Princípe Real is at the forefront when it comes to dining out… But if you’re looking for fine dining, then you’ll most likely head to Chiado where Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa has his Two Michelin starred signature cuisine restaurant: Alma.

If on the other hand, you’re looking for a more informal setting, one where you can experience the Chef’s take on Iberian flavours any time of the day, then Tapisco in Principe Real should be your pick.

Tapisco is the chef’s savvy blend of Portuguese petiscos (snacks) with Spanish tapas. On the menu, the young Chef perfectly combines his experience from Spain, where he interned at a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, including the famed three-starred El Celler de Can Roca, together with his Portuguese heritage.

Tapisco’s glaring red-and-white palette is quite the head turner in the trendy Princípe Real, and the siren-red door certainly attracts passers-by, but it’s the menu and convivial upscale crowd enjoying a laid back atmosphere while seating on red leather chairs by the counter — that gets them to stay.

In case you’re looking for nourishing social appetites as much as stomachs, Tapisco is the perfect spot to head to. Just have a peek at their Instagram.

On the menu, everything is meant to be shared, in every sense of the word. From the Spanish side of the menu we recommend the patatas bravas or Iberico ham; from the Portuguese petiscos, the classic Bulhão Pato clams or the salted Cod “à Brás” are musts. And don’t leave without trying the dark chocolate mousse with olive oil caviar and fleur de sel... Just the calories you need to help you continue exploring the city’s hills. Go on off-hours so you can get a seat at the counter and really see the Chefs in action.

Tapisco, Rua Dom Pedro V, Lisbon, Portugal

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