Those who are going to study abroad know perfectly well that there is something they cannot miss on their time abroad: food.
If Lisbon is your home for the next semester abroad, I bet you want to know some cheap places in Lisbon where you can eat delicious meals.
With so many options of restaurants and cafes that the city has to offer, it’s hard not want to go to everywhere. There are options for all the bellies: from the oldest café in town to the most modern one, from the fanciest restaurant to the cheapest one or from Portuguese to Asian cuisine.
Despite the enormous variety of places to eat in Lisbon, we know that one of the factors that weighs the most on the students’ choice, is the fact that it is budget-friendly. That’s why we have gathered in this article 6 cheap (on a maximum of €12.5 per meal) but incredibly delicious places to eat in the city of Lisbon.
1. For Breakfast – A Padaria Portuguesa
Average price per person: €4
Location: Praça Luís de Camões (also in other locations)
Who doesn’t want to start their day in one of the most beautiful places in Lisbon – Chiado, in case you were wondering – and eat a delicious breakfast? I would never say no to such a proposal.
Besides having a café in almost every corner of the city of Lisbon, the quality-price ratio of A Padaria Portuguesa becomes quite advantageous for any student’s wallet.
2. For Brunch – Amélia
Average price per person: €10
Location: Campo de Ourique
Are you one of those people who can’t eat breakfast but, in the middle of the morning is already hungry for lunch? If so, brunch is for you!
Café Amélia is one of the most known places in Lisbon, where you can have a brunch, for only €15. However, in case you want to choose your own brunch, the dishes recommended by Amélia are the Eggs Amélia and the Veggie Burger.
If you try these while you are visiting Lisbon, make sure you tell us what you decided to eat!
3. For Lunch – The Green Affair
Average price per person: €10
Location: Saldanha or Chiado
If you’re wondering, yes, this is a veggie burger!
In order to please every one of our readers, I decided to put in this article a vegetarian restaurant. With a lunch menu for only €9.95, it’s possible to eat an extremely delicious meal, with a starter, main course and drink included.
If you are skeptical about vegetarian cuisine, give this restaurant a chance. I believe it will automatically change your mind.
4. For Ice Cream – Gelato Davvero
Average price per person: €3
Location: Santos (also in other locations)
Lunch can only be complete when it’s topped off with a dessert, right? And what better dessert than ice cream? Only Gelato Davvero.
With its own production and more than 40 flavours available daily, I dare to say that this is one of the best ice cream shops in Lisbon.
Here you will not find the traditional ice cream flavours. Instead, you will find the most different but delicious ones: from lime to strawberry cheesecake, caramel to hazelnut brownie, from clementine to basil flavours.
With so many delicious options, it could become difficult to decide just for one flavour, right? But no! In Gelato Davvero, you pay for the cup size and you get to try, at least, 3 flavours. Aren’t these delicious news?
5. For Dinner – Madpizza
Average price per person: €12.5
Location: Saldanha (also in other locations)
I couldn’t leave out of this article an Italian restaurant. But this one comes with a twist: these are healthy pizzas!
Madpizza distinguishes itself by being the first Portuguese brand of healthy pizzas. It uses wholemeal flour in the pizzas’ dough and these are made in a wood oven. An authentic trip to Italy.
Besides differentiating itself in the way pizzas are made, the beauty of the restaurants is also another differentiating point, which makes it worth being a restaurant on your list of cheap places to eat in Lisbon. Do you feel like trying it?
6. For Pastel de Nata – Manteigaria
Average price per person: €2.5
Location: Cais do Sodré (also in other locations)
I don’t know if I consider this an image from heaven or from hell. But oh boy, I feel like eating one already!
Who comes to Portugal and doesn’t eat a Pastel de Nata, is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope! So, if you are studying abroad in Lisbon, you must definitely try one of these.
There is a big controversy over which is the best place to eat a Pastel de Nata in Lisbon. But, putting this conflict aside, Manteigaria is a great place to go to eat these wonderful portuguese custard tarts.
With so many options of cheap places to eat in Lisbon, do you know where you want to start? Try not to taste them all in one day 😉
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