Gastronomy and Cuisine of Portugal - Portuguese cuisine is based on five icons: fish, cataplana, Port wine, cream pastries (or Pastéis de Belém) and the skill of its chefs. Of great importance for the Portuguese cuisine and gastronomy, however, some emblematic products complete the diversity and variety of this tasty cuisine.

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Essential influence of the sea, with its varied products. Diverse cultural influences. All contribute to enrich the gastronomic practice and experience in Portugal. From popular "appetizers" to gourmet cuisine proposals. See also: 7 Wonders of Portuguese Gastronomy.


Cod, sea bass, grouper, monkfish, sardines and crustaceans. According to many experts, fish caught off the coast of Portugal are among the best in the world.

Other products

Several other traditional products complete the list of Portuguese gastronomy ingredients: nuts, sausages, olive oil, wines, cheeses, local fruits and aromatic herbs, as well as many items that go into elaborating the delights of Portuguese cuisine and gastronomy.

From the northwestern lands, between the Minho and the Douro, to the undulating lands of the Alentejo and sunny Algarve, a gastronomy that must be tried and appreciated by all who pass by here.


Portuguese kitchen utensil, with round with two concave parts that close, typical of the Algarve, the cataplana is used to cook food, especially fish and seafood. By extension, cataplana is also called the typical dishes cooked on it, such as the Cataplana Algarvia (fish soup, clams, prawns, ...) and the seafood cataplana.

Regional Gastronomy

Although small, Portugal presents, fortunately for us astronomers, a large, rich and varied cuisine.

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Lisbon cuisine

In Lisbon, at the same time traditional and cosmopolitan, lovers of good food are more than well served. "Lisbonians especially like traditional Portuguese cuisine, which includes snacks (codfish, fish from the garden, codfish, green eggs ...) that taste the most when we sit in a neighborhood bar to enjoy a meal."