Eating Your Way Through Cascais

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  • Food & Wine

  • Solo Travel

  • Portugal

  • Cascais

  • Coast

  • Relaxation

  • Sightseeing

Bubble seating outdoors in Cascais.
Curator’s statement

Cascais is a coastal gem nestled on the stunning Portuguese Riviera. Just a half hour drive from Lisbon, Cascais boasts a perfect blend of natural beauty, rich history and a vibrant cultural scene. From its idyllic beaches and charming cobblestone streets to its historical landmarks and art scene, it is a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Portuguese capital.

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Where to stay in Cascais, Portugal

Farol Hotel

Savor breathtaking ocean views and contemporary luxury at Farol Hotel, a chic seaside retreat in Cascais, Portugal.

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The Pergola - Boutique Hotel

A stylish and intimate retreat, tucked away in a serene setting, offering personalized service, chic accommodations, and a tranquil ambiance for a truly boutique hospitality experience.

Artsy Cascais

A charming coastal retreat in Cascais, Portugal, where art and culture thrive, offering a blend of creative ambiance, scenic beauty, and a vibrant artistic community.

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Things to do in Cascais, Portugal

Beautiful beach at Cascais

Explore old town Cascais

Wander through the cobblestone streets, stop for a bite at a local taberna, browse the shops, savor the delicious pastéis de nata or pastéis de bacalhau (codfish cake), indulge in an ice cream from Gelados Santini.

Shop at BE WE

This shop boasts both foreign and local clothing, shoes and décor, with a special focus on Portuguese items. It prides itself on its sustainable, environmentally friendly sourcing. Above all though, their selection is so fun and trendy! Fair warning: there’s a high probability you’ll leave with a few shopping bags in tow.

Relax at the beaches

Spend a day basking in the sun at one (or many) of Cascais’ beautiful beaches, such as Praia da Rainha or Praia da Ribeira. One thing I love about Cascais is that rather than having one large expansive beach, it’s home to a number of smaller, cozy beaches nestled right up to the city. Most beaches have access to beds and umbrellas you can rent for the day which makes it extra convenient.

Citadela Art District

Cascais may be known for its beaches, but I was pleasantly surprised by the art scene. As you walk through town you could easily overlook the Citadela Arts District which is tucked within the walls of an old fortress. In the main plaza you’ll encounter large sculptures, artists’ open studios and galleries. And if you’re like me and your heart skips a beat whenever you come upon a bookstore, you’ll be happy to find the eclectic “Livraria Déjà Lu” and “Indie not a bookshop.”

Mercado Da Vila Da Cascais

Built in 1952 to house the Cascais market, it’s gotten a glow up since then. Here you’ll find vendors selling fresh produce, cheeses and flowers and little cafes. The market has a calendar for special markets throughout the month such as natural and organic foods, urban crafts and antiques.

Shop & Eat at Casa da Guia

Casa da Guia is located in the former Quinta dos Condes de Alcacovas, a historic mansion and is brimming with small boutiques, studios and restaurants overlooking the ocean. You can start with lunch at LovIt, make your way through Casa da Guia, browse the beautiful (and super affordable) jewelry at Pipe as you exit Casa da Guia, stroll through Planthiza Cascais for your daily dose of greenery and finish up with a drink at Palaphita.

Indulge in the Local Restaurants

Treat yourself to delicious treats at one of the fantastic restaurants in Cascais. The city has a vibrant and eclectic food scene that ranges from Portuguese delicacies to international fusion. Savor flavors inspired by traditional Portuguese dishes and international inspiration alike.

Day trip to Sintra

Ok this isn’t in Cascais but hear me out: Sintra is only a 15-minute drive away and is an enchanting town that will take your breath away as you glide through its lush, sunlit roads. Sintra is known for its fairytale-like castles and gardens. I cannot recommend Quinta da Regaleira enough, built in the late 1800s, it boasts expansive gardens with mazelike tunnels, hidden pathways and a mystical well, it feels like a playground for adults. You can totally make a quick, few hours, day trip out of it.

Places to eat & drink in Cascais, Portugal

A tabel with food and people in Cascais.

Fábrica Coffee- Need a quick pick me up? Fábrica is a local, Portuguese coffee roaster. This is a no-frills, quick stop for that extra shot of caffeine you’ll need to continue exploring the charming streets of Cascais.

Must have: When in Lisbon, the pasteis de nata, always.

House of Wonders - An eclectic restaurant with a bohemian feel in the heart of Cascais, here you’ll find a vibrant atmosphere with a fusion of international flavors and an inviting rooftop terrace.

Must have: Their mezze platter, a mix of Mediterranean-inspired small plates, to enjoy with a refreshing drink on their terrace.

LOVIt - Just west of downtown Cascais is a restaurant with stunning views of the ocean. It's a perfect spot to grab lunch on a sunlit patio. They specialize in burgers and sushi and master both well.

Must have: LOVit Gunkans, 2 pieces of rice wrapped in seared tuna with foie gras and topped with caviar.

While you're here why not take a stroll through the boutiques? If you head west from LOVIt, you'll spot a yellow building called Casa da Guia where you'll find a number of local shops.

As you exit north of Casa da Guia you'll see Pipe, an adorable kiosk with cute, affordable jewelry.

Palaphita - A capybara themed restaurant and bar, you read that right: capybara themed. The ambience is relaxed and welcoming, with a wide open communal-style setting, music and a view of the ocean. It's a great place to walk through their edible garden and hang out with friends.

Hifen - Situated right on the coast, with a view of the ocean, Hifen is a perfect spot for early evening drinks. Downstairs the vibe feels more upbeat and casual, you can enjoy a cocktail at the bar or outside on the sidewalk. Upstairs you'll find dinner seating with a more upscale feel. Reservations are recommended.

Must have: The Sar-di-ne, a modern take on Portugal's classic sardines. Cucumber, Shallot, Panko, Apple, Lamb's lettuce, Sesame, Togarashi, Parsley and Ponzu.

Cantinho do Avillez - Renowned Portuguese chef Jose Avillez’ mission is to promote Portuguese cuisine and to make Portugal a top foodie destination. Cascais is where the multiple Michelin star-winning chef spent his childhood. Cantinho do Avillez is a gastronomic haven, where innovative, contemporary Portuguese cuisine meets a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, influenced by traditional dishes, Chef’s travels and his childhood in Cascais.

Must have: The Spoon-tender Veal Curry is a warm, comforting dish with melt-in-your mouth texture and a lively Thai curry flavor.

Furnas do Guincho - One of Cascais’ better-known restaurants, this rustic yet elegant restaurant set within a 17th century fortress offers a delightful combination of authentic Portuguese cuisine and breathtaking ocean views. With its warm ambience and mouth-watering dishes, it’s a Cascais classic.

Must have: The codfish, a freshly-caught Portuguese classic.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Angela Huang Walsh’s guide, 10-Day Glorious Autumn Itinerary in Portugal: Porto, Lisbon & Sintra.

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