Tastes & Traditions of Lisbon Food Tour

Discover true Portuguese cuisine at Lisbon's century-old shops, traditional local restaurants and modern cafes.

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Includes: 10+ tastes, as well as 3 drinks. Enough food for a full breakfast & lunch.
Tour Size: Small Group
Times: 9:30am (not available in August)
Duration: 3.5 Hours

What's Included

  • 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

Foodie Highlights

Dietary restrictions

This tour is adaptable for...
  • Vegetarians
  • Pescatarians
  • Dairy free
  • Non-alcoholic options
  • Pregnant women
  • We love providing delicious options for those with dietary needs. If you have a dietary requirement or food allergy, please note it when booking. Please note that this tour is not suitable for vegans nor those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

    What to Expect on Your Tour

    TOUR SNAPSHOT:
    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.

    Your next stop will be a traditional store where you’ll step back in time 100 years to try the Portuguese teas, chocolates and port that line the walls. Sample tawny port and learn about how it’s aged while pairing it with one of the only chocolates made in Portugal.

    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!

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    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!

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    Meeting point Praça da Figueira
    Places we'll visit Baixa, Chiado, Bica, Cais do Sodré

    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.

    Ending point Jardim Dom Luis
    Great question! A Devour Lisbon food tour is a fun, fascinating and (most importantly!) delicious introduction to the city of Lisbon. Our food tours visit some of the city’s best traditional establishments including historic shops, local taverns, pastry shops and hidden gems that few even know exist! You’ll taste some of Lisbon's best local food and gain fascinating insight into several beautiful neighborhoods. We keep our groups small, and every tour is led by an English-speaking guide who knows Lisbon like the back of their hand.
    The tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles) and there is seating at two of the eight stops.
    Don’t worry, you won’t be part of a massive crowd following a guide with a flag! We keep our groups small and intimate, so the tour can squeeze into small, hidden places and you get personal time with your guide. The maximum number of guests on this tour is usually 10 people, and all of our tours are guaranteed to operate, even with just one person.
    We want as many people to be able to enjoy our tours as possible. Scroll up the page a little to see what dietary restrictions this tour is adaptable for.
    Families love getting a true taste of Lisbon together on our Tastes & Traditions of Lisbon Food Tour. The tastes are suited to kids and teens.
    The tour does not include transport to the meeting place, or from the ending point (ask your guide for guidance at the end of the tour if you’re not sure where you are). Also, please feel free to tip your guide if you think they did a great job! The standard gratuity in the tour industry is 10% to 15%.
    Most importantly, your appetite! Keep in mind tours take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if it looks like rain. Also, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking a few kilometers. Finally, while we do serve water on the tour at some stops, we recommend you bring a bottle of water.
    Of course! We regularly offer private tours to families, groups of friends and corporate groups. Email us your group size, the date you'd like the tour and anything else you'd like us to keep in mind, and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.