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Best Food Tours in Lisbon

Lisbon is a city that you can not only visit and see, but also taste. Join me to review the best gastronomic tours you can do on your vacations in the Portuguese capital.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

11 min read

Best Food Tours in Lisbon

Food in Lisbon | ©F Delventhal

If you have come to visit Lisbon, I am sure you have done it not only for its enormous cultural heritage, but also for its excellent gastronomy and its products with denomination of origin. If you want to know what to see and do in Lisbon you should know that it has a lot to offer you during your vacation but, on this occasion, I am going to give you all the details of its gastronomic tours.

From typical tastings, to selected wine tastings, to experiences aboard tuks. Lisbon is a city that invites you to enter its streets and get to know the delicacies around every corner. I hope you come with an appetite because let's get started!

1. Gastronomic tour in small groups

Beers| ©Susanne Nilsson
Beers| ©Susanne Nilsson

If you want to have a first approach to Portuguese food and you don't feel like being in big guided tours, but you find it useful to be guided by an expert in the field about all the typical flavors, I recommend you to hire a gastronomic tour for small groups during your stay in Lisbon.

These tours usually have no more than 15 participants and, accompanied by a guide specialized in cooking, you can visit the most emblematic places in the center of Lisbon, tasting not only delicious regional snacks, but also some samples of wine and the famous port liqueur. Without a doubt an experience that will help you understand the basis of this renowned cuisine.

General information

  • In which area is it? The price is usually a tour of between 5 and 10 places in the center of Lisbon.
  • How much does it cost? approximately 50 euros.
  • How long does it take?: about 2 hours.
  • What does it include?: the price includes a tour of approximately 5 stops in local places guided by a guide and a tasting of 5 typical products accompanied by wine, beer, port or soft drink.
  • Recommended for: small groups who want to taste the typical food in intimacy.

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2. Take a general tasting of typical food to introduce you to Portuguese gastronomy

Francesinhas| ©Nachokunz
Francesinhas| ©Nachokunz

If this is the first time you come to Lisbon, you should know that you are in one of the richest cities of European gastronomy, with Mediterranean touches that make it not only rich but also healthy. Although it is easy to find certain similarities with other cuisines such as Spanish or Italian, the Portuguese have typical dishes and unique flavors and in Lisbon you can try them all.

To have a first approach to all these new dishes, my recommendation is that you let yourself be guided and advised by one of the tours for groups of 10 people, which give you a simple but complete tasting of the most typical recipes. Francesinhas, caldeirada, codfish pie or the famous Belém sweets, named after the famous neighborhood of Belem, will be some of the delicacies you will taste in this kind of tours. Your mouth will be watering!

General information

  • What area is it in? You have the option of hiring a tour that will take you to local businesses to taste or directly do the tasting in a restaurant.
  • How much does it cost? between 70€ and 80€.
  • How long does it take? About 3 hours and a half if you book with transfers.
  • What does it include?: specialized guide and up to 15 typical tastings (between desserts, starters and main courses) spread over four major stops on the tour.
  • Recommended for: tourists who come to Portugal for the first time and want to have a first approach to its food.

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3. Gastronomic Tapas and Porto Tour

Tapas in Porto| ©Salomé Chaussure
Tapas in Porto| ©Salomé Chaussure

Maybe a good plate of Portuguese stew or a caldeirada are true delicacies within the typical food of Lisbon and Portugal. However, if what you want during your vacation is to be able to move around and get to know different places while tasting the local product, there is nothing better than doing the authentic Lisbon tapa tour.

Walking through one of the most historic neighborhoods, Mouraria, accompanied by an expert, you will meet with a group of no more than 12 tourists, the most popular bars and taverns in the area. And, not only you will taste tapas with grilled meats, sardines and other typical preparations, but you will make it better with a glass of local wine or port wine that, even if you do not drink it directly in Oporto, it will contain all its essence.

General information about tapas in Oporto

  • In which area is it? Mouraria neighborhood.
  • How much does it cost? approximately 80 euros.
  • How long does it take?: about 3 hours.
  • What does it include?: the tour guided by an expert guide and approximately 4 stops including the tasting of 4 typical tapas and 4 drinks (soft drink, wine, beer or port).
  • Recommended for: tourists who enjoy tapas and tasting snacks while getting to know the area.

