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Lagos offers a seemingly endless variety of restaurants for every budget. Try our favourites, from a snack to a multi-course meal.

: Get a printable map here, for the locations of our favourite eateries.

1) Lagos Main Area Map Eateries - 2) Lagos Old Town Eateries

Legend and Tips

Legend: The Euro () symbol beside each restaurant denotes a budget category from -Low to -High. Eateries are listed from least expensive to most expensive.

Euro Price Range per plate (approximate to give an idea):


2-5 Euros
5-10 Euros
10-15 Euros
15-20 Euros
20+ Euros

Tips:
1) Reservations: A must in peak season to ensure a table at your favourite restaurant. Some take reservations, some do not. Reservations or not, expect a lineup. Portuguese are courteous so do not toss you out to turn over the tables. This allows for a nice relaxing meal. That’s the good news. The bad news is that you have to be patient and wait. Or just go with the flow as there are loads of great restaurants to choose from.

2) Restaurant Close Down Periods: Most of our favourite restaurants are opened year-round as they serve both locals and visitors; as everyone does need a break, some owners close down for a couple of weeks in the off-season to take some holidays. They usually post a sign letting you know the period for which they are closed and when they will re-open. There is no general shutdown period, so regardless of when you are visiting Lagos, they will be plenty of choices for your dining pleasure.

3) Translating the Menu: Check out our Speak the Lingo page for some translation on food items. These will ease your dining experience. Although many restaurants will offer an English menu and serve you in English, the more authentic the restaurant the more Portuguese is the prime language and the less English is spoken. Please don't shy away from a truly rewarding Portuguese adventure. Your effort to try out the language will put a smile on your server's face. These will form your most memorable experiences.

4) Covert - "Cover": The Portuguese pride themselves in cooking fresh to order, so they provide a series of appetizers known as the "Cover" to carry you through the seemingly long wait for the meal to arrive. The "Cover" is charged as a base fee added to your bill at all sit down restaurants. It often catches 1st time visitors by surprise. The "Cover" usually includes bread, butter, sardine pate and olives. You generally pay for what you consume, although some restaurants have a flat cover fee. Other restaurants will bring you an endless stream of appetizers. Remember that these savoury treats are NOT FREE. You will end up paying for them, so if you are not interested in these appetizers, just politely let your waiter know. Some examples of these additional covers: Shrimp; Cod fish pastry; Shrimp or chicken pastry; octopus salad and more.....!

5) Main Course Accompaniments: In most restaurants, the main course is served with potatoes, fresh steamed veggies, or a mixed salad. Ask your server for specifics. You can usually request a preference of boiled or fried potatoes. There is something decadent about the potatoes in Portugal. They are creamy and tasty. This is the only time I enjoy boiled potatoes.

6) Don't ask for a "Doggie Bag": Canadians and Americans love this phenomenon where we request to take home our partially eaten meal for a tasty next day lunch. Portuguese restaurants serve very generous portions, so it is quite tempting to ask for your leftovers to be wrapped up. It is not customary in Portugal to ask for the proverbial "Doggie Bag", so save yourself the embarrassment of asking. We once made this mistake at O Sitio do Rio. We asked for our food to be wrapped up "a Doggie Bag ". The waiter promptly asked us if this was for our dog or our cat and we were quite shocked. He was even more shocked to see our reaction and advice that this was indeed for our own consumption. This would be quite an insult in Canada.....but alas we are in Portugal so let's fit it. Our waiter was quite apologetic and perhaps he will reconsider his response next time. The reality is that in Portugal, most often, people tend to only ask for the leftovers for their pets. Lesson Learned..... Just politely ask "to take this home for yourself"!

7) Flat Screen TVs: If you are visiting Lagos during any major sporting event you will find that several restaurants now sport flat screen TVs which are non-intrusive and offer you the opportunity to enjoy a nice meal while taking in a football game. This is a welcome addition for sports fans.

 


Antonio, Lagos

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese

You cannot ask for a better seaside setting!

Imagine a setting where you can hear the roar of waves, gaze down the cliff lined endless expanse of beach while enjoying a delectable meal. Antonio's offers this unique dining experience to create yet another highlight to your memorable Lagos holiday experiences.

The owners took their time in setting up this seaside restaurant and it shows in every way. Their attention to detail and quality shows in the layout, the quality of the food, the pricing and the friendly and efficient service. Antonio's offers you a perfect setting for lunch or or a sunset dining experience.

You can take advantage of the outdoor patio in the warmer months. In cooler months, the patio has a weather barrier to protect against the wind or you can dine indoors where the fireplace is running to add to this already cozy atmosphere.

Our Favourites: Sea Bream and Swordfish were grilled to perfection; combined with salad, bread, olives a half litre of wine and dessert; what a treat!

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

: At Porto do Mos Beach; when facing the ocean, Antonio's is on the beach on the right side of the parking lot

: Plenty of parking at the beach

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 20 min.


As Asinhas, Lagos

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese

This warm and cozy restaurant is popular with the locals and is occasionally fully reserved for a birthday party. We have had some of our best meals here, served by their friendly staff. We were offered a delightful glass of complementary port wine with our dessert.

Our Favourites: Picanha Asinhas - Marinated thin slices of beef served with an assortment of: side dishes (rice; couscous manioc, tomato/onion salsa, black beans; peaches & pineapple); Lulinhas fritas served in the most decadent sauce with boiled potatoes and mixed salad; best Lulinhas fritas I have had to date.

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 764 257 (for reservations)

: From Stone Tulips roundabout #5, drive straight to Black Ball roundabout #4 and take your second exit which quickly turns right down a steep narrow hill. At the bottom of the hill there is an intersection where you turn left at N Martins appliance shop on the corner. As Asinhas is a few doors down, to the right of N Martins (when facing the shop). Look for the red awning sporting "As Asinhas".

: Park on the street if you're lucky or behind the apartment buildings directly access the street from As Asinhas; alternately there is lots of parking available in a parking lot just outside the town wall at the back entrance into town.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 5 min.


Baluarte, Lagos

Cuisine: Typical Portuguese breakfast and lunch

Great spot for people-watching, indoors and outdoors!

After just one visit to this warm and bustling café, you will see why Baluarte has quickly become our favourite place for breakfast or lunch. Carlos, one of the servers, takes pride in his work and is so warm, polite and professional. They make you feel so very welcome. Baluarte is a hot spot for nearby residents to convene for breakfast prior to starting their day and then to return for the tasty and affordable lunch. They have tables indoors and outdoors.

