Delight in the culinary treasures of Portugal on one of these Lisbon food tours!
There’s no question, Lisbon is a beautiful city. The houses have colourful tiled-facades and iconic yellow and white streets cars run up and down the hilly streets.
From impressive white plazas and cast-iron elevators to massive waterfront forts, there are so many hidden gems to discover in this city. Apart from its long history, Lisbon is also known for its incredibly rich and diverse cuisine. The coastal city is blessed with produce from the land and the oceans, and locals care deeply about their food.
Wherever you turn in Lisbon, you’ll pick up the smell of another delicious meal. Whether it’s grilled sardines, golden pastries, or hearty pork sandwiches, these Lisbon food tours will give you the best taste of the city!
By the way, Porto, with its famous Port wine and breathtaking vistas, is only a short three hour drive away. Or, if you’re traveling further east instead, make sure to experience culinary Barcelona.
Lisbon Food Tours
First things first, fill up on local specialties on these Lisbon food tours!
1. Treasures of Lisboa
Treasures of Lisboa proudly supports family businesses and homemade goods on their gourmet Lisbon food tours. As a result, the carefully selected tastings highlight local cuisine and tradition. Their Alfama District Food Tour takes you into a labyrinth of alleyways, where local chefs masterfully combine the tastes of land and sea. Trust your local guide Ruthy to lead you to Lisbon’s best Pasteis de Nata and grilled sardines. For more information on their historic Lisbon Food Tours, visit their website.
2. Taste of Lisboa
True to their motto “Real People, Real Food”, Taste of Lisboa‘s tours feel more like a meal among friends! The Lisbon Roots, Food and Cultural Walk focuses on the Mouraria neighbourhood, known for its music, architecture and food. Here, you can explore the roots of traditonal Fado music, while sampling pork sandwiches and codfish fritters from authentic local establishments. Follow this link to Taste of Lisboa’s website.
3. Devour Lisbon
The food and culture tours offered by Devour Lisbon come highly recommended. That’s probably because the local guides care deeply about responsible tourism practices. In short, this means they support only family-owned businesses, keep their tastings plastic-free and their group sizes small. The Tastes and Traditions of Lisbon Food Tour takes you through the picturesque streets of central Lisbon. Follow your guide to favourite local eateries, where you can wine and dine to your heats content. Find out more about Devour Lisbon food tours on their website.
4. Eating Europe
Eating Europe offers food tours in ten European culinary destinations. Their Lisbon experiences focus on multicultural influences and the people behind the food. The newest food tour addition, A Night out in Barrio Alto, dives deep into the local history and international cuisine of this bohemian central district. Share Portuguese tapas, experience the neighbourhood’s vibrant night life, and learn about the history of Alheira, a Portuguese-Jewish pheasant sausage. You can find details on all of Eating Europe’s Lisbon food tours online.
5. Culinary Backstreets
Since their start in Istanbul in 2009, the team behind Culinary Backstreets has added many new foodie destinations to their catalogue. The Song of the Sea: Fish, Seafood and Tradition walking tour explores lesser-known parts around the Lisbon’s historic port. Begin your tour with a cup of Bica, a wood-fire roasted Portuguese espresso. Then, join port workers for lunch at a beloved local grill while you watch fish vendors sell today’s catch. Complete your day with cod cakes and fresh clams at a Cervejaria, a classic seafood and beer hall. Click here for a full tour itinerary.
6. Portuguese for a Day
Put on some comfortable shoes and join one of Portuguese for a Day’s walking tours through Lisbon! The Walk and Taste Lisbon Tour takes you off-the-beaten path through some of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. Marvel over Lisbon’s colourful street art, while you sample off trays filled with fine ham and cheese. Finally, you can wash down all the local delicacies with a glass of Ginjinha liqueur. Find out how you too can be Portuguese for a Day on their website.
7. Eat Drink Walk
Eat Drink Walk wants to offer you an alternative to your general Lisbon food tour. Instead, the “Alfacinhas”, local Lisbon guides, want to introduce you to fine Portuguese dining. Take the Chiado Gourmet Tour for an elevated food experience in the heart of the cosmopolitan Lisbon! Here, you will taste some of the best Portuguese wines, paired with buttery garlic prawns and traditional tapas. For more information on Eat Drink Walk Lisbon food tours, click here.
8. Your Friend in Lisbon
Your Friend in Lisbon specializes on private food tours that offer a more personalized experience. This means, you’ll get your own private guide who will open doors to a more authentic Lisbon. The Lisbon Tour and Portuguese Wine Tasting combines a historical tour with lavish tastings of produce and wine. Another plus, a wine expert will guide you through five excellent wines from different Portuguese regions. Drinks will be accompanied by an artisanal cheese board and Iberian pork charcuterie. You’ll even get to taste the famous Negra Ham! For more information, visit Your Friend in Lisbon online.
9. We Hate Tourism Tours
It all started with Bruno, his love for Lisbon and his dislike for mindless tourism tours. So, his food tour company, We Hate Tourism Tours, does things differently! Meet Bruno’s team on a nighttime drive through Belém on the Dinner with Us or Starve Tour. You’ll quickly see, the guides take their mission to educate seriously. In between meals at beloved local eateries, you’ll learn everything there is to know about Portuguese food and culture. Check out the catalogue of Lisbon food tours on their website.
10. Lisbon Cycle Tours
Lisbon Cycle Tours wants you to imagine you’re a local, riding your bike to all your favourite spots across town. Don’t worry though, their eBikes make cycling up and down Lisbon’s hilly streets a real breeze! Like its name suggests, the four hour-long Delicious Tour focuses on getting you to the best food in town! You’ll get pastries for breakfast as well as fish and spoonfuls of rich Açorda soup for lunch. Learn more about Lisbon Cycle Tours here.
Free Walking Tours
Now that you’ve enjoyed more than one delicious meal, head on to one of these free Lisbon walking tours!
11. Hi Lisbon Walking Tours
Everyone who’s ever been to Lisbon knows, the city is best explored on foot! With its many alleyways, colourful facades and historic marvels, you’ll want to take in Lisbon slowly. The experienced guides of Hi Lisbon Walking Tours can help you with just that! Even more importantly, they generously offer their expertise on a free Baixa-Chiado Tour. This way, you’ll get to enjoy a stroll through the city, while also learning about its history. For free! Click here for more free walking tours.
12. Lisbon Chill Out Original Free Tour
Easily recognized by their silver recycled bags, the guides from Lisbon Chill Out Original Free Tour are positioned at meeting points across the city. Their tours are donation-based, so everyone pays what they can afford. Every guide follows their own unique route to some of the most iconic Lisbon sights. The Original Lisbon Tour starts at Praça Luís de Camões and travels off the main streets through hidden corners of the city. Look up their tour schedules online.
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