A tasty day in Lisbon begins in Belém — home for the famous pastéis de… Belém (a kind of a custard tart)! Try one (or more) and take some to eat along the way.
Take the tram and head to Rossio. Make a stop at a coffee shop and try the typical pastel de bacalhau (a lovely codfish cake) — well, codfish is one of the Portuguese best friends!
Are you ready for a quick lunch, but still with that special Lisbon touch? Enter in one of the many tascas (small typical restaurants), for example, in the Castle area. Try tremoços (lupin bean), azeitonas (olives) or the small cheeses that probably will be on the table. Comfort yourself with a caldo verde — a truly Portuguese soup made with potatoes, sliced kale and chouriço (sausage). Order a bifana (a pork steak sandwich) and for dessert try the typical and delicious arroz doce (a sweet rice pudding). Besides the food, enjoy the view from this beautiful hill, it is also sweet.
Not very far from the city centre, there’s Sintra. Take the train and head to one of the most romantic places around Lisbon. Enjoy and taste two authentic Sintra’s wonders: the sweet travesseiro (cake made with puff pastry and sugar) and the traditional queijada (cheese tart)!
Well, it won’t be long for dinner and that’s why we suggest you a perfect appetizer. In Lisbon, you must taste the famous ginjinha! There are several traditional houses that sell this drink made with cherry and full of spirit — they won’t be hard to find.
One of Lisbon’s most intense experiences is a dinner at a traditional casa de fado (fado house) — it’s where the flavours and the song of the city meet. You can choose one from the several that are located in Alfama’s norrow and winding streets. Among the many dishes and finger food, you can try, for example, presunto (dry-cured ham), chouriço (sausage), thepolvo à Lagareiro(octopus with potatoes, olive oil and garlic), the bacalhau à Braz (codfish with potatoes and eggs) or the iscas com elas(liver meat with potatoes). To go with it, a glass of the best red wine or of the typical sangria(a drink with red wine and fruits).
The day begins in Rossio, where are some of the most elegant and well-known pastries in town. Take your breakfast in one of those cafes and feel the cosmopolitan side of Lisbon.
For lunch, we suggest that you try one of the greatest symbols of Lisbon — the sardinhas assadas (grilled sardines). This dish is also one of the freshest and delicious city symbols, especially during the summer. And if by any chance you visit Lisbon during the Santos Populares (the city festivities), know that there are sardines for sale on every street corner. Eat them with a slice of bread, while your dancing or having a good time with your friends. It is part of the alfacinha ritual.
Are you ready for more finger food? Well, you are in Lisbon, so snacking is one of the verbs that best suit the city — and we must say thankfully, because they are so tasteful. Try the classic ameijoas à Bulhão Pato (clams), the tasty and fresh octopus or pork ear salads, the percebes (goose barnacles) with its hint of sea, and the caracóis (small snails) — more than a snack, they are part of another ritual, the ritual of being Portuguese. For example, pick one of the several restaurants you will find in Cais do Sodré, near the Tejo river.
To end your day, more sea flavours and now a little bit further from the city centre. Go to the Ericeira — situated a few kilometres from Lisbon and very famous for its fish and seafood — well, it is a land of fishermen. Try the beautiful arroz de marisco (seafood rice), along with the freshest green wine.