Lisbon street food doesn’t typically come on wheels, but in long-standing establishments and revamped indoor markets.
When we think of street food, we think of vintage food trucks and hot dogs in buns. In Portugal, it’s all about the cafés and pastelarias (pastry shops). Choosing what to eat can be intimidating at first, but fear not—we’re here to tell you all about the Lisbon street food scene and where locals go to get it.
1. Pão com chouriço (chorizo bread)
Pão com chouriço is one of the most delicious snacks made in Lisbon. Portuguese bread is tasty on its own, but when you stuff it with bits of chorizo, it gets even better! You can find it in pretty much every café in Lisbon, but the best ones are cooked in a traditional terracotta oven and served warm.
Where to get it: Merendeira is Lisbon’s signature establishment for pão com chouriço. Open from 10 a.m. to 7 a.m. this is where locals go for a late night snack.
2. Prego (beef sandwich)
Prego can mean two things in Portuguese, a nail or the local beef sandwich. I guess you know which one we’re talking about here. Most places in Lisbon let you choose if you want prego no pão (on bread) or prego no prato (on a plate). The first one can come with mustard or hot sauce, and the other with a side of fries, rice or salad.
Where to get it: Rui dos Pregos serves one of the best pregos in town. The bread version doesn’t come with any toppings, but that’s okay since you can apply your own and be as generous as you want! Prego da Peixaria serves different prego variations made with chicken and even Wagyu meat.
3. Bifana (pork sandwich)
Bifana is a traditional Portuguese sandwich made with pork fillets. The best bifanas come with big chunks of garlic on top, but you can also get them without it if you’re not a garlic fan. Locals usually pair a bifana with a cold imperial, aka a small beer. This sandwich is so famous that even McDonald’s has its own McBifana.
4. Salgados (pastéis de bacalhau, rissóis, and croquetes)
You can find salgados (savory treats) in all the Portuguese cafés and family get-togethers. Here at Devour Lisbon, we love the pastéis de bacalhau (codfish cakes), the rissóis de camarão (shrimp turnovers) and the croquetes (croquettes).
Moms make the best salgados. Unfortunately, we can’t all have a Portuguese mom, so you’ll have to trust our tips.
Where to get it: Every café in Lisbon serves salgados, including the popular chain Padaria Portuguesa.
For pastéis de bacalhau, we recommend the Olhó Bacalhau inside the Time Out Market. Note that you’ll probably hear about Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau, but it’s a bit pricey there!
For croquetes, you can try the meat ones at Gambrinus or choose your favorite filling at Croqueteria.
For the rissóis, the bifana café O Trevo is a good option.
5. Portuguese Pastries
The Portuguese love our sweets, so we had to include them on the list. We already shared our favorite places to eat pastéis de nata, the delicious Portuguese custard tarts. But there’s a whole range of pastries worth trying in Lisbon. Just visit the nearest pastelaria and feast your eyes on the counter!
Where to get them: Just like the salgados, you can order pastries from any local café. If you’re looking for a unique experience though, try the Pastelaria Versailles, which is heaven for pastry lovers.
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Street Food Trucks in Lisbon:
- Mister Tapas (Belém) – They serve tapas with a Portuguese twist.
- Berlineta (Oriente & others) – For a taste of the Bolas de Berlim, a doughnut-like pastry stuffed with an egg cream.
- Madame Gaufre (Estrela) – Set in front of Jardim da Estrela, Madame Gaufre serves the best Belgian gaufres in Lisbon.
- Maria Limão (Senhora do Monte Viewpoint) – Maria Limão offers delicious crepes and lemonades. They have a proper café in Graça now, but it all started as a food truck in one of Lisbon’s most exclusive viewpoints. If the weather allows, you can still find them there.
- Weeel (Cais do Sodré) – On your way to Cascais? You can get a frozen yogurt here before you hop on the train.
- HotDog Cascais (Cascais) – If you want to grab a hot dog by the sea, this is the perfect place to go. It’s not the best hot dog in Lisbon, but the view makes up for it.
- Hamburgueria da Parada (Campo de Ourique) – This last one isn’t exactly a food truck, but an outdoor kiosk, which is famous for its burgers.
We’re so obsessed with Lisbon street food that we had to include some of it on our Tastes & Traditions of Lisbon Tour. Once you try a few of these bites for yourself, you’ll see why Lisboetas from all walks of life count them as an integral part of their diets!
Joana is a Portuguese travel writer based in Lisbon. On her blog City Odes, she writes about the hidden gems of Portugal, fun road trips and train rides worth taking. When she’s not typing away on her laptop, you can find her drinking an IPA on one of Lisbon’s latest craft beer bars.