Lisbon Cuisine is very fresh and diversified, rich of local ingredients. Your first stop shoul be the Mercado da Ribeira, the grand city market of Lisbon located in Cais do Sodré. Arrive early in the morning and you will see fresh fish, meats, vegetables, fruits, flowers and all sorts of groceries getting into place for locals to buy. The other option is one of the many district markets of Lisbon, maybe Campo de Ourique is the most atractive but you have others.
Both Mercado da Ribeira and Campo de Ourique were recently renovated so you will also find a food court with a variety of local food from seafood to soups, from steaks to healthy food. Very informal they are a great option for a lunch or a snack.
After discovering all the different fish, seafood, meat cuts, aromatic herbs, vegetables it is time to find your way into Portuguese Cuisine which is simple, earthy and usually heavy! Fish and meat stews, with potatoes. tomato and onion cooked rices with aromatic herbs. Fried baby mackerel fish, bread purée, grilled fish and meat on the charcoal with sea salt are all savoury exemples of local Lisbon food.
Some of the best traditional Portuguese food restaurants in Lisbon are, O Fidalgo, Bacalhoeiro, Cantinho do Bem Estar, Taberna do Vilarinho, Cervejaria Ramiro are great exemples of everyday restaurants. But if you wish to splurge than Gambrinus is the top expression of Traditional Portuguese Cuisine with old fashioned servisse to detail.
For food and wine shopping some of the best places are Manteigaria Silva (Cheeses, Codfish, Bread), Cafés Pereira (Coffee and Tea), Venha Vinho (Wine), Bettina and Nicolo Corallo (Chocolat and Coffee), A Conserveira de Lisboa (Canned Fish) or Espaço Açores (Azores Food).
For the best pastry shops I suggest Versailles, Confeitaria Nacional, Careca, Aloma and Casa dos Pasteis de Belém. For a quick custard pastry Manteigaria is a great pick!
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