Where to eat in Lisbon: different national cuisine, part 4 for vegans and vegetarians

Where to eat out in Lisbon: Top 12 Restaurants 2022

Top 12 places to eat out in Lisbon that are tasty and inexpensive. Establishments in Alfama, Belém, Bairro Alto and the central part of the city.

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Every year the gastronomic palette of the city becomes more diverse. Wherever you decide to eat in Lisbon, there will be seafood, fish, meat steaks, vegetarian dishes everywhere. The portions in Portuguese establishments are so large that there is a tradition of ordering half of the meal for 2/3 of the price.

Speaking of the prices. Even by European standards, restaurants in Lisbon will be affordable for most travelers. In many places you will find the so-called “tourist menu” (port. ementa turística). For a set meal consisting of bread, butter, soup, main course and dessert you must pay 10-15 €. But there is one nuance: the tourist menu is available mainly during lunch hours.

Excursions in Lisbon

Excursions from locals on Tripster are an unusual way to explore the city. You can start with a sightseeing tour of Lisbon. Walk through the Old Town, visit the Alfama, the Chiado quarter, and see the Belém Tower. If possible take the 5 hour Sunset at Cape Roca tour, as Lisbon is not complete without a visit to Sintra and Europe’s westernmost headland.

Where to eat in central Lisbon

Alcântara Café

Rua Maria Luísa Holstein 13

One of the most beautiful restaurants to eat in Lisbon. People come to see and be seen and evening wear will be appropriate. The menu varies, you can order almost anything you want. The interior of the place combines the spirit of postmodern and industrial era. A three-course dinner will cost about 40 € per person. Including a bottle of good wine.

Restaurants in Lisbon: Alcântara Café

2: Martinho da Arcada

Praça do Comércio 3.

Café on the central square of Lisbon, Comércio. The Martinho da Arcada opened there in 1778 and today is one of the oldest in the city. At one time it was adored by artists and politicians who sat in the building nearby. The Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa was also a regular. The entourage of the open terrace resembles the famous Café Florian in Venice, so tourists come here not only for a cup of coffee, but also for the pleasure of taking a photo against the background of bright green windows and faded walls that have seen a lot.

Despite the status of a state monument, the cafe offers delicious food and excellent coffee. The interior walls are in azulejo.

Best Café in Lisbon: Martinho da Arcada

Leão d’Ouro

Rua 1º de Dezembro 105.

One of the traditional restaurants where you can not only have lunch and dinner, but also see the azulejo in Lisbon. Open daily during lunch and dinner hours. It is located in the center of the city, near Rossio Square. The history of Leão d’Ouro began in 1640, large, bright and generously tiled. Specialties: rice with shrimp, lobster and mussels, and cataplana fish stew.

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Central Lisbon hotels: The Lift Boutique Hotel

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The Lift Boutique Hotel is a hotel near the Santa Justa elevator in Lisbon. The rooms are small but very nice! Breakfast was varied and wifi was good.

Hotel Lis Baixa (Lisbon, Portugal)

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Hotel Lis Baixa – center of Lisbon, close to Rossio Square and the train station. Bright rooms with all amenities, good breakfast. Near restaurants, stores and metro.

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4. Gambrinus

Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 23

The street on which Gambrinus is located is Lisbon’s restaurant “sto-metre”. Each of its establishments fights for the title of the best in the Rossio Square area. Gambrinus is one of the best, with its elegant, tasteful decor. It is known outside Lisbon and has excellent reviews on Tripadvisor. It specializes in traditional Portuguese and Galician dishes. The seafood selection is one of the best in the city.

Alexey (Nizhny Novgorod): When I chose this restaurant I had no idea it would be so cool! Located in the center of Lisbon, take a little turn off from Avenida Liberdade and you will get there. An unremarkable building, with an unremarkable sign, except for stickers with Michelin, Tripadvisor and Bucking emblems that the restaurant is worth checking out.

Where to eat in Lisbon: Gambrinus

Belen’s Restaurants.

