Delicious, informative, fun and locals only!
Picture this: it's my birthday, and my husband and I have just arrived in Portugal for the very first time, straight off the Sud Express overnight train from Paris to Lisbon. Our host, Gabriele, meets us in our hotel lobby and whisks us off in a cab to a locals-only pastry shop to taste those emblematic pasteis de nata. No queues down the road, just hot dark strong coffee and totally delicious little pastries, served up immediately. Gabriele takes us around her Lisbon, stopping off for great views and great food in several places she knows personally. Shortly after we signed up for this private food tour on Trip Advisor we received an email asking us what we liked and what we were looking to do on the tour. We had said that we were wine buffs and experienced chefs and Gabriele came up trumps for us. She took us to the oldest restaurant in Lisbon for traditional pasteis de bacalhau, then to a brilliant wine bar where we had a private wine tasting with delicious nibbles. Along the way she described some of the sights of the city and pointed out places of interest for us to visit later. In one backstreet we tasted the homemade Ginjinha from a little lady with a table in the street! We finished off with a 3-course meal with wine in an out-of-the-way restaurant where we were pretty much the only foreigners - and where we had a great meal. In addition, I needed to find a jeweller's shop and Gabriele led us to one nearby, allowing us to experience even more of the sights, sounds and smells of Lisbon. We came away from our experience with full tummies, lots of photos, big smiles, and a definite desire to return to Lisbon. Thanks, Gabriele, for sharing your Lisbon and its food with us!