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Suggested Lisbon Itineraries – Food
At Property Lisbon we understand there is a lot you may wish to see while in Lisbon, but that your time in the city may be limited. That is why we have compiled the following guide of some of the things you can do while in Lisbon, to help you better plan and organize your stay.
As you walk around Lisbon’s museums, and travel between all the magnificent places that this city has to offer to its visitors, at one point you are certain to become hungry and at one point of this extraordinary experience you will surely need to eat. Thankfully, Lisbon also has plenty of restaurants to offer.
There is, however, one problem with this – If you spend enough time in Lisbon, you will soon learn that nearly three quarters of the city are nothing but a tourist “trap”, meaning that most restaurants that are located in the major tourist areas, in which you will probably spend most of your time in the city, are extremely expensive. While these are all rather nice looking establishments and they may seem as very attractive places to eat at, we suggest that, if you do not wish to blow a lot of money on a single meal, you resist the temptation to enter one of them, as that is where the trap lies.
Granted, tourism is one of the main industries of the city, so you cannot really blame them. While there is no reason to condemn their business practices, you, as a tourist, should also not feel obligated to endorse them by spending too much money on their establishments. Lucky for you, saving money and eating well at the same time is quite possible in Lisbon.
You should always remember that Lisbon is full of people who at least live in the city, if they are not native to it. These people are well familiar with city and how the tourist business practices operate within it, so you will notice that not many of them, if any, eat at the restaurants located in the major tourist areas. While it is true that most of them cannot really afford to regularly eat at those places, there is also the fact that people who are native to the city already know about places where you can eat just as well for a significantly smaller amount of money, so they usually prefer to eat there instead.
As we have mentioned before, the Portuguese are rather hospitable and polite people. If you speak a bit of Portuguese, you can always approach some of them on the street and ask them if they know any good restaurants nearby that are not too expensive.
If that, however, does not work, or if you are feeling adventurous, you can always look for these natives on your own, and when you find them, observe where they go. Now, of course, we do not suggest you actually follow people around on the streets, as that might just land you in jail, and if spending a night in jail in Lisbon is not on your itinerary list, it might just throw your whole schedule out of whack.
But if you manage to find the places that these people at, not only you will find cheaper food, but there is quite a solid chance that the food you find will also be of much better quality.