Everyone always wants to know what (and where) they should eat when they come to Lisbon. For me, in a world where restaurants and retail are becoming more and more homogenous, Lisbon offers a messy, unpretentious, unadorned, convivial antidote in its cevejarias and marisqueiras.
It’s what you come to Lisbon for, an authentic experience and truly some of the best seafood in the world. Menu classics worth trying are percebes (goose barnacles), carabineiros (large, sweet bright red shrimp), sapateira (a type of crab salad stuffed inside a crab shell), razor clams (and all other types of clams too). It’s all simply prepared – lemon certainly, sometimes a quick sauce of white wine and garlic. Wash it down with a cold beer and if you want to really feel like a local, finish your meal with a prego, a thin Portuguse steak sandwich. It sounds weird but I promise, it’s the best.