As we arrived for lunch one day, we were quite amused to see a man yelling out from across the street to Carlos, inquiring about what was on for the daily special. Much to our delight it was indeed our favourite lunch special "Porco Algarvia".

Our Favourites-Breakfast: Tosta Mista (Toasted ham and cheese sandwich) and a "bica pingada" or two (a small strong coffee with a drop of milk); variety of pastries also available.

Our Favourites-Lunch: "Porco Algarvia"; this major tasty and typical meal consists of a stew of spiced pork, cubed potatoes and green olives; portions are huge, so plan to have a light breakfast that day; you can also request this special in a half order, for those of us with tiny tummies and appetites; in peak season, enjoy the "sandes de ovo com fiambre e queijo" (sandwich with a omlette of ham and cheese) combined with the daily soup.

Note: Daily soup specials and a wide variety of sandwiches are available at lunch but the daily lunch hot plates are no longer offered

When: Breakfast or Lunch; opened year-round

: From Stone Tulips roundabout #5, drive straight to Black Ball roundabout #4 and take your second exit which quickly turns right down a steep narrow hill. At the bottom of the hill there is an intersection where you turn left at N Martins appliance shop on the corner. Baluarte is one door down on the right, when facing N Martins.

: Park on the street if you're lucky or behind the apartment buildings directly access the street from Baluarte; alternately there is lots of parking available in a parking lot just outside the town wall at the back end of town.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 5 min.


Bar Linda

Cuisine: Eclectic menu with a fusion of multi-cultural cuisine; exotic salads and wraps; grilled fish

One of the few places in Lagos that blends up exotic drinks!

Bar Linda, at Meia Praia, is a bustling beach-side bistro with a wide selection of goodies on its colourful menu, my favourite being the large exotic salads. You will find plenty of seating both inside and out. The patio offers a a large shaded area as well as opened air tables. This bistro has reopened with a tasteful ambiance, sporting an all wood infrastructure throughoutt with rattan furniture giving you that "real holiday feel".

Whether you take in the action at the nearby beach volleyball courts, simply people watch or gaze down the 7km stretch of fine sandy beach, Bar Linda is perfectly situated to offer you a truly lively beach side holiday atmosphere.

Our Favourites: The exotic salads (there are so many to try); chicken tikka masala wrap; with a glass on vinho verde.

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 792 146 (for reservations)

Tip: Protected sunchairs are available for a fee, just a few steps from Bar Linda, if you are up for a totally lazy day.

: From Tulip roundabout #5, drive straight to Black Ball roundabout #4 and take your first right down the road towards the Town Waterfront. Drive on through town and past the Marina to the Ironworks roundabout #3. Turn right. At the next intersection and then turn right again. You will now be driving behind the Marina and will come upon the Ancient Ruins roundabout #F. Take your first right and follow the road as it curves until you reach the Train Station parking lot on your left. Drive into the parking lot and follow the road which takes you parallel to the train tracks to the beach. This paved road turns into a dirt road as you near the beach.

: Plenty of parking on the dirt parking lot just outside the restaurant.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


Café do Mar

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese.

For a classy romantic sea-side setting!

We recently dined at Café do Mar overlooking Praia da Batata Beach. What a fantastic overall experience. We made an impromptu call to our friends Edite and Pedro to go out for supper and they recommended this charming restaurant. The food was grea,; the service warmly Portuguese, the decor charming and all this overlooking the coast. So a truly perfect setting. They also offerred us a lovely glass of champagne as an aperitif. In addition to our main course noted below, we shared 2 desserts of cheese cake and my favourite Tarta Mixta (almond; carob; fig).

We were entertained by a crazy group of Spanish girls from Seville, dining at the next table and having a hen stag party. They sang, they laughed and did they danced. Yes with their traditional Andalucian dancing. One of them had an awesome voice, the others not so much. Well we left them in mid-song at about 11:30 as our friend's little daughter was yawning.

Our Favourites: Fresh clams; Robalo fish (sea bass) with potatoes and veggies; Tarta Mixta (almond; carob; fig) for dessert.

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round.

Phone: (282) 788 006 (for reservations)

: From Tulip roundabout #5, drive straight to Black Ball roundabout #4 and take your first right down the road towards the Town Waterfront. Stop at the first waterfront parking lot on your right at Praia da Batata.If you get to the old waterfront fort, you have gone to far.

: Limited parking in the parking lot just outside the restaurant as you are competing with beach goers. Tip: This makes for a picturesque stroll so leave the the car, bring your camera and walk!!!

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.


O Camilo

Cuisine: Great grilled fish; superb desserts

Location.....Location.....Location!

Historic View: O Camilo, with its simple structure and ultra casual atmosphere.

Still is "the" place to enjoy lunch while taking in the spectacular cliff side views with their intricate rock formations. On a clear day you can see the 7km stretch Meia Praia beach all the way to Portimão. This restaurant is conveniently situated directly above Praia do Camilo with seating both inside and out. It's a perfect spot for a hearty lunch during your beach day.

Important Update: You will notice that nature has taken it's toll with considerable cliffside erosion at O’Camillo. Thus the new wood boardwalk to take you down to the beach in a more gradual fashion. Easier on the knees, thankfully. They also moved the restaurant quite a ways back and took the opportunity to build a new more modern structure. Opinions are varied. If you loved the old world charm of the old structure you will find this a change. Many miss the old O'Camillo while others welcome the more snazzy bistro style atmosphere with its black tables, black and silver place mats, a floor to ceiling wine rack, huge screen TV, etc.. Food of course is still good and several items added to cater to more international tastes. Try it out and decide for yourself!!!

Our Favourites: Grilled Dourada; grilled Anchova (yes a large anchovy fish); Espada; fish is served with boiled potatoes and salad; desserts are plentiful and a must, so leave some room; try the bolo de bolacha (coffee cake) or the Tiaramisu.

When: Lunch or Supper; opened in the summer months

Phone: (282) 763 845 - reservations a must

Tip: Popular spot for lunch and seating is limited, so try to get there early to get a table.

: Restaurant O Camilo is located on the road to Ponte de Piedad. Look for it on the left. See Walking Tour #2 Praia Dona Ana for directions; See Activities Beach Day for additional photos.

: Parking is limited, so arrive early! You may have to park up the road and walk a little.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


Campimar, Lagos

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese

Campimar is an ideal beach side restaurant bar at Porto do Mõs, for a meal or snack at any time of day. We like to enjoy a glass of port at sundown while listening to the waves crash to the shore. This is a great spot on either a sunny or rainy day, with both indoor and outdoor seating.

