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

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