Tour Lisbon with Nuno Mendes

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24 October, 2017

Discovering what, and where, to eat when you visit a new city can make a special trip even better. Top chef Nuno Mendes shares his favourite foodie spots from his home town – Portugal’s city of light.

Rich in both café culture and beach life, Lisbon is a city that can boast it has everything you need for a city break. Especially when it comes to eating! Whether you want spanking fresh fish for dinner, a light tapas-style lunch or traditional pastries (for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack, or both), Lisbon can deliver it all. Nuno Mendes grew up in the city and his new book Lisboeta is full of the recipes he loves, as well as an informative and colourful portrayal of the city. Here’s a snapshot from the book.


Try the pastries

In Lisbon there is a pastelaria serving cakes and pastries on every other corner. Look for the words fabrico proprio when you choose one, as it means ‘produced by us’. The Pastel de nata, or custard tart is our most famous pastry. Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata make the city’s best ones (find them at Rua do Loreto 2).

Enjoy Lisbon’s street food culture

We don’t often have sandwiches for lunch in Portugal. In fact, you might be delighted to know that instead we eat them as a late-night snack! The prego is a tender piece of beef that’s flash fried, crammed in a roll and drenched in cheap, sweet yellow mustard. In the beer houses and shellfish restaurants where lisboetas feast on seafood, the meal is often finished off with a prego.


Seek out the best places for fish

Ramiro – The quality at this legendary seafood restaurant is amazing; you need to queue but it’s worth it. Remember to finish your meal with a prego. (Avenida Almirante Reis 1).

Sol e Pesca is a colourful fishing tackle shop that has become a bar selling all kinds of tinned fish. Open a tin here and then, and eat the contents with bread and a glass of wine or beer alongside. (Rua Nova do Carvalho 44).


Visit a food market 

There’s the Mercado da Ribeira, which is one of the oldest food markets in Lisbon, Mercado Biologico de Principe Real, which is my favourite farmer’s market or Manteigaria Silva, which is a great place to buy cured meats from different areas of Portugal. Stand at one of the old barrels eating your selection, or ask for them to vacuum-pack it to take away.

Mercado de Ribeira, Avenida 24 de Julho

Mercado Biologico de Principe Real, Jardim de Principe Real

Manteigaria Silva, Rua Dom Antão Almada 1



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