Looking for a place to eat, somewhere laidback and informal? Casual dining in Lisbon offers up some appetising options, a choice of cafes and restaurants that serve delicious food in a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere. Casa de Pasto in the city’s Cais do Sodré district attracts a young, fun-loving crowd who appreciate the whacky décor as much as the inventive menu. Up in Bairro Alto meanwhile, the smart new Cevejaria do Bairro gets them going with a mouth-watering menu of fresh fish and seafood. A more rustic theme greets diners at Maria Catita, a traditional Portuguese restaurant located in the Baxia neighbourhood. Similarly, back in Principe Real, Tascardoso is known for its menu of regional fare. If you’re exploring Lisbon’s Alcântara area check out the LX Factory complex where there are a number of eateries including the charming and offbeat Café do Fábrica. On the other hand, if pizza’s your thing, grab a table at Mercantina in Chiado and dine like an Italian. Not far away is the quirky Adega de São Roque the interior of which is festooned with football scarves and fado music posters – very local! Lisbon has its own Hard Rock music shrine on Avenida da Liberdade, where the Hard Rock Smoke House serves up tasty American comfort food and the requisite rock memorabilia. For a rather more refined ambiance, amble over to Chiado and the lovely Café no Chiado. They have a terrace that faces the opera house and a tramline arrows past the front door. But if you really want to let your hair down while eating well, drop by Hennessey’s Irish Pub for some good old pub grub and a pint of the black stuff.
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