Best Lisbon Lunch Spots, From Stylish Restaurants to Humble Bistros
Lisbon’s elegant Chiado district is where you’ll find Cantinho do Avillez. This chic little restaurant offers a menu designed by Michelin star chef José Avillez and celebrates traditional Portuguese gastronomy. Across town in Alfama Chapitô à Mesa wins applause for its colourful cuisine and wacky location – the restaurant is housed in a circus school. Lovers of Spanish tapas will certainly appreciate the appetising selection at Mesón Andaluz, located near Cais do Sodré. Spanish customers think so too, a great compliment! Al fresco dining can be enjoyed at Aura down in the Baixa area: tables look out over Lisbon’s magnificent... Read more »
The cuisine at Cantinho do Avillez is created by a Michelin starred chef, and excellent value for money.
Local Expert Tip: "If ordering wine, consider a bottle of the restaurant's own 'JA', a hearty red created by chef Avillez and the highly respected producer José Bentos dos Santos. "
The concept behind Chapitô à Mesa is totally unique, the ambiance youthful and laid-back.
Local Expert Tip: "To reach the restaurant you have to walk through an arts and crafts shop. Take a minute to browse the handmade jewellery. "
Among Mesón Andaluz's customers are Spanish nationals -- the highest compliment for a tapas bar in Portugal.
Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to admire the carefully refurbished arched stonework towards the back of the restaurant."
It's not the only restaurant on Praça do Comércio, but Aura is noted for its haute cuisine.
Local Expert Tip: "Just to the side of the restaurant is the handsome Claustros Páteo da Galé (cloisters). Nip in and take a look. "
A place to chill over good food in homely and unhurried surroundings. Cat lovers take note.
Local Expert Tip: "Diners are encouraged to sketch their own cat logo on napkins and other pieces of paper. The best efforts are collected and later framed for posterity."
Healthy food and great river views make Cafeteria Mensagem a worthwhile excursion.
Local Expert Tip: "Some of Lisbon's most impressive historic monuments, including Torre de Belém, are within walking distance."
- Cuisine: European, Portuguese
- Average Main Course Price: €30
- Neighborhood: 24 de Julho & Docas/Alcantara
An enviable waterside location and easy-going table staff help uphold the reputation 5 Oceanos has garnered over the years.
Local Expert Tip: "Santo Amaro docks are located west of the city centre and a taxi is the most convenient way to reach the restaurant. However, the Cascais train stops at Alcântara Mar station. From here it's a 10-minute walk."
This is a picture postcard of locations, and Portas do Sol has one of the best views in town.
Local Expert Tip: "A novel way to reach the restaurant is by tram 28. The streetcar pulls up on the other side of the square."
Beira Gare is everybody's restaurant. Everybody eats here, and everybody keeps coming back.
Local Expert Tip: "Try the Bohemia beer. It's similar to ale and has quite a kick to it. "
Pois, Café is regarded as a meeting of travellers' minds as much as a place to sample homemade fare.
Local Expert Tip: "The café has shelves lined with paperbacks. Customers can exchange old books and DVDs with the fellow travellers, leaving something they've seen/read and taking away something they haven't. "
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