My own experience with Eating Europe was in beautiful Florence, Italy. The “Sunset Food Tour” took me through the neighborhood of Santo Spirito surrounding the piazza and the Church of Santo Spirito. We made six stops over the course of three and a half hours walking along cobblestone streets and meeting several locals along the way.
Now Eating Europe is offering a gastronomic tour of Lisbon, Portugal. The four-hour long experience takes guests through Mouraria, the city’s medieval quarter.
During the “Eats, Street Art and Undiscovered Lisbon – A Walk Through Baixa & Mouraria,” guests enjoy six culinary tastings from typical street food to comfort treats like the peixinhos da horta (deep fried green beans). The offering also includes Portuguese classics accompanied by wines from different regions in Portugal, and a beer from one of the country’s former African colonies.
“Eating Europe has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a one tour, one guide operation in Rome back in 2011,” says Kenny Dunn, Managing Director. “We’ve seen tremendous growth, especially in the last couple of years, and are thrilled to now be able to offer our clients an opportunity to experience a taste of local life in Lisbon too.
The gastronomic journey begins in Lisbon’s historic heart, the Baixa district, before it continues to Mouraria, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and survivor of the 1755 earthquake.
“With modern restaurants offering new-wave Portuguese dishes, old-style family-run establishments serving the classics, and plenty of colorful bars and food markets, Lisbon is a perfect foodie destination, and we can’t wait to help our guests discover what makes the city’s cuisine and culture so very rich,” Dunn adds.
True to its signature theme, to take travelers off-the-beaten-track, the new Eating Europe experience introduces guests to a restaurant resembling a hidden Moorish palace, a fado (mournful form of music born in Lisbon) house, and the pastry shop voted to have the best pastel de nata (custard tart) in town.
Other Eating Europe tour locations are in Rome, Amsterdam, Prague, London and Paris.
I can say my Florence tour was a fun experience. Touring with other foodies, I really got a sense for the neighborhood and enjoyed the food offered.