A Delicious Campo de Ourique Market + Food Tour (With Taste of Lisboa!)

The moment that we sat down at 10:30 AM for a giant slice of what is reported to be the world’s best chocolate cake, I knew that our Campo de Ourique food tour was going to be a blast..

On our very first morning in Portugal, we partnered with Taste of Lisboa to try out their Campo de Ourique Food Tour & Cultural Walk.

And, let me just say this: we are so glad that we fought through the jetlag produced by our 6:30 AM arrival from New York to experience the neighborhood of Campo de Ourique through its food.

Years later, we still have very fond memories of this tour–which obviously left quite an impression, because we ended up moving to Lisbon for a year later on down the line!

kate storm and jeremy storm sitting on a wall overlooking lisbon portugal
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We lived just a short walk away from Campo de Ourique, in Estrela, and ended up knowing the neighborhood quite well–and our first impressions of not just the area, but the city, could all be traced back to our Taste of Lisboa food tour.

(And one of the first things we ate after moving to Lisbon? That famous chocolate cake!).

Here’s our review of Taste of Lisboa’s Campo de Ourique food and market tour, preserved with all our initial impressions of Portugal’s capital city–but with a few updates to reflect our much deeper knowledge of Lisbon these days, too.

Best Chocolate Cake in The World, Lisbon
A very unbalanced, but delicious, breakfast.

The Neighborhood of Campo de Ourique

A laid-back, easygoing neighborhood, Campo de Ourique is known as a great family spot in Lisbon.

This is the place where you come to relax with your kids, eat in tasty, up-and-coming restaurants, and sample foods from the beautiful and modern Campo de Ourique market.

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(Fair warning to any potential ex-pats though: while Campo de Ourique is truly a wonderful neighborhood and a popular place to live for good reason, we know more than one ex-pat who left the neighborhood due to plane noise–Campo de Ourique is right under the flight path for Lisbon’s airport!).

Built primarily in the late 19th century, Campo de Ourique has two major claims to fame for Lisbon tourists: 1) the famous Tram 28 has its last stop here, and 2) the aforementioned (delicious) chocolate cake.

kate storm and ranger storm in front of tram 28 in campo de ourique lisbon neighborhood

In recent years, Campo de Ourique has started to make a name for itself as a foodie destination in Lisbon, with new and innovative restaurants opening up and thriving.

We were lucky to be led through the neighborhood by the hilarious and knowledgeable Madalena!

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She made sure to pepper plenty of cultural facts into the tour in between stuffing our faces, which is how we first learned that the Prazeres Cemetery in Campo de Ourique, where we met to begin the tour, is the final resting place of some of Portugal’s most beloved figures.

We also learned that the beautiful cathedral that stands near the market was built by authoritarian leader Antonio de Oliveira Salazar as a symbol of Portuguese strength.

front facade of Church Santo Condestável, one of the best things to do in campo de ourique lisbon

Our Favorite Foods on the Campo de Ourique Tour

Seven stops and two very full bellies later, Jeremy and I each had a set of favorite foods from the tour.

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Mine were chocolate cake, bifanas (soft pork sandwiches), and vinho verde (though the phrase literally translates as “green wine”, it means “young wine”–made from young grapes, with a delicious, crisp taste).

I’ll keep most of the restaurants we stopped at to ourselves–don’t want to give away all of Taste of Lisboa’s tour secrets–but I will share this one: that incredible chocolate cake?

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The first of many glasses of vinho verde–forever one of my favorite wines in the world, and it all started right here in Campo de Ourique!

It can be found at the shop titled “O Melhor Bolo de Chocolate do Mundo”… which translates as, “The Best Chocolate Cake in the World.”

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Talk about a name that says it all!

Jeremy’s favorite foods from Campo de Ourique were all–no surprise–seafood.

Portugal is well-known for its love of seafood (with all that coastline, it makes sense), and he loved the mussels, the tinned sardines, and the bacalhau à brás (a classic Portuguese comfort food–cod, onion, and shredded potatoes made into a patty and fried).

Campo de Ourique Food Market

Most Unusual Foods We Tried in Campo de Ourique

Unusual is, of course, a relative term–all foods are “normal” somewhere, but a couple of these Portuguese foods caught us by surprise!

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First, fish egg sacs–cut into round pieces, these egg sacs look almost like sliced sausages.

We tried them in a traditional Portuguese dish, a cold salad in which the egg sacs are mixed with tomato, bell pepper, onion, olive oil, and cilantro.

Fish Egg Sacs Salad: Taste of Lisboa

In some ways, the dish reminded us of pico de gallo, simply based on the ingredient list and appearance–but the taste was all Portugal.

Second, while we knew we would be eating plenty of seafood in coast-heavy Portugal, we weren’t expecting to eat bones!

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Tinned sardines, a staple of Portuguese cuisine, were served with bones in them.

Granted, the bones were so small and thin we could barely tell we were there, but it was an interesting experience all the same!

Campo de Ourique Food Market: Fish

Is this Campo de Ourique food tour right for you?

We absolutely loved our food tour in Campo de Ourique, and greatly enjoyed that it caused us to step off the beaten path of more touristy neighborhoods like Alfama, Baixa, and Bairro Alto on our first trip to Lisbon.

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And in our case, the additional perspective on the city came in handy when we were looking for an apartment to lease in Lisbon!

