Lisbon has been a popular holiday destination for international travelers for decades. Venture with Impact is proud to host programs in this vibrant city. Experience Lisbon, Europe’s second oldest capital through tasting the rich style of Portuguese food. With a strong maritime tradition, many of Lisbon’s restaurants sit atop picturesque hills and feature breathtaking sea fare . We compiled a list of must-try restaurants, ranging from Michelin star experiences to the casual tapas bar. Here is our top 10 list:
1. Feitoria - A Michelin-starred restaurant on the waterfront. “We want the people that visit Feitoria to sense the smell of the wet earth and the sea breeze again, to have contact with the product and with the people that best take care of them. We want them to dream, to laugh, to enjoy, to taste, to LIVE.” - João Rodrigues
2. LX FACTORY - An industrial complex that is home to several only-in-Lisbon restaurants, shops and offices. Dining options include Cantina, Taberna 1300 and other casual pop up style cafes.
3. Prado - Prado celebrates the best Portugal has to offer, from sea to land. All Prado dishes are inspired by and made with national, seasonal, and fresh ingredients. Basically, if it's not in season, it's not on the table.
4. The Food Temple - offers vegan and vegetarian cuisine on a rotating menu with plates the perfect size to course out your meal. Be sure to save room for dessert!
photo credit: The Food Temple Facebook: Julian Marcus Photography
5. Pastéis de Belém - In 1837 they began making the original Pastéis de Belém, following an ancient recipe from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. That secret recipe is recreated every day in their bakery, by hand, using only traditional methods. Even today, the Pastéis de Belém offer the unique flavour of time-honoured Portuguese sweet making.
6. Enoteca de Belém - Also in the district of Belém, Enoteca de Belém features a gastronomic chef inspired menu with sommelier led wine program, reservations are required
7. Ha Tapas no Mercado!!!Enjoy a large selection of local tapas from a simple but delicious menu. This is a small, family owned restaurant that creates a welcoming environment and unique Lisbon experience for travelers.
8. Estamine - a charming and cozy art & coffee that sells ceramic work, watercolor pictures and photos made by the owners. Moreover, offer a variety of tasty and homemade finger food, nibbles, coffee and drinks!
9. Água pela Barba - This hidden gem is a casual and reasonably priced seafood joint that offers a variety of fresh catch in a relaxed environment. A local fave!
10. Beco Cabaret Gourmet - Chef José Avillez creates a memorable and surprising experience where the pleasure of haute cuisine meets the allure of show business.Book a “dinner-and-show” ticket.
We hope these recommendations will help you eat well when you’re in Lisbon. If you are looking for more reasons to visit Lisbon, check out our Lisbon program here.