Lisbon's street food scene: menus for the sidewalk foodie.



Although Lisbon is not particularly regarded as a street food destination there are nevertheless several places where those seeking a snack on the go can head for. Portugal’s most emblematic streetfood is castanhas, roasted chestnuts. A seasonal treat, they are sold throughout the city from mobile braziers. If you like Austrian style sausage then Wurst is the place to head for. The owners are from Austria so this is the real deal! At Mercado da Ribeira near Cais do Sodré hungry visitors can choose from nearly 40 kiosks preparing all kinds of different tasty meals and snacks. The aptly named Grab & Go is a vending kiosk open 24/7 year-round. There’s one in Almirante Reis. Beira Gare is celebrated for its fabulous and filling bifanas – juicy pork steak sandwiches. Alternatively, seek out busy Casa Brasileira, which offers a scrummy range of pies, cakes and sandwiches to go. Up in Príncipe Real neighbourhood is Pizza a Pezzi, a great pizza joint that has all sorts of toppings on its menu. For pastries to eat in or on the go, A Padaria Portuguesa-Camões located in Chiado, fist e place for or warm croissants and crunchy baguettes. And for a real belly filler, head across town and order burger and fries at Hamburgueira da Parada, an open-air kiosk set in a lovely park. Feeling hot? Cool off with a tub of frozen yoghurt. They serve it at the Weeel VW kiosk at Cais do Sodré railway station. 



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Cais do Sodré/Santos


 

When is ice cream yoghurt? When it's frozen yoghurt. And tubs of this wonderfully refreshing delicacy are being sold across Lisbon from quirky little portable kiosks designed as old-style ice VW camper vans. Made using natural yoghurt, fresh...  Read More


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Set in tranquil gardens in the west of the city, this popular take out attracts street food fans from all over Lisbon. The homemade hamburgers are freshly prepared and crammed with all sorts of mouth-watering ingredients. Try the Queijo da Ilha...  Read More


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This citywide cafe-bakery franchise has caught the imagination of locals and tourists alike. The concept is simple: a bright and breezy French-style boulangerie (bags of croissants and baguettes) shining under 60's-style lamplights and lots of...  Read More


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Bairro Alto/Principe Real


 

Street food is epitomised by the ubiquitous pizza, and this little hole in the wall eatery serves up rectangles of the thin-crust variety to an appreciative clientele. Italian-owned, the pocket-sized pizzeria is a stone's throw from the bar and...  Read More


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Not to be confused with Café A Brasileira in Chiado, this near namesake enjoys an equally privileged location in Rua Augusta, Lisbon's animated pedestrian thoroughfare in the Baixa (downtown) district. Inside, the long stand-up glass counter...  Read More


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From the sidewalk you can gaze through the window in gleeful anticipation as the waiters in this city-centre cafe-restaurant rustle up the house speciality bifana, a pork steak sandwich braised in a savoury sauce wedged in a fresh bread roll....  Read More


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Anjos/Intendente


 

Very handy if you're yearning a snack and every where is closed, this street food vending booth offers hungry night owls a choice of hot eats, anything from sandwiches and burgers to kebabs and waffles. Soft drinks, cookies, and potato chips can...  Read More


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Avenida 24 De Julho


 

This huge market is the place to go for a Lisbon "street food" experience. Nearly 40 kiosks, not much more than kitchen units, are housed around the edge of an immense covered hall. Each "restaurant" specialises in a particular cuisine so the...  Read More


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Austrian nationals Maria and Martin have successfully imported to Lisbon one of their country's favourite foods, succulent, flavoursome sausages. Wurst, (which is the German word for sausage) is located in a covered market area where the...  Read More


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Every year during the run-up to November, one of Portugal's tastiest and most emblematic snacks hits the streets. November 11 is St Martin's Day (Dia de Sao Martinho) and the Portuguese celebrate by munching on roasted chestnuts, or castanhas....  Read More


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