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Portuguese Cuisine

The food of Portugal is an eclectic mix of cuisines – Mediterranean, African, Brazilian and Atlantic. Being a coastal country, Portugal is famous not just for bacalhau – dried and salted codfish and the numerous recipes it is cooked with – but also for its octopus, sea bass, salmon, trout and mackerel. If you are not too crazy for seafood, don't worry! – the Portuguese love meat and game too, and serve them in a variety of ways you never would have thought possible. Garden-fresh vegetables cooked in soups like Caldo Verde and casseroles like Feijoada Trasmontana are also a staple on the dining table, as are local cheeses like Queijo do Alentejo and Serra. And don’t get us started with the pastries – we might not stop rambling on and on about how the Portuguese have perfected desserts to satisfy everybodies sweet tooth. Trust us, the pastel de nata is a must-have.

Portugal locals believe that the way to truly know and appreciate their country is through the stomach, and who could give you a better Portuguese food experience than locals themselves? They will not only explain what you are about to eat; they will also share the culture behind the food and keep the mealtime conversation light, interesting and fun – giving you a truly authentic Portuguese cuisine experience

Top home dinners in Portugal

Pasteis de Nata Workshop + home dinner


€27.00 p.p.

Authentic Porto Food: Home Dinner Experience


€30.00 p.p.

90 Minutes Kickstart Tour of Lisbon



€7.50 p.p.

Top 10 Restaurants in Portugal

  • If you want traditional Algarve fare, head to Casinha do Petisco in Lagos. Don’t miss the house specialty Catapalana, steamed clams with tomato, potato, chouriço sausage and pork. The place isn’t too big, which adds to its distinct charm.
  • Feast in freshly caught seafood and a wonderful selection of wines while taking in a fantastic view of the coast in O Sítio do Rio in Aljezur.
  • If you like surprises, head to Restaurante Ora Viva in Porto, a place frequented by locals, and be amazed by how authentic the dishes are and how friendly and charming the staff are.
  • Want fantastic food in a fabulous location? Head to Leiria and look for Malagueta Afrodisiaca, a restaurant with a contemporary vibe, and boasts of a menu that offers a fusion of Mediterranean, Asian, Latin American and Scandinavian cuisines.
  • If you’re in Evora, never pass up the opportunity to sample amazing food from B.L. Lounge. End it with the perfect chocolate cake by head chef Lucia, who co-owns the restaurant with husband Antonio Bravo.
  • Feel like a local as you dine in Restaurant A Taberna in Coimbra, a restaurant that serves the best of Portuguese cuisine cooked home-style. We highly recommend their chocolate crepe, cod with potatoes and octopus vinaigrette.
  • Don’t let Horta dos Brunos’ size fool you. Located in a plain neighborhood in Lisbon, this gem of a restaurant has no menu – you get to choose from the day’s dishes based on what the chef has found from the market.
  • If it’s bacalhau you want, then it’s bacalhau you get in Zé Da Calçada in Amarante. Aside from the codfish coocked in many ways, you also get to order chicken, lamb, veal, and homemade pastries.
  • If you like meat, cheese and sauce combined, then you must try francesinha, and there is no better place to enjoy it than in Taberna Belga in Braga, which also serves the best beers.
  • Go gourmet in Lisbon with Tasca da Esquina’s menu of seafood dishes that will send you to great gastronomic heights. Gourmet food, friendly staff and laid-back ambience – you’ve got nothing more to ask for.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Withlocals host
Robbie Vera

A customized trip with Vera

Vera could only be highly recommended by our group of five middle aged travellers.We chose food as our interest and loved her enthusiastic,warm personality as we wandered around the web of streets, noting historic sights and visited many interesting coffee shops,delis and food places that we would never have found.we started from Trindade station which was good because then most of the walking was on the flat roads,not hills! However the final drinks of port at the top of the funicular railway and view of the Ponte Luis was a great finish to a memorable day.Thank you Vera-till we meet again xxx

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Withlocals host
Francesca Joao

Cool Street Art Tour in Porto

Really interesting tour! Joao has a real passion for street art, and has also transmitted it to us! I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to know Porto from a different perspective!

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Withlocals host
Hannah Nuno

The Essentials of Porto Tour: Must Sees & Highlights

We met Nuno at the Lion Fountain about an hour after we landed in Porto after 24 hours of travel from Canada and we had the best introduction to Porto and Portugal we could have asked for. Nuno is very well versed in the history and architecture of the city, we learned so much while at the same time were kept interested and engaged the whole time. Along the way he pointed out great places to grab a beer and enjoy some live music, places to enjoy traditional meals and tapas, and introduced us to some traditional pastries. He also lead us down streets and pointed out statues and buildings we wouldn’t have given a second glance. I would highly recommend Nuno on any tour, his love for the city is contagious and it kickstarted our trip on a high note. He is also full of answers to any questions you may have and was willing to stop and take a 10 minute coffee break or add/remove certain stops depending on your needs. Thank you Nuno for such an amazing tour! You gave us so much knowledge we could have never gained from any book or website. We had so much fun!

Dining Out Like a Local in Portugal

  • Generally, you can determine the authenticity of the restaurant by its menu: if it has pictures, you need to leave immediately and avoid the tourist trap.
  • The Portuguese frown upon eating with bare hands, so eat with a knife and fork as much as possible.
  • Don’t eat anything you didn’t order. Salad, bread, or even a small dish of olives are not complimentary items, but are merely placed on your table for convenience – if you eat them, you pay for them. Avoid paying extra by sending them back immediately.