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4. Private tour, ideal to try new flavors with the family

Salmon at Casa de Linhares| ©Rogério V
Salmon at Casa de Linhares| ©Rogério V

If you come with your family or an intimate group of friends and you don't want to be in the tourist chaos of downtown Lisbon tasting food, one of your best options may be to hire a private tour for your family or intimate group so that you can have a person specialized in Portuguese gastronomy who will take you exclusively to all the most popular food places.

This kind of tours cover the transfers of the whole private group, so you will not have to worry about anything else than tasting delicious dishes at the different stops in the most charming neighborhoods of Lisbon. If you want to live an exclusive family experience, this option is designed for you.

General information about the tour

  • In which area is it? You will visit different neighborhoods by private car such as Mouraria, Chiama or Alfado.
  • How much does it cost? depending on the number of people, between 80€ and 100€.
  • How long does it take?: approximately 3 hours and a half.
  • What does it include?: tour through the center of Lisbon in private groups with approximately 4 stops where you can taste up to 7 typical dishes and two drinks. Children also have a tasting plate adapted to them.
  • Recommended for: groups of friends or families looking for exclusivity.

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5. Wine and seafood tasting at the port of Lisbon

Wine tasting at Taylor's| ©GryVeb
Wine tasting at Taylor's| ©GryVeb

Lisbon boasts of being one of the most important river cities of the Iberian Peninsula thanks to being the mouth of the Tagus River, which offers numerous cruises on the Tagus. This, and its close proximity to the ocean means that it has a great variety of fish and seafood which, of course, is an undoubted part of your gastronomy.

If you are in love with the sea and want to taste all these star products, there is nothing better than hiring a gastronomic tour with a tasting of local wines to enjoy the best seafood in Lisbon in small groups. In this type of tour you have the option to move by ferry through the different locations of the river ports that are scattered around Lisbon and taste a fresh product accompanied by a delicious glass of wine.

General information about Lisbon

  • In which area is it? Lisbon port and different locations by ferry.
  • How much does it cost? about 65 euros.
  • How long does it take?: between 3 and 4 hours.
  • What does it include?: transfer in a catamaran and seafood dinner (starter and main course) with a glass of wine or soft drink.
  • Recommended for: lovers of seafood and porteño life.

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6. Gastronomic tour by tuk

Belen Cakes| ©André Luís
Belen Cakes| ©André Luís

If you want to live a different and original experience while tasting the best of Lisbon, I recommend a type of tour that is becoming more and more popular. Often, gastronomic tours, unless you hire the VIP or private option, require you to make your way to the different venues on foot or by public transport.

To save you this step, one of the alternatives is to move around in a tuk, a fun means of electric transport that will take you and a small group of up to 6 people to all the gastronomic stops to taste in a comfortable and agile way the essential delights of this beautiful city.

General info

  • What area is it in? You will be transported by tuk through the main neighborhoods making different stops to taste the typical dishes.
  • How much does it cost? around 100 euros.
  • How long does it take?: about 3 hours.
  • What does it include? The rental of the tuk for 6 people and a guide who will take you around 5 stops in popular places. Food and drinks are not included.
  • Recommended for: people who are looking for a different kind of sightseeing and want to try typical dishes.

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7. Get to know Lisbon's old town by tasting its most traditional food

Grilled Fish| ©Maxim Sinelshchikov
Grilled Fish| ©Maxim Sinelshchikov

They say that one of the most beautiful places in Lisbon is its old town, formed by winding streets full of history and tradition. If you are looking to soak up the atmosphere and taste the essence of its gastronomy, there is nothing like dedicating the time it deserves and take a walking tour of the area with a local guide in groups of no more than 10 people.

I know, it is not as comfortable as driving from place to place, but I assure you that it has a much more special charm and, in addition, you can be more in contact with the local people. Besides, the guides are usually locals who know their way around and will take you to the most famous places as well as to hidden corners full of flavor. Live and taste the real cuisine in Lisbon!

