My boyfriend is a hardcore foodie and I consider trying local food a massive part of the experience while travelling abroad. It’s no surprise then that we spent a big portion of our time in Lisbon either eating or thinking of where and what to eat next.
We were really happy to find the Time Out Market, as it collects together the best of Lisbon’s restaurants in one big food market, where you can eat street food proportions of your favourite Lisbon treats. If you like the restaurant, whose stall you visited in the Market, you’ll be able to find it as a full size restaurant in Lisbon. But if you’re like me and you like trying plenty of different things, the Time Out Market is a great experience.
Lisbon is filled with bakeries and pastry shops where you can get a nice, sweet treat at anytime (they are seriously open all night long). We stayed in a Airbnb, which means the breakfast was not included, so we got some custard filled pastries the size of our heads for 1 euro and we had them as a late breakfast. The custard filled pastry pies are a local treat in Lisbon, be sure to try one if you ever visit!
My favourite food experience in Lisbon was definitely Chapito ‘a mesa, found close by to the castle of Lisbon. The beauty of the restaurant was the fact that I never would have found it, if it hadn’t been recommended to us by the Airbnb owner. You have to walk through a circus shop to get to backyard that leads you to a new building at the back, after which you are taken upstairs and hopefully seated next to a window. The views from the restaurant are among the best of Lisbon. The prices were not as expensive as I would have expected, which is always a nice surprise! We had a lovely and fancy little lunch there, looking over Lisbon. So, so romantic!!
The things you should definitely try while in Lisbon:
- Squid ink rise
- Piri piri chicken
- Codfish cakes
- Stuffed squid
I’ll be back with more photos soon!