Cascais started life as a fishing village, but over the decades it has evolved into a popular resort town. However, seafood is still at the centre of things here – and the bustling fish market is well worth a visit. To sample some of Cascais’ best delicacies, we’ve has picked out the best restaurants – serving up everything from juicy lobster to portobello mushroom steaks – for you to enjoy.
Sushi fans will be in heaven at this chic and relaxed coastal spot. Make your way through the menu, with everything from sashimi to Instagrammable California rolls on offer. If sushi isn’t your thing, don’t worry, as LOVit doubles up as a burger bar. The pregos – Portuguese sandwiches – are another delicious option, with rump steak, tuna, chicken, pork and salmon among the fillings. Wash it all down with a jug of cooling sangria, with the rosé option being one of the house favourites.
Take a trip to Italy at this smart pizza restaurant, which has several other outlets across Portugal. The Cascais location has prime views over Duquesa Beach, with a balcony and ground floor terrace space. There’s a great variety of wood-fired pizzas – with the truffle-infused Tartufo being one to write home about – while the pasta also promises to satisfy. If you’re looking for something lighter, the salads are a great lunch option and the starters can be shared like tapas.
Point to the piece of seafood that takes your fancy at this bright and breezy beach-style restaurant, which is located right next to the marina. The photogenic counters here are stocked with fresh delicacies, which can be cooked just to your liking – you can even watch the chefs in action as they prepare the produce. It’s a top place to stop by during the day, but come nightfall, soft lighting creates a great atmosphere. If you’re planning to visit at the weekend, it’s advisable to book in advance as the tables here pack out quickly.
Looking for the perfect date spot? This smart wine bar is set to seduce, with its relaxed yet chic interiors and its tasty menu options. The shrimp and clam risotto is one of the most praised dishes, along with the meaty sea bass and steaks. There are a few tables outside if you fancy a more intimate setting. On the drinks side of things, there’s a great selection of wine, with many of the bottles artfully displayed around the restaurant.
This place has an air of cool about it and rightly so – it’s been welcoming customers for more than 45 years. Beira Mar, which translates as “seashore”, has a lovely terrace area, and the main restaurant has a great atmosphere with dark wood detailing, Portuguese tiling and soft lighting. The seafood here is a real draw, with some of the standout dishes including the codfish “Beira Mar-style” and the fried squid with clam-infused rice. Round things off with a slice of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake.
Extend your Cascais holiday by staying in nearby Lisbon. Book one of the best hotels with pools in Lisbon now on Culture Trip, or browse hip apartments in the city that you’ll want to call home. See the best tours to fill up your daytime itinerary, then explore the local nightlife in the bars and clubs of Bairro Alto. Alternatively, discover everything Lisbon has to offer from the comfort of your own living room.
This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Marcelina Morfin.