Culinary crossroads


Culinary crossroads

Trace – and taste – your way through Lisbon’s history as a cultural crossroads from its Age of Exploration heyday to the present, trying globe-trotting Portuguese cuisine from Campo de Ourique’s most historic spots.

Ascending off the beaten track from Estrela to the village-like Campo de Ourique, you’ll taste hearty meals and sweet treats steeped in tales from Portugal’s imperial past, with your expert Culinary Backstreets guide illuminating the history behind each bite. Along the way you’ll discover spots usually the reserve of the most discerning locals, meeting producers and learning their stories as you feast.

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From $360 for 2 people

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A Lisbon local

Culinary Backstreets guide

Your Culinary Backstreets experience will be led by a Lisbon local with expert knowledge of the city’s history and cuisine scene. All experienced storytellers in their own fields, these Lisbon correspondents count born-and-bred Lisboeta tour guides, an international food writer, a wine-pairing wizard and a globetrotting anthropologist among their ranks. One thing they all have in common: a passion for providing insider access to the capital’s culinary traditions.

Dig into cross-cultural delicacies from a family-run tasca, classic bakeries and an age-old market, taking in tales of Portugal’s past along the way.

5 hours and 30 minutes
Start Time
Tours run between the hours of 10:00 and 15:30
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Where you'll go
Your private guide will kick things off in the leafy Estrela district. Here you’ll discover Lisbon’s Age of Exploration heyday over coffee and cake in a classic pastry shop, then stroll through the Jardim de Estrela and pop into the 18th-century basilica. Next, you’ll head to the Campo de Ourique neighbourhood, where you’ll explore a traditional Lisbon market (except on Sundays and Mondays) and stop off at storied lunch spots including a family-run tasca and a private members’ club, before wrapping things up at a historic tiled bakery.
What you'll sample
First up is a traditional espresso and cake, over which you’ll discuss the sweet treat’s Age of Exploration past. Next, you’ll try ovos moles, a sweet egg-yolk-filled bite, while your guide fills you in on the city’s pious culinary traditions. At the Campo de Ourique market you’ll learn about (and taste) Portuguese recipes and produce, then stop for seafood at a traditional bar. After that, it’s on to a tasca for meats, cheese and traditional dishes such as favas com entrecosto, washed down with vinho verde. Don’t fill up too much, though – still to try is carne de vinha d'alhos, an ancestor of the vindaloo. After more coffee and a Jesuit cake, you’ll finish up with an iconic pastel de nata.
Experience location
You’ll meet near the Estrela Basilica; we’ll send you the details in your confirmation.