Therapist

Therapist is Portugal’s first healing-focused restaurant and offers a nutrient-rich menu that includes chilli shiitake bowls, beetroot lattes and pancakes with berries and ginger jam alongside a busy workshop and therapy schedule. Its cool LX Factory warehouse location has recently added a new outdoor deck for lunching in the sun.

  • +351 21 601 8227
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  • Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103
    1300-501 Lisboa

Chinês clandestinos

Lisbon has a large and not-so secret network of illegal Chinese eateries hidden inside family homes and apartment buildings known only by their addresses. Rua da Guia 9 in the artistic Mouraria neighbourhood is one of the most popular. Ascend a nondescript graffitied stairway, usually full of queuing Lisboetas, and join a communal table for some traditional Chinese food.

  • Rua da Guia 9 1
    1100-132

Cantina Peruana

The latest offering from hyped chef Jose Avillez and the most exciting to date. Table are set all around a leafy indoor square balcony overlooking another one of his spots, inducing a feeling of floating elevation – like you’re sitting pretty in a hanging basket and are outside. Ambient lighting twinkles and pisco sours flow before you enjoy an innovative menu that takes all cross cultures of Peruvian settlers and combines cuisines, according to ‘six worlds’ (raw cold, red hot coals, fried, Andean, wok and sweet) meaning you’ll see some Asian influence and some BBQ. Try the classic tiger’s milk white ceviche, the barbeque pork rice, and the tempura fritters.

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Don’t be put off by the all-gin-everything vibe; this restaurant is the new sister spin off of a specialist bar and distillery set in the iconic Ribeiro da Cunha Palace, a XIX century new-Arabian Palace turned shopping and cocktail bazaar. The restaurant is located in the ornate, high ceilinged main hall and offers an unusual gin-paired a la carte that includes smoked gins along with lots of fish, duck and a strong focus on herbs. Try the basil risotto and scallops with a home-distilled gin basil smash.

Tentações De Goa

Family-run and usually busy, this tiny establishment is situated down an unassuming alley in the Mouraria neighbourhood and serves the best Goan food in Lisbon. Book ahead and enjoy delights such as crab curry and pork vindaloo.

  • +351 218 875 824
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  • Rua de São Pedro Mártir 23
    1100-034

Casa da Índia

For a taste of local Lisbon in late-night Bairro Alto, most locals will point you towards the faded facade of Casa da Índia, where waiters weave between paper-covered tables with piles of caracóis (snails) and steaming bacalhau. There’s usually a small crowd of informed, hungry travellers loitering by the entrance but the glazed azulejo walls, smoky grill and unfazed Lisboetas ensure it remains an authentic neighbourhood joint.

  • Rua do Loreto 49-51
    1200-086

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