But the charm of Lisbon's cuisine lives in its traditions. Grilled sardine is the queen during the summer and on the Popular Saints celebrations... You just can't avoid smelling it in the small quarters of Alfama, Bairro Alto and many other locals around Lisbon in June, when the Popular Saints celebrations crowd into the streets of the city, bringing along tiny coloured flags, balloons, and popular marches.

At the famous Restaurants of “Bairro Alto”and "tascas" you may have typical Portuguese cuisine while you listen to Fado, the unique and worldwide traditional Portuguese music.

Also famous for its wines, Portuguese choose national wine as the ubiquitous table beverage. Although Portugal's waters abound with fresh fish, the dried and salted codfish known as 'bacalhau', often imported, is considered the national dish. In some countries, at Christmas time, people eat turkey. In Portugal people eat boiled 'bacalhau', with olive oil, potatoes, grain and cabbages.

The Lisboetas are tireless drinkers of coffee served in small cups, locally known as “bica”, available all day long and in all types of cafes.

Looking for sweets? Make sure you don't miss the world famous "Pastéis de Belém" custard tarts in the beautiful Belém area. Just grab a half-a-dozen box, with cinnamon and sugar powder, and give yourself a sweet moment while you stroll along the many monuments this area has to offer.

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