We often travel to destinations for their food and we are often asked by our guests at Chalet Cannelle for recommendations on places to eat.
Our Where to Eat series includes our top picks of road side stalls to Michelin star spots of luxury and everything in between.
Where is Lisbon?
The vibrant capital city of Portugal is spread over 7 hills and surrounded by the sea. With the Celtics, Romans and Moors all taking their turn in this city, followed by the great sea expeditions to the new world, monarchy and Napoleon, it has an interesting heritage. Lisbon and Porto are two very contrasting cities in the way that Rome is to Bologna. Lisbon is the gritty and energetic hub of Portugal. If you are visiting both cities, we highly recommend the train between the two.
Cervejaria Ramiro – Everywhere we looked, this was the place to eat in Lisbon. No reservations just wait in line…No. I can’t do it. I just can not queue for food. Now I have no idea why everyone says that because you just email them and you can book a table, hurrah! This place is insane. It is huge, 500 covers serving seafood non stop from lunch until 10pm. There are hundreds of people eating and queuing to eat.
Admittedly, even though Anthony Bourdain and Phil Rosenthal (Somebody Feed Phil series on Netflix, brilliant) sat in this restaurant raving and drooling over the seafood, we just thought, yeah it will be nice seafood. We were wrong, it will make you rave and drool. We would go to Lisbon, just to eat here and leave again. You must order the red shrimp.
Ponto Final – Also featured by Anthony and Phil, this restaurant has a stunning location right on the waterfront on the opposite side to the centre of Lisbon. It seemed a bit touristy to me until we had a guest stay and when I mentioned Lisbon she said “you must go to Ponto Final” so that was that. It is a beautiful place for lunch and and the traditional style menu of local fish is super.
Mini Bar Teatro – one of José Avillez’s many restaurants in Lisbon, one of which is the only restaurant in Lisbon to hold 2 Michelin stars. This is his cocktail bar with a cool vibe and inventive, theatrical tapas. There are some bites that are not to be missed – The Caipirinha Belcanto, El Bulli olives & the “Ferrero Rocher” although we adored every bite. (There is also one in Porto)
And don’t forget the Pasteis de Natas / Portuguese Tarts!