Situated within the area known as the Pombaline Lower Town, after 18th-century Portuguese statesman the Marquês de Pombal, the Baixa district is one of Lisbon’s most charming and popular areas. Filled with restaurant, cafés and beautiful buildings, there is an abundance of things to see and do. Here we explore the best restaurants that the area has to offer.
Another gem in the area is the Taberna da Baixa, an excellent option for brunch, lunch or tapas. Situated in the heart of the Baixa district, the Taberna makes itself enthusiastically available for a range of cultural events from live music to wine tastings. A trip here may just help you to stumble upon some authentic local culture. Geared towards light lunches and snacks, this is the perfect place to soak up the sun and atmosphere over a platter of shared Lisbon delicacies.
Address: Rua dos Fanqueiros, 161, Baixa, Lisbon, +351 21 887 0290
Quiet and classy, Restaurante Largo is a chic modern environment and is the winner of a coveted Premio Turismo Portugal award. Enjoying the attentions of international chef Miguel Castro e Silva, Restaurante Largo is a serious undertaking and a fixture in upmarket Lisbon gastronomy. Equally striking is the design of the building, the work of esteemed Portuguese Miguel Cancio Martins, it boasts a range of dining spaces of subtly distinct décors, with one compelling twist being a vast range of aquarium tanks containing live jellyfish.
Address: Rua Serpa Pinto, 1200-445 Lisbon, +351 21 347 7225
One of a chain of restaurants run by chef José Avillez, the Cantinho do Avillez is a relaxed and modern atmosphere. Carefully designed with old-school furnishings by architect Ana Anahory and decorator Felipa Almeida, the interior is designed to be reassuringly cheerful and simple, and is conducive to enjoyment of the well-executed Portuguese cuisine. Avillez is the first Portuguese to score two Michelin stars, and Cantinho is an excellent option for those who wish to experience the best of Portuguese cuisine.
Address: Rua Duques de Bragança, Lisbon, +351 21 199 2369
To Burger Or Not To Burger, to give its full name, is a zanier outfit altogether and is found on Rua Capelo, conveniently around the corner from the Baixa/Chiado metro station and the Largo de Camões. A quality burger restaurant, To.B commits serious effort to providing an uncommonly broad variety of products and condiments, indeed, it is one of a very few Portuguese establishments where you might be able to track down a veggie burger. A wide selection of sauces and delicious chips rounds off the experience at this unique and refreshing restaurant.
Address: Rua Capelo, 24, Chiado, Lisbon, +351 21 347 1046
Sea Me is a new innovation in Portugal’s continuing love affair with seafood, offering Asian-themed dishes alongside new permutations of the classics. It’s the place to be if you’d like to take a step outside the standard Portuguese set menu, an experience new twists on European and Japanese dishes alike. Set in a spacious, modernistic environment with the traditional open-view kitchen unit at the head of the room, this is a fine night out for fish and seafood enthusiasts.
Address: Rua do Loreto 21, Lisbon, +351 21 346 1564
O Povo (‘The people’), near to the riverbank, is attempting to revive the role of the traditional Portuguese tasca or tavern. To this end, it cultivates the best poetry and music of the surrounding area, and employs a number of musicians, focusing particularly on practitioners of fado song. Good for a light lunch salad or sandwich, O Povo serves hot tapas snacks every night until midnight, and continues to serve cold food through the small hours.
Address: Rua Nova do Carvalho 32-36, Lisbon, +351 21 347 3403