Do note, though, in addition to literally stepping off the beaten path, this Campo de Ourique food tour tends to focus on more elevated, updated takes on Portuguese cuisine, rather than absolute classics.

woman holding up a large, raw fish in the campo de ourique market

I adore bifanas, for example, and we have eaten dozens of them at this point–but never again came across one quite as fancy as the one we tried on this tour!

If you’re looking for a more classic introduction to what to eat in Lisbon, we also loved this food and wine tour in Baixa.

The Baixa tour is also much more centrally located, which can come in handy if you only have a short time to visit Lisbon.

Book your food and wine tour in Baixa today!

elevated bifana with wine on a campo de ourique food tour
Definitely the most elevated pork sandwich we ever ate in Lisbon!

More Things to Do in Campo de Ourique (And Nearby!)

Hoping to stretch your legs a bit after enjoying your Campo de Ourique tour?

Consider sticking around the neighborhood a bit!

The Prazeres Cemetery is a beautiful, peaceful, and free place for a walk.

Head all the way to the back for beautiful views of the Tagus River and Lisbon’s iconic bridge, the Ponte 25 Abril!

tree lined path in prazeres cemetery, one of the best hidden gems in lisbon portugal

Casa Fernando Pessoa, a museum dedicated to one of Portugal’s most beloved poets, is also nearby.

If you want to ride the famous Tram 28 during your trip to Lisbon, this is also a great chance to do so: while never deserted, there are far fewer crowds here at the end of the line than there are closer to Alfama.

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Prefer to walk out of the neighborhood?

Consider strolling downhill to Estrela, our old stomping grounds, and a beautiful Lisbon neighborhood to explore.

basilica da estrela as seen from estrela garden on a sunny day

You’ll be able to visit the Jardim da Estrela (one of our favorite parks in the world), the Estrela Basilica, and Lisbon’s English Cemetery all in quick succession.

If you’re up for even more walking (we’re talking 40+ minutes at this point), you can even keep going all the way to neighborhoods like Bica, Príncipe Real, and Chiado on foot, which, while only fun on a beautiful day, is a wonderful way to experience a very different side of Lisbon than you would by sticking with Alfama or taking the metro between neighborhoods!

Looking to stay off the beaten path?

If so, our guide to Lisbon’s best hidden gems has lots of ideas for you!

Kate Storm in Lisbon Portugal on a sunny day with tiled buildings behind her

Our Advice for Taking a Taste of Lisboa Food Tour

The most important advice we can give before coming on the Campo de Ourique food tour and exploring what to eat and drink in Lisbon?

Don’t eat breakfast beforehand (okay, maybe coffee–we may or may not have downed a couple of espressos each before the 10:30 AM start time due to our jetlag), and don’t plan on lunch after!

market stall in lisbon campo de ourique market on taste of lisboa tour

Like most food tours we have been on around the world, you’ll leave this one completely full, which is a very satisfying experience after filling up on such a wide variety of foods.

We had a blast exploring Campo de Ourique with Madalena and the rest of our easygoing tour group.

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I can’t think of a better way to start our first day in Portugal, and our Campo de Ourique food tour set the stage well for a fantastic first visit to Lisbon.

Many thanks to Taste of Lisboa for hosting us on our food & cultural walk through Campo de Ourique! All opinions are, as always, our own.

fried fish and wine enjoyed on taste of lisboa food tour campo de ourique

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About Kate Storm
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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

16 thoughts on “A Delicious Campo de Ourique Market + Food Tour (With Taste of Lisboa!)”

  1. Okay, we didn’t do a food tour while in Lisbon. Although we did eat more than our share of food while we were there and have to agree these tastes are amazing. We didn’t try the fish egg thing, so something to look forward to when we go back. And the bones in the sardines, that really was something we had to get used to as well.

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    • It definitely was something different! I found the bones to be more of a mental block than anything–physically, I could barely tell they were there.

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  2. I LOVE Campo de Orique, and spent many days in that mercado eating everything I could! Bacalhau is a must there, and such a great traditional dish too. I love Lisbon, and the food and wine is the best!

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  3. All! The! Yum! I love food tours and really hope I can do one on every trip I take! This one sounds and looks divine! Who doesn’t love chocolate cake but funny enough, sardines are a popular breakfast dish in my part of the world and I actually don’t even notice the bones at all! lol

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  4. That looks like that you tried quite a lot here. But i am afraid to see that mostly the food here is non vegetarian which is quite a lot for a vegetarian like me. What are the good options in Veg though ?

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    • The cuisine is very meat-heavy, though there are vegetarian substitutions that can be made. The company we worked with, Taste of Lisboa, adapts menus for vegetarians, but not for vegans–it’s just too many restrictions in a cuisine that involves both lots of meat and lots of dairy!

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  5. Food is a big part of ‘why’ I travel. I love immersing myself in the local culture, and have found, through over a decade of lugging my backpack around, that food is one of the best ways to do that. The chocolate cake reminded me somehow of the magnificent, rich, Sacher Torte we had in Austria. I would follow your recommendations to go on a food tour, when I manage to get to Lisbon.

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    • Same! And we’ve found the longer we travel, the more important food gets in our travel choices–both where to go, and what to do while we’re there.

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  6. Starting a tour with chocolate cake?! Sounds like my kind of tour! It does sound like you had some interesting dishes too and I’ll look into this tour if I make it to Lisbon.

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