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Did you know that they eat snails in Lisbon? Portugal’s capital, Lisbon has a large variety of meals on offer but if you are an affordable travel fan like me (Gemma), you’ll devour our tips on where to eat in Lisbon for under €30 (for 2!)
I’ve also thrown in Lisbon food prices and a health warning to this cheap eats in Lisbon guide – ‘avoid at all costs’ recommendation.
If you are looking for a more general guide of Lisbon’s neighbourhoods and what to do in them, check out our city guide here.
Where to Eat in Lisbon For Under €30
Breakfast in Lisbon
I absolutely adore the busy cafe life found in Lisboa.
We consumed many a sandwich from the local pastelarias for breakfast.
These cafes also serve coffees, teas, bread, and cakes.
While Pastelaria Camões was our go-to, there is no shortage of these cafes in the city, just look for the locals standing at the counter throwing a short coffee down their neck!
Alternatively, buy a bifana to take out and grab a coffee at one of the cute coffee shops in the middle of the local squares.
- 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
Prefer flat lays of your flat white?
Dear Breakfast is a bright white Instagram-friendly breakfast joint.
Pastel-coloured menus offer pink lattes and ovos, eggs, in a variety of servings.
Acai and quinoa bowl also available.
Not the cheapest of options at Deer (get-it?) Breakfast but you are paying for the setting and fresh produce.
Popular Lisbon brunch spot.
- R. Gaivotas 17, Lisbon 1200-201
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Avoid Being Ripped Off at Breakfast
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 (see below), for breakfast!
So why did it come to so much?
The waiter added a plate of croissants, cheese, and rolls.
Little did we know that these small plates are called couvert – small plates with a big charge 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 this situation, regardless if you’ve eaten them.
Learn from our ‘first-day tax’ – say no to sides if you don’t need them.
- Address: Largo do Conde Barão 18, 1200-118
Dinner and Lunch in Lisbon
So now we’ve got the most important meal of the day sorted let’s look at the best places to eat in Lisbon for lunch and dinner.
Food Experience at LX Factory
As mentioned in our things to do in Lisbon for under €18 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 A Mesa Do LX.
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
Bairro Alto Restaurants
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
I want to say this tavern recommended by our walking tour guide is a local haunt however, on arrival of Taberna 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 which is next door.
- 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
Las Ficheras Mexican
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
Santo Amaro Docks
Head to the iconic 25th of April bridge – 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 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!
If you plan to cycle to Belém, you will pass these docks on the way there or back which makes for a nice pit stop.
- Price: 2 burgers €15 (with a beer and a cider €23.40)
- Address: Doca Santo Amaro Armazém CP, 1350-353, Alcântara, Lisboa, Portugal
One of the best things to do in Lisbon is to 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 the 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
Lisbon Food Market
Tigger warning: I did not fall for the Time Out Market Lisbon but many tourists do.
What do you get when you take one popular magazine, over fifty Lisbon street food restaurants, and hundreds of tourists?
A very challenging 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 hanger rage.
I honestly don’t understand why the message wasn’t shared as we waited in line.
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!
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Tip – if anywhere in Lisbon has rows of tuk-tuks outside, it’s most likely a tourist trap!
- Find out more about life in Lisbon in this tour by a local review
- Address: Av. 24 de Julho 49, Portugal
An alternative Lisbon FOOD Market which can be found at Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo 8A.
Lisbon Food – What to Eat
So now you know where to dine, let’s look at what to eat in Lisbon.
- Bifana – pork sandwiches
- Sardines – grilled as street food or at a restaurant
- Pasteis de Nata – custard tarts
- Cozido a portuguesa – Portugese stew
- Caracois – snails, not just for the French!
- 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.
- 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!
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