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Where to eat in Lisbon

Where to eat in Lisbon?

Lisbon is becoming increasingly popular these days. I first went there five years ago with my parents and it was with much delight that I decided to go back with my boyfriend. I was looking forward to showing him how beautiful, welcoming and surprisingly underrated Lisbon is. We had a great time, sunny weather – perhaps slightly too hot – and we were lucky not to be disappointed by any of our meals.

The range of food and drink is very wide, with many restaurants serving local dishes, using locally sourced ingredients. That means a lot of fresh fish, especially bacalao(codfish), but also sardinhas (sardines), pulpo (octopus) and lulas (calamari).

Here’s a list of places that I recommend. Click on the name of the restaurant and it’ll take you to Google Maps.

My favourite restaurant! They grill fish and meat of different kinds. I tried calamari which came with potatoes, olive oil and lemon. It was so tasty…words don’t do it justice! My boyfriend had cod. In addition to the quality of the food, the service was kind and friendly; the owner so proud of his food and the restaurant! We finished with my beloved mousse au chocolat and everything, including a small bottle of wine, came to just €30.

A young, trendy restaurant with a menu that combines tradition with a bit of innovation. You can get a good bottle of wine for €10, which is a bonus point. We had the goat cheese in filo pasty, the marinated prawns and a codfish dish served in a kind of pea soup, we finished with a pannacotta.

We went for dinner on our first night in the narrow streets of Bairro Alto. We tried the octopus and the pimientos verdes with two glasses of wine, bread and olives. I loved the modern design of this restaurant and the kind waiters who explained the difference between the wines on offer.

You can’t go to Lisbon and not try the traditional Pastel de Nata, a sweet delicious tart you’ll find all over the city, thousands are baked everyday but this place is where it was first created by the monks of the Jeronimos Monastery (which you must visit). Hence why you’ll find crowds of people from all over the word queuing here for a box of these delicious tarts. Skip the queue and go inside, there are hundreds of tables. You can have a coffee and try all the pasteis de nata you want for a very reasonable price.

I went here five years earlier and it has now become a very popular place. It is recommended by Lonely Planet, which is obviously a great way for places like this to gain exposure. They make cheap kebabs and vegetarian pittas, in front of you and with the ingredients you want. Warning: you’ll get your hands dirty!

A very popular place, located close to Cais do Sodre. It’s an indoor market with lots of food stands where you order your food, pay and they give you a little gadget that vibrates when your food is ready. You then have to find a place to sit among the long crowded tables in the middle of the market. Try to go in the off-peak hours (e.g. after 10) and try one of the counters that belongs to four famous Portuguese chefs where you can try a Michelin-starred meal for less than €20.

A traditional restaurant offering traditional dishes. We tried the Cataplana, a fish soup for two with prawns, tomatoes, clams. We had half a bottle of wine, bread, olives and a ‘crema catalana’ for around €40.

If you are on the hunt for a Portuguese wine tasting experience, look no further. The owner speaks English well and will do his best to find a wine that you like. He lets you taste three different options before you decide which one you want to have a glass of. You can also suggest the price you’re willing to pay – we said we didn’t want to spend more than €6 per glass. Along with the wine we also enjoyed some tasters of three Portuguese olive oils with bread, salt, olives and homemade preserves.

 

That’s it! I hope you found this helpful. If you’re planning your next getaway I hope you’ll give this city a chance. You won’t be disappointed!

xxx

Silvia

4 Things I loved about Prague

4 Things I loved about Prague (with pics)

I recently went to Prague with my boyfriend for a couple of days. None of us had been there before but both our families had so we knew it could be nice short getaway for us. This was our first proper holiday together, so of course we wanted it to be special. Needless to say we didn’t regret our choice!

I was lucky to find a convenient holiday package with British Airways — I’d never thought to book through them but do check out their offers — which included the flight and a 4-night stay.

Our hotel was amazing and we highly recommend it if it fits your budget (see here). We had a huge breakfast everyday, ample fuel for long walks around the city.

I had read a travel guide prior to leaving so I had a good idea of what would be worth visiting. But as always, it’s good just to walk around and discover new things by yourself.

Prague is relatively small so it’s easy to get to most places on foot. Their public transport is also pretty cheap when compared to most European cities.

Here are some pictures I took and the 4 things I loved the most about the Czech capital. Just a little disclosure: I don’t have great photography skills, so consider these as standard holiday snaps.

The buildings4 Things I loved about Prague

I love architecture and I love looking at old and interesting buildings whenever I go. I often just imagine them being my home and think about what my life would like inside.

Prague has some amazing and elegant buildings, most of which are located in the old Jewish quarter which went from being a more impoverished part of the city to the richest one after being rebuilt in the late 19th century.

There are bits of great architecture all over Prague, of course, you just need to look up while you walk.

Here are some examples. Aren’t they pretty?

 

 

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How cheap the beer is

Prague is fairly cheap and it’s perfect for a holiday on a budget. We knew we were going to take advantage of the fact that the beer is very cheap, I’d say it’s easy to find places which sell Pilsner for less than 2 € for 500ml (or a pint for you Brits), which I’d say is a steal.

There are countless breweries and Czech pubs where you can try different beers and the famous national ones like Budweiser (not the American one though!) or Pilsner Urquell.

I recommend a place called Beer Museum which was fun because you can drink a sample of up to 10 beers from a list of over 30. If you do go to Prague, I’d suggest staying away from the bars in the main squares as they are clearly going to try and rip you off.

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The history

Prague has such an interesting history, and I imagine a lot of people aren’t familiar with it. We chose to go on a walking tour and learned tons of things we didn’t know before or perhaps had just glossed over in school.

There were plenty of opportunities to learn more about the Czech people and about the events that made them who they are today, especially some of the major episodes over the last century. The tales of the Nazi occupation and the Communist era are truly fascinating.

4 Things I loved about Prague

4 Things I loved about Prague

The peace

Even though Prague was packed with tourists, and that is one of the downsides, I felt a sense of peace and I found it to be very relaxed and safe.

We were never out ridiculously late, it’s not the place to go if you want rip-roaring night life, but what I mean is that there isn’t a huge amount of traffic, you’re surrounded by people, and the atmosphere is relatively calm.

I think Prague is a very romantic city and being there with my other half was beyond words. A holiday I’ll never forget.

4 Things I loved about Prague

Have you ever been to Prague? Did you like my pictures?

Wish you all a lovely day!

xx

Silvia

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