5. Pastéis de Belém

Rua de Belém 84 92

A cafe in Lisbon that makes pastéis de nata (or pastel de nata) custard cakes. Although you can sample the dessert today all over Portugal and beyond, the original recipe is still a closely guarded secret. That is, almost everyone bakes it, but no one even knows the list of ingredients, there is only speculation. The interior of Pastéis de Belém is also famous: the walls are lined with azulejo, and the pastries look especially photogenic against it. This is why the number of people, willing to visit the legendary confectionery for the sake of Instagram photos, never fades away, day or night. Working hours are from 8:00 to 23:00 daily, but just in case, check with the official www.pasteisdebelem.pt.

Victoria (St. Petersburg): The most delicious pastiche, very nice salespeople! The queue at the entrance is intimidating at first, but everything is done very quickly. In 5-10 minutes you already get your sweet order.

Where to eat in Lisbon: Pastéis de Belém

6. O Commenda

Rua de Belém 35.

This place would be a great choice if you want traditional Portuguese cuisine (caldo verde, cod in any form, cusida a portuguesa or seafood cataplans). Located in the Belém district and like most of Lisbon’s restaurants there, it boasts a gorgeous view of the river. Open daily except Sunday evening. But the Sunday afternoon brunch is in great demand. A simple set of dishes – hearty scrambled eggs with bacon and fruit juice – is accompanied by a glass of champagne.

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7. São Jerónimo

Rua dos Jerónimos, 12.

A nice restaurant around the corner of the monastery of the same name in Belém. Eat at any time from Monday to Saturday (Saturday is dinner only). The interior in warm colors, leather armchairs and dim light create a cozy atmosphere. The cuisine is Portuguese and the tourist menu includes soup, main course and dessert.

Where to eat in Lisbon: São Jerónimo

Bairro Alto restaurants.

8. 100 Maneiras

Largo da Trindade 9

An unusual institution in Lisbon that every traveler should visit. At 100 Maneiras they came up with a menu of 10 national dishes. The portions are small and the names are kept secret – so the tasting becomes a surprise for tourists. And even more unexpectedly, the set of dishes changes every day. If your friends have already been to this restaurant and shared their impressions with you, it does not mean that you will taste the same. The room itself is cozy and elegant, with Sunday off. Dinner with wine will cost from 15 to 35 €.

Where to eat in Lisbon: 100 Maneiras

9. Principe do Calhariz.

Calçada do Combro 28

The restaurant is located in a busy area, just behind the Bica cable car. The owners came to Lisbon from the north of Portugal, so the dishes of these regions are in demand. Indulge yourself in the hunter-style rabbit (port coelho à caçador). The atmosphere is quite democratic and so are the prices – a set lunch or dinner will cost you from 10 to 25 € per person. Don’t forget about dessert!

Cafe Principe do Calhariz in Lisbon

Where to eat in Lisbon: Principe do Calhariz

10. Pap’Açorda

Av. 24 de Julho 49, Lisbon

Under glittering crystal chandeliers and surrounded by rough-brick walls, diners are served traditional and modern Portuguese cuisine. The restaurant’s signature dish, açorda real (thick stew of lobster, shrimp and other shellfish), is on a par with the pastel de nata. The place is stylish and has an accentuatedly democratic atmosphere: people from various professions and walks of life come here. The service is one of the best in Lisbon.

Alfama Restaurants

Porta d’Alfama 11.

Rua de São João da Praça 17A

Alfama is famous for its family restaurants with just a few tables. Porta d’Alfama, on a picturesque paved street with colorful facades and wrought iron balconies, is just one of them. The interior is unassuming and the specialty is simple grilled sardines (like our mashed potatoes and cutlets). But they make them so that the locals go to the cafe as if they were going to work. But it is not surprising: in addition to the pleasure of a simple home-cooked meal, there every night you can listen to a performance of Fado masters.

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Chiado 44 (Lisbon, Portugal)

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Chiado 44 is close to Rossio Square, the Bairro Alto neighborhood, and the Chiado shopping district. Rooms are spacious; balconies with views of the city.