Porto do Mõs, is a popular spot for the locals on a Sunday afternoon, so if you would like a seat in the restaurant, get there early!

Our Favourites: Lunch - Omelet with mushrooms, cheese and sausages; Scrambled eggs with delicate pieces of smoked salmon; hamburger with bacon and pineapple provides a wonderful burst of flavour on your first bite.

When: Breakfast, Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 762 957 (for reservations)

: At Porto do Mos Beach; when facing the ocean, Campimar is on the beach on the left side of the parking lot. Tip: If you choose to engage in the truly georgeous walk down the hill to the beach, remember that you will be going uphill on your way back. You may be lucky enough to catch the local bus which services this route.

: Plenty of parking at the beach

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


Casa de Pasto do Zé, Lagos

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese

Great spot for people-watching!

This charming "little" bustling cafe keeps us returning each year for lunch or supper. Fernanda the owner, is also the chief waitress who really runs the place with warmth and more energy than you can imagine. You will often hear her calling out directives to the kitchen and to the other servers to keep everything flowing smoothly. Casa de Pasto o Zé offers a handful of tables inside and many more patio tables with umbrellas outside. The food is tasty and consistent with a nice variety of traditional Portuguese delights of meats and seafood at reasonable prices. The best part of this visit is the atmosphere and striking up a conversation in Portuguese, with Fernanda. On one occasion, she asked our friend Tim to climb up on a chair to assist her with reaching for a bottle of wine which was on a shelf towering above her. Fernanda manages to serve her many clients in Portuguese, as well as some English and German. Although I must add that your experience will be enhanced if you can try out a few words of Portuguese....it truly is rewarding.

Our Favourites: Chicken Piri Piri (BBQ chicken), Camarões Fritos (fried garlic shrimp), Sardinhas Assadas (Grilled sardines) and Lulinhas fritas (fried little squids) complimented with a nice bottle of Portuguese wine or beer.

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

: Casa de Pasto o Zé is on the main road facing the Town Waterfront boardwalk, between the Post Office and the Marina and directly across from Swirl Sculpture roundabout #B. See Walking Tour #4 Town Waterfront for directions.

: Parking at the pay parking spots that border the Town Waterfront can be tricky with both local and visitors competing for these prime slots. Tip: Walk into town if you can and benefit from the exercise OR park at one of the pay parking spots closer to the Marina and walk back towards town. Allow yourself time to find parking. You may have to drive around in search a few times! There is also a pay parking garage.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


Casinha do Petisco, Lagos

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese

For the most enormous food portions!

Chef Luis Rosa serves up the most delectable Portuguese cuisine in a bustling atmosphere with the support of his wife Cristina who manages the restaurant. The portions are enormous. You can order half portions and even they are large. They have daily specials posted on a chalk board outside. The food is so good that the daily specials often run out at lunch time, so I suggest going for lunch. There is still a full menu with a great variety of items for supper. We loved this restaurant so much that we ate here three times on our last visit.

The restaurant is cozy and open concept, so you can see chef Luis cooking. Luis takes personal interest in his clients and will come by to speak with you to ensure that you are happy with the food. He is also quite interested to see if you were able in finish your plate. He gets a kick out of seeing your reaction when the waiter serves you your meal.

Our Favourites: Porco Alentejano (pork with clams, olives and fried cubed potatoes served in a decadent brown sauce); Lulas Grelhadas (stuffed squid); Camarões Fritas (fried prawns) in a piri-piri sauce; Bife Portuguesa (steak served with a fried egg on top); Dessert - the Flan Caseiro (creme caramel) is superb.

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 084 285 - reservations a must

Tip: Walk to this restaurant to build up your appetite and you will need the walk back to digest the huge portions; if you decide to drive, avoid driving in the old town; park either at the back entrance into town in the parking lot just outside the town wall; or by the Town Waterfront and walk

: On Rua da Oliveira between Rua do Ferrador and Rua Professor Luís Azevedo; this little spot is tucked away and not easy to find; refer to our detailed map of the old historic town.

: Parking at the pay parking spots that border the Town Waterfront can be tricky with both local and visitors competing for these prime slots. Tip: Walk into town if you can and benefit from the exercise OR park at one of the pay parking spots closer to the Marina and walk back towards town. Allow yourself time to find parking. You may have to drive around in search a few times! There is also a pay parking garage.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


O Celeiro, Almadena

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese cuisine.

It's like going back in time! What an absolute feast!

We had the pleasure of being treated to this incredibly classy restaurant by our friends Pedro and Henriette. The atmosphere in this rustic place is like going back in time. We felt like royalty in the the way we were attended by all the restaurant staff. Each of our meals were cook to perfection and elegantly presented. The portions were plentiful.

Our Favourites: Rack of Lamb and the grilled Dourada. Why not check out the menu to get a flavour for the delights that await you.

Ringing in the New Year - A Memorable Experience!: Celebrating New Years Eve or "Passagem de Ano" was a night to remember at O Celeiro, with our friends Wayne and Jamie. There are not sufficient words to describe the atmosphere created by the staff who were warm, friendly, attentive and determined to ensure that we all had a great time. The Table d'hôte provided a delectable medley of flavours to tantalize our taste buds: Appetizers were served on an enormous plate adorned with grilled smoked sausage, home made paté, large prawns; followed by a light asparagus cream soup; the main course was well presented with fillets of steak and pork with pine nuts over delicate sauce; dessert was a creamy cake concoction; followed by coffee. This delightful meal was complemented with a bottle of red wine per couple, 1/2 bottle of Port and a 1/2 bottle of champagne. Midnight was of course the highlight, as all the guests started to mingle and wander from table to table offering well wishes for the New Year! So you say, what did all of this cost? €45 per person. Quite reasonable I'd say.

When: Supper; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 697 144 - reservations a must

: From Stone Tulips roundabout #5, drive straight to Blackball roundabout #4. Take your third exit and follow the winding road to Floral Lagos roundabout #8. Take your second exit to Sagres/A22 roundabout #E. Take your second exit to the EN125 highway west to Vila do Bispo. Continue on until you arrive at the traffic lights in Almadena. Caution: You will need to turn left at the the traffic lights. However to turn right you first need to turn right at the light and then make an immediate left to cross the EN125. O Celeiro is directly in front of you.

: Parking on the premises.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.


