Tastes & Traditions of Lisbon Food Tour
Discover true Portuguese cuisine at Lisbon's century-old shops, traditional local restaurants and modern cafes.
Note: In order for us to comply with new Portuguese health & safety rules, all guests booked for weekend tours will be required to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test at the start of the tour. Please see more information under "What To Expect" below.
- Learn how to eat and drink like a local, from choosing authentic dishes to understanding the complexities of Portuguese culture
- Discover the history behind each bite and see how the nation of discoveries has been influenced by explorations across the globe
- Sample the most iconic foods in Lisbon, from salted cod to cherry liqueur to custard tarts, from those who make them best
- See the main sights of the old city and historic port and learn the part they play in Lisbon's story
- Travel back in time to family-run establishments that have survived the centuries by bringing people the best of the best
- Try one of Portugal's most famous dishes in a traditional tasca, and understand firsthand the importance of simplicity in Portuguese cuisine
This was my first Devour Tour, and it couldn't have been better! Absolutely loved the experience, the food, and our guide, Ellis, was just wonderful—she is so knowledgeable, friendly and fun! We walked and laughed and ate for a good three hours; such a great way to start the day. We explored a few iconic neighbourhoods of Lisbon, and Ellis provided us with very interesting details about it all (think insightful, juicy stories about the people and places we saw).
I've been to Lisbon before but I can honestly say I learned a lot more about the city on a great tour with Ellis. My family of four took the tour with Devour this morning and felt it was a fantastic way to learn new things about the city's history, culture, and cuisine. Ellis was an ideal guide: friendly, engaging, great with my two kids and ready to share lots of her insight into life in Lisbon. Thank you, Ellis, for getting out trip off to a perfect start!!
Ellis is such a fantastic, fun and natural tour guide. Over 3 hours she took us on a wild ride through a few of Lisbon's iconic neighbourhoods visiting small historic shops and local spots to sample everything sweet, savoury and alcoholic we could! Along the way you learn about and sample Portugal's most famous foods, learning about the makers and the history of the city and products, and also the Portuguese dining culture.
What to Expect
IMPORTANT: NEW VACCINATION RULES
The Portuguese government has recently announced new regulations to better control the spread of the virus. Everyone over the age of 12 is now required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a recent negative test, to enter dining establishments on weekends.
As you can see, this new regulation will affect your ability to enter the bars, cafes, and restaurants we visit on our Lisbon tour, as well as any other dining establishments you plan to visit on weekends during your time in Portugal.
In order to comply with these new legal regulations, your guide will be checking for this information at the start of the tour. If you are unable to provide either of these, we will be unable to run the tour.
You can read more about the requirements on the official Portuguese tourism website.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to welcoming you on tour.
Please note that this description is an example and stops or tastes may vary depending on the season, day of the week, and group size. Regardless of where your tour goes, you always have a delicious experience.
Spend your morning discovering the local’s Lisbon, from our oldest and most-trusted establishments to our best-kept secrets. As you weave through the historic neighborhoods of Baixa, Chiado, Bica and Cais do Sodré, enjoy shops with histories that date back more than a century, iconic dishes prepared by the best of the best and Portuguese pastries known the world over. Your expert guide will lead you through the complete Portuguese food experience. By the end, you’ll know exactly how to eat and drink like a local.
STOP BY STOP:
Start your morning in an iconic pastry shop that’s been open for close to 200 years. Learn how we prepare coffee in Portugal as you enjoy yours with a selection of sweet and savory local pastries.
Next, we’ll pay a visit to the oldest traditional-style grocery store in the city. You’ll discover the importance of bacalhau (salt cod) in Portugal and sample melt-in-your-mouth acorn-fed Iberian ham.
Before the next bite we’ll visit one of Lisbon’s principal churches, where you’ll glimpse the city’s dark past. Next we’re off to sample Lisbon’s famous cherry liqueur. This tiny, 180-year-old family-run shop is exactly where you need to try one of the city’s most locally-loved drinks.
Next, it’s up the hill to one of Lisbon’s central squares where your guide will bring more of the city’s history to life. From the 18th-century earthquake to a fountain dating back to the same time, find out how history has shaped the city over the years.
Then you’ll wander down to try what Anthony Bourdain considered the best Portuguese pork sandwich there is, prepared by those who have done it best for over 50 years.
Continuing downhill through the hip and trendy neighborhood of Bica, you’ll arrive in one of the favorite watering holes of the Cais do Sodré neighborhood. Here we’ll sample expertly-prepared codfish and regional cheese and olives paired with local wine or beer. Savor the Portuguese’s most versatile fish while surrounded by the buzz of locals at lunch.
Next, wander over to the Instagram-worthy “pink street” to learn more about one of Portugal’s more interesting exports: canned fish. This staple of Portuguese cuisine will have you marveling at just how much flavor can be packed into a tin can!
Lastly, no Lisbon food tour would be complete without sampling a pastel de nata, one of our famous custard tarts. And where better to try it than the place that is giving the original pastel de nata strong competition for the title of best in the city?
And as with all Devour Lisbon tours, your guide will give you a copy of our Devouring Lisbon guide, which is packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city! So put down your guidebook and get ready to experience Lisbon like a local!
About Our Expert Guides
Your tour will be lead by one of our expert, English-speaking guides. They’re all gifted storytellers who are smart, passionate and talented and whose excitement for this country is contagious!Meet them here!
Map Your Tour
Wander through the picturesque and historic neighborhoods of Baixa, Chiado, Bica and Cais do Sodré, visting some of the best traditional food businesses in the area.