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Food Guide Lisbon: Best international restaurants

Carolina Marouvo

When you arrive in Lisbon, all you hear about is related to the amazing Portuguese gastronomy. Pastel de nata, bacalhau (codfish) and polvo à lagareiro (an octopus receipt) are that kind of expressions that become familiar to your new life. However, after trying all the portuguese goodies, we recommend to visit the foreign food restaurants this city offers.

As Lisbon is nowadays one of the most cosmopolitan capitals of Europe. You will find an enormous variety of international restaurants – that fit all tastes and pockets. We listed below five restaurants where you will find amazing foreign food on a student budget.

Pistola & Corazón (Mexican food)

Nice staff, great music and the Portugal’s largest collection of Tequila and Mezcal. At this restaurant in the heart of Cais do Sodré you’ll find delicious tacos, nachos con guacamole, burritos and other traditional Mexicans’ dishes. You also have the chance to try exclusive creations of the restaurant, such as “El Patron” – a grilled fillet mignon over a beans and tomato salsa, finished with a chili ancho and onion marmalade.

For a great dinner, you’ll spend around 15‎€ per person. They do not accept reservations.

Address: Rua da Boavista, 16

Italy Caffe Ristoranti (Italian food)

You have probably seen some videos where people mix the pasta inside a very big cheese. Are you like me and always wanted to try this fine dish? Italy Caffe is your place. Considered one of the best italian restaurants in the city, it’s  located in the neighbourhood of Saldanha, it has a romantic ambient and a perfect terrace to relax in, at the end of the day.

The price for two people is around 35€ and reservations are recommended.  

Address: Avenida Duque D’Avila, 26B R/C

Cantinho do Aziz (Mozambican food)

This restaurant has been serving innovative and exclusive dishes for over 35 years at Mouraria, a historical region of the city.

You’ll find options various options, meats, fish, and shellfish. Don’t miss the Chamussas, an option of starter that offers both, meat and vegetarian options. And if you enjoy spicy flavours, we recommend  their Piri piri, (or the African Devil) – a traditional (very) hot sauce added optionally to most of their dishes. 

A dinner for two is around 25€.

Address: Rua de S. Lourenço 5

Dona Beija (Brazilian food)

The restaurant tries to bring a little bit of Brazil to Lisbon. The amazing feijoada and picanha, and some new flavours from different regions of the country.

On Thursdays and Saturdays, don’t miss the Brazilian live music that starts at 8 pm. The evenings are always well accompanied by the most famous Brazilian drink: caipirinhas. It’s also a good place to refresh yourself with a really cold draft beer – Brazilian style.

For a full dinner for two is around 25€.

Address: Av. Duque de Loulé 22B

Fenícios Restaurante (Lebanese food)

This restaurant, located at Marquês do Pombal neighbourhood and it serves the good-old Lebanese cuisine – considered one of the healthiest in the world. You’ll find some options that include meat and fish combined to a variety of vegetables and traditional spices.

One of the most famous dishes is the Kebbé Maklieh – a lamb tartare with cracked wheat shell, onion and olive oil. The owners of this restaurant are a family who’s been living in Lisbon for almost three decades.

A lunch for two should move around 20€. Dinners are more expensive.

Address: Rua do Conde de Redondo, 141A, Marquês de Pombal

These are enough restaurants for a good start in Lisbon. We hope you enjoy them as much as we are sure you’ll enjoy the portuguese cuisine.


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