In Lisbon, Alfama and Graça’s best restaurants represent a national and international cookbook of delicious and imaginatively prepared food. In these two neighbourhoods there are places to eat that serve traditional Portuguese gastronomy as well as international gourmet cuisine. In Alfama, Malmequer Bemmequer is known for its wholesome cooking in a cheery ambiance. Similarly, Trigo Latino offers up traditional Portuguese fare in colourful surroundings. Fashionable Faz Figura, meanwhile, caters for a discerning palate, and the views from the terrace are inspiring. A more humble dining experience can be had at Mestre André. Barracão de Alfama is another no-no-nonsense eatery, where residents and visitors alike appreciate local fare. It’s all about location at Santo António de Alfama, romantically set on a terrace under twisting vine. Around the corner is A Baîuca, a hole-in-the-wall eatery that’s small on space but big in atmosphere. If dining in Graca, head for Via Graça, a long-established restaurant with one of the finest views of the city. For a more offbeat flavour seek out Bistrô e Brechó Gato Preto, a delightful tasca with tables that spill out onto the pavement. Alternatively, O Pitéu de Graça enjoys such a good reputation that city chefs choose here to eat on their days off.
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