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
This private 3-4 hour tour gives you a taste of the best traditional Portuguese dishes while learning about their history. While walking around the neighbourhood of Campo de Ourique, away from the well-trodden tourism trail, you’ll also discover how Portuguese cuisine has influenced food in other countries and cultures. Some of the dishes you can look forward to sampling include Carapaus Fritos (Fried Mackerels), Chouriço Assado (Roasted Chorizo) and Peixinhos da Horta (Vegetable Fish).
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 €113/ per person
On this full-day walk guests get to explore the people and places around Lisbon’s port district, where old traditions die hard. You’ll spend the day in search of the very best seasonal bounty of the sea, sampling fish and seafood in a variety of neighborhood institutions. The tour begins with late morning snacks from a bakery, followed by a bica, Portuguese-style espresso, at Lisbon’s last wood-fired roaster. You’ll make your way through the neighbourhood down to the port for grilled fish at a grill joint beloved by port workers. Finally, you’ll reach Alcântara, a working-class district where local workers nurtured a lively culinary culture that includes some of the city’s best cervejaria, no-frills seafood and beer halls.
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.