Beautiful views, awesome drinks and great food!
One of our first stops was a small neighborhood shop where we tried Favaios, a Moscat type wine which we found to be slightly sweet. As we walked through the streets of Mouraria, our guide Martim told many stories of the area, along with pointing out monuments and buildings while informing us about the city’s past. The view from atop these streets was breathtaking, as we looked over the rooftops towards the ocean it was gorgeous.
We walked by buildings which showed artistic depictions of Lisbon life. It was great to have a local tell us the meaning of the art on the walls and buildings we walked by. We would have never walked in these areas had we not taken this Lisbon food tour. It was a lot of fun exploring one of the oldest neighborhoods in Lisbon and even seeing the Palace of the Royal Family.
We went by a shop to sample local cheese and wine. The shop owner was saying that he had to move his store after 30 years because of eviction. Every morning the shop owner wakes up at 5 AM, travels to the local markets where he buys fresh fruit, bread, and pastries for the store.Many parts of Lisbon are in a state of revitalization due to the tourist boom, which is evident by the signs of remodeling and rebuilding throughout the area.
A Few Of Our Many Food Stops
We had three memorable food stops that served some of the best and unique food we’ve had while traveling through Europe.
Our first stop was a total local joint with a sports bar vibe. We had wine, bread, and clams, which were served in the most delicious wine/olive oil base ever! If you enjoy clams this place is for you. The video has some excellent shots of the dishes. Dipping the bread in the sauce was absolutely to die for!! I’m not kidding this was one of the best dishes we’d ever had.
One of our favorite food stops was a newer restaurant with a group of amazing chefs who created delicious and fantastic one of a kind dishes. We tried a local Vinho Verde wine, a tasty seafood soup, a couple of excellent seafood appetizers, and homemade bread. The last dish which we loved was a type of Portuguese sushi. They placed sardines on rice and cooked it tableside.
We stopped to pick up chicken and chips made by a local who is a favorite popular spot in the area. The chicken was prepared with a spiced blend and it melted in our mouth. Joel said it was the best chicken he’s ever had. Unfortuantaely we couldn’t get the receipe.
Our last stop of the tour was to try a pastel de nada, which is a Portuguese custard tart along with a shot of firewater. We hung out for a while with everyone that was in our tour group before a quick Uber ride home. Simply fabulous is all we can say!
Culinary Backstreets In Review
We didn’t list every stop, every food or all the places Martim took us. It can vary depending on the time of year or whatever hidden gems they may find. Also, we didn’t want to take the surprise out of it for anyone that decides to take this tour, so we purposely left out a few stops.
We were so impressed with the places we visited, the various choices of food, and the overall experience that we had during this tour. Martim made this day an unforgettable experience, he was very knowledgeable, and friendly. He took us to non-touristy local restaurants while showing us areas we would never have found on our own. As a bonus, we learned some local Lisbon history along the way.
Everyone in our small group of seven seemed really happy and pleased with Culinary Backstreets. If you visit Lisbon, we highly suggest that you contact Culinary Backstreets for one of the walking food tours.
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