General information about Lisbon

  • In which area is it? In the old town; both Cidade Baixa and Barrio Alto.
  • How much does it cost?: between 100 ¤ and 150 ¤.
  • How long does it take?: about 4 hours.
  • What does it include?: a specialized guide who will lead you on a walking tour through the old town of Lisbon making approximately 5 stops and a selection of up to 8 tapas and typical products with two alcoholic drinks.
  • Recommended for: people who want to experience a more real and close tourism.

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8. There is also room for vegans in Lisbon

Vegan Sushi| ©Olga Berrios
Vegan Sushi| ©Olga Berrios

Portuguese gastronomy is very present in meat and smoked foods, as well as seafood and seafood products. However, this does not have to be restrictive for all tourists. If you are vegetarian or vegan, Lisbon also has a place for you as you can find authentic tours that will guide you and orient you on the most reputable places where typical food is prepared without any animal products in groups of up to 10 people.

Veganism has evolved a lot in recent years and the best chefs have been able to adapt all the traditional recipes of Lisbon to make them suitable for all palates. In the heart of the Mouraria district there are several important vegan restaurants where you will be taken by a guide who will explain how they adapt these healthy and original recipes.

General info

  • Where are you located? Most of the tours focus on the Mouraria neighborhood.
  • How much does it cost?: around 70€.
  • How long does it take?: about 3 hours.
  • What does it include?: local guide and selected menus within 4 stops in Lisbon of vegan products adapted to the Portuguese gastronomy. Alcoholic beverages are not included.
  • Recommended for: people on vegetarian or vegan diets or curious to try this kind of elaborations.

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9. Support Lisbon's local restaurants

Eating at Cervejaria Ramiro| ©Betty L
Eating at Cervejaria Ramiro| ©Betty L

Going to good restaurants and tasting original and gourmet dishes is an experience that many people like. However, Lisbon is characterized by a unique and close atmosphere. Many of its neighborhoods, such as Alfama, are made up of beautiful streets with tiny places that hide real delicacies. If you want to get out of the big gastronomic routes and support family restaurants, you can decide to take a tour of the hidden gastronomic corners of Lisbon.

Thanks to this type of tour in groups of 6 to 12 people, you can leave the main streets and orient yourself, thanks to a local guide, through the lost alleys of Alfama to discover places that are not usually in the tourist guides but that have been offering for generations the most traditional dishes to all the residents of the area. Undoubtedly an incredible experience of conscious tourism.

General information about Lisbon

  • What area are you in? Most tours focus on the Alfama neighborhood.
  • How much does it cost?: around 70€.
  • How long does it take?: about 3 hours.
  • What does it include?: guided tour of the Alfama district with local guide and stop in up to 3 places with a total tasting of up to 15 typical products with local drinks.
  • Recommended for: visitors who want to escape from the touristy and get to know the real local essence of Lisbon.

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10. Excursion and wine and cheese tasting in Sintra or Setúbal

Pena Palace| ©laredawg
Pena Palace| ©laredawg

Sintra is a region that is just 30 minutes from the center of Lisbon and has an incredible variety of products with which the typical Portuguese recipes are made. If you are on vacation in Lisbon, you can not miss the opportunity to take a day trip to this place and know, through a gastronomic tour of private or small groups, all the raw materials of Sintra, among which are the wine and cheeses.

In this place you will find numerous wineries that produce their own wine with denomination of origin and offer tours of their facilities, ending in a tasting of their best bottles and accompanying with a series of cheeses from the area. This type of excursions are very popular among visitors and can also be done in other nearby areas such as Setúbal.

General information about Lisbon

  • In which area is it? There are different tours to the wineries of Sintra or Setúbal.
  • How much does it cost? between 130 ¤ and 150 ¤.
  • How long does it take?: about 6 to 7 hours including all the tours.
  • What does it include?: transfers to Setúbal or Sintra, local guide and a tasting of about 5 tapas with typical products such as cheese and 5 samples of wine from the cellars. Lunch is not included.
  • Recommended for: tourists who want to get to know the surroundings of Lisbon and taste the raw material of the area.

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As you can see, Lisbon is a tourist destination for all food lovers. Adapted to all tastes and palates, Portuguese cuisine has carved a huge niche for itself and every year attracts thousands of curious people from all over the world.

If reading this post has made your mouth water, don't think twice! and book one of the best gastronomic tours in Lisbon to eat your way through the city.