Mercado & Tapisco
On our first night in Lisbon we tried to get a table at the super hyped Tapisco Restaurant but we failed. Means we would have had to wait for 1hour to get a table. Hungry (=hangry) as we were we kept searching and stumbled upon Mercado - a dinner place at the Lumiares Hotel. It's definitely not the chicest restaurant in town but the fish was amazing and the shared appetizing platter as well!
R. de São Pedro de Alcântara 35, 1250-237 Lisboa, Portugal
If you haven't ordered a shot of Ginjinha while in Lisbon, you clearly haven't lived. Ginja is a sweet cherry liqueur usually sold at a small bar, where they sell nothing else but this drink. Cheers! PS: We took 2 of these small shots and got pretty drunk haha, so better be careful!
A Ginjinha // Largo São Domingos 8, 1100-201 Lisboa, Portugal
The charming Cafetaria do Museu de Marinha - ideal for a quick refreshment on your way to Torre de Belém
This modern café was one of our favorites in Lisbon. Not only is the oatmilk cappuccino a dream, they also have lots of vegan and vegetarian lunch options and the most energizing ginger shot. Highly recommended!
Rua de S. Paulo 99, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal
Bairro do Avillez
We had our last dinner at the Páteo - a restaurant by Portuguese chef José Avillez, who appears to be the star chef in Lisbon. The restaurant has a large, open garden-like space and the kitchen is focusing on fish, seafood and delicous steaks. We had to wait for our table at the bar and therefore got some traditional cheese and sausage for free. Awesome!
Also, there's something to be said for Portuguese pottery!! Pretty much every restaurant has these handmade plates and we absolutely loved them.
R. Nova da Trindade 18, 1200-303 Lisboa, Portugal
The most special fine dining restaurant, actually one of only two 2-Michelin star cuisines in Lisbon! We were lucky enough to spend our 1st wedding anniversary at this wonderful place and we'll never forget (also the bill at the end, haha, but it was worth every cent!)! The atmosphere is calming and personal - the food is an Asian/Portugeuse fusion. Try the chocolate dessert, it melts in your mouth...
Pastéis de Belém
I recommend you to starve for a couple of days before you visit the Pastéis de Belém bakery, because Portuguese pastry is THE DREAM!! Carb heaven - but who cares when you're on holiday, right? We ordered the famous Pasteis de Nata, another MUST when in Lisbon, and they are as delicious as everyone says.
R. de Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal