Must-see restaurants in Portugal

  • Baiana


    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


    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.

  • Pastelaria Maria


    Look for the bright blue door of this tiny bakery, which whips up the best pasteis de Chaves (flaky turnovers filled with ground meat) in town.

  • 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.

  • Adega Típica 25 Abril

    Baixo Alentejo

    Packed to the basket-lined rafters with locals, this cavernous, rustic adega (wine tavern) serves typical food, with good daily specials.

  • Mercado Municipal


    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


    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.

  • Leque


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

  • Pastelaria Scala

    The Douro

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

  • Prince Charles Snack Bar


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

  • Napoli

    Setúbal Peninsula

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

  • Padaria Flor do Guadiana


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

  • Adega Regional de Tenões


    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.

  • Nova Pompeia


    This large bright cafe and bakery serves omelettes and light meals at reasonable prices.

  • Mercado Municipal

    The Douro

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

  • Mercado Municipal


    Self-caterers can stock up on rural produce at the market.

  • Can the Can

    Baixa & Rossio

    The pick of the touristy restaurants facing Lisbon's biggest plaza, Can the Can does what it says on the tin – paying homage to the humble canned fish in…

  • Varanda do Alentejo

    Alto Alentejo

    This place serves up lots of pork-based regional specialities, which you can enjoy with a sangria on the terrace. You’ll also find two dozen or so classic…

  • O Poeiras Restaurante

    Alto Alentejo

    Step into this cheerfully tiled eatery for satisfying plates of Alentejan cuisine that won't break the bank. Standout dishes include frango assada …

  • Restaurante Alentejano

    Baixo Alentejo

    This lively local eatery is a good bet for filling Alentejan plates of roasted pork or cod dishes. Its plain exterior hides a dapper but relaxed interior…

  • Cafe Restaurante Repas


    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


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

  • Adega do Isaías

    Alto Alentejo

    This rustic tasca (tavern), serves up decent fish, meat and Alentejan specialities amid a cellar-like ambience, crammed with huge wine jars.

  • Café Arcada


    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.

  • Mercado Municipal


    It’s a longish walk to this rather antiseptic market behind the câmara municipal.

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