Neighborhood Menus: where to eat in Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real.

Restaurants located in the Lisbon neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real number some excellent local eateries and other places to eat that tempt the palate with a more international menu. In Bairro Alto Sophia La Loca offers delicious tapas-style food and some excellent wines. For something a little more traditional, the homely and welcoming Antiga de 1 Maio serves Portuguese cuisine drawn from favourite local recipes. Fabulous Moroccan fare is served at colourful Flor da Laranja, and the atmosphere is very Moorish. At nearby Grapes & Bites, diners have a wonderful menu of appetizers to chew over, although you can just pop in for a glass or two if you’re not feeling very hungry. Meanwhile, the Italian cuisine prepared at Casanostra a block away is some of the most authentic in the city. The leafy and verdant Príncipe Real district features a cluster of excellent eateries including A Cevicheria A where you can sample authentic South American-style ceviche. The area is also notable for Terra, arguably the capital’s best vegetarian restaurant. For steak lovers, however, it has to be stylish La Paparrucha, Lisbon’s celebrated Argentinian restaurant: the views across uptown are inspiring! For a taste of Brazil, grab a seat at Comida de Santo and enjoy great colonial cuisine and a lively ambiance. But if your appetite yearns for a no-nonsense meal in more humble surroundings, squeeze into tiny Tascardoso where the homemade food is simple but wholesome.

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

They don't stand on ceremony at this tiny tasca, set on a side street just off Praca do Principe Real. But then that's not really the point. Instead, this rustic and informal eatery is feted for its traditional Portuguese cuisine, served...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

This colourful and lively restaurant has been serving up deliciously authentic Brazilian cuisine since 1981. The vibrant decor and stylish interior design is tempered by a menu that celebrates traditionally prepared gastronomy, meals like vatapa...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

This highly regarded Argentinian restaurant is famed for its choice of succulent parrilla-grilled steaks, anything from sirloin and tenderloin to rump and flank. Serving options range from a juicy tenderloin wrapped in puff pastry with wild...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Set within a beautiful 18th-century building with its own private gardens, this charming eatery is arguably the best vegetarian restaurant in the city. Most of the food is vegan, and the kitchen can even prepare certain foods according to...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

One of the coolest places in Lisbon to sample ceviche, A Cevicheria has at its helm Chef Kiko Martins, who's authentic interpretation of this traditional South American dish has caught the imagination of the public as well as some of the city's...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

This much-loved Italian eatery is one of Lisbon's best-known restaurants, and has been serving tasty pasta dishes since the 1980s. Owner Maria Paola has created a wonderful retreat for lovers of Mediterranean cooking, and interior designer...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Refurbished from the shell of a former 18th-century coach house, this lively and inviting bar-restaurant features a cellar stocked with almost 1000 different wines, most of them Portuguese. Complementing this extraordinary choice of reds,...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

One of the very few authentic Moroccan restaurants in Lisbon, Flor da Laranja tempts with a menu of North African specialties – the starters alone include a delicious Harira (traditional soup) and Melouioui, freshly baked stuffed bead. ...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

This family-run restaurant prides itself on a menu of home cooked meat and fish dishes based on regional Portuguese cuisine, and this cosy little eatery looks the part with its the tiled walls and original stone-arched ceiling. The menu reflects...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

The name of this restaurant translates to English as "Crazy Sophia", and a Sophia does indeed work in the kitchen. But rather than display any bizarre or outlandish behaviour, she's calm and collected and cooks up some excellent tapas under the...  Read More


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