Cervejaria Ferradura, Lagos

Cuisine: Unique & Traditional Portuguese Small Bites

A multi-visit MUST for us on each trip to Lagos. Really just for the great food and unique atmosphere. Why not keep a good thing going, eh! Drop-in for a bite or for a drink or for a coffee. Anything goes!!

So plan for a day of walking in "Lagos Old Town", popping into the interesting shops, a dose of people watching. AND drop-in here of course!!!

This little Cervejaria Ferradura is a great place to feel the pulse of the city. Limited but great simple menu posted outside and visible at the entrance cooler. The interior has so much character, it's like going back in time. We love the unique atmosphere of this Lunch etc, spot.

You will find Owners Elena and Gilberto busy at work. Elena is always her usual warm self, serving the patrons who surround the impressive horseshoe shaped bar with built-in barstools. Old Port bottles line the ceiling shelves while football flags hang from the rafters. Always a nice mix of locals and visitors and the tables turn quickly.

So what might you see in the cooler: pork for the bifanas, cockles, shrimp, percebes, marinated squid, marinated fish, salads, cheeses, presunto ham freshly sliced off the leg and more. Many items are seasonal. Just like at home, what you eat is what's in the fridge.

On recent visits, we have struck up conversations with the owners, local regulars, some German visitors who have been frequenting this spot for years and the usual golfers from the UK. Nothing better than tasty homemade meals prepared with pride by the owners directly in front of you. Feels like being with family.

Just the very best way to experience the Portuguese culture in a relaxed environment. After a few visits you really do notice the regulars. The old town is always buzzing with locals and visitors alike. Now that's the beauty of Lagos!!!!

Tip: Be flexible; what they serve is what you see in the front window cooler; go early for best selection but they do serve all day and into the evening. Also note the amazing bakery directly across the street IF you have room for some scrumptious desserts.

Our Favourites: Our usual lunch never disappoints: Lunch of Bifanas (Pork in Bun), Berbigão (cockles in garlic/white wine), a Caeca (draft beer), house wine. Don't forget to add their spicy homemade piri-piri sauce to everything!

When: Lunch, Supper and everything in-between.

: Google Maps Link: Cervejaria Ferradura - Tricky to get to, but well worth it.

: None

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


Churasqueira Frangos de S. João, Lagos

Cuisine: Take-away BBQ Chicken Piri Piri

Tip: O Mana moved to a new location near the marina and city hall, on a roundabout. Same great food and pride for what he does, full restaurant seating so a real plus.

When we don't feel like cooking but want the comforts of our holday home, yes we get "take away", This a staple and a typical locals spot. Don't be surprised to find a lineup on a Sunday night as families wait for their BBQ chicken treats. You can call ahead to order and avoid the wait. As they cut up the chicken, they will ask you if you want your chicken with or without the spicy and delectable piri-piri sauce, which is applied on top as they package the chicken. We always go for "muito piri-piri" (extra). Enjoy this with a fine bottle of Portuguese wine in the comfort of our holiday apartment.

Our Favourites: "Simply Awesome" Bar-B-Q chicken (you can order 1 or more whole chickens); French Fries; salad; rice; other daily specialties

Phone: +351 282 182 818; call ahead to minimize the wait

When: Supper; after 18:30 (the BBQ is heated up and the chickens are on the grill); closed Mondays; opened year-round

: Google Maps Link: Churrasqueira Frangos de S. João

: Parking is at side streets, since this is a roudabout

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 30 min.
Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 5 min.


Churasqueira Praca D'Armas, Lagos

Cuisine: Take-away BBQ Chicken Piri-Piri, in the old town

Churasqueira Praca D'Armas offers another great choice for BBQ chicken. Their convenient location allows you to stop by and pickup a take-out meal, on your way back from a walk into town as they are located directly at the back entrance by the old wall archway.

If you enjoy the savoury piri-piri sauce as we do, the real treat here is that they apply the piri-piri to the chicken at several stages as it is layered into the foil take away container, so the flavour soaks through the chicken. As they cut up the chicken, they will ask you if you want your chicken with or without the piri-piri sauce. Enjoy this meal with a fine bottle of Portuguese wine in the comfort of your apartment.

While waiting for your chicken, you can take in the colourful atmosphere as the staff chat with hungry clients waiting eagerly for their meal. Also popular with the locals so expect a slight wait.

Our Favourites: "Simply Awesome" Bar-B-Q chicken (you can order 1 or more whole chickens); French Fries; salad; rice; other daily specialties

Phone: (282) 768 116; call ahead to minimize the wait

When: Lunch or Supper; 11:00 - 15:00 and 17:00 - 22:00; closed Saturday; opened year-round

: At the back entrance into town, as you enter the old wall archway, it's directly on your left; diagonally across from the Megabyte internet cafe; see Walking Tour #3 Old City for directions; also refer to our detailed map of the old historic town

: Avoid driving in the old town; lots of parking available in a parking lot at the back entrance into town just outside the town wall.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.


Doca Pesca, Fishing Docks

Special Note - New location and name - Same Great Food: Doca Pesca restaurant has moved!! It was a great place by the old fishing dock. Although the old world charm is gone, the food is still great, the prices still reasonable and they have gone for a more upscale look. So no chalk board out front. Now called Restaurante Convento dos Frades, located next to the GNR police station and behind the Hotel Tivoli!

Cuisine: Grilled seafood at the source; very casual dining

Our Favourites: The sardines in their abundance are a "must have"; the second selection was "carapau" (horse mackerel) which was also very good; we really enjoyed the option of have endless salad to balance the oodles of fish we were consuming. Menu may have changed in new location.

When: Lunch 12:00 - 15:00; Supper 19:00 - 21:00; coffee/drinks 10:00 - 22:00; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 763 152 (for reservations).

: Located at Largo do Convento de Nossa Senhora da Glória 29, at the Marina end of town, up the hill, next to the GNR police station and behind the Hotel Tivoli! Yes still a bit of a maze to get to but well worth it!

Google Map Link to Get There

: Limited parking on the streets, so work up your appetite and endure the long walk hike up the hill to the restaurant. You can park at the Town Waterfront and then walk.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.


Don Sebastião, Lagos

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese cuisine - awesome atmosphere - impeccable service!!

Dress up and keep this exquisite eatery for a special evening of your holiday!

The real treats with this restaurant are endless: It's location, the quality of service, the quality of the food, the warm and friendly atmosphere, and the decor. Need I say more! Don Sebastão is located in the heart of the old town close to the Town Waterfront. This offers the opportunity for a nice walk after supper to digest your meal. The dining layout of the restaurant offers options to suit the weather, from the ultimate opened-air rooftop patio adorned with vibrant yellow and white accents to the indoor traditionally decorated dining room. We felt this experience was worth many a repeat visit. The portions of food were absolutely generous and cooked to perfection.

