Cantinho do Avillez
A labor of love from executive chef Jose Avillez, this trendy, casual restaurant is located in the buzzy Chiado neighborhood. Traditional yet modern, Cantino do Avillez is bedecked in reclaimed Portuguese ceramics and modern, fresh balsa wood reminiscent of Scandinavian design. Avillez (awarded a Michelin star at Lisbon favorite Belcanto) manages to walk the same fine line with his cooking: the menu features highbrow fare but manages to remain appealing and accessible. Highlights include delicious marinated scallops, homemade steak sandwiches and the signature chocolate cake.
Davvero at Sublime Lisboa
Perched on a hill inside Eduardo VII Park, the mostly glass-walled dining room at Eleven offers panoramic views of Lisbon’s downtown all the way down to the Tagus River. Chef Joachim Koerper’s kitchen just recently reclaimed its Michelin star, which has made this restaurant a great choice for a leisurely three-course lunch. Expect to rub elbows with some of the city’s well-heeled business folk while enjoying plates of foie gras terrine with chutney.
Executive Chef João Rodrigues’s Michelin-starred restaurant tucked inside Altis Belem has been a local favorite since it opened in 2009. The restaurant’s streamlined interiors, centered around a bold mural of the Portuguese arriving in Japan during the Age of Discovery, provide a fuss-free backdrop to some of the most inventive dishes in the city. For a more adventurous dining experience, sign up 48 hours in advance for the Creative Menu, a multi-course surprise meal from the capable hands of Chef Rodrigues.
Palacio Chiado is a grand, 18th-century palace in Lisbon’s Chiado neighborhood that reopened in 2016 as a chic and hip food court. Patrons get cards upon entrance and as they move through rooms—that feature sushi bars, small plates stands and bars—they put purchases to the card. Upon leaving, all charges can be paid at once.
Pasteis De Belem
If all the sightseeing has you famished, stop by the charming Santini to recharge your batteries with a healthy dose of sugar. Some consider this red-and-white-striped ice cream parlor's gelato to be the best in the world. The cute parlor, open since 1949, lives up to its reputation, scooping inventive and delectable flavors, including acai and dark chocolate, which are sure to satisfy every visitor's sweet tooth.
SUBA at Verride Palácio de Santa Catarina