Lisbon's tantalising tapas bars, Portugal's delicious take on Spain's favourite snacks.

One of the most fashionable of Lisbon tapas bars is Rubro Avenida, off the city’s Avenida da Liberdade, noted for its intriguing fusion of Spanish and Portuguese cuisine. Perhaps the most recognized is the celebrated Mesón Andaluz, located in Cais do Sodré. An equally popular downtown option is Tosca, which is also a lively nighttime haunt. At Sophia La Loca in Bairro Alto, the emphasis is pairing good food with fine wine, a philosophy upheld at nearby Grapes & Bites, a convivial wine bar that also serves up delicious Portuguese petiscos (snacks). From an interior design point of view one of the most eye-catching restaurants is Chiringuito Tapas Bar in Santos, where the décor is as appealing as the food. Tapas Bar 52 in Principe Real on the other hand draws in the crowds for its low-light intimate setting. Rustic-styled Taberna Vintage is also appreciated for its laid back ambiance and eclectic wine selection. Meanwhile, Petiscos no Bairro upholds the Portuguese tradition of good food eaten in friendly company while Tapa Bucho upholds cuisine hails from northern Spain, with the selection of pinchos – skewered meats, cheeses and seafood – ranking among the best served in the capital.

Bairro Alto/Principe Real
Tapa Bucho
Photo courtesy of Tapa Bucho

The tapas and pinchos served at this fashionable Spanish-style eatery are among the most flavoursome in the city, and are prepared with genuine southern European flair. Many of the recipes hail from northern Spain, where the pinchos –...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

A delightful little tasca ticked away in the city's Bairro Alto district, Petiscos no Bairro has a menu crammed with over two dozen choices of petiscos (snacks), anything from crispy sardine fritters and juicy cherry tomatoes stuffed with goat's...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

This unassuming tavern is noted for its wine list as much as the selection of tapas-style pesticos (snacks) that the kitchen conjures up with suitable attention to looks as well as taste. The rustic décor – all wooden floors and walls –...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

This colourful and highly decorative restaurant has already garnered praise from local foodies who appreciate authentic Spanish cuisine. The somewhat pricy menu nevertheless reflects the proprietor's canny knack of beating Madrid at its own game...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

A dazzling menu of imaginative bite-sized nibbles grace the blackboard set behind the bar of this beautiful and intimate Spanish-style eatery. The attention to design is quite beguiling, with chocolate coloured chairs and tables embellished with...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Ostensibly a wine bar, this lively Bairro Alto restaurant is also highly regarded for its choice of pesticos, Portugal's version of the Spanish tapas. Indeed, the menu lists a discerning selection of gourmet nibbles, regional tidbits prepared to...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

With its selective but scrumptious menu of petiscos – Portuguese style tapas – and discerning regional wine list, "Crazy Sophia" is a favourite haunt of locals who applaud their country's rich culinary heritage. But this wonderfully intimate...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos

The inventive tapas selection at this popular eatery includes carefully arranged plates of octopus salad, eggs with green asparagus tips and goat's cheese with caramelized onions. A favourite choice however is the chouriço de Serra da Estela...  Read More

The mouth-watering selection of tapas at this enchanting Spanish restaurant is on par with anything Madrid can rustle up. Tasty appetizers listed include pumpkin soup with curd cheese and wild fruits, garlic prawns bathed in virgin olive oil,...  Read More

A fashionable venue blessed with a convenient midtown location just off the city's iconic central avenue, this restaurant is noted for its creative seasonal tapas assortment, gourmet Portuguese petiscos that celebrate the very best of Iberian...  Read More


Meet Paul Bernhardt

Paul Bernhardt cut his teeth as a press photographer in England before leaving the UK to settle in Portugal, where he has lived for over a decade, and where he started to focus on more...  More About Paul
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