There is nothing like a fine dining experience where you feel like the servers are proud to serve you and to have you in their company.

Our Favourites: Appetizers-French onion soup is incredible; the savoury grilled chouriço (portuguese sausage); Main course-Shellfish stew served in a clay pot was fresh and full of flavour; lamb stew was cooked to perfection; peppercorn steak was succulent had the right balance of peppercorn gravy

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 762 795;(282) 769 142; (282) 780 480 (for reservations)

: Don Sebastão is located on Rua 25 de Abril, between the Cathedral and Praca Gil Eanes. From Tulip roundabout #5, drive straight to Black Ball roundabout #4 and take your first right down the road into the Town Waterfront. See Walking Tour #4 Town Waterfront Map for additional directions.

: Parking at the pay parking spots that border the Town Waterfront can be tricky with both local and visitors competing for these prime slots. Tip: Walk into town if you can and benefit from the exercise OR park at one of the pay parking spots closer to the Marina and walk back towards town. Allow yourself time to find parking. You may have to drive around in search a few times! There is also a pay parking garage.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


A Forja

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese

Great food with a bustling atmosphere, even in November!

Our friend Cristiano introduced us to this lovely restaurant. If you like being part of an upbeat dining experience you will love this lively spot, even on a Monday night!

I'm not sure what it is about this place that creates such ambience. Our waitress was full of live and explained the menu to us including describing the accompaniment with our selected dishes. The clientele were jovial and chatty amongst themselves. So this just prompted us to engage in invigorating topics of conversations. We ended up closing the restaurant. The atmosphere at A Forja is always very upbeat and the staff are regulars and so super sweet. This is an added bonus!

Our Favourites: Espadarte (swordfish); Cherne (grouper); Robalo (bass); they were grilled to perfection and oh so fresh; the usual accompanyment of potatoes and salad was also good; Borrego (lamb).

When: Lunch or Supper; open year-round

Phone: (282) 768 588 (for reservations)

: On Rua dos Ferreiros just up the road from Praça Gilles Eanes; refer to our detailed map of the old historic town

: Parking at the pay parking spots that border the Town Waterfront can be tricky with both local and visitors competing for these prime slots. Tip: Walk into town if you can and benefit from the exercise OR park at one of the pay parking spots closer to the Marina and walk back towards town. Allow yourself time to find parking. You may have to drive around in search a few times! There is also a pay parking garage.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


Gomba, Lagos

Cuisine: Traditional pastries and cakes!

For an afternoon pause to relax and savour some creative cakes!

This delightful pastry shop is conveniently located on our favourite shopping street "Cândido dos Reis" and it makes for a perfect stop to rest your legs during a day of shopping and exploring the old Lagos historic town.. They bake a unique variety of pastries and cakes that will be sure to draw you back for repeat visits. The shop is bright, airy and cheerful and a favourite of the local passers by.

Our Favourites: Delicious fluffy light coffee cake and coffee for sure!.

When: Daily; open year-round

Phone: (282) 762 188

: On Rua Cândido dos Reis, close to Rua da Extrema; just look for the bright yellow & orange interior; refer to our detailed map of the old historic town

: Parking at the pay parking spots that border the Town Waterfront can be tricky with both local and visitors competing for these prime slots. Tip: Walk into town if you can and benefit from the exercise OR park at one of the pay parking spots closer to the Marina and walk back towards town. Allow yourself time to find parking. You may have to drive around in search a few times! There is also a pay parking garage.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


Italia Pizzeria, Lagos

Cuisine: Pizza.....pizza.....pizza!!!!!

For the Pizza lovers who can't last a vacation without really great traditional clay oven baked pizza, this place is a must.

They do the flat thin crusted pizzas (my favourite) with a page+ of options to choose from. The menu also offers salads, pasta dishes along with meat and fish dishes. Traditional Portuguese gourmet cuisine with flair, in a comfortable and casual rustic setting. The service is great and the staff are super attentive and friendly.

Our Favourites: Pizza Camponesa (cheese, mushrooms; spinach; pepperoni; pizza Nepolitana (cheese, black olives and loads of garlic); accompanied by a nice bottle of wine, of course

Tips:
1) Cover includes a warm toasted pita bread with garlic butter, garlic cream cheese butter and the best marinated carrots and olives.

2) The enclosed patio is the place to sit on a nice day, surrounded by a half wall and protected by an overhead sun awning; super spot to people watch!

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

: On Rua Garrett just between two plazas (just up from Praça Gil Eannes and across from the shop Terracotta; refer to our detailed ap of the old historic town

: Parking at the pay parking spots that border the Town Waterfront can be tricky with both local and visitors competing for these prime slots. Tip: Walk into town if you can and benefit from the exercise OR park at one of the pay parking spots closer to the Marina and walk back towards town. Allow yourself time to find parking. You may have to drive around in search a few times! There is also a pay parking garage.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


Kohinoor, Lagos

Cuisine: Delicious Indian Food; dine in or take-out!!

A great stop in the heart of the old town!

Our visit to Kohinoor tends to go hand-in-hand with a visit to Wine Bar Nectar across the street for a glass of "fine Alentejo red wine" before supper. The drill is: Stroll into town at your leisure, popping in and out of shops along the way; put your name on the waiting list at Kohinoor; have a drink at Wine Bar Nectar until your table is ready.

On a recent visit, we started chatting with some lads at the next table with the sweetest and most refined Scottish accents. They were in Portugal on a boys golf getaway. I find it interesting how Europeans tend to do more boys and girls getaways for a full week, while we Canadians and most Americans have limited holidays so we tend to limit these sorts of getaways to just a weekend.

Our Favourites: Chicken tikka masala,butter chicken, fresh decadant butter Naan, basmati rice and Indian beer of course.

When: Lunch or Supper; 7 days a week; opened year-round.

Phone: (282) 761 022 (for reservations)

: Kohinoor is located on Rua Silva Lopes which changes name to 25 de Abril; on a narrow winding street between the Cathedral / Cultural Center and Praca Gil Eanes. From Tulip roundabout #5, drive straight to Black Ball roundabout #4 and take your first right down the road into the Town Waterfront. See Walking Tour #4 Town Waterfront Map for additional directions.

