Portuguese Food

by, Luisa Gomes


Portuguese food: are you visiting Lisbon during 3 days? Do not forget to try some Portuguese specialities otherwise you will not have a truly local experience.

What are the musts you cannot go back home without tasting?

Chamuças – it is originally from India; it is made with chicken and curry but there are also some vegetarian versions.

Ameijoas à Bolhão Pato – clams with garlic, parsley, and olive oil. It is a perfect option for a snack. It is a hot day have it with Vinho Verde (green wine).

Bifana – a pork stake fried in a special sauce, served in a bread roll. Do not forget to add mustard.

Pastel de Bacalhau – Cod fish Cake – The Portuguese love it as a starter or a snack, the original version does not have a cheese filling. It can also be served as a main course with tomato rice and green salad.

Grilled sardines if summertime – it is a Portuguese experience that you should not miss. Served with boiled potatoes and a salad. Just be careful because it has scales and bones that need to be removed.

Grilled fish – Portugal has a big variety of good fish. Try seabass or golden bream, they are delicious!

Arroz de Marisco – We love rice and we eat more than any other European. One of the best options is seafood rice, it has a combination of several types of shellfish and fish.

Carne de Porco à Alentejana – pork meat with fried potatoes and clams. It is a speciality from, the Alentejo region in the south of Portugal.

Doces conventuais – It means conventual sweets because the recipes were originally from convents or monasteries. Very sweet made of sugar, egg yolk and sometimes almonds.


Pastel de Nata – The most famous Portuguese cake. It is a custard tart. Try it with a coffee and do not forget to sprinkle it with cinnamon!

Cheeses – Portuguese cheeses are not known abroad but we have great cheeses.  Serra cheese, from the mountains area, it is a soft cheese or Azeitão cheese similar but smaller in size and normally served as an appetizer. If you prefer stronger flavours, there is Ilha cheese from the Azores islands or Serpa cheese from the Alentejo.

Wines – It is a sin to leave Portugal without tasting Portuguese wines, there are many different regions you should not miss Douro (North of Portugal) and Alentejo (South of Portugal).
You can not go back home without tasting Ginginha, the cherry liquor, if you are a chocolate lover you have the option of drink it in chocolate cup it is a delicious the combination and it is zero waste.

On a 3-hour walking tour on the city centre with one of our certified tour guides you may learn about the history, the culture and our gastronomy.