Foodie Map of Lisbon
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Imagine, San Francisco but with an aura of the ancient world. The similarities are uncanny – they both have a large, red suspension bridge, old cable cars, and hilly terrain. As a global city with a supreme location by the Atlantic ocean, the seafood is always fresh and the food scene is worth traveling long distances to experience. In this foodie map, I have gathered all my Lisbon favorites. You’ll find coffee shops, cocktail bars, tavernas, ice cream shops, natural wine bars, and fine dining restaurants. Navigate the map easily either by scrolling through the list on the right or by clicking the points on the map. Places are listed in no particular order.
1. Bairro do Avillez
Bairro do Avillez’s Taberna is the informal lunch tavern of celebrity chef José Avillez. This neighborhood restaurant in Chiado is actually five concepts in one. Among other, you’ll find a grocery store here in cooperation with Manteigaria Silva, and a pisco bar with Peruvian cuisine. In the taverna, you don’t want to miss the giant red shrimp, the XL exploding olives, or the spicy horse mackerel cone. Great flavors from the traditional Portuguese cuisine, are presented in a modern way, with elements of molecular cooking.
2. Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata
Manteigaria makes the best pastéis de nata in Lisbon, and without the endless queues of tourists that you'll find at the more famous Pastéis de Belém. Instead, you will see a steady stream of (mostly) locals entering the pastelaria, going in for a quick cup of coffee and a snack before they leave again. There are no seats or tables here, so prepare to lean against the bar counter. As a bonus, you can observe the production happening behind glass walls!
3. Taberna da Rua das Flores
Taberna da Rua das Flores, in the busy Chiado district, has a line forming outside its doors before 12 o'clock midday. If you're lucky to get a seat, bread, olives, and olive oil quickly arrives at your table. Waiters present the daily menu to each set of guests – handwritten on a chalkboard. The food is typical Portuguese, but with a contemporary twist. Wines are local, and you can trust the sommelier's recommendation.
4. Fábrica Coffee Roasters
Fábrica Coffee Roasters is one of the few specialty coffee shops in Lisbon. Founded by the barista Stanislav Benderschi, who started to buy green coffee beans which he roasts himself with a medium-light roasting profile. There's actually two locations, one in Rua das Flores in the Chiado district, and one in Rua das Portas de Santo Antão. The guys also have a coffee truck which they drive around town. In addition to superb espresso-based coffees, this is where you can get your Aeropress or V60 brews.
5. Mini Bar Teatro
Mini Bar Teatro is another of the casual eateries from the two-Michelin-starred Belcanto-chef José Avillez. Also situated in Chiado, specifically in the São Luiz Theatre, this gourmet bar & restaurant serve innovative, artsy, and molecular-style dishes based on top quality Portuguese produce. The ambiance is more intimate, and the music more upbeat, especially closer to the weekends.
6. Os Gazeteiros
Os Gazeteiros is a tavern-style restaurant and natural wine bar situated in Alfama – the historic center of Lisbon. Started by the French musician, David Eyguesier, who decided to become a chef. The menu changes daily, depending on what is available and fresh. There's no à la carte options, only a set menu. Thus, I cannot recommend anything specific, but the kitchen made one of the very few matcha-based desserts I have ever enjoyed. That's impressive!
7. Café Garrett
Café Garrett is a hidden gem in the middle of Lisbon's city center. Situated within the national theatre Doña María II, is a simply decorated, quiet, and relaxed restaurant. Architect-turned chef Leopoldo Garcia Calhau cooks traditional food from the Alentejo region, but with a modern twist and personal style. Don't miss the classic "tomato, tomato, and tomato" or the sardines on toasted bread.
Gambrinus is one of those old-school places which has been preserved and stayed unchanged, almost since its opening in 1936. The all-men wait staff wear stylish dark suits and ties, and make kissing noises to call each others attention. Decorated in dark exotic woods, the restaurants consist of a dining hall with white table cloths, and a more informal bar area. Order the freshly caught shrimps and croquettes! Finish with a siphon coffee.
9. A Ginjinha Espinheira
A Ginjinha Espinheira is a must-visit when in Lisbon. Watch the elder generation as they gather for their morning ritual of a ginja shot – previously rumored to be a cure for all types of illnesses (spoiler: it's not). This classic Portuguese liqueur is made by infusing ginja berries (sour cherries) in fortified wine. A ginjinha is served in a shot glass, either with or without a piece of the cherry fruit.
Tapisco is a restaurant and bar that was recommended to me by local foodies, but it didn't make it into my final eatinerary. However, when we walked past their open window and realized we could stop for a cocktail – we couldn't resist. We enjoyed their signature drink, Príncipe, with Gin Nordés, cucumber, mint & Vermouth Yzaguirre Blanco. If you decide to eat here, you can enjoy Iberian cuisine (Spanish and Portuguese) with dishes made to share.
11. A Cevicheria
A Cevicheria is just a few blocks further down the street from Tapisco, and this place also has a cocktail bar through the window hatch! That's where the similarities end, though. A Cevicheria is easily distinguishable from the other with its huge octopus hanging from the ceiling. As the name indicates, this place is all about the Peruvian ceviche and other South American dishes. Obviously, you're getting a pisco sour.
12. Mú Gelato
Mú Gelato has two branches in the city, and the latest one to open is a hole-in-the-wall store at Rua Dom Pedro V 1 near the park Jardim do Príncipe Real. Roughly fifteen different flavors of proper, artisanal, Italian gelato is available. All made with fresh, natural ingredients. Don't miss the salty pistachio! For an even larger selection, head to the flagship store at Campo Martires da Patria 50.
