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Carcavelos travel guide for food lovers

  Invitingly located near Lisbon, Carcavelos is an attractive coastal town that, together with Costa da Caparica, has become synonymous with beach culture near Lisbon. Even though most people, international tourists and locals alike, make it to Carcavelos to enjoy the beach, we think it is also a place with plenty of cultural and culinary…

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July 17, 2024

Chefs who have made a mark on Lisbon’s culinary scene

  Lisbon is in the midst of a culinary revival. Over the past ten or so years, the city’s food scene has been transforming dramatically, driven by a mix of long time Portuguese traditions and the exciting addition of global flavors. This change of course translates into modern food trends and new dishes appearing on…

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July 8, 2024

Is there street food in Lisbon?

  Lisbon has a great dining scene. However, unlike other major cities where street food is an integral part of daily life, the Portuguese capital presents a different scenario, where traditional street food is not as prevalent or defined. Visitors arriving in Lisbon may expect to find a bustling street food scene similar to those…

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June 25, 2024

Trafaria travel guide for food lovers

  Located on the south bank of the Tagus River, Trafaria is a town that defies simple categorization. Though it functions as a town, it preserves the soul of a traditional fishing village, tucked between Cacilhas and Caparica in the municipality of Almada. Historically significant, Trafaria once served as a quarantine station during the Age…

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June 16, 2024

10 must-try typical foods from Lisbon (and where to eat them)

  Being the main city of Portugal, Lisbon is also, as one would expect, the culinary capital of the country. Lisbon’s cuisine is a blend of many cultures, shaped by its long history of exploration and worldwide trade. This mix has created a food culture that is deeply rooted in tradition yet doesn’t shy away…

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June 7, 2024

Carnide travel guide for food lovers

  Carnide, located in the northwest corner of Lisbon, remains one of the city’s most authentic neighborhoods, mostly untouched by the tourism that has been reshaping the central areas of the Portuguese capital. This quaint locality showcases a side of Lisbon life that travelers rarely experience. Carnide is a neighborhood of contrasts, where narrow cobblestone…

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May 26, 2024

Best spots for brunch in Lisbon – with a Portuguese twist.

  Brunch, the delightful combination of breakfast and lunch, has traversed the globe, evolving from its late 19th century English origins as a meal for Saturday-night party people to a fashionable and leisurely meal enjoyed worldwide. Its acceptance into various cultures over the years clearly showcases its brunch is here to stay. In the United…

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May 22, 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

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

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 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

The best bars in Lisbon

  What makes a bar great? According to some of the world’s best bartenders, as interviewed by 50 Best Stories, there are certain characteristics that should come together for a bar to stand out. The decor and ambience of the place of course matter, as they’re the first thing customers see when they walk through…

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October 7, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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