Food Guide: Lisbon, Portugal

Café no Chiado Lisbon dinner selection

I’m a real foodie.

Come on, you guys, I can almost feel the violent eye rolls. Having been a vegetarian since 2014, I don’t try out supposedly adventurous foods anymore (unless you think tofu is the hight of excitement!), but ever since changing my lifestyle, I have become obsessed with cooking, trying out new recipes and eating in general. Maybe that’s how I gained 10kg, haha. Food just makes me incredibly happy and I’m so blessed and grateful that I get to indulge in all the food I want.

My mother is the complete opposite. She values great accommodations and relaxation – she couldn’t care less about good food while traveling. So when I went to Lisbon with her for a little mommy-daughter getaway, I knew that most of my food research would go to waste. Thank God I have a blog to dump my extensive research on ;-)!

Beware: Many restaurants will serve you a little platter of bread and different spreads when you sit down. Not only are the spreads usually not vegetarian (I always got at least one variation of tuna paste), but they also charge you an absurd amount of money for it. At the overall lovely restaurant 5 Oceans‘, they even brought us two of those platters, with one of them (a melted soft cheese for dipping) alone costing 4,95 EUR! You don’t really get asked whether you want the platters (usually, it’s no more than a half-hearted „you want this?“) and never get told you have to pay for it or how much it is (it’s usually in the menu, which you haven’t opened at the point you’re getting the platters). We chose to send our platters back before eating them most of the time.

Amorino

Amorino Lisbon Ice Cream

I’m gonna admit something terrible – I kinda hate ice cream. Yeah, I know. The only ice cream that gets me excited at all is Ben and Jerry’s (those Peanut Butter Cups – damn!), so when my mom pulled my into Amorino, I didn’t expect a lot – and was completely blown away (so blown away in fact, that we went back the next day). The ice cream is amazing; fresh, flavorful and the portions are HUGE. At first, I was pretty skeptical seeing as you pay 3,50 EUR for the smallest cup size. Even the smallest size however was almost too much for me to finish. You can choose three of their amazing flavors. I chose mango, lime & basil and my boi, pistachio. My mom and I pretty much sat together in silence while eating, only murmuring „incredible“ between bites.

Amorino Lisbon Ice Cream

What really made me happy was that a good half of the menu is actually vegan! Their vegan chocolate sorbet is out of this world, you guys. If you want to, you can get your order in a flower shape (you may have seen this on Instagram) for the same prize as the cups. I personally didn’t, because I’m the biggest, spilliest clutz in the world. You can also add a macaron, but at 1,80 EUR in addition to the cup prize, I thought this was a little too expensive for what you’re getting. 

Amorino Lisbon Ice Cream Selection

Menu:

https://www.amorino.com/

Address:

R. Augusta 209, 1100-042 Lisboa, Portugal

R. Garrett 49, 1200-203 Lisboa, Portugal

Tripadvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.de/Restaurant_Review-g189158-d3462852-Reviews-Amorino_Baixa-Lisbon_Lisbon_District_Central_Portugal.html (in Baixa)

https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/Restaurant_Review-g189158-d12936840-Reviews-Amorino-Lisbon_Lisbon_District_Central_Portugal.html (in Chiado)

Yelp:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/amorino-lisboa-3

 

Poké House

I feel like the poké bowl craze has just arrived in Germany. I’ve seen a nice-looking poké restaurant the last time I was in Munich, but my allegiance to burritos is just too strong, man. Now I finally had the chance to try out a bowl at Poké House and surprise, I loved it! I have a soft spot for „do it yourself“ food and I’m all about choices (it makes eating vegan much easier)! You basically assemble your bowl yourself, choosing your base, protein, toppings and sauces. They have a large assortment of ingredients and offer fresh-pressed juices for 60 cents extra. What a deal! After walking through the hot Lisbon sun, stopping by this adorably decorated restaurant and getting some fresh juice and a light lunch was a real lifesaver.

Poké House Lisbon Bowls

Menu:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/pokehouse.pt/menu/?p_ref=pa

Address:

Rua da Misericórdia ,71, Chiado, Lisboa

Tripadvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.de/Restaurant_Review-g189158-d13544724-Reviews-Poke_House-Lisbon_Lisbon_District_Central_Portugal.html

Café no Chiado

Café no Chiado Lisbon dinner

Only a couple hours after eating at Poké House, rain chased us into the charming Café the Chiado. We weren’t really hungry, but the food looked really nice and so we decided to sit down, have some rosé and chat. We shared the cheese platter and tempura shrimps, both of which were very good. Since we ate nothing else, I can’t say much more about the food, but for me, it was the atmosphere that attracted me to this restaurant. We sat outside and the patio was lit up by fairy lights. My mom and I drank wine and talked about life – we had a lovely time.

