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Language: Portuguese | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: (WET) | Avg. Flight time: 2.5 hrs
Want to find the best places in Lisbon for pastéis de nata (custard tarts)? Look for queues, as locals are only willing to wait for the really good ones. Legend has it that these iconic pastries were first created by monks at the Santa Maria de Belém in the 18th century. Today, every bakery in Lisbon lays claim to a secret recipe.
If you ask a local where to go, you won’t get the same answer twice, but few in Lisbon would turn down a custard tart and coffee for breakfast from Pastéis de Belém (Rua Belém 84-92). The shop is almost as delectable as the baking
Fine dining in Lisbon is a serious affair, so a galaxy of Michelin stars should come as no surprise. What will delight is the lack of pretension and a passion for fresh, local ingredients.
For a delicate take on Portuguese traditions, for example, try a long lunch at Belcanto (Largo de São Carlos 10) in Chiado. In historic Belém, Feitoria (Doca do Bom Sucesso) is the go-to Lisbon restaurant for fine dining with a side of river views.
Alternatively, go with great pedigree and dine at Alma (Rua Anchieta 15). Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa is a Portuguese celebrity and learned his trade at El Cellar de Can Roca, which has been voted as the best restaurant in the world a number of times.
Lisbon is the city where family-style dining could have been invented; sitting down together and eating heartily is a longstanding tradition here. Hit the streets at lunchtime and you’ll also find piled-high plates of Portuguese country cooking at ridiculously low prices.
Among the best places are downtown’s Royale Café (Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro), which offers great-value Lisbon food in pretty surroundings, and Cantina LX (Rue Rodrigues de Faria 103) in Alcântara.
Looking for somewhere to eat in Lisbon with a view? Snacking on petiscos (Portuguese tapas) and drinking cocktails is the latest dining trend adopted by a crop of rooftop bars in Lisbon.
See what you think at Silk Club (Rua da Misericórdia 14) in Chiado or head for Sky Bar (Avenida da Liberdade 185). It has the best views of any Lisbon restaurant and attracts a hip crowd on summer evenings.
Follow the crowds to some of the best nightlife venues in the city. Get a steer towards the hottest spots on our Lisbon nightlife page.