Elsa and Ryo spent 5 days in Lisbon and here we summarise our food adventures with you.
This post will focus on some of the snacks we had during our stay.
Elsa: This cafe was located near where we were staying so we decided to pop in to see what it was like. The staff were extremely friendly and the cafe in itself was a nice quiet place to visit. We proceeded to order tea and coffee and ordered some pies and cake. These were really nice, the meat pies were moist and decently flavoured and filled whilst the walnut cake was sweet but not too sweet. The teas were also nice.
Ryo: What a find! The pies was really good – the crust was thick, but buttery rather than doughy and the meat fillings had beautifully rich flavours. And the coffee was amazing. We tried several different coffee places in Lisbon but this cafe made the best coffee. It is a cozy little place – sort of between cafe and deli – and a kind of place I want to visit again and again.
Address: Rua de Sao Bento, 239, Avenida da Liberdade 180 D loja 6, Lisbon 1250, Portugal
Elsa: Who can say no to ice cream. This was also close to where we were staying and the menus changed a bit each time we visited. They had some interesting flavours, such as port, baobab, milk flower and persimmon. The ice cream itself was lovely and I found this was much better than the ice cream we had at Santini as it was less sweet.
Ryo: It was a pity that we couldn’t taste more adventurous flavours like baobab, Porto wine, basil flower and etc., but from what I tasted, I could gather that any of their ice cream would be good. I would’ve had their ice cream everyday but the weather didn’t cooperate while we were in Lisbon…
Address: R. Nova da Piedade 68, Lisboa, Portugal
Elsa: I looked up this cafe as a nice place for desserts. We arrived and I was initially disappointed that the displays seem to consist mostly of cupcakes. We ordered a muffin looking thing from the lowest tier when Ryo spotted someone else’s order which looked good. We made a decision to order this as well, a breakfast crepe served with strawberries, yoghurt and granola topping (not shown, sorry!). Both items were surprisingly not as sweet as we thought it’d be. The muffin was light and moist whilst the crepe was and topping combo a nice blend of texture and sweetness. We were so impressed we ended taking a slice of cake to go, as a cake was dropped off at the cafe just as we were leaving. Definitely worth a visit.
Ryo: The yogurt+fruit+granola+crepe combination really worked and I can’t wait to make it at home. An excellent idea for weekend breakfast! The place had an interesting mixture of British and Portuguese interior and their cakes/teas also reflect that. One thing though – I had the tea called Irish cream (or Irish coffee? I can’t remember the name but it definitely had Irish) and I have to say, that taste just like diluted coffee. So don’t go for that tea, unless you wanted coffee flavoured water.
Address: Rua Nova da Piedade nº15 Praça das Flores, Lisbon, Portugal
Pastéis de belém
Elsa: This was a must for me. Every tourist has said this is THE place for getting Portuguese tarts so I delighted in ordering several to take back with me to the UK. The tart was really creamy but not too sweet and the pastry on the outside was crisp. Definitely lives up to the hype.
Ryo: No visit to Lisbon is completed without coming to the Pasteis de Belem. I remember the last time I had this, I was almost ready to dislike it (thought it was a tourist trap…) then I was blown away by how good it was. This time, I thought it won’t taste as good as last time since I’ve had it before and my expectation was high – but oh, it was still very good. Nowhere else I have found so far, that makes the pastry that crispy and the egg custard that creamy.
Address: R. Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal