is a real burgermania taking over the city and no, we’re…

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May 6, 2015

Portuguese are more beer or wine drinkers? Both!

There is a saying that where there are snacks and good food there is beer or wine to drink with it. And if the English prefer beer, the French wine and the Russians vodka, the Portuguese are beer lovers, but they are also fan of a good glass of wine. It depends on the menu…

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April 29, 2015

Do you want to eat your way in Lisbon? Try not to be vegetarian!

If you are vegetarian and you’re in Lisbon, take a note: you will be put to the test. Several times! Whenever you enter a cafe or a restaurant you will be faced with true culinary temptations that will make you think twice in the decision to quit eating meat or fish. Just because Portuguese cuisine…

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April 27, 2015

Attention sweet tooth: Campo de Ourique is the neighborhood with the highest concentration of sugary temptations

Portuguese pastries are by themselves a temptation, but be careful when visiting Campo de Ourique. The neighborhood is a real temptation for lovers of high concentrations of sugar, starting with the World’s Best Chocolate Cake. Really? In the Taste of Lisbon food tour you will be able to taste this and other temptations. Take note:…

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April 7, 2015

Easter in Portugal

  If they are fewer and fewer people who follow by the book the fasting during Lent (no meat on Good Friday), the same cannot be said of the gastronomic traditions associated with Easter, the most important festival of the Christian world. Originating in Hebrew Peseach, Easter began as a Jewish celebration and means passage…

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March 27, 2015

Foodie wisdom: 10 Portuguese sayings inspired in food – Part I

Do you know when to use the expression ‘ate like an abbot’? Or why you should not ‘swallow frogs’ or ‘cry over spilt milk’? Here’s the meaning of very typical Portuguese expressions around food. We, Portuguese, confess: we are addicted to good food and popular sayings! Believe it when we say that there’s a popular…

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March 17, 2015

Forget the love story that went wrong. In Portugal, Romeo and Juliet ​is marmalade with cheese​!

Contrary to what happens with the play written by William Shakespeare, in Portugal the lovestory Romeo and Juliet has a happy ending. The main actors? Cheese and marmalade, which can either assume the role of an entry or a dessert. A duet that never fails and in the end, a mixture of sweet and sour…

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February 12, 2015

The healing power of tea

In Portugal, the act of drinking tea goes far beyond the traditional five o’clock tea. Green, black or white, besides warming soul and hands on cold days, many teas or herbal teas have medicinal properties and depending on the plants, they are true home remedies. Take note: Lemon, honey and ginger tea – This three…

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January 31, 2015

Taste of Azores in Lisbon

In Lisbon you find every flavour of Portugal. Azores is the new trend in town: The nature in its pure state, crystal clear waters inviting a dive and the opening of low cost routes are putting the islands on the route of worldwide travellers. But one of the strengths of Azores is undoubtedly its cuisine…

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January 15, 2015

Are you cold? 6 drinks to warm up your body and soul!

For many travellers visiting Lisbon, the weather could not be better: blue sky, amazing sun and chilly. But for Alfacinhas (as lisboners are affectionately called) it is damn cooolldddd! To deal with low temperatures, nothing like hot and stiff drinks to warm hands, body and soul! Here are six recommendations for every tastes: Tea Lisbon…

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January 8, 2015

It´s Detox time!

Detox! This is one of the most appropriate word to start a new year! After all the excesses of Christmas week and New Year – in which we are sure that life is too short and it is better to eat everything, after all diet always starts tomorrow – it’s time to face reality: 2015…

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January 6, 2015

King’s Cake: The closing gastronomic tradition of Christmas celebrations

  One of the most appreciated Portuguese Christmas sweet is a round-shaped crown, has a large hole in the middle, a hard dough with nuts and candied fruit. These are the king cake ingredients, a typical cake traditionally eaten between December and King’s Day, whose name refers to the three wise men. According to legend,…

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January 6, 2015

Christmas in Lisbon? Eat codfish with all

Tradition says that Christmas Eve in Portugal, from North to South, is spent with the family gathered to eat cod with all (vegetables)! Even those who are not very found of cod, this is the night in which an effort is made to taste the boiled or roasted cod with potatoes, cabbages, turnips, carrots and…

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December 24, 2014

Top 5 Portuguese Christmas desserts

Portuguese Christmas table, besides codfish, cannot miss some required deserts. Take note: King’s Cake: One of the most popular Christmas sweet is round, has a crown shape and a hole in it. The King’s Cake has a soft dough with nuts and candied fruit, it is eaten traditionally between Christmas and the Epiphany and one…

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December 22, 2014

Mediterranean or Atlantic Diet?

It is said that is the basis of the cuisine in Mediterranean countries, but Portugal follows the Atlantic Diet (as we are near Atlantic Ocean). But what’s the difference between the two? And what is the healthiest? Nutritionists do not get tired of praising the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, either by the use of…

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October 5, 2014

7 things to do (and eat) on a rainy day in Lisbon – From Mouraria to Campo de Ourique

Although sunny, beautiful Lisbon also has its darkest days. In a week when weather forecasts indicate some rain, enjoy these greyer days to find other charms of the city. 1 – Plan indoor visits – Old College of Young Orphans  The grey and rainy days are the best to discover the history and monuments of the…

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September 16, 2014

7 tidbits you want to taste in Lisbon

  Is there a life after work? Indeed! To the British is going to a pub and drink some beer, Spanish love tapas and cañas, and in Lisbon we can’t resist some good old tidbits. Like peixinhos da horta, octopus with lots of olive oil or the traditional dish of snails! When the weather begins…

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May 15, 2014

Learn how to ask for a coffee in Lisbon way

  For the Portuguese, coffee is a true national passion and you don’t want to play with this subject. There are several ways to order a coffee and there are names for everything, depending on how one serves and what it serves. The ‘bica’, as they say in Lisbon, can be ‘curta’/short (stronger), normal, ‘quase…

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May 12, 2014