Must-see restaurants in Portugal

  • A Grelha

    Sagres

    More appealing on the inside than out, with bright paper tablecloths and terrazzo floors, this simple spot is a decent bet for budget-priced grilled…

  • Copo e Meio

    Braga

    This swanky, gourmet tapas bar-restaurant with two cute upstairs stone dining rooms and a streetside deck gets packed with local moneyed types. Come for…

  • A Merendeira

    Setúbal Peninsula

    This cafe on the main drag serves merendeiras (wood-fired oven-baked sandwiches with chorizo, beef or cod), and filling daily soups and desserts. Cash…

  • Restaurante Dallas

    The Douro

    This unpretentious restaurant south of town specialises in grilled lamb, veal and pork, with a few traditional Portuguese codfish dishes thrown in for…

  • Salão de Chá Lusitana

    Braga

    Next to sweet-smelling Jardim de Santa Bárbara, this sunny, well-preserved art deco tearoom is a local favourite with all, but especially ladies who lunch.

  • Baiana

    Madeira

    This restaurant on the square in Vila Baleia is a convenient, popular and informal place where the large portions of seafood come particularly recommended.

  • Mercado Municipal

    Braga

    Packed with vendors of fresh produce, meats and cheeses, Braga's covered market buzzes on weekdays and Saturday mornings, and is ideal for self-caterers.

  • Lusitana

    The Douro

    Roasted veal, stewed tripe and roasted kid goat are the house specialities at this traditional Portuguese restaurant with a pretty riverside terrace.

  • Caximar

    The Douro

    For tasty seafood in a modern, unfussy place with tables overlooking the crashing waves, head to the beach, 2km north of Forte São João Baptista.

  • Il Pizzarium

    Parque das Nações

    Facing the Torre Vasco da Gama, this neat little Italian job is a kid-friendly pitstop for pizza and pasta. There's a terrace for warm-day dining.

  • Mercado Municipal

    Évora

    You can pick up cheeses, olives, smoked meats, fruit and vegetables at the municipal market. There's a small cafe near the southern end.

  • Pimenta Preta

    Carvoeiro

    Outdoor tables overlook the pool (romantically illuminated by night) at this upmarket resort restaurant with seasonally changing menus.

  • Pastelaria São Paulo

    Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês

    If you’re just in town long enough for a cup of something strong and a nibble of something sweet, then search out this bakery.

  • Pastelaria Scala

    The Douro

    The charming wooden booths and tables are almost always crammed with locals who descend for great coffee and better pastries.

  • Leque

    Funchal

    This street cafe serves up inexpensive lunch fare (sandwiches, pastries and soups) and drinks on pretty Praça do Município.

  • Napoli

    Setúbal Peninsula

    Pasta, pizza and great service draw hungry locals to this modern, glass-enclosed Italian joint at Residencial Mar e Sol.

  • Prince Charles Snack Bar

    Funchal

    Typical owner-run cafe opposite the São Pedro Church serving light lunches (sandwiches, soups and pastries) and drinks.

  • Padaria Flor do Guadiana

    Mértola

    Follow the scent of freshly baked bread down to this simple bakery, where you can get rolls and other essentials.

  • Adega Regional de Tenões

    Braga

    For good homemade food near the legendary pilgrimage site of Bom Jesus do Monte, try this traditional tavern.

  • Escondidinho

    The Minho

    Monção’s best pastry shop has tempting freshly baked goods with outdoor tables overlooking the plaza.

  • Mercado Municipal

    The Douro

    Sells Lamego’s famous hams and wines – ideal picnic food. Thursdays are especially busy.

  • Mercado Municipal

    The Douro

    You can get picnic supplies at Amarante's municipal market.

  • Cafe Restaurante Repas

    Évora

    Repas may be nothing special cuisine-wise, but its location with outdoor tables facing the Igreja São Francisco is pleasant. In summer, this is the spot…

  • Chefe Branco

    Faro

    With seafood on display out front, street-side seating and a slightly tacky interior lined with TV screens, this neighbourhood restaurant serves…

  • Café Arcada

    Évora

    This busy, barn-sized cafe is an Évora institution serving coffee, crepes and cakes. You can sit at an outdoor table on the lovely plaza.

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