There are plenty of opportunities for some great food & drink in Lisbon, especially at the Time Out Market. I recently spent a long weekend in the beautiful Portuguese capital, check out my recommendations of where to grab a glass of fizz or a bite to eat:
Time Out Market
A short walk from the Praça do Comércio, down by the river, is the old Mercado Da Riberia market selling fresh food and flowers each morning. Adjoined, in the other half of this giant warehouse, is a new bustling food court supported by Time Out Lisbon. Bringing together some of the city’s best chefs and most popular restaurants under one roof, this place is sure to get your mouth watering. Grab a delicious meal from any of the permanent stalls (around 8€ for hot mains) and take a seat at the huge communal tables. Make sure you’ve done a lap to check out everything that’s on offer before deciding!
(Tip: go back round for ice cream from Santini after lunch)
Time Out Market / Mercado Da Ribeira Av. 24 de Julho 49, Portugal
Pasteis de Nata
No trip to Portugal would be complete without a Portuguese Tart or two!Available at pretty much every bakery and cafe, these little yellow delights, ‘Pasteis de Nata’ are displayed in all the windows. (Tip: don’t queue for ages at Pasteis de Belem they are just as yummy all over the city, make sure you have more than one!)
If you want a cool rooftop bar experience in Lisbon try Park bar. On the roof of a multi-storey car park in Barrio Alto, this place is a challenge to find but worth it for the view. Don’t expect a seat, it’s always busy with locals and hipster holiday-makers alike, but the cocktails are good and early Saturday evening vibes are great for starting your night on the tiles. (Tip: the mojitos are excellent and a gin & tonic comes in the traditional huge glasses)
Park Calçada do Combro, 58
One of the best things about Lisbon is its pretty cobbled streets – although they can be steep at times! We came across some charming little bars and restaurants just by walking around exploring – and any excuse to stop for a drink. This little place was down a pink street, with tables set out on the steps. We just stopped for a glass of bubbly (3€ each) and to listen to the little birds!
(Tip: the tapas here looked great, wish we’d stayed for food)
Mesón Andaluz Travessa do Alecrim, 4
After a hot afternoon walking there’s nothing better than some gelato to cool you down! Lisbon has some cool gelato / ice cream shops and Gelato Devvero was no exception. Overwhelmed by the choice of flavours I settled on salted caramel, coconut and Nutella scoops. Delicious!
(Tip: sit outside on the sweet wooden bench in the window and watch the world go by)
Gelato Davvero Praca De Sao Paulo 1
To Burger or Not To Burger?
Sometimes you just need a good burger and this place didn’t disappoint. To B. or To Burger or Not To Burger, was a great place for a quick tasty dinner. Friendly service, seats outside and cute branding!
(Tip: get a gin basil cocktail for 5.50€ – its delicious)
To.B R. Capelo, 24
Lisbon is famous for it’s sardines – they were everywhere in these colourful tins. Definitely not for me though!
Whilst I’m travelling I love to use the Foursquare app to look up restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood. It’s great to see other people’s tips and reviews. My list for Lisbon is right here including the Time Out Market foursquare.com/laurahmushrooms/list/lisbon – you can also see some other cool places I didn’t have the time to get to.
Have you any top tips on places to grab a bite in Lisbon?