When I travel to a foreign destination a new hunger is ignited to find the very best hidden gems and city specialities, to share with my readers but also to satisfy my intrigue. Withlocals offers a unique opportunity to discover a truly special experience with a real local from the region. Dependent on your interests you can join bespoke tours which will introduce you to a plethora of unspoilt and untouristy places.
Lisbon is the perfect example. The Portuguese capital has so much to offer, but it is tricky to navigate alone. The food scene here is a mix between haute cuisine from chefs like Jose Avillez and casual street food in the Timeout market. My favourite meals include the spectacular cuisine at Belcanto where Jose has been awarded two michelin stars for his special interpretation of Portuguese flavours and produce. For a more authentic and light-hearted evening head to Taberna da rua das Flores where you can sit in a small dining room tasting home-cooked goodness.
Withlocals have a few unmissable tours worth considering when you are looking into things to do in Lisbon. These completely customisable and available in a variety of languages. There are two tours which particularly caught my attention:
Lisbon Food Tour: The Ten Tastings
This exciting tour will take you on a gastronomic voyage round the city. Offering a comprehensive menu of the very best traditional Portuguese dishes and ingredients. This immersive culinary experience will include tasters of classic sardines and, of course, the best (local) Pasteis de Nata in town. The tour can be adjusted according to diet and preference so it will he relished by all.
Flavours of Lisbon: Wine & Tapas Tour
Lisbon is home to many wonderful food producers and wine makers. On the Wine & Tapas tour you will be treated to 4 delicious drinks and 4 bites from around the city. The local will tell you the best tips for enjoying the Lisbon nightlife and you will have the opportunity to get some of the best street shots of this atmospheric destination.
If you have specific requests the tour guides can cater to these (you will find these filters and instant chatting facilities on the website) but I recommend letting the local expert take control and take you to their favourite places.