Lisbon is one of Europe’s foremost foodie paradises. From pastel de nata (custard tart) to world renowned port, delicacies abound in Portugal’s capital city. The range of foods that are commonly encountered in the ubiquitous tavernas are quite broad with some surprises, like snails, along the way.
What better way to fully experience Lisbon’s culinary side than with a guided tour? That is why we have compiled a list of the best five tours on offer. In our deliberations, price, range and quality of experience, and past customer reviews have all been taken into account.
FROM: €108/per person
For anybody who does not want to endure the herd experience on their trip, this private 4 hour tour of the Lisbon experienced by the locals is ideal. Reviews have been consistently laudatory, and that might have something to do with the comprehensive walking tour, designed to build an appetite for a very fulfilling food and port tasting. Not only are Pata Negra hams and Portuguese cheeses part of the offering, but they are paired with five port wines – proper glasses thereof – along with expert advice on how to choose the best port for the occasion.
From €114/ per person
The perfect combo tour might just involve a walking tour, food and local evening entertainment. And if that sounds ideal then this tour certainly delivers. Split into two halves, the morning walking section lasts over three hours allowing tastings of local food such as cheeses and seafood. This is then followed by a ferry ride along the Tagus, a vintage tram ride and a little more walking to a tavern to listen to local Fado music, all chased down with ginjinha, a local cherry liqueur. Finally the tour descends through the Moorish Alfama to a traditional Portuguese restaurant for tapas and wine.
From €39/ per person
Great value and with a great range of food and wine tasted, this fun guided tour takes in the culture as well as the food, heading along cobble streets to places like Café Nicola, which is a couple of centuries old. Tapas of salted cod, ham, cheese and sausage are among the local delicacies that can be tried. Of course no Lisbon tour would be complete without port tasting, but local beer is also on the menu at a different location. Group size is limited to 15 people.
From €83/ per person
Concentrating on the Baixa Pombalina district, this 4.5 hour tour does not just let you taste the food, you can also learn about the processes used to make it. By the end you might just be tempted to make your own custard tarts, or indeed use 2 of the 1001 (!) ways to cook codfish. The trip includes visits to historic food and wine shops that have plied their trade for over a century. You will also have not one but two typical Portuguese lunches during the tour.
From €66/ per person
If walking is not your jam, then it is always possible to have the Portuguese food and wine tour experience from the comfort of a standing position atop a Segway. In-between visiting some of the main Lisbon landmarks such as Lisbon Cathedral and Alfama over the two hours, there is time taken to try local ice cream, pastries and the ginjinha cherry liqueur. Groups are limited to eight people.