Football is a passion in Portugal. In Lisbon, one of the country’s most famous stadiums, Estádio da Luz, is located in Benfica in the city’s northern suburbs. Benfica is somewhat off the tourist trail, but football fans regularly tread a path to the “Stadium of Light” to see their favourite team in action.
There are plenty of restaurants near Estádio da Luz where home and away fans can eat before kickoff.
The nearest place to eat is in the stadium itself, at Catedral da Cerveja. Diners can sit at tables overlooking the pitch and enjoy a grandstand view of the game.
If you’re heading for the ground via Benfica railway station and want to eat first, leave time to seek out David da Buraca. This traditional Portuguese restaurant is one of the best eateries in the neighbourhood! Likewise, the excellent O Solar de Benfica is within walking distance of the venue, though it’s probably more convenient to hail a cab to save time. Another restaurant worth discovering is Edmundo, which is found on the way to the stadium from the station.
The huge Colombo Shopping Centre situated opposite Estádio da Luz houses a cavernous food hall where dozens of restaurants can be found including Italian Republic, Serra da Estrela, Sr Bacalhau and Go Natural. Like the stadium itself, the mall is easily reached by metro. Two more restaurants are worth discovering, before or after the game. Roda is sited back near Benfica station while Califa is closer to the stadium. Both serve fine Portuguese food.