Lisbon is a city that has attracted TV chefs and personalities from all over the world. The late Anthony Bourdain was probably the first personality to really put Lisbon on the map, and since then he’s been joined by the likes of British TV chef Rick Stein and now Phil Rosenthal.
You may not have heard of Phil Rosenthal, but you’ll probably be familiar with his work: Everybody Loves Raymond. Phil wrote the show, which ran for 9 seasons and made Ray Romano a household name.
It has been syndicated and even been adapted for international markets like Poland, Egypt, the UK, India, Czech Republic, Israel, and Russia. The Russian adaptation is also the subject of an amusing documentary Phil also produced called Exporting Raymond, where Phil tries to work with a Russian TV studio to adapt Raymond for Russian audiences.
But his newest project is Somebody Feed Phil, a show where he goes around the world eating what even he can find, and, naturally, he has to stop in Lisbon to sample Portuguese food.
The Netflix show features two entertaining characters that were also a popular feature in Exporting Raymond, Phil’s parents, and they Skype in from time to time. Phil himself is pretty entertaining as well, and he has a really infectious passion for both food and travel. He really takes a stab at speaking Portuguese as well, which is something a lot of people are afraid to try.
Phil managed to visit an impressive number of places around Lisbon. If you want to follow his itinerary, or just visit a couple of the places that he visited, you’ll find them all listed below.
First stop is a pastel de nata at Manteigaria which is located in the Time Out Market inside the Mercado da Ribeira. This bakery is one of the best places in Lisbon to get a pastel de nata, and a definite must-visit when you come to Lisbon.
Address: Rua do Loreto 2, 1200-108 Lisboa
Time Out Market
Next, Phil has a wander around the Time Out Market and samples a few of the different foods on offer Here he tries pastel de bacalhau, which is made from Portugal’s favourite fish and an Asian beef dish.
Address: Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 Lisboa
Conserveira de Lisboa, Time Out Market
Conserveira de Lisboa is a shop that specialises entirely in tinned foods. The shop has been running in Lisbon for more than 80 years and, recently, opened up a stall inside the Time Out Market.
Address: Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 Lisboa
You can also visit the shop’s original location and more traditional premises at Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 34, 1100-321 Lisboa.
Elevator Santa Justa
Next Phil takes a ride in the Santa Justa Elevator, a 19th-century elevator that takes you from Baixa-Chiado up to Largo de Carmo next to the ruins of the Carmo Monastery.
Address: Rua do Ouro, 1150-060 Lisboa
Belcanto is one of Lisbon’s most popular Michelin-star restaurants, and it was the first restaurant in Lisbon to be awarded 2 Michelin stars. The restaurant is run José Avillez, and it serves modern takes on traditional Portuguese dishes.
Address: Largo de São Carlos 10, 1200-410 Lisboa
Sidecar tour of Lisbon
Next, Phil takes a sidecar tour of Lisbon’s narrow, cobbled streets. It’s just one of many ways to get around Lisbon and, if you want to do the same, you can book these tours on Get Your Guide or directly through Bike My Side.
Phil takes a break from his sidecar ride to stop at one of Lisbon’s many quiosques. You’ll find these quiosques all over Lisbon, and they’re a fantastic place to stop for a coffee or something stronger.
Next Phil heads across the river to Ponto Final in Almada, which has to have some of the most precariously-placed restaurant seating in the world. There he has gambas com piri-piri (piri-piri prawns), sardinhas assadas (grilled sardines), and what looks like an arroz de tamboril (monkfish rice).
Address: Rua do Ginjal 72, Almada
Pastéis de Belém
Pastéis de Belém is next on Phil’s itinerary. This is one of Lisbon’s most famous eateries, and the bakery credited with first selling pastéis de nata. It’s a must visit on any foodie tour of Lisbon, even if that does mean braving crowds of hundreds of other tourists.
Address: Rua de Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa
Jesus é Goês
Next stop is Jesus é Goês, a tiny 12-seat Goan restaurant that’s located just a few streets away from Avenida da Liberdade. Goa was a Portuguese colony for many years, and the food combines flavours and ingredients that are synonymous with India with some that come from Portugal.
Address: Rua São José 23, 1150-352 Lisboa
Next Phil heads to Manteigaria Silva near Rossio where he’s joined by Célia Pedroso, a food writer and Lisbon tour guide. There they try Portuguese meats, cheeses, and Port wine.
Address: Rua Dom Antão De Almada 1, Lisboa
Ginjinha Sem Rival
Ginjinha Sem Rival is one of Lisbon’s most popular ginjinha houses, and it’s here that Phil and Célia head next for a glass (or two) of Lisbon’s famous sour cherry liquer.
Address: Rua Portas de Santo Antão 7, 1150-268 Lisboa
Cervejaria Ramiro is no stranger to TV crews, having hosted both Anthony Bourdain and Rick Stein when they came to town. Here, Phil and his team sample all kinds of interesting things from under the sea and, of course, finish up with a prego sandwich for dessert.
Address: Av. Alm. Reis nº1 – H, 1150-007 Lisboa
Tram 28 is one of Lisbon’s most beautiful tram routes, and it looks idyllic in the show. Unfortunately, it has also become one of Lisbon’s most popular tourist attractions and is often full to the brim. If you see an empty-ish Tram 28 going by, it’s definitely worth getting on but this is going to be rare: there are often queues of several hundred tourists down at Praça Martim Moniz.
Croissant Gigante is a unique eatery that specialises in, well, giant croissants. It’s not something that’s normally eaten in Lisbon, but definitely fun for the novelty factoRua
Address: Tv. dos Fiéis de Deus 59, 1200-043 Lisboa
Next stop is one of Lisbon’s most popular gelato makers at Nannarella Gelati alla Romana. While they’re there, they’re also joined by Allesandro from the nearby pizzeria La Pizza di Nanna.
Address: Rua Nova da Piedade 64, 1200-263 Lisboa
Keeping things international, Phil took another pit stop over at Wurst. Here you can try all kinds of Austrian sausages including Kaskrainers, Frankfurters, Leberkas sausages. They even have a few vegetarian options as well.
Address: Rua Nova da Piedade, 1200-297 Lisboa
Taking a break from Lisbon’s food scene, Phil headed out to the nearby picturesque town of Sintra where he visited Pena Palace.
While Lisbon has pastéis de nata, Sintra has Travesseiros. They’re one of Portugal’s best cakes, and a must-try if you take a trip to Sintra.
Address: Rua Padarias 1, 2710-623 Sintra
Henrique Sá Pessoa’s Alma, which means soul in Portuguese, is a 1-Michelin star restaurant, and one of the most popular fine-dining restaurants in Lisbon. There Phil tries a modern take on bacalhau, as well as a delicious hazelnut dessert.
Address: Rua Anchieta 15, 1200-224 Lisboa
There are a few shots of “Pink Street” in Cais do Sodré before the episode heads to its final venue, Café Luso, where Phil gets a taste of Fado.
Address: Tv. da Queimada 10, 1200-365 Lisboa