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Lisbon, Portugal: Where To Eat & Shop

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This week is all about Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon, the capital city of the beautiful country of Portugal, was far and away my favorite place of my tour of Europe. Waters so crisp and blue. People so humble. And a city filled with so much culture and color, every shot is photogenic. But, let’s focus on what’s important today… the food and the shopping!





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Lisbon, Portugal: Where To Eat & Shop

What's Important!

This week is all about Lisbon, Portugal.

Lisbon, the capital city of the beautiful country of Portugal, was far and away my favorite place of my tour of Europe.

Waters so crisp and blue. People so humble. And a city filled with so much culture and color, every shot is photogenic. But, let’s focus on what’s important today… the food and the shopping!

Let's go!

Largo

Located in one of the most iconic and historic communes of Lisbon, Chiado, Largo’s décor is just as unique and well curated as their menu.

The chef is Miguel Castro e Silva. This nationally and internationally recognized master of gastronomy creates seasonal menus representative of Lisbon. From Bacalhau 80º de cura Portuguesa com migas de hortelã ribeira e poejo (Codfish with wild mint bread quenelles) to Suprema de pintada recheada com tomate seco, Brás de legumes (Guinea fowl supreme with dry tomato stuffing, julienne vegetables in egg), it’s an ever evolving adventure in your mouth.

But while there, take notice of the 30-metre long tank of jellyfish, the gaping mouth mural eating you alive and the fact that you can sit in a smoking or non-smoking vicinity, based on your preference.

Largo

Largo

Can the Can

Minutes from the water on Terreiro do Paço, you’ll come upon “Can the Can”. Imagine a world where can food is considered gourmet.

Now take that smug look of your face, it’s not befitting, and understand that it’s possible and already been done. Can the Can has taken the taboo idea of what can food is, and showcased the delicacy that can food can become.

By honoring a culture proud of their history of canned food, especially fish, they’ve updated the outlook on what many would look at as a fad. The dishes are tasty, beautifully presented and unique. From dishes like Red fruits couscous with Port wine, Greek yogurt, peppermint and honey or Smoked mackerel with mashed sweet potatoes and leeks with tomato confit, you’ll look at tin fish very differently.

Can The Can

Can The Can

Antiga Confeitaria de Belém

Started way back in 1837, and located next to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, lived a sugar cane refinery.

In hopes of surviving when the clergymen and laborers were driven out during the revolution of 1820, the monastery sold egg tart like pastries know today as ‘Pastéis de Belém’. Without changing the secret recipe, ‘Pastéis de Belém’ is still known only to master confectioners.

Now, I warn you, before you try this pastry know that you will not share it with anyone after your first bite, you will become highly addicted and take several with you when you leave, and you may not find another that compares. Outside of Belém, this delicacy is referred to as ‘Pastéis de Nata’, in case you don’t feel like standing in the line that wraps around the block. That’s how recognized this delicacy is.

Antiga Confeitaria de Belém

Antiga Confeitaria de Belém

Onto Shopping!

When traveling, you can’t help but shop.

I haven’t met one person who doesn’t come back with a few knickknacks to add to their home décor. When I travel, I prefer to shop for others – like a ball in a cup for my sister, or Portuguese olive oil for my mum, or a kitchen appliance for my roommate whose gourmet concoctions would put any chef to shame. Today, we explore the places you must shop at while in Portugal.

A Vida Portuguesa


In the district of Chiado, lives one of the most nostalgic stores of Lisbon, A Vida Portuguesa. A Vida Portuguesa's mission is to keep its cultures tradition alive by supplying products of the past.

Products that were made in Portugal and still are made in Portugal. Products that had been passed down or were dying off like their elders, but that had such an impact on the natives growing up, it was important to continue the legacy.

From books to cookware, and gourmet items to skincare. All are housed under one roof and available for purchase online.

A Vida Portuguese says, “They evoke the everyday life of another time and reveal the soul of a country.”

A Vida Portuguesa

A Vida Portuguesa

Conserveira de Lisboa


Conserveira de Lisboa, formerly Mercearia do Minho, has been around for over 80 years in the neighborhood of Baixa.

Maintaining their core business of preserved fish, this establishment waded through the supermarket and frozen food infrastructure that defeated smaller shops like this one. When you walk in you notice workers, sitting around handwrapping the tin, and only getting up for incoming customers.

Wooden shelves piled with dozens of flavors, from tuna fish in spicy tomato to octopus with onion with no minimum purchase number. At the end they wrap your order in brown paper and twine, adding a simple yet memorable touch to your visit.

Conserveira de Lisboa

Conserveira de Lisboa

Silva & Feijóo

Another store filled with Portuguese traditional items resides in a century-old neighborhood.

Founded in 1919, their main mission was to revive the heritage of Portugal, through selling everything from gourmet items to household cooking appliances. Jamie Oliver, the renowned TV chef is even known to shop there for his cooking needs.

Silva & Feijóo

Silva & Feijóo