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A Foodie’s Guide to Lisbon

It's not all custard tarts in Portugal's capital city. In the last few years, Lisbon has undergone a foodie reinvention, branching out from its classic cuisine to new, high-end gourmet restaurants. Of course, for traditionalists, there are still lots of tascas and tabernas serving the classics but its Lisbon’s new foodie revolution that’s got everyone talking.

Elegance and luxury at Largo Restaurant ££

Largo Restaurant Rua Serpa Pinto, 10 1200-224, Lisboa + 351 2 1347 7225 largo.pt

A favourite among locals, Largo has a modern, sophisticated design with a great atmosphere. Known for its outstanding customer service, the restaurant’s interior is elegant and spacious with a high ceiling and built-in aquariums. The menu offers a range of contemporary Portuguese dishes with specialties such as the ‘Bisaro Suckling Pig’ and the ‘Scarlet Shrimp and Foie Gras’. One foodie blogger recommends Largo’s venison - tenderloin smothered in shiitake mushroom, served with foie gras sauce and pine nuts.

Pastry through the ages at Confeitaria Nacional - ££

Confeitaria Nacional Praça da Figueira, 18B 1100 – 241, Lisboa + 351 2 1324 3000, confeitarianacional.com

One of Lisbon’s traditional pastry shops, Confeitaria Nacional has a lengthy history, having been around since 1829. At weekends, this pastry shop can become really busy so make sure you get there early. A great place to go for breakfast, specialities include Portuguese sweet bread with coconut filling and spiral roll with preserved fruits. With an inviting interior, the shop has an upstairs area as well, which may come as a surprise after stepping into the tiny main floor. With a great selection of teas and coffees, this place has charm and the staff behind the pastry counter are very helpful. What’s more, the shop is full of interesting letters and memorabilia.

Sea views at the Azenhas Do Mar Restaurant - ££

Restaurante Piscina Azenhas do Mar Azenhas do Mar 2705-104, Colares - Sintra + 351 2 1928 0739 azenhasdomar.com

A restaurant worth visiting even if only for the atmosphere, Azenhas Do Mar is built into the surrounding rocks of Colares and offers mesmerising views over the Atlantic Ocean. Even on a calm day, the ocean provides a dramatic setting to an afternoon lunch or evening meal. With an impressive seafood menu, including baby lobster and giant scarlet shrimps, this restaurant is a must for any foodie visiting Lisbon. The restaurant’s specialities include Lagareiro Cod, Octopus cooked in charcoal and fillet of Lobster risotto with shrimp and basÌlico, not to mention the best homemade lemonade in Lisbon.

A real taste of Portugal on the Lisbon Food and Wine Tour ££

Lisbon Culinary Experience Food and Wine Tour Catavino Head Office Rambla Sant Nebridi, 45, 5.4 Terrassa Spain 08222 + 44 (0) 2081 4421 75 catavino.net/tour/lisbon-food-wine-tour/

If you want to experience real Portuguese cuisine from a native perspective, then the Lisbon Food and Wine Tour is for you. The tour begins with coffee and pastries at a local pasteleria where you’ll learn about the history of Portuguese coffee and the origins of Portuguese pastry making. Afterwards, a visit to a local bakery will teach you about the different types of bread baked in Portugal and then a trip to an open mercado will show you some of the ingredients used in traditional cuisine. The tour ends with a visit to a local tasca for lunch and is provided by a graduate and a former Senior Tour Guide from The Culinary Institute of America.