: Parking at the pay parking spots that border the Town Waterfront can be tricky with both local and visitors competing for these prime slots. Tip: Walk into town if you can and benefit from the exercise OR park at one of the pay parking spots closer to the Marina and walk back towards town. Allow yourself time to find parking. You may have to drive around in search a few times! There is also a pay parking garage.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


Os Lambertos, Lagos

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese.

Seafood Sunday a must!!!

Set in a residential neighbourhood, this restaurant is a must for a truly lively Portuguese experience. A nice variety of fish arrives fresh daily and is delightfully displayed to help you feast your eyes and to conjure up images of the scrumptious supper ahead. We have dined here several times and we always leave with smiles on our faces. Os Lambertos is a favourite with many of our local friends and offers a multi-cultural blend of the Portuguese atmosphere with the spice of the seasonal tourists. It's a great upbeat spot to dine! We often run into our friend Nuno here, as his parents live in the neighbourhood.

Our Favourites: The Sunday seafood stew is just divine to please the seafood lover in you! Ask about the fresh fish selection of the day or better still just take a look; Espetada de Polvo (skewers of squid); BUT lots for the meat eaters too: Secretos de porco preto (delicious black pig); Espetada de Porco (skewers of pork); Bife Portuguesa (traditional Portuguese steak) served in a clay plate, with a fried egg on top!

Tip: Bring cash, they don’t take credit cards.

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round; closed Monday.

Phone: (282) 085 953; reservations a must.

: From Stone Tulips roundabout #5, drive straight to Black Ball roundabout #4 and take your second exit which quickly turns right down a steep narrow hill. At the bottom of the hill there is an intersection where you turn left. Drive a few metres to roundabout #7 and take your second exit (the first exit would bring you to an archway in the old town wall). Drive another few metres and take your first right. Drive up the hill, then down the other side of the hill.

Description: http://www.simplylagos.com/images/eat_pratch_a3t.jpgAt the bottom, turn left at an intersection (Post Office Roundabout #H)) which will lead you up another hill. Then take your first right and go straight about 500 metres to Os Lambertos, nestled on the ground floor of an apartment complex in a quiet residential neighbourhood.

Tip: Getting to Os Lambertos is a bit of an adventure. Be patient as it is definitely worth this treasure hunt! Our eateries map will assist you in getting there.

: Limited parking on the streets around the apartment. Drive around until you find a free parking spot. This is your challenge (what's new!), so be patient!!!.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.
Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 20 min.


A Lota - Snack Bar, Lagos

"Doca Pesca" - "Fishing Docks"

Cuisine: Grilled Seafood at the source; very casual dining

Authentic atmosphere and aroma of fish on the grill at the fishing docks!

The name "snack bar" does not do this place justice. You simply cannot get closer to the "source". This very casual and open-air restaurant is set on a prime corner of the long rectangular building at the fishing dock "Doca Pesca", just a few feet away from the moored fishing boats that brought in the days fresh catch. We spoke to the gentleman grilling the fish on an outdoor BBQ, "what is caught that day is what you get". How can you beat that! The patio is lined with picnic style wooden tables with benches and covered for protection from the sun. They also have indoor seating, but the atmosphere is definitely outside where you can sip some house wine and take in aromas of the fish on the grill. The menu/day's catch is posted on a chalk board outside. Enjoy a stroll along the fishing docks, after your meal, and take in the authenticity of the multi-coloured boats that provide a livelihood to so many.

Our Favourites: Sardines and Dourada grilled to perfection; Clams (ameijoas) for a nice complement, cooked in olive oil with coriander and loads of roasted garlic; Porco a Portuguesa was savory; side dishes include a traditional mixed salad; boiled potatoes and french fries.

When: Lunch 12:00 - 15:00; Supper 19:00 - 21:00; coffee/drinks 10:00 - 22:00; opened year-round

Tip: The clams were visible on the counter but were not on the menu, so if you see them just ask.

: From Tulip roundabout #5, drive straight to Black Ball roundabout #4 and take your first right down the road towards the Town Waterfront. Drive on through town and past the Marina to the Ironworks roundabout #3. Turn right. At the next intersection and then turn right again. You will now be driving behind the Marina and will come upon the Ancient Ruins roundabout #F. Take your first right and follow the road as it curves until you reach train station on your left. Turn left into the train station parking lot and you will see a road that exits the parking on the right (beside the tracks). Follow the road (beside the tracks) a short distance until you see an opening in the fence on your right. Turn here and you will see old long rectangular buildings on your right, lined with fish vendors and seafood restaurants. Stop here, you have arrived!

Snack Bar A Lota is located in the right-most of the two long rectangular buildings, on the right-hand corner. You can't miss it.

: You can park on the street all along the rectangular building or in the dirt parking lot across the street.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.
Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 30 min.


Mullens, Lagos

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese gourmet cuisine with flair.

You "will" have repeat visits here!

Don't be fooled by the simple facade and casual picnic table furnishing inside. This restaurant's comfortable and casual rustic setting with warm and friendly staff will leave you with a memorable evening. It's a favourite with both the locals and tourists.

Our Favourites: Grilled lamb chops; chicken piri-piri; pepper steak; lulas in a stew; we have yet to order a meal that we did not thoroughly enjoy.

Tip: Dress light as it was toasty warm on our last summer visit

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 697 144 - reservations are a must as this spot is popular with both tourists and locals and is always busy.

: On Candido dos Reis (my favourite shopping street) at the top of the hill, across from the home decor shop Casa; easy to get to from both the front or back end of town; refer to our detailed map of the old historic town

: Avoid driving in the old town; park either at the back entrance into town just outside the town wall, in the parking lot; or by the Town Waterfront and walk

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.


Onde Norte , Lagos

Cuisine: Traditional “Northern” Portuguese hearty meat specialties, but also serve fish.

Directly across from our Dona Ana apartment so just a hop, a skip and a jump! Reservations a must as this superb spot is always full for lunch and dinner and most tables are reserved!

This tiny jewel is always bustling with a nice blend of local and foreign hungry patrons. The owner Senhor Pinto is very friendly and almost always present. It’s a popular hangout for business lunches and family/friends gatherings over supper. We frequently dine here for the convenience but more importantly for the superb Northern Portuguese meaty choices and the ambiance. The portions are huge so you may want to share. At end of the meal the owner usually offers his usual complementary Muscatel de Douro, a delightful dessert wine to crown the evening. You may find yourself returning many times during your stay as it’s a client favourite for sure!!!

