Walking through this wonderful city for the first time, you’re nearly overwhelmed by its history, by all of the old buildings, monuments, plazas. Every corner has a story to tell.
Mercado de Campo de Ourique, a paradise for aficionados
Our day starts at the Mercado de Campo de Ourique. As we pass through the large entrance gates of the modern market hall, we are met with the thunderous echoes of the vendors and visitors to the market. It’s a busy day. Like most markets, the Mercado de Campo de Ourique is divided into different sections for meat, fish, produce and baked goods. The wonderfully arranged fresh fish just waiting to be prepared stick out to us immediately. From gilt-head sea bream to flounder, you can get almost anything here. In Portugal, fish eggs are also a delicacy. Up next are the beautiful vegetable stands and the meat section, where you can get succulent ham and a large range of other types of meat. Around this time, we’re ready to take a break, so we find a nice corner where we can enjoy our coffee, pasteis de nata – a warm, pudding-filled pastry and a Portuguese speciality – and almond tartlet. Breaks don’t get sweeter than this!
Line 28 and Baixa – a journey for the eyes and the taste buds
We board line 28, an old tram that runs straight through the city. It starts at Campo Ourique and ends at Maritim Moniz, stopping at all sorts of places either right at or within walking distance from Lisbon’s gorgeous sights. Castelo de São Jorge and the Igreja de São Vicente de Fora Jesuit church come highly recommended. Upon reaching the terminal stop, Maritim Moniz, we walk through the streets of Baixa (city centre), looking for culinary delights of the highest order. We pass by small delicatessen-like shops with different types of cheese and mouth-watering pata negra ham, hanging ever so ambrosially from the ceiling. These delicacies go best with a glass of port wine. This sweet wine harmonises perfectly with the juicy pata negra, which bursts with flavour in your mouth. Our journey continues through the Parque das Nações, which was constructed on the former grounds of the World Fair – Expo ’98 – in Lisbon, and past the beautiful water fountains and sculptures.
Restaurant culture – a good mix of fish and meat
It’s clear by now how diverse traditional Portuguese cuisine is, and how much different cuisines from around the world influence it today. Fish (like bacalahau [cod] and sardinha [sardines]), however, remains a staple in Portuguese dishes, though that’s not to say that meat doesn’t have its place. When it comes to fish, bacalahau has proven to be a favourite. It is salted and dried, then served cooked, fried or roasted. The Portuguese also love their stews and ragout. The ensopado de borrego, a type of lamb ragout, and cozido a portuguesa, a hearty meat stew, are musts. Our restaurant experience was unfortunately a bit of a let-down. We weren’t impressed by the Michelin-star restaurant Eleven. But that’s doesn’t mean there aren’t any good dining opportunities in Lisbon. Perhaps you have a couple of tips for our next visit? To put it simply, Lisbon has a lot to offer – beautiful sights, interesting people and tasty food. With all its narrow alleys, exquisite wines and delicious snacks, this charming city is certainly worth a visit.
Até à próxima vez! Until next time Lisboa!
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Dive in and try it, the tradition and the modern, which is your favorite?
On the traces of old conventions between aromas and flavors
Merhaba Istanbul, on this year’s Foodi Tour through Istanbul we were able to experience traditional as well as modern delicacies. We discovered that both the typical and the modified Turkish dishes consist of extraordinary compositions.