Through gastronomy and neighbourhood traditions, one knows the people and a city.
In June Lisbon smells like sardine roasted in the neighbourhoods of Alfama, Bairro Alto, Bica and Graça. Saint Anthony and other popular saints are celebrated on the streets, during the city festivities, until dawn with lots of excitement, lots of food and a snack with plenty of drinks.
In autumn, the aroma of roasted chestnuts spreads through the streets and eating them “warm” is a pleasure.
Throughout the year the city offers numerous places to enjoy Portuguese gastronomic specialities and the flavours of Lisbon. From the most luxurious space, with contemporary cuisine of famous chefs, to the neighbourhood tavern, to the small restaurant where the intense smell of spices transports us to distant places, Lisbon is a shop window and a showcase of world cuisines that intersect with aromas and flavours traditionally Portuguese.
Entering a café or sitting on a terrace, indulging with our pastries and drinking espresso is a cult act in Lisbon. Drinking a “ginginha” (sour cherry liquor), with or without the fruit, is an indispensable ritual for many Lisbonians.