Lisbon is a very popular destination at the moment. Rightfully so. Besides the great weather, safe streets and superb food and wine, there are lots of good reasons to come to Lisbon. As a wine and food person I’m frequently asked for recommendations on where to eat well and drink great wine in Lisbon. Throughout the years I’ve put together a personal recommendations list that I would normally send by email to people who asked for it. I’ve now decided to publish the list so that anyone can use it. This is my personal list of recommendations. It includes my preferences on places that I either really enjoyed and/or visit frequently.
Best Restaurants to Eat & Drink Wine in Lisbon
In this list you’ll find my favourite restaurants ordered by preference (first is my favourite). Where possible I’ll comment on the quality of the wine list.
1. Taberna da Rua das Flores ($$)
Small tavern run by a great chef (André Magalhães) with a seasonal menu of petiscos (Portuguese for tapas/snacks) with market produce.
2. Mercado da Ribeira ($)
Great food market with dishes from local chefs.
3. Restaurante Ibo
Mozambican-style seafood and recipes. Very good wine list.
4. Sea Me ($)
Modern seafood restaurant. A great place for seafood, grilled fish & wine.
5. Cantinho do Avilez ($$)
Cosmopolitan Portuguese food.
6. Belcanto ($$$)
Two michelin star restaurant by award-wining chef José Avillez. Worth every penny.
7. Sinal Vermelho ($)
A bit touristic but good food.
8. SeaMe ($$)
Great fresh grilled fish in a modern ambience.
Best Wine Bars in Lisbon
Fancy, luxurious, modern wine bar with one of the best wine lists in Portugal. Basement is a bistro and first floor is a restaurant. I like going to the bar for a glass of wine and some oysters. Can get lively loud (music) later in the day.
2. Mundo do Vino
A new bar but well worth a visit. Great wine list for Red, White, Madeira and Port.
3. Wine Bar do Castelo
Another nice wine bar with a lovely wine list (on the way to the castle).
The flea market is just above the Pantheon (since you’ve already been there). Close by (5 min going up) is the “Miradouro da Graça” is a great sightseeing place to view Lisbon
Garrafeira Alfaia – run by Pedro. A great guy with a good wine list and some Portuguese Tapas. Say I sent you and he’ll take really good care of you.
Other stuff to do:
Listen to Fado
Try Fado Museum or Restaurant Sr. Fado (address: Rua dos Remedios 176) or Restaurant Clube do Fado (Rua São João da Praça 92/4).
Go to the Beach
If you want to head to the beach you do so across the river in “Costa da Caparica”. Lots of restaurants near the beach too. Taxi or Public transportation (boat, bus) are available to take you there.
Eat Pasteis de Belém
Belem neighbourhood. Here you can find Pasteis de Belem (the original pastry – truly delicious), and old monastery and a the Museum of Modern Art. Take the tram to get there.
Take the 28
Take the 28 Tram from one end to the other. A great experience of crossing Lisbon in an original tram.
Take a Lift
The Santa Justa Elevator (Elevador de Santa Justa) is a bit touristy but the view is pretty impressive.
My favourite thing to do in Lisbon
Cross the river on the boat (from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas). Turn right as you leave the boat and walk for 10 min between the river and abandoned buildings. You’ll reach “Atira-te ao Rio” where you can eat some of the best food in Lisbon with an amazing view.
If you can only do one thing in Lisbon
Go eat the Pastries in Belem!
Please remember that the best thing to do in Lisbon (or any other city) is to wonder around and getting lost!