13. Bettina & Niccolò Corallo
Bettina & Niccolò Corallo is a family-run, bean-to-bar chocolate shop and café. In addition to making their own artisanal chocolate bars, and roasting their own coffee beans, they also make everything-else-chocolate, like brownies, hot chocolate, and most importantly, their famous chocolate sorbet. It consists only of 100% raw cacao, water, and sugar. The consistency is creamy like an ice cream, but softer and silkier, like a mix of mousse and pudding, due to a lower fat content. If you're a chocoholic, this is the place for you, but coffee lovers will not be disappointed either.
Hotel Martinhal Chiado
Hotel Martinhal Chiado is a family hotel, specifically designed for parents with kids who want help to relax and enjoy the city. While that description didn't exactly fit our situation, it certainly was a prime location as a base to explore the city from anyway. Situated in Rua das Flores, in the Chiado district, you're about as smack in the middle of town as you can get. Walk out the door, and you have all the best options in front of you, including Fábrica Coffee Roasters for breakfast. If you do have kids, these guys offer a kindergarten during the day, fully equipped with a playroom and a sleeping area for the toddlers, and they can even organize a nanny to babysit in the evening.
14. Time Out Market
Time Out Market is part of Lisbon's gigantic food hall Mercado da Ribeira – the city's top tourist attraction with more than 3 million visitors per year. In the main room, all sides are occupied by specialty stores, bakeries, pastry shops, and restaurants, while the huge area in the middle is dedicated to seating space. Many of Lisbon's top chefs have opened up an eatery here, and I was happy to find my favorite pastéis de nata shop, Manteigaria, as well! In the next room, you still find the original fruit and vegetable market stalls.
15. PARK Rooftop
PARK Rooftop offers one of the city's best views, and you can enjoy it all with a drink in your hand. As the name suggests, the terrace has been decorated with a lot of plants and trees, but it also stems from the fact that this is the rooftop of a car parking house. Located between the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts, you'll also find yourself next to the beautiful church Igreja de Santa Catarina.
16. The Mill
The Mill is a bit of a hidden gem in Lisbon's coffee scene. A small and beautifully designed venue in the hip street Rua do Poço dos Negros, where they serve excellent espresso-based coffee and simple food Aussie style. Go here to relax or work, or do like us and pop by for a quick caffeine fix in the midst of your city wandering. In the evening, the place turns into a wine bar. Gotto love that combination!
17. Hello Kristof
Hello Kristof is a hipster heaven in Lisbon. Situated just a couple of meters further down the street from the Mill, in the up-and-coming area of Rua do Poço dos Negros, you find a Scandinavian-inspired coffee joint. I was surprised to discover that they actually don't serve Aeropress, V60 or other fancy hand-brewed coffee, but instead focus exclusively on espresso-based drinks. They did, however, have a cold brew! And magazines. Their wall is covered in fashion and lifestyle magazines that you can read while you sip to that perfect macchiato and eat your avocado toast.
18. Gelateria Nannarella
Gelateria Nannarella is considered by most local foodies as the best ice cream shops in Lisbon. Since 2013, this hole-in-the-wall Italian gelateria has served smooth and fluffy gelato made from premium ingredients. It's not too sweet and the texture is just right. You choose either cup or cone, and the size of your serving, and then you're free to pick as many flavors as you want. Nannarella has no seats, but ice cream is supposed to be eaten fast anyway.
19. Copenhagen Coffee Lab
Copenhagen Coffee Lab is an attempt to bring "hygge" and the Copenhagen vibe, with its coffee scene and food culture, to Lisbon – and the Danish owners succeed with that to a certain degree. For sure, this is one of the few places in town where you can get a proper light-roasted, hand-brewed cup of Aeropress coffee. However, the cinnamon buns could need some more work to properly represent Scandinavia.
LOCO is a one-Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant with a modern dining room and seven tables that all face the open kitchen. The big menu (LOCO) is divided into 18 moments, while the smaller (Discover) has 14. Both are split into four parts: snacks, bread, main courses, and desserts. Although the setup is familiar, the meal is constructed to surprise you. Guests are not told the menu in advance, and not everyone around the table will necessarily get the same dishes. Not only do they accommodate allergies, but even dislikes! Chef Alexandre Silva uses mainly local produce, but the cooking is more experimental than traditional, and the presentation and style reminded me more of a New Nordic restaurant than a Portuguese.
21. LX Factory
LX factory is the former industrial site turned hipster cool urban area in Lisbon. Restaurants, wine bars, bookshops, designer stores, cocktail bars, and cafés occupy the large space in the district of Alcântara. Grab a beer inside the refurbished, graffiti-painted ruins of the old textile manufacturing complex and enjoy a spectacular view of the gigantic highway bridge that runs straight above your head.
22. Pastéis de Belém
Pastéis de Belém is Lisbon's most famous and, without comparison, the most visited pastel de nata shop. According to local sources, as much as 30.000 egg tart pastries leave the oven here every day. From the shop opens in the early morning at 10 o'clock, the queues are endless until they close again in the evening. The tiny shop front hides a much larger seating area than you'd expect inside, consisting of multiple rooms with a total of several hundred seats.
23. À Margem
À Margem is a natural wine bar in the Belém area, where you can drink naturally fermented grape juices paired with ham and cheese or other simple dishes. Walk by the wonderful Belém Tower on your way there, sit and watch the local fishermen as they hope for good luck, and enjoy the spectacular view of the Lisbon sunset towards the 25 de Abril "Golden Gate"-like bridge.
Feitoria is a one-Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant located inside the Altis Belem Hotel & Spa. If you really want to indulge in all of the wonderful, freshly caught seafood from Atlantic ocean that is available in Lisbon – this is your place. A typical tasting menu will include cuttlefish, various crustaceans, and locally caught fish. They have a classic duck press, but they use it instead for the giant red Scarlet shrimps!