Café no Chiado Lisbon dinner selection

Menu:

https://www.cafenochiado.com/en/

Address:

Largo Picadeiro 10 a 12, 1200-330 Lisboa, Portugal

Tripadvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.de/Restaurant_Review-g189158-d1453548-Reviews-Cafe_No_Chiado-Lisbon_Lisbon_District_Central_Portugal.html

 

Padaria do Bairro

Padaria do Bairro Lisbon Bread

Traveling with my mom means sitting down for a coffee every couple of hours. Not that I’m complaining, I’m such a type-A “no, we have to keep going”-person, that taking more breaks while is probably a good thing. We sat down at the bakery Padaira do Bairro in Chiado. They have all kinds of pastries, breads and cakes. The bakery is beautifully decorated with a lot of light wood and glass, creating a charming rustic look. It’s great for a break during sightseeing – and the retro tram 24 stops right in front of it!

Address:

R. da Misericórdia 13, 1200-279 Lisboa, Portugal

Tripadvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.de/Restaurant_Review-g189158-d12838295-Reviews-Padaria_Do_Bairro-Lisbon_Lisbon_District_Central_Portugal.html

 

Pistola y Corazon

I love Mexican food. Love it. We have no even remotely authentic Mexican restaurants in my area, so I try to get in my fill when I travel. Pistola y Corazon has the quirky, colorful look of a place I would fall in love with instantly. Located right by the train station Rua de São Paulo and no more than 15 minutes from the gorgeous Lisbon promenade, it’s a convenient spot to check out. It offers a breakfast, lunch and diner menu, each with their own spin on Mexican cuisine. They have vegetarian options aplenty and considering Lisbon prices, you can get away pretty cheap. Watch out! Like many restaurants in Portugal, Pistola y Corazon is closed during lunch! Their opening hours are: 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to midnight.

Menues:

Breakfast 

Lunch 

Dinner 

Address:

Rua da Boavista 16, 1200-066 Lisboa, Portugal

Yelp:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/pistola-y-corazon-lisboa

Tripadvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.de/Restaurant_Review-g189158-d7312425-Reviews-Pistola_y_Corazon-Lisbon_Lisbon_District_Central_Portugal.html

 

Extra: Gutsy

Gutsy Carcavelos Drink

Since we wanted to really relax on this vacation, we chose to stay in Carcavlos instead of Lisbon. Carcavelos is a surprisingly un-touristy small town about 20 kilometers from Lisbon. Out hotel was located right by the ocean and this little gem I just have to tell you about: Gutsy. The burgers are…I have no words. They are for real one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. It’s simple, it’s fresh (oh my god, the bread!) and even though there’s only one vegetarian option (you can choose either tofu or seitan as your patty), it’s so good that I didn’t care about ordering the same thing two nights in a row. I added cheddar cheese and jalapenos to my seitan burger and it was amazing. They also offer fresh juices and – holy cow – the best lime and chocolate sorbets ever. Everything on the menu is a complete hit and it’s ridiculously cheap. I payed 10 EUR for a burger, beer and a dessert. I’m legitimately devastated that I only got to eat there twice. It gets pretty full from about 8pm, so either bring some extra time or come earlier.

Gutsy Carcavelos Veggie BurgerCarcavelos itself has a lovely beach and is easily reachable (take the train to Cascais at Cais de Sodre and get off at Carcavelos), so I recommend you get away from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon with a beautiful beach and the best burgers you’ll ever have.
Be careful, though: Gutsy is closed for lunch. The opening hours are: 12pm to 3:30pm and 7pm to 11pm.

Menu:

https://www.zomato.com/pt/grande-lisboa/gutsy-carcavelos-lisboa/menu

Address:

Praça Do Junqueiro 6B, 2775-597 Carcavelos, Portugal

Yelp:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/gutsy-cascais?hrid=YIVKNbq5eFJnsmdK9Ncmiw

Tripadvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.de/Restaurant_Review-g780694-d7607961-Reviews-Gutsy-Carcavelos_Lisbon_District_Central_Portugal.html

 

Pastéis de Belém

You don’t know what a „Pastéis de Nata“ is? It’s a really yummy and creamy egg tart that you’ve got to try when in Lisbon, of course! Pastéis de Belém is an incredibly beautiful cafe closeby the picturesque Tower of Belém. The cafe is decorated in the same blue and white tiles you can see on buildings all around Lisbon and is well worth the visit, especially if you’re already checking out the Tower. If you see a long line in front of the cafe – don’t worry! The long line is for take-away; if you go inside, you’ll get to a much, much shorter line and get assigned a seat in no time! The tart is delicious and, even though I personally don’t like coffee that much (first ice cream, now this?!), I loved even that. It’s a little outside the city center, but there’s a bus station (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos; Bus 15E and 714) right there and you can (and should!) round out your visit by taking a relaxing walk through the Jardim de Belém!

Cost for a tart: 1,10 EUR

Address:

Rua Belém 84-92, 1300 085 Lisboa, Portugal

Tripadvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.de/Restaurant_Review-g189158-d939704-Reviews-Pasteis_de_Belem-Lisbon_Lisbon_District_Central_Portugal.html

Website:

http://pasteisdebelem.pt/en/

 

I hope this list was helpful for your next trip to Lisbon! If you’ve been to Lisbon before, where did you eat your best meal? Let me know in the comments!

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