Lisbon what to eat guide.

Lisbon is a city that eats well! Diverse flavours, fresh produce and the best coffee.

Portuguese sardines

Lisbon is a wonderland of narrow cobblestone streets, beautiful tiled buildings, vintage yellow trams, and amazing views. Ornate kiosks at situated in the parks full of sweet treats and snacks, neighborhood pastelarias serve fresh, rustic breads and pasties, family-owned tascas cook up classic Portuguese dishes and the city’s diverse immigrant communities cook cuisines from Goa to Cape Verde to Brazil. This is a city where you can taste typical Portuguese bites on every corner. Wander through the city and stop at the cafes, bars and tasca´s to taste these wonderful foods on our Lisbon What to Eat Guide:

Pasteis de nata…

are basically egg tarts but amazing. Created by monks before the 18th century, they come sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and are served with a Bica (strong, espresso coffee). Head out to Belem to the Pasteis de Belem shop for the best ones!

Bifana…
is a traditional Portuguese sandwich with thin slices of pork. In the north the meat is seasoned in a big pot with spicy sauce , whereas in the south the meat is more garlicy and not spicy at all.

Prego…
This popular sandwich is the beef version of Bifana, but with garlic and onions. Traditionally a poor man’s sandwich, Prego is now served on a variety of different breads, such as the bolo do cacao from Madeira.

Bacalhau…
is one of the most celebrated ingredients in Portuguese cuisine. This dried and salted cod was fished by the Portuguese all the way back to the 14th century. Try dishes such as Bacalhau com Natas and Bacalhau à Brás to experience its full flavour.

Caldo Verde…
is a popular soup made up of collard greens, potatoes, olive oil, black pepper and salt. A beloved staple of Portuguese cuisine, this tasty soup meaning ´green broth´ comes from the north of the country and is one of the healthiest, due to the kale and collard.

Alheira…
is a type of Portuguese sausage, made with a variety of meats and bread. The texture is quite stodgy but delicious! You can find them in the traditional horseshoe shape. It is believed that the original alheira was created during the Inquisition by Portuguese Jews who had to practice Jewish tradition in secret. To pass as Christians, they started producing sausages but would replace the traditional pork meat with poultry and game!

Cozido…
is a traditional stew of different boiled meats and winter vegetables. It is a classic winter meal in Portugal and appears in numerous variations across the country but the original recipe is succinctly named cozido à portuguesa.

Sardines…
Served between slices of bread or straight on a plate, sardines are a beloved dish of Portugal. You can literally smell them everywhere during the summer months! For authentic taste they should be salted, grilled and served with salad and rice. Portuguese people will tell you May is the perfect time to buy sardines although March to August is regarded as sardine season.

Arroz de Marisco…
is a typical seafood rice with tomatoes. Using a variety of seafood such as prawns, clams and mussels, this traditional dish from the Leiria region is more of a thick stew than the Spanish paella and is obviously popular in coastal regions with a fishing community.

Pasteis de nata

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