On our last visit the clientele for the evening were Brits, boisterous Germans and Canadians. It’s always different! Something about this little restaurant always seems to put everyone in a great mood. The owner is a football fan so the TV is always going on game days. One evening we watched a big football game where InterMilan beat Bayern Munchen for the Champions League Cup. InterMilan of course was then coached by Portugal's own Jose Mourinho so there were loads of cheers !!! We have the most enjoyable evenings here with lots of great conversation. Then we just skip across the path for the short jaunt home.

Our Favourites: Posta à Casa (beef with a tasty sausage); Secretos de porco preto (delicious black pig); Corvino (halibut cooked in olive oil); And our usual jar of house wine, of course; meals are served with potatoes and a fresh salad. Also ask about the daily special.

When: When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round; closed Sunday.

Phone: (282) 764 493 (for reservations) or just drop in and reserve, as the locals do.

: Onde Norte is on the ground floor of an apartment complex, literally across the doorstep from our Dona Ana apartment complex.

: Parking is reserved for apartment residents, so walk if you can, it will help you digest your meal later on. The local Lagos bus stops right outside as well!

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 0 min.


Papagaio, Espiche

Cuisine: Steak on a stone.

A great casual and lively atmosphere for a group.

We tend to visit Papagio when we have a group of 4-8 persons as this is very much a social setting where you participate in your meal preparation. Their specialty is "Steak on a Stone". The Fixed Menu includes several varieties of meat which are brought to your table uncooked or lightly cooked. They also set hot stone to your table and you cook the meat yourself. The meal is served with several side dishes to accompany this meaty feast and with a savoury variety of dipping sauces. This whole affair is all you can eat and they encourage you to eat! They also have live music some nights, so call ahead to confirm.

Tip: Given the hot stone, be cautious if you have young children OR better still, this restaurant is more suited to families with older children.

Our Favourites: The whole cooking on a stone and the social setting AND the sauces..

When: Supper; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 789 423 OR 962 700 607- reservations a must

: From Stone Tulips roundabout #5, drive straight to Blackball roundabout #4. Take your third exit and follow the winding road to Floral Lagos roundabout #8. Take your second exit to Sagres/A22 roundabout #E. Take your second exit to the EN125 highway west to Vila do Bispo. Continue on until you arrive at the traffic lights in Espiche. Caution: You will need to turn right at the the traffic light and then do a quick left to a side road that curves in parallel to the EN125. Then take a right and a left to the restauran, located in an old residential neighbourhood. Also look for the Papagio restaurant signs to help you navigate.

: Parking is limited on the street as you compete with the locals for these choice spots.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.


Prato Cheio, Lagos

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese.

For a truly lively Portuguese experience, this is a MUST! The rebirth of this neighbourhood restaurant is very welcome and we are over the moon.

The fish arrives fresh daily, and this wonderful event took place as we walked into the restaurant for dinner one evening. What a great variety of fish to feast our eyes on and to conjure up images of the scrumptious supper ahead. We have dined here several times and always leave with smiles on our faces. Prato Cheio is a favourite with many of our local friends and offers a multi-cultural blend of the Portuguese atmosphere with the spice of the seasonal tourists. It's a great upbeat spot to dine!

An Eventful Dinner: Walked out to dinner to try the "Re-Birth" of a restaurant we have loved for years "Prato Cheio". The original restaurant closed for several years after the owner passed away, very sadly. Recently the restaurant assumed new local owners and is family run again by Sr. Rui and his family. We have known Rui for years as a warm and friendly waiter at another popular Lagos restaurant. We are so happy to see Rui take on this new opportunity. Parabens Rui! Congratulations Rui! We had the opportunity to catch up with him and to get to know Melissa and Fernando staff/family. All very professional and warm in their interactions.

We chatted with a young couple at the next table from San Francisco California and another group of four from England (Lynn and friends).

Crowned the evening off with some Medronho (strong lovely liquor) and Amarguinha (Almond Liqueur), very kindly offered on the house.

Our Favourites: Seafood stew; Espetada de Porco e Camarão (skewers of pork and shrimp); Espetada de Polvo e Camarão (skewers of squid and shrimp); Bife Portuguesa (traditional Portuguese steak) served in a clay plate, with a fried egg on top; Grilled Robalo (sea bass); half order of Porco Alentejano.

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 762 138 (for reservations).

: From Stone Tulips roundabout #5, drive straight to Black Ball roundabout #4 and take your second exit which quickly turns right down a steep narrow hill. At the bottom of the hill there is an intersection where you turn left. Drive a few metres to roundabout #7 and take your second exit (the first exit would bring you to an archway in the old town wall). Drive another few metres and take your first right. Drive up the hill, then down the other side of the hill.

At the bottom, turn left at an intersection (Post Office Roundabout #H)) which will lead you up another hill. Then take your first left and this will bring you past the Post Office (Correios). Keep driving for about 50 metres and the restaurant will be located to your right, nestled on the ground floor of a white building.

Tip: Getting to Prato Cheio is a bit of an adventure. Be patient as it is definitely worth this treasure hunt! Our eateries map will assist you in getting there.

: Parking in this area is challenging (what's new!) as the restaurant is is nestled amidst a number of apartments and shops. Drive around until you find a free parking spot or park on the roadside.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 10 min.
Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 20 min.


Reis, Lagos

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese

This tiny little restaurant with it's old world decor offers some tasty Portuguese dishes with a slight difference. The staff are warm and friendly and a pleasure to have around you. During our last visit, a group of repeat visitors gathered at this their favourite restaurant for a reunion. This added a lively atmosphere to the restaurant and they exchanged stories about past visits with the restaurant staff.

Our Favourites: Steak with mushroom sauce; grilled Dourada (grilled to perfection)

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 762 900 (for reservations)

: On Rua António Barboso Viana; between Rua 1º de Maio and Rua Candido dos Reis; just off Praça Luis de Camões; refer to our detailed map of the old historic town

: Parking at the pay parking spots that border the Town Waterfront can be tricky with both local and visitors competing for these prime slots. Tip: Walk into town if you can and benefit from the exercise OR park at one of the pay parking spots closer to the Marina and walk back towards town. Allow yourself time to find parking. You may have to drive around in search a few times! There is also a pay parking garage.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


O Sitio do Forno, Praia do Amado

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese Grilled Fish!

Another great opportunity for an afternoon excursion, up the Atlantic coast!

This restaurant, set on a clifftop overlooking Praia do Amado, offers you a wonderful opportunity to feel the remoteness of this rugged Atlantic coastline, north of Cabo de São Vicente. What a wonderful experience to enjoy a lunch of sardines, grilled to perfection, while hearing the waves roar and feeling the cool mist on your face. This setting creates a hypnotic sensation as you gaze out into the endless Atlantic to contemplate "life for awhile".

