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This small costal town was formerly a fishing village and it stays true to its roots by offering a vast array of fresh and delicious seafood. But Sintra was also once a playground for Portuguese royalty and adheres to the bastions of luxurious living. Visitors should be prepared for superior culinary experiences that include the finest ingredients prepared by sophisticated and creative chefs. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors chose the best places to eat in Sintra:
1. GSpot Gastronomia. This small, 20-seat restaurant is a foodie favorite and offers a tasting menu of local, seasonal cuisine that should not be skipped. Let the award winning sommelier help you pair wines with your dinner.
2. Tacho Real. The kitchen whips up traditional Portuguese fare including a fish filet with shrimp sauce and rice, as well as filet steak with cream sauce and mushrooms. The charming ambience is another reason visitors and locals eat here.
3. Tulhas Bar and Grill. Located behind Sintra’s National Palace, diners dig into Portuguese classics like codfish in cream while hearing about the history of the country from owner Antonio Loureiro, who frequently stops by tables to converse with guests. Occasionally tables are sent a round of port post-dinner, compliments of Loureiro.
4. Café de Paris. Café de Paris provides a shady alfresco spot to eat and drink in the city center. Grab a seat outside, order a glass of wine and indulge in crepes, fisherman’s soup or salad with smoked duck.
5. Lawrence’s Restaurant. Located in the Lawrence’s Hotel in the heart of Sintra, this spot offers an oft-changing menu of modern international dishes in a romantic setting. Enjoy wine and appetizers by the fireplace before settling in for an evening of sophisticated dining.