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LardButty Portugal – Mercado da Vila Cascais

We visited a few restaurants during our week in Cascais although I’ve only highlighted a couple of the best ones here on LardButty. The Mercado da Vila (town market) is worth a mention too.

The main market, a covered market, is open during the daytime (selling all sorts of crafts and jewellery – I bought a lovely Portuguese fish pendant). And there’s a food market with a large outdoor space where you can choose from a variety of local foods and drinks.

In the summer, there’s often something going on in the evenings – events, live music and, during our stay, the Euro 2016 Portugal matches were being shown on big screens, attracting a lively crowd. Check out what’s on, on the Mercado da Vila facebook page.


Beer Cascais:
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Step this way… Don’t mind if I do… Happiness found in local craft beers from Dois Corvos


At Beer Cascais there are heaps of lovely local craft beers to choose from (bottled) – I particularly enjoyed the Stardust IPA from local craft brewers Dois Corvos.

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Cantinho da Luisa offers a shed load of Portuguese cheeses, as well as pastries and freshly baked bread:

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Many Portuguese cheeses, and


Your own… personal…. chee-ses…

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Queijo curado de vaca e cabra: a crumbly cheese from cow and goat’s milk

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Queijo de vaca e ovelha curado: a cured cheese from cow and sheep’s milk

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Pastries including the obligatory pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts)

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Fresh bread

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Gulli restaurant – in the covered market – serves steaks, pasta dishes, great pizzas (roughly between €7 – 11, so reasonably priced) and salads. Great cocktails too.


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Stone baked Italian-style pizza, movie-themed cocktails, interesting salads

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Specials and pizza menu


There’s a seafood restaurant – Marisco – in the covered market, and numerous stalls serving international fast-food on the food terrace – from quality burgers to ceviche tacos and pulled pork tacos (at Stockholmarket).

The verdict: Dining on the food terrace here can be a cheaper and easier option than more formal restaurant dining. Good for parties that want to eat different foods – it’s all self service and you can choose food and drinks from different stalls (e.g. local speciality beers from Beer Cascais or wines and ports from the wine stall). And when there’s live entertainment on, you can enjoy it in the warm Portuguese summer air.



Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
– Type: Food markets
– Address: Mercado da Vila, Rua Padre Moisés da Silva, Loja 28-29, Cascais, Portugal
– Website: Mercado da Vila facebook page
– Photos on flickr: images of Mercado da Vila
– Location: Mercado da Vila map


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