Essential Alfama – Food, History & People

Essential Alfama - Food, History & People

Taste the food, meet the people and discover the history of Lisbon’s famed Alfama neighborhood.
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2.5 hrs hours


Thu - Mon 12pm

There is no place in Lisbon quite like Alfama…

The music, the quintessential local restaurants, the breathtaking views and all the historical treasures make an exploration of Alfama a must do when visiting Lisbon. What makes this experience unique, is that we go beyond the obvious to discover hidden corners, backstreets with the best local eats, and encounter the colorful characters like our friend Dora, who are the face of this storied neighborhood.

What you’ll Experience on this Alfama Stroll & Food Tour

  • Uncover the iconic sites like St. George’s Castle, Sé Cathedral, & Portas do Sol Viewpoint.
  • Devour the classics after taking in the amazing views of Alfama; sit down for a tasting of two traditional Portuguese dishes.
  • Sip the ginjinha with the local legend Dora & taste her homemade ginjinha served in an edible chocolate cup.
  • Capture all the best views offered of Lisbon in Alfama! You will experience the best miradouros (viewpoints).
  • Visit a Fado house where you’ll taste an exclusive dish from a Michelin-starred chef while enjoying the sounds of the Portuguese music in the background.
  • Taste the best pastry in Portugal (and arguably the world!) – the famed pastel de nata!

On this 2.5 hour walking tour, we take you to see the most iconic sights such as the Sé Cathedral and the famous Portas do Sol viewpoint and also hidden spots few tourists ever see. You will taste Lisbon’s best dishes at the places that locals cherish, and you will experience Alfama the right way, providing you with an opportunity to truly appreciate its beauty, inside and out.

It will be difficult for you to imagine that Alfama, now considered the Heart of Lisbon, was once situated outside of the city walls and known for its poverty and squalor where only the poor and disadvantaged lived. You will learn about Alfama’s rich history and transition from a deprived district where sailors and dock workers lived into the artisan and historical center of Lisbon.

And what better way to capture this history then by walking the backstreets and enjoying the local eats as you travel back in time.

Come hungry, in both body and mind, as we dive into the essentials of Portuguese food, history & culture. You’ll arrive as a curious traveller and leave feeling like a well-fed local ready to continue discovering Lisbon on your own.

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Along with a guide to the stops you visit and a food lover's guide to the city, your local guide will give you her/his tips and picks to the best spots in town



We are here for you from the moment you book, to provide you with local tips and help with any of your questions



How to Arrive for Your Essential Alfama Tour

How you get there is up to you (transport to the meeting point is not included) - the starting location is easy to reach!

When you reserve your spot, we’ll give you the exact location of the meeting point in Restauradores Square.

At the end of our tour, our guides can point you in the right direction or call a taxi for you (or give you a recommendation of what to see next nearby)

Your Essential Alfama Tour Schedule



Our tour starts at Restauradores Square. Look for the your local guide wearing or holding an Eating Europe logo.



You can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour date. For further details please review our cancellation policy.



This tour runs Thursday thru Monday at Noon (12pm). Tours are not held on National Holidays. Please check the booking page for available dates.

What a great way to see the sights and experience the best food that Lisbon has to offer. Simply delicious. Our guide, Camila, was absolutely lovely. Highly recommend this tour and guide!

- Christy L (TripAdvisor Review)

Lovely walk with Ricardo. Good food, good wine and beer and good conversation. Great way to get a foot in to the complex world of Portuguese food culture and history .

- Silke (TripAdvisor Review)

We had an amazing tour with Leonardo. He was so excited to be able to show us the history which we would not have discovered on our own and all the food was delicious.

- Rebecca H (TripAdvisor Review)

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Meet Your Local Lisbon Tour Guides

Savour Lisbon like a local with our expert food tour guides.

Originally from Porto, living in Lisbon since 2016.
Favorite dish will have to be a good Duck Rice (Arroz de Pato)
Although Lisbon is beautiful inside and out always look for the open doors in the buildings, you might find some of the most amazing undiscovered monuments.
Hungarian native who fell in love with Portugal in 2006 and made it her home.
My favourite Portuguese dish would have to be grilled sea bass with an ocean view and a nice green wine.
If you are a coffee drinker always order a regular “café” and not a milky version to really appreciate this underrated delicacy!
Brazilian living in Lisbon for 6 years who fell in love with the city after a trip and never left.
My favorite dish is Polvo a lagareiro!
When in Lisbon, don't miss Graça with its viewpoints and terraces and a sunset boat trip on the Tejo River
Born in "a garden planted by the sea" also known as Portugal.
What I love about Portuguese cuisine is the freshness of the ingredients which change every season. My favorite summer food is grilled sardines with salad.
The best way to learn about a country is through its people. Go to a farmers market, talk to strangers and experience the variety of local vegetables and fruits.
Born and raised in Portugal. From the mountain of Sintra right to your table!
My favorite thing to eat is rotisserie chicken. Simple but hard to beat.
The best advice I've ever been given for Lisbon is "Look for handwritten menus. Even better if they're written on a disposable paper towel''!
Born and raised in Lisbon, a true "Alfacinha"
My favorite Portuguese dish is a Bitoque: steak with a fried egg served on top with a side of french fries and rice
When in Lisbon, explore Alfama, Belém and Sintra as well as indulging in our lovely food
Born in Brazil and living in Portugal since 2001
My favorite food is grilled octopus!
Walk and eat as much as possible in Portugal. There's always some story behind each building and dish!