Our guide to dining out in Lisbon
Foodies in Lisbon are spoilt for choice. Depending on the time of day, there are a wide range of restaurants to choose from. Breakfast in Portugal is light usually including just a pastry and coffee. Lunch is around 1 or 2pm. Dinner is a late affair in Lisbon, normally starting around 9pm. Drinks follow from 11pm or midnight onward. Locals tend to head to the clubs for dancing between 2 and 3am.
The Mercado Ribeira is one of the city’s best markets featuring some of Lisbon’s finest restaurants and best produce. From chocolate to wine and liquors as well as the best seafood in all of Portugal, it is a foodies paradise with more than 30 shops and restaurants. There is also great terrace seating right by the river.
Cafe A Brasileira (Rua Garrett 120) is a great coffee pit stop, and something of a gay hangout in the early evening. Although its carved and paneled wood interior is magnificent, camera-touting tourists tend to covet the outdoor seating.
Gayloa is a fun steakhouse and bar next to Trumps with late night dining until 3am. Meanwhile, Louru & Sal is one of our favourite places for traditional Portuguese cuisine.
Those seeking the best pastéis de nata, a classic Portuguese custard tart should head to Manteigaria – small bakery and café in Camões Square