If we had to recommend only one food experience to have while traveling to Lisbon, we would without hesitation tell you to try the legendary Pastéis de Belem; but this would be like advising you to visit the Eiffel Tower when in Paris. The point of this post is to share great « must-try » addresses that you may not find in a mainstream tourist guide, but are absolutely worth testing. Here are Lisbon’s 7 deadly sins: Gluttony, gluttony, gluttony…
This small store that recently opened in Baixa-Chiado is ENTIRELY dedicated to Nutella. Here, you will be able to celebrate this legendary hazelnut/chocolate spread through a large choice of options : crepes, churros, ice-creams, waffles, etc. Did we mention they also have a chocolate kebab ? True story.
2. Hamburgueria do Bairro
One of the best hamburgers in Lisbon, but also one of its cheapest. Their first restaurant opened recently, but the success was such that they now have 7 different spots in and around Lisbon.
-The « pros » : large and original variety of burgers, including several vegetarian options. Great fries, served with a savoury spicy-mayo sauce.
-Their « cons » : victim of its own popularity, Hamburgueria do Bairro often has a long waiting line as its restaurants are way too small compared to the demand.
3. O melhor bolo de chocolate do mundo
Everything is in the name (= The best chocolate cake in the world). 3 layers of sin : crispy chocolate merengue, french-chocolate mousse and ganache chocolate icing, for a final result of 70% of cacao for the dark version and 53% for the traditional one. Initially a small local creation, this chocolate cake became its own brand and is now sold internationally.
4. Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau
These cod-fish and cheese fritters are currently at the centre of a huge national controversy (yes, Portuguese people take pasteis de bacalhau very seriously…). The reason? Located in the touristic city centre and obviously targeting foreigners, the store opened one month ago and is already selling around 1000 pasteis per day… Many locals expressed their irritation claiming that these small cakes are offensive to the Portuguese gastronomy. According to them, mixing bacalhau with Serra cheese and selling it as a supposed traditional product (for 3.45€ each) is close to obscenity. But guilty pleasures are the best, aren’t they?
Yes, as crazy as it may sound, this restaurant proposes to experience sushi-cakes, literally. The concept is based on the idea of eating sushi in a different way – by slice. Each cake is made of several layers of rice, salmon, wasabi, or a large variety of other combinations. Of course, you can still get a regular sushi menu there if you’re not the adventurous type, but you would miss out on a great culinary experiment.
This fancy pastry is dedicated to the iconic French dessert – l’éclair – and it gives you the possibility to try one of its many handmade gourmet declinations : strawberry-pistachio, crumble, rose-litchi, speculoos, and many more. It’s best to go with several friends, because choosing just one is a torture.
For Portuguese people, Santini is almost as classic as the pasteis de Belem. This reference Portuguese ice-cream chain was born in 1949 and is largely considered as the best in the country. Their sorbets – whose recipe remains a well-kept secret – taste truly amazing as they are made in a very artisanal way using natural and high-quality ingredients only.
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