Lisbon's Baixa and Chiado Restaurants Serve Up an Appetizing Menu

The Lisbon neighbourhoods of Baixa (downtown) and Chiado are two of the city’s most alluring and eclectic for restaurants, where Michelin-starred gourmet hot spots rub shoulders with humble, down-to-earth eateries, lively tapas bars and historic cafés. King of the hill is Belcanto, one of only three Michelin establishments in the Portuguese capital and a culinary Chiado landmark. For French-style haute cuisine and romantic views, book a terrace table at upscale Tágide. Nearby is the beautiful Largo, housed in a former convent building. Within walking distance of this is Cantinho do Avillez, an upmarket bistro bursting with local character. Holding court opposite Lisbon’s opera house is Café no Chiado, a magnet for writers, artists and those who appreciate modern takes on traditional Portuguese cuisine. Located in the heart of Chiado is Royale Café, one of the city’s most attractive bistros. Combining excellent southern Mediterranean food with an enviable wine list is By the Wine JMF. Meanwhile, one the Baixa’s best value eateries is the homely El-Rei D’Frango. Further up the steps is perennial favourite Café Buenos Aires, where Argentine steaks rule. And for a slice of history with your meal, head back into the square near the riverfront and grab a table at Café Martinho da Arcada, one of the city’s oldest restaurants.   

Café Martinho da Arcada
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