Did you know that they eat snails in Lisbon? Portugal’s capital, Lisbon has a large variety of meals on offer but being the cheapskate that I am, here’s a list of Lisbon restaurants under €30 (for 2!) I’ve also thrown in a health warning – ‘avoid at all costs’ recommendation.
Lisbon Restaurants under €30
I absolutely adore the busy cafe life found in Lisboa. Many a sandwich was consumed in the local pastelarias which serve coffees, teas, bread, and cakes. There is no shortage of these cafes in the city centre, just look for the locals standing at the counter throwing a short coffee down their neck!
- What to eat: Bifana (pork sandwich)
- Price: €1.70 – €2.40
- Hot spot: Pastelaria Camões
- Address: Pastelaria Camões, Rua Luis de Camões nº 34, 2490 Ourém
Across from the lovely Jardim São Pedro de Alcântara viewing point you will find the luxurious The Decadente. The aesthetically pleasing throwback to the Gatsby era makes The Decadente one of the top restaurants in Lisbon (from my 10-day experience anyway). It can be found tucked away in The Independente hostel but shouldn’t be mistaken for typical backpacker grub. There is a really tranquil outside patch too.
- Price: 1 starter and 2 mains €29
- Address: R. São Pedro de Alcântara 81, 1250-238 Lisboa, Portugal
As mentioned in our 15 things to do in Lisbon for under €15 article, brunch at the hipster LX Factory in Lisbon is a good move. This space is littered with eateries as well as markets selling trinkets. The first restaurant (Cantina) we tried to brunch at had no seats, the second (A Praça) forgot about us, third time lucky we dined on pizza and salad at Mesa Italian. The format of this Italian is that everyone eats together at a long picnic-like table covered in cute checkered table cloths. We didn’t have to speak to our neighbours, thankfully. I recommend trying the local craft ginger beer, LX Beer. LX Factory definitely plays host to cool restaurants in Lisbon.
- Price: 1 salad, 1 pizza, 3 beers €28
- Address: R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 Lisboa, Portugal
I want to say this tavern recommended by our walking tour guide is a local haunt however, on arrival of Taverna Alentejo we were faced with a sea of tourists. This didn’t put us off, and it shouldn’t put you off either if you are looking for a cheap bite to eat. To get to this taverna, walk through the beautiful grand Moorish building of Casa Do Alentejo but don’t confuse its expensive restaurant with my recommendation of this tavern!
- Price: 2 plates of meat, bread and 1 beer €13
- Address: R. das Portas de Santo Antão 58, 1150 Lisboa, Portugal
Found hidden up a secluded side street in Lisbon’s famous Bairro Alto, Tasca Mastai is a treasure trove of weirdness. Gawk at the décor, read a vintage book or sip on a fruity sparkly wine mixer (yeah, that was me!) A genuinely nice restaurant in Lisbon with friendly staff and peculiar décor.
- Price: 2 lasagne, 1 x wine and beer €12
- Address: 387, R. da Rosa 14, 1200-387 Lisboa, Portugal
I was so happy when I stumbled across Ângulo. The attraction? A soup and sandwich combo was advertised in the window along with gallons of nice drinks in containers – a must to soothe the soul after a night out in Bairro Alto! We ate here twice.
- Price: 2 soups, 2 sandwiches, 2 drinks €8
- Address: Rua de São Paulo, 79, Cais do Sodré, Lisboa
Hola! Welcome to Mexico! Looking for some spice, we wandered along party Pink Street to Las Ficheras Mexican. Off the tequila, to the waiter’s distaste, we dined on tuna steak and chilli! That fish dish is the best I’ve ever had.
- Price: 2 mains €20
- Address: R. Remolares 34, 1200-371 Lisboa, Portugal
One of the best things to do in Lisbon is taste a sweet and delicious custard tart! The top of the pops place to try a tart is Pastéis de Belém in the west of the city, Belém. This area is definitely worth a couple of hours of your trip and if you have the time, a day trip. Belém Tower is stunning, Jeronimos Monastery is jaw dropping, and Berardo Collection Museum is free to get in! Check out our post for more on Belém and other day trips from Lisbon.
- Price: €1.05
- Address: R. Belém, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal
Sometimes (in ten days anyway) you just need a bit of bread, tomato, and cheese! Craig and I never intended on making pizza our last meal in Lisbon but we were unaware of how big the slices are at NYC Slice Pizza. Too big for snack yet one slice is not enough. The solution? Two slices each for la última comida!
- Price: €14 for two combo meals
- Address: Rua da Barroca, 129A, Bairro Alto, Lisboa
Head to the iconic 25th of April bridge (yes, the one that looks like San Francisco) and you’ll discover Santo Amaro Docks – a stretch of bars and restaurants occupied by locals and travellers alike. We chowed down on burgers at Bunker while watching the birds and boats in the marina. Santo Amaro Docks has Lisbon restaurants with a view as well as Lisbon restaurants where locals eat – winning!
- Price: 2 burgers €15 (with a beer and a cider €23.40)
- Address: Doca Santo Amaro Armazém CP, 1350-353, Alcântara, Lisboa, Portugal
Where Not To Go!
What do you get when you take one popular magazine, over fifty restaurants, and hundreds of tourists? A very unpleasant experience. Lisbon’s Time Out Market is like a school canteen for big kids; noisy, messy, and full of people trying to nab your seat.
I was sorely disappointed with the counter, Asian Lab. After waiting fifteen minutes in line, watching food go cold, staff flail about getting orders wrong, I made it to the cashier. Pad Thai was in sight! The employee then tells me that all orders will take a further thirty minutes. Cue rage, I honestly don’t understand why he didn’t mention this to the queue as we waited. The menu only offers four main options, shame to witness that they cannot handle the heat. Time Out Market is a fun concept that doesn’t work in practice. On a positive note – Santini ice cream is delicious, try the nata flavour! Find honesty refreshing? Why not sign up for our newsletter, that way you’ll never miss a future post!
- Address: Av. 24 de Julho 49, Portugal
We were massively ripped off at a pastelarias called O Brasão. A little hazy, we ordered a plate of eggs and another with sausage, two hot drinks, and two orange juices. The total? €28 – the same price as the nice meal at The Decadente, for breakfast! The waiter added a plate of croissants, cheese, and rolls. Little did we know that these were couvert – small plates which are charged to your bill. We were aware of this happening at lunch and dinner with olives and bread but not before midday! Our Portuguese friends say that you should ask for couvert to be removed from your bill if you are put in that situation, regardless if you’ve eaten them.
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Portugal is famous for its wine and port! Don’t panic if you can’t make it to Porto to try some, there are vineyards within an hour of Lisbon which we had the pleasure of visiting during a day trip from Lisbon.
Oh and don’t miss Ginjinha – Portugal’s sour cherry liquor, sipped not shot!
Pastries to pizza, soup to sausage – I hope that this coverage of my personal top 10 restaurants in Lisbon sets you up for some good scran! Do come back and tell me what you tried, liked, would add to this list of where to eat in The City of Tolerance! And don’t forget to check out my advice on 15 things to do in Lisbon then how to get out of the city via Lisbon’s best day trips.
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