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Apartments in Alfama: Le Flat Alfama

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Le Flat Alfama – Apartments in historic Alfama with sea views. Double bed, living room, kitchen with washing machine, Wi-Fi.

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12. Casa do Leão.

Castelo de São Jorge.

The Castelo de São Jorge has one of the most spectacular viewpoints and is located on a high hill above Alfama. The only restaurant within the castle walls is Casa do Leão. The view from the summer terrace is fantastic, and beautifully decorated dishes of European and Portuguese cuisine are a great chance to have a bite to eat during a tour of Lisbon. A significant disadvantage of the institution: high prices – a dinner costs 40-45 €.

Casa do Leão Restaurant (Castel Sant'Georges, Lisbon)

Question – answer

In which part of Lisbon should I look for the best restaurants?

There is a wide selection of trattorias, bars and family restaurants in all districts and neighborhoods of the city. But Bairro Alto has the most.

Are there any special features a foreigner should know?

Tipping in Lisbon is not always included in the bill. You can decide for yourself whether to leave them or not (an unspoken rule recommends leaving some change). In the vast majority of cases, there will be an IVA tax on the check. The main problem that visitors to restaurants in Lisbon might encounter is the “floating” cost of fish and seafood. It changes every day, depending on the price of products on the market. Find out the final price before you order. And keep in mind that many places in the capital go on vacation for a month in August.

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Where to eat in Lisbon: different national cuisine, part 4 for vegans and vegetarians

Lisbon is our favorite city and we have many good memories of it. We love it for its unique atmosphere, its viewpoints full of people, its proximity to the ocean and its great restaurants. In this post, we’ll tell you where we think it’s worth eating in Portugal’s capital city. Almost all the places on this list offer vegan and vegetarian dishes and have reasonable prices. Read on to find out what and, above all, where to eat in Lisbon.

Where to eat in Lisbon: specialties of the national cuisine, part 4 for vegans and vegetarians

Where to eat in Lisbon: peculiarities of the national cuisine, part 4 – for vegans and vegetarians

Where to eat in Lisbon? Best Cafes in Lisbon

Santa Rita, Alfama

A pub we’ve been visiting for years and have been ordering the same food for years. Services have changed over time, with non-Portuguese menus and Wi-Fi access. However, the most important thing hasn’t changed – the great local atmosphere and delicious food. The menu is mostly fish and seafood, which play a big part in traditional Portuguese cuisine.

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The bacalhau à brás, a salted cod with onions, thinly sliced fried potatoes and eggs, served with a few olives, is highly recommended. For starters, choose the calamari with a sweet and spicy sauce. Plus a carafe of house wine is the recipe for the perfect dinner.

Where to eat in Lisbon: specialties of the national cuisine, part 4 for vegans and vegetarians

Santa Rita, Alfama

A plus of the Santa Rita restaurant is also the really affordable prices – for about 20 euros for two, you’ll have a good meal and drink.

The Green Affair, Chiado – where to eat vegetarian burgers in Lisbon

We got here by accident because the place we were going to was closed. The Green Affair in Lisbon’s Chiado district is an atmospheric pub with an interesting interior and a nice patio. The menu is 100% plant-based . We tried the nachos with vegan cheese and burgers. We highly recommend the burger with vegan patty, nuts and pesto sauce – you’ll be licking your fingers! The burger can also be accompanied by a portion of fries if you’re hungry. You’ll pay around €8-10 per serving.

Where to eat in Lisbon: specialties of the national cuisine, part 4 for vegans and vegetarians

The Green Affair, Chiado – where to eat vegetarian burgers in Lisbon

Pão Pão Queijo Queijo, Belém – Lisbon’s favorite fast food place

Another place we visit every time we are in Lisbon. Where to eat the best fast food in Lisbon? Right here in Belém. It’s definitely not an elegant place with gourmet food, but it’s the perfect place to quickly satisfy your hunger. The menu here has not changed for years – there are still over 100 items, including many vegetarian items. For about 6 euros, you’ll eat a pita with vegetables and falafel and a portion of fries. We really like this restaurant, despite its not very refined style! And by the way, we’re not the only ones – we’ve never had to wait in line for an order before.

