Lisbon, Portugal: Food Tour – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Lisbon, Portugal: Food Tour – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite


Lisbon’s traditional market hall
is our next stop and a joy to explore. Locals still shop here
for the freshest ingredients, but as is the case
all over Europe, modern buying habits are forcing
these old-time markets to evolve. In order for the farmers’
stalls to survive, markets are adding
high-energy food courts. Today, much of this market
features branches of restaurants run by local celebrity chefs. It’s a youthful and trendy scene
where you can enjoy a world of enticing dishes
at great prices, and for us, it’s
the ideal lunch spot, mixing quality food, expedience,
and fun shared tables. ♪♪ The market stands at the base
of another steep Lisbon hill. It’s too steep for a trolley,
so we’re hopping a funicular. The Elevador da Bica funicular climbs through
a rough-and-tumble neighborhood, where more tasty bites
of Lisbon await. Small, creative wine bars
inject an inviting modernity into the old quarter. Along with a warm welcome, you’re sure to gain
an appreciation of the local taste treats. No visit to Lisbon is complete without sipping the favorite
national drink — port wine. -Well, cod
is the national food, but port is the national drink. -I like that. -And our server
has complemented this nice tawny port with
the right meats and cheeses. Throughout Europe,
places like this know how to combine
traditional food and wine with a contemporary setting. We’re just a short
trolley connection from the dessert course
of our food crawl. To save money, we’re using
the local transit pass. You zap in… [ Beep ] ..and zap out. [ Beep ] By the way, throughout Europe, pickpockets are hard
at work on the buses and trolleys most popular
and crowded with tourists, so enjoy the ride, but keep
an eye on your belongings. Next stop, custard pies. This bakery is popular
for their Pastéis de Belém. You’ll find these treats
all over Portugal, and they originated right here. Behind the busy café scene,
a sweet sweatshop cranks out thousands of these
tasty delights every day. They tried mechanizing
the process, but it just wasn’t the same. Each one is still
carefully handmade. Why are these so special? It’s a secret,
proudly kept since 1837. -No.
Get out. -Stopping here is a ritual
for me with every visit to Lisbon. ♪♪ A sweet drink. We’ll cap our little food tour
with a sweet drink. Traditional hole-in-the-wall
bars serve just one thing — Ginjinha. Let’s have a drink.
-Let’s have a drink. [ Speaking Portuguese ] -You can order it
with fruit or without. I’ve noticed that most
of the locals get it with. What’s the berry?
-The berry is a kind of cherry. It’s a sour cherry — Ginja. -So, the drink is Ginja?
-Ginjinha. It’s, like, a little berry
in this — -Sweet Portuguese cherry juice.
-Exactly. It’s, like,
the fruit, sugar, alcohol, and then you make
a sweet liqueur. And “sabe que nem ginjas.” -What does that mean?
-Mmm. “It’s good, has cherries.” -So, if something is just
really fantastic, you say? -Really, really, really good. You say, “Sabe que nem ginjas.” -Ah.

32 thoughts on “Lisbon, Portugal: Food Tour – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

  1. Ah Lisbon, what a beautiful place. I was there in February and really enjoyed the pasteis De Belem when I was there! ??

  2. The Port wine is actually produced in the Douro Valley (northern Portugal), very close to my wonderful city – Porto. 🙂

  3. Was just there, Rick. My cousin and I used your videos for research, and your name was brought up a few times in conversation. Thanks for all your insight!

  4. Say the opposite way, pasteis de belem, similar to custard pies. It's their typical name, like pizza, sushi, crumble, focaccia, paella, etc

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