To Eat in Cascais
Cascais offers a huge spectrum of dining options. Everything from Michelin ranked establishments to Bohemian cafes are available and accessible from the historic center. With an increase in large bus tours from Lisbon daily, some of the more visible cafes along the promenade tend to focus a bit too much on the tourist menu. The good news is you don't have to go far to find culinary delights. Wander the cobbled streets and you will be rewarded with a surprising selection of both traditional Portuguese fare as well as international flavors. Just a bit outside of the historic center in a tiny village called Torre is Páteo Do Petisco. It is busy and has a festive atmosphere made up of equal parts locals and tourists. It is a great place for a group as they serve a variety of petiscos or tapa-style small plates. One thing you must try is a basket of lascas or homemade potato chips with house dipping sauce.
For an affordable and casual lunch of piri piri chicken head to Somos um Regalo. Many places serve this traditional plate in Cascais but very few do it this well. It is also relatively fast service even when busy so lunch won't take a huge dent out of your day of travels.
For a special evening out, head to the 17th Century fortress turned boutique hotel in nearby Guincho. Cascais native, Chef Miguel Vieira, has returned home after working in some of Europe's finest destinations. Forteleza do Guincho offers patrons a complete and unforgettable Michelin star evening.