Our Favourites: Grilled sardines

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 973 914 - Call ahead to confirm the dining hours, particularly during holidays and winter months

: Carrapateira - From Stone Tulips roundabout #5, drive straight to Blackball roundabout #4. Take your third exit and follow the winding road to Floral Lagos roundabout #8. Take your second exit to Sagrea/A22 roundabout #E. Take your second exit to the EN125 highway west to Vila do Bispo. Turn north (right) when you see signs for Alzejur. Drive for 10 minutes to Carrapateira. Don't turn off into the town, but continue on the same main road. You will shortly see signs indicating that you are leaving Carrapateira. Drive another 5 km to reach the restaurant.

The restaurant is located on the road between Praia da Bordeira and Praia do Amado, about 5km north of Carrapateira

: Parking available directly in front of the restaurant

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 40 min.


O Sitio do Rio, Carrapateira

Cuisine: Traditional Portuguese

Awesome for an afternoon excursion, up the Atlantic coast!

This delightful restaurant is in Carrapateira, about 45 minutes from Lagos, heading north west up the Atlantic coast. Our friends Susana and Nuno introduced us to this awesome little traditional Portuguese jewel.

The restaurant has a wide variety on its menu and has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The interior is bright and windowed all around with a warm rustic seaside decor. The staff are warm and friendly. O Sitio do Rio is in a remote country setting and worth the visit to experience a different side of Portugal. This spot is a popular choice for both locals and tourists on a Sunday afternoon, so get there early!

If you are with a large group, celebrating a special event, the restaurant has a large banquet room where you can pre-arrange a fixed meal. We recently had the pleasure of enjoying a big and boisterous birthday party here with our Portuguese friends.

We enjoy coming here for lunch and then going for a nice walk up the hill and over to the beach. If you are not up for the walk, then drive up the paved road to a great vista point at the top of the hill, for a glimpse up and down the intensely windy Atlantic coast. The newly installed boardwalk takes you from the vista point parking lot though a gradual decline down to the beach.

Bring your walking shoes and don't forget your windbreaker!

The rugged Atlantic plays host to a multitude of surfers. This makes for an entertaining walk along this long stretch of beach (Praia Bordeira). This rewarding experience gives you a glimpse of a remote and very unique side of Portugal.

Our Favourites: Ginger Pork Brochettes; fresh grilled fish (lots to choose from); warm home-made bread served with the meal; desserts are a "must have" with creme caramel and almond cake as our highlights.

When: Lunch or Supper; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 973 119 or 96 237 2885 - Call ahead to confirm the dining hours, particularly during holidays

: Carrapateira - From Stone Tulips roundabout #5, drive straight to Blackball roundabout #4. Take your third exit and follow the winding road to Floral Lagos roundabout #8. Take your second exit to Sagres/A22 roundabout #E. Take your second exit to the EN125 highway west to Vila do Bispo. Turn north (right) when you see signs for Alzejur. Drive for 10 minutes to Carrapateira. Don't turn off into the town, but continue on the same main road. You will shortly see signs indicating that you are leaving Carrapateira. Turn left in a road lined with tall grass on either side. Continue on until you see the restaurant on your right.

: Loads of parking available directly in front of the restaurant on either side of the dirt road.

Driving time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 30 min.


Taquelim Gonçalves, Lagos

Cuisine: Regional Snacks

For a quick bite on the run!

This once narrow little coffee shop, now renovated and spacious is adorned with delightful regional pastries of both a savoury and sweet variety. Enjoy the lively atmosphere as you order and receive your snacks at the counter, shoulder to shoulder with other clientele. There are a tables indoors as well as some seating outside. We stop in here most days when we are in town for a light snack. The also have a nice selection of ice cream to cool you off on a hot day. This family run business takes pride in their offerings and what they do. You can just see this in the delight of their patrons.

Our Favourites: Pasteis de Bacalhau (Oval shaped cod pastries); pasteis de Camarão (shrimp stuffed pastries) with of course, a "bica pingada" (a small strong coffee with a drop of milk); the variety of ice creams.

When: Lunch or Snacks throughout the day; opened year-round

Phone: (282) 762 882 (shop at the Town Waterfront)
Phone: (282) 762 882 (shop at the Marina)

Website: www.taquelimgoncalves.com

: Facing the Town Waterfront boardwalk. Between Praça Gil Eanes (main square in town) and Casa do Zé. See Walking Tour #4 Town Waterfront for more directions.

They also have a location at the marina.

: Parking at the pay parking spots that border the Town Waterfront can be tricky with both local and visitors competing for these prime slots. Tip: Walk into town if you can and benefit from the exercise OR park at one of the pay parking spots closer to the Marina and walk back towards town. Allow yourself time to find parking. You may have to drive around in search a few times! There is also a pay parking garage.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 15 min.


Tasça do Kiko

Cuisine: Small Bites (tapas, petiscos), with International flair.

What a find and welcome addition to the Lagos dining experience. Without a doubt, one of our new favourites in Lagos! Ate here twice on our recent visit! The small-bite selection is varied and each with a unique flavor to tempt our palettes. They also have main course full plates on the menu but we can’t resist the small-bites. The wine selection by-the-glass is plentiful, making it nice to try a few different wines during our meal.

The servers make you feel very welcome and take pride in great service. Just be patient because this restaurant is popular with the locals and visitors alike.

The interior is modern with a New York vibe, yet it’s setting amidst the fishing docks and warehouses bring some old world charm so a unique idea and a kool contrast.

Sat at the bar and had the pleasure of meeting Kiko, the owner! A typically Portuguese kind and humble personality, with great ideas and a passion for preparing creative Small-Bites!

Enjoy the walk via the beautiful Lagos Town Waterfront to Kiko’s, and then head over the bridge

Our Favourites: So many tasty small bites, making it difficult to say. Loved the lightly Seared Ahi Tuna with sweet potato, Lamb Kofta, Portuguese Choriço Sausage Platter; Fish Cakes. AND a "Fine Glass of Portuguese Wine".

When:  Lunch or Supper; opened year-round 7-days/week.

Phone: (282) 046 037 (for reservations) – busy spot so do reserve ahead.

: Kiko is directly across from the Lagos Fishing Docks and boat yard near Meia Praia Beach!

: Plenty of parking directly in front of the restaurant BUT we prefer to walk.

Walking time from Dona Ana (DA) Apartment: 30 min.

 


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