Where to eat in Lisbon: specialties of the national cuisine, part 4 for vegans and vegetarians

Pão Pão Queijo Queijo, Belém – Lisbon’s favorite fast food place

Legumi Sushi Vegan, Bairro Alto – Where to eat sushi in Lisbon

Typing “Legumi Sushi Vegan” on Google Maps will take you to a place that may seem like they only serve take-out sushi. We don’t know if this is always the case, but it was this summer. Nothing to worry about – across the street is Machimbombo Bar, where you can sit down and enjoy sushi made by Legumi Sushi Vegan. We paid 30 euros for a set of several dozen pieces, which the two of us ate. The sushi was 100% vegan and very original, probably some of the coolest vegan sushi we’ve had the opportunity to eat. We recommend it!

Where to eat in Lisbon: specialties of the national cuisine, part 4 for vegans and vegetarians

Legumi Sushi Vegan, Bairro Alto – Where to eat sushi in Lisbon

A Padaria Portuguesa, a few places – where to get a quick breakfast in Lisbon

This is a network of bakeries located in many places in Lisbon. A very good place to stop in for coffee and a little breakfast in the morning. For a few euros you can buy freshly made sandwiches – also vegetarian. We also recommend trying the delicious coconut roll, pão de deus, which means “bread of God,” and we couldn’t agree more.

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Where to eat in Lisbon: specialties of the national cuisine, part 4 for vegans and vegetarians

A Padaria Portuguesa, a few places – where to get a quick breakfast in Lisbon

O Botanista, Cais do Sodré – a more expensive vegetarian café

An establishment with a very interesting vegetable menu – pasta, Asian food, sandwiches. It’s a little more expensive than the other cafes, and the portions are a little smaller. Nevertheless, the flavors did not disappoint, so it is worth stopping by anyway. A big plus is the free water in a carafe.

Where to eat in Lisbon: specialties of the national cuisine, part 4 for vegans and vegetarians

O Botanista, Cais do Sodré – a more expensive vegetarian café

Pho Pu, Mouraria – a cheap eatery with Vietnamese food

Are you in Portugal’s capital city and wondering where in Lisbon to have a decent Asian meal? Pho Pu is a small inconspicuous pub with simple but very tasty Vietnamese food. You can eat here for pennies! A huge bowl of pho soup costs about 6 euros, and you can eat it in both meat and vegetable versions. We also recommend a portion of fried vegetable dumplings for 4 euros. For 10 euros we stuffed our bellies and would love to come back here on our next visit to Lisbon.

Where to eat in Lisbon: specialties of the national cuisine, part 4 for vegans and vegetarians

Pho Pu, Mouraria – a cheap eatery with Vietnamese food

Café Janis – Where to eat breakfast in Lisbon

A very nice atmospheric pub where you can drop in in the morning for breakfast and a cup of coffee, because it opens quite early. Interesting decor and a chance to sit on the windowsill. I don’t know why, but we always like something like that! The breakfasts may be small, but they will certainly be delicious. We recommend the jackfruit toast with arugula! The cost of such a breakfast is about 7 euros. Lots of people come here in the morning with their laptops, so it can be a great cafe to work remotely.

Where to eat in Lisbon: specialties of the national cuisine, part 4 for vegans and vegetarians

Café Janis – Where to eat breakfast in Lisbon

Jardim das Cerejas Vegan Buffet, Chiado – pay once, eat as much as you like

A very inconspicuous place with an uninteresting interior that hides one of the best plant-based eateries in Lisbon. All you can eat, you pay 10 euros and enjoy the food as much as you want. The menu is Indian – lots of salads, porridge, Indian crispy pancakes, sauces, appetizers. Highly recommended, as you can eat as much delicious food as you like!

Where to eat in Lisbon: specialties of the national cuisine, part 4 for vegans and vegetarians

We hope that after reading this post, you already know where to eat in Lisbon. If you come across any other beautiful places to eat in Lisbon, be sure to share them with us! Bon appetit!

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