Lisbon Then & Now: Coffee and Cafe Culture

You can find some of the freshest espresso and best coffee in Lisbon at The Mill.

This article was originally published on December 25, 2018 and was updated with new text and photos on November 15, 2022. Most of the time in Lisbon, meeting up for coffee has nothing to do with actually drinking coffee. In fact, many times people will order something else. But there is much more to Lisbon’s […]

Behind the Bite: Salt Cod

Tascantiga is one of the best restaurants in Sintra for fabulous petiscos.

This post is part of our Behind the Bite series, deep dives into the dishes that we can’t stop thinking about. Portugal may be known for delicacies that come straight from the sea, but its most famous seafood is far from fresh. If you’ve spent any time in Lisbon, you’ve probably encountered a common menu […]

Behind the Bite: Pastéis de Nata

Discovering the many different places to eat pastéis de nata is a must-do in Lisbon!

This post is part of our Behind the Bite series, deep dives into the dishes that we can’t stop thinking about. If you really want to get under the skin of Lisbon, head to a pastelaria. In every neighborhood of the city, old ladies brush shoulders with hipsters, inspecting the mind-boggling array of pastries laid out […]

What is Fado & 5 Places Where You Can See It In Lisbon

Looking for the best fado in Lisbon? At Mascote da Atalaia you can listen to different fadistas every day, like Joana Melo pictured here.

In Lisbon, everything stops when fado is on. Silence rules the room, the lights dim, and only then the show begins. Fado isn’t just a traditional music style—it’s an emotional experience. It’s hard not to feel touched by the vibrant performances of fadistas (fado singers), even without grasping the lyrics. Walk into the neighborhoods of […]

Top 7 Restaurants in the Chiado District in Lisbon

Cod (bacalhau) served in a Lisbon restaurant.

Once the meeting point of Portuguese intellectuals, Chiado has become a popular destination for shopping and dining. But where do you eat in the very heart of Lisbon? It’s in Rua Garret that you’ll find most of the cafés and bookshops in Chiado. But if you want to eat a proper meal, you’ll have to […]

Our 8 Favorite Italian Restaurants in Lisbon

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Italian food is always a good idea—even in Lisbon. Which is the best Italian restaurant in Lisbon? The good news is that there are many. And while Portuguese food is amazing, no one can be blamed for craving some authentic pizza, pasta or risotto (and more). Ask a local the name of the best Italian […]

Lisbon Then & Now: Tascas

Inside Ze dos Cornos, a typical tasca in Lisbon

When in Lisbon, there’s no better place than a tasca to have lunch while feeling the city’s beating pulse. Lisbon has changed and so have tascas since they opened in the late 19th century. But for someone visiting the city for the first time, these family-owned, tavern-like eateries look frozen in time. And overwhelming. The […]

Ordering in Portugal: The 10 Things You Need to Know

People eating and others waiting for a table at Cervejaria Trindade in Lisbon

To successfully navigate a meal in Portugal, you’ll need to understand the country’s eating culture and habits. Having a meal is more than a basic need—it truly is a cultural event, even if it’s just lunch with friends. From understanding the menu before ordering to asking for the check, here are ten useful tips for […]

6 Tips to Eat Like a Local in Lisbon

Quinta dos Loridos is one of the best Lisbon wineries, specializing in sparkling white wines like the ones pictured here.

Even if staying for a short time, you want to feel deeply connected with your destination. Part of that connection comes through food. On these six tips to eat like a local in Lisbon, we at Devour Lisbon are focusing on cultural eating habits. Eating like a local in the Portuguese capital means enjoying a […]

5 Best Lisbon Beach Bars to Pass the Day Away

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When Lisbon’s hot summer days kick in, locals beeline to the beaches and beach bars. Who doesn’t love cool drinks, mouthwatering snacks, and great views of the surf (and surfers)? Coastal living is an integral part of life in Portugal, and downtown Lisbon is between 15 minutes to an hour from spectacular beaches. Sound good? […]

How to Order Coffee in Portugal Like a Local

You can find some of the freshest espresso and best coffee in Lisbon at The Mill.

In Portugal, every street corner has a café, and every small town and village has a Café Central that doubles as a meeting point. Yes, café culture is quite strong in this country, and going out for coffee is often used more as an excuse to catch up than to enjoy the delights of the […]

Portugal Food Facts: 10 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know

Plate with bread, eggs, and cherry tomatoes at Cais na Preguiça, a must visit restaurant in Alfama

Talking about Portuguese food is tricky. Browse a typical restaurant menu, and there’s probably a back story to every single dish. But at Devour Lisbon that’s precisely what makes us tick. Eating and talking about and eating some more Portuguese food is one of the best things to do in Lisbon, hands down. Now, some […]

All About Ginjinha And Why You Need To Try It In Lisbon

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When in Lisbon, do as the locals do and drink ginjinha. Trying ginjinha in Lisbon is a travel must. Also known as ginja, this is a sweet liqueur made from Morello (sour) cherries soaked in a distilled spirit called aguardente. The mixture is flavored with sugar and spices like cinnamon. It is deceptively sweet, small, […]

Everything You Need to Know About Sardines in Lisbon

If you want to try sardines in Lisbon, you should visit in the summer when everyone grills sardines, pictured here, out on the street.

Tossed on the grill or straight from a can, everyone loves sardines in Lisbon! Tied to the Atlantic, the Portuguese have always turned to the water to feed our nation. In Lisbon, there’s grilled fish in pretty much every restaurant and a one-month festival dedicated to a single fish: the sardine. We’re sharing everything you […]

The 6 Best Rooftop Bars in Lisbon: Top Spots for a Drink With a View

The best rooftop bars in Lisbon offer sweeping views of the city, which are just as beautiful at night when the skyline lights up.

The top 6 rooftop bars in Lisbon offer much more than unbeatable photo ops—if you’re looking for the perfect combination of quality cocktails, delicious snacks and panoramic views, we’ve got you covered! Lisbon is a city that practically begs to be photographed. From vibrant street art and stately architecture to sweeping river views and terracotta […]

The Top 8 Seafood Restaurants in Lisbon (for Every Price Range!)

The seafood counter at Páteo do Avillez

From holes in the wall to Michelin-caliber cuisine, these are the Lisbon’s best restaurants for seafood and fish. Few things are better than a feast plucked straight from the sea. Any guidebook (and a vintage Parts Unknown) will point you toward Cervejaria Ramiro. It’s worth the hype—and the inevitable line of tourists waiting to get in […]

Traditional Portuguese Food: The Dishes You Can’t Miss

Carne de porco a alentejana is a traditional Portuguese Food

The Portuguese have a close relationship with food, with no shame. Most typical dishes are hearty, garlicky, and greasy, as all comfort food should be. Spending time at the table in Portugal is not a past time, it’s a cultural event even when you’re not celebrating anything. From petiscos to more complicated recipes, traditional Portuguese […]

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