2018-09-22 Hotel Da Baixa, Lisbon, Portugal Hairdressers from MetroStudioCabeleireiro where I had my hair done this morning The restaurants in the alleyways are starting to fill up for the lunch trade Late afternoon we set off to meet our guide for the ‘Culinary Back Street Walking Tour’ which we had booked for this evening With the taxis still on strike it was a long walk from our hotel to Estrela Park, where we had arranged to meet our guide Thank goodness for GPS on our mobile phones, as without it we would have easily become lost Finally we were not too far from our destination We meet Francisca Menano , our tour guide for this evening in Estrela Park. She firstly takes us to a local cafe and explains the Portuguese history on how through navigation spices etc were brought back which developed the wonderful flavours of Portugese food. She also tells us about the people and food culture of this area, where we will spend the next few hours on our Culinary Back Street Walking Tour At the cafe we sample some delightful pastries were flavoured with some wonderful spices We next visit a local park which is a popular meeting place for the people who live in the area Francesca was very informative and explained how people embraced the community culture of local parks such as this one we visited This evening there were many families enjoying the very warm weather bringing food, drinks, blankets and picnic baskets to the park Our next stop is visiting the Basilica da Estrela across the road from Estrela Park The Basilica da Estrela is regarded as one of the most ornate churches of Lisbon with a detailed front facade and intricate marble patterns that line the interior We continue our walk through the local areas west of the city centre of Lisbon We arrive at a small local cafe/bar It is a popular meeting place for the local men in the area Here we sample the owner’s traditionally made cherry liquor In Lisbon many buildings are covered in beautifully patterned tiles The more modern buildings are often painted in lovely pastel colours Our next stop is visiting a local shop selling specialty foods and wines No shortage of wine sold here at Adega e Sabores de Portugal Time to sample some of the local wine The locally produced cheeses were really delicious We next visit Aloma Bakery which specialises in the delicious Pastel de Nata, custards tarts These custard tarts are very well known in Lisbon Yum!! Aloma has also a good selection of other pastries and drinks We next arrive at Restaurante Europa Cervejaria There is excellent fresh fish and meat on display We sample some local white wine A number of dishes arrive at the table including this very tasty broad beans dish A tasty mixture of different types of sausages A healthy chickpea salad We each receive a sardine to sample The food and the friendly service was fabulous at the Europa The next stop for us is a small casual restaurant which specialises in fast food A popular dish on the menu here is the steak sandwich with chips We next visit an old building which houses a restaurant on the upper floor called Padaria do Povo Padaria do Povo is an inexpensive restaurant that was full of locals We tried the wonderfully flavoured chicken curry Our final visit on the Culinary Backstreet Walking Tour is to Mercado de Campo de Ourique, which is a hip urban market with food stalls and bars We arrived here at the Mercado quite late The restaurant was still quite busy Lots of speciality foods for sale here Ice cream time!! A selfie to finish a fabulous evening with tour guide Francesca Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.