Best restaurants in Alfama
Today I will be telling you about some of the best restaurants in Alfama. Whenever one travels to Lisbon, visiting the amazing neighborhood of Alfama is obviously in the bucket list! Alfama is this peaceful area in Lisbon where you can watch the locals minding their little business, hanging their washed clothes to dry in the balconies, or hear their casual conversations about the daily life. Alfama is where generations of families have lived for years. It is one of the most authentic neighborhoods in Lisbon. You will certainly fall in love with all its details, its narrow alleys, its architecture, its stories and anecdotes.
Walking Alfama will open your appetite for sure. And having lunch or dinner in Alfama is a great excuse to stay a little longer in the neighborhood! This is why I’ve decided to gather in this article some of best restaurants in Alfama. Read on to find out which ones they are!
For some seafood: CervejAlfama
If you want to eat seafood, this restaurant will please you for sure! CervejAlfama is located at Rua dos Remédios, 121, in Alfama. They serve fresh fishes, crustaceans and molluscs. And as you probably know, the Portuguese traditional food is mostly based on seafood. And the people I know who sometimes crave for this kind of dishes always go to this restaurant!
For a quick but nice lunch: Petisqueira Conqvistador
This place is perfect to have a nice lunch and head to the next landmarks of Lisbon. Despite its close location to the Castelo São Jorge, Petisqueira Conqvistador is quite intimate. You would think it would be crowded and filled with tourists, but the place is small, calm since it is located in a dead-end, at Travessa de São Bartolomeu, 4. The food is really good and typical of Portuguese cuisine. The waiters are friendly and mindful.
For a romantic dinner: Duetos da Sé
Located at Travessa do Almargem, 1, you will find this charming restaurant! The Duetos da Sé restaurant is where you should go if you want to take your lover to a romantic place, may it be just for having a drink or to have dinner. You can enjoy a delicious meal, a glass of red wine while listening to live music. If you get the opportunity, listening to a jazz or a fado performance in Alfama really is must-do.
For some petiscos: Maruto
Next on my list of the best restaurants in Alfama is the Maruto. This place is found at Rua Cais de Santarém, 30. At the Maruto, you will be able to eat what we call the “petiscos”, which are like tapas, small delicious dishes. They serve high quality Portuguese cheeses, marmelada, alheiras (a type of sausage), toasts, sandwiches, soups, and many more! This is a great place if you want to eat a snack and enjoy a cold beer in the afternoon. You will love to relax in the Maruto after walking Alfama, since it is a few steps away from the last stop of our tour.
For some traditional food: Farol de Santa Luzia
At the Farol de Santa Luzia, you will find several tasteful traditional Portuguese dishes as well as vegetarian and vegan ones like crumbled leek with garlic, olive oil and eggs or sautéed mushrooms with asparagus. Most Portuguese traditional food is based on fish and meat, and some restaurants don’t even mention these options on their menu. So, I deeply appreciate it and the restaurant chefs are creative enough and actually propose decent vegetarian and vegan dishes, other than simple omelets. You will find the Farol de Santa Luzia at Largo de Santa Luzia, 5!
For some tasteful vegan dishes: Princesa do Castelo
If you’re looking for another vegan restaurants, you can try the Princesa do Castelo at Rua do Salvador, 64A. The staff is very kind and thoughtful. They are very considerate of allergies. The place is small, so the atmosphere is very relaxed and chill. All their dishes are vegan and trustworthy. Plus, their menu changes everyday because they have different chefs. So you will have plenty of choices, depending on your preferences. The yummiest vegan dishes of Alfama are at Princesa do Castelo.
For a relaxed moment: Portas do Sol
Next on my list of the best restaurants in Alfama is Portas do Sol. Be careful, because this place is pretty popular. But it is definitely worth it! The view from the restaurant is amazing, it offers a beautiful scenario of Lisbon. Try to go there, especially during the Festas de Santo António in June, when you can enjoy some grilled sardines and party with the locals.
You now know some of the best restaurants in Alfama. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and that it has been useful. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything! The best way to explore Alfama is to walk aimlessly around the neighborhood, enter the places and talk to the locals. All these restaurants are good, each for its own reasons. Feel free to share your own thoughts and experiences. Tell us which ones were your favorites! In my opinion, the Portuguese food is the best in the world! So, I think that, either way, you will be very satisfied with the dishes you’ll have during your stay in Lisbon!
See you soon in Lisbon!