Food lover’s guide to Lisbon: Local restaurants and must-visit bars

The Portuguese capital’s culinary offering rivals that of London, Copenhagen or Paris

For decades Portugal has been one of the most popular destinations for Irish tourists, however, in the last five years the masses have landed in Lisbon specifically seeking out its food and drink. “New Iberian” could well take up the mantle from “new Nordic”, and the Portuguese capital can compete with London, Dublin, Copenhagen or Paris with its culinary offering, particularly around the fine casual sphere, led by young chefs championing Portuguese produce and cuisine in contemporary ways.

Destination tables

Lisbon’s Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré areas seem pretty sleepy until dusk and then come into their own throughout the night, while the central Baixa/Chiado districts represent the tourist and shopping hotbed. However, we suggest looking everywhere to the east of Praça do Comerçio. The neighbourhoods of Alfama, Graça, Mouraria and Martim Moniz represent the more exciting, locally-oriented areas for dining and drinking.

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