Do you have a longing for your love, Lisbon? The Portuguese’s passionate yet laid-back atmosphere and attitude, their finger-licking custard tarts, the pastel de nata, the honest and flavoursome way they cook their seafood and tapas?
We’ve found ‘little Portugal’ places in Vienna that will whisk you away to the country on the Atlantic coast where the sea spray is always on your skin.
A Barraca is a little piece of Portugal in the middle of Vienna. You’ll feel so at home here that you’ll be walking into the kitchen and chatting with the owner/chef, Lucinda, in no time. Lucinda prepares all the home cooked dinner in the style of her seafaring homeland.
This place will have you working your way through all the great things that the Portuguese kitchen has to offer.
Senhor Vinho is a beloved Portuguese restaurant, with a flavoursome menu that changes regularly.
Each day boasts a new concoction of what Senhor Vinho’s serves up, depending on what seasonal ingredients their suppliers have on offer.
Having set the place up in 2004, the two brothers and owners of the restaurant are able to translate Portuguese hospitality in a way that combines it with a twist of Viennese.
Our starter was veal’s heart – rich and lovely – while we were fortunate enough to have the simply prepared octopus dish – delicious.
The menu is refreshingly straight to the point, with only a few options. They stick to what they’re good at, meaning there’s plenty of seafood dishes to choose from. And yes, they do have Pastéis de Nata.
veggie-friendly cash only Schanigarten (al fresco garden) available
Opening times MON–FRI: 10am–1:30pm & 2:30pm–6:30pm SAT–SUN: closed
This little corner store could almost be considered a veteran of the street it’s on in the 3rd district. Having opened several years ago, Best of Portugal takes you on a trip far away from Vienna, with its countless offerings out of Portugal – from wine to olive oil, cheese, pastéis de nata, as well as traditional handcraft gifts and wine.
Portuguese specialty goods are not easy to find in Vienna, so this place is a God sent. Keep your eye on their Facebook page as they have regular wine tastings.
Price guide: Quinta de Boa Esperança (portuguese red wine): 10.40€ Pastéis de Nata: 1.80€ Peiva (sheep milk cheese): 29.20€ veggie-friendly card acceptance
At Lisboa Lounge, the menu is as simple as the food, divided into 4 main sections: Petiscos (snacks), Tapas, Especialidades de casa (house specialties) and big salad plates. And like any self-respecting Portuguese restaurant’s menu, seafood is a major theme – and seafood is what Lisboa Lounge does best. The tapas, the seafood and the wine, all come fresh out of Portugal. Actually, most of the ingredients here do, right down to the olive oil. You definitely shouldn’t go past the Bacalhau (the staple fish of the Portuguese menu, cod). Also, we take no shame in making a mess of ourselves when disturbing the clams from their bath of a coriander and garlic marinade.
NATA Lisboa is a small shop on Landstraße that offers one of the many Portuguese delicacies that have made a name for themselves around the world, and finally, also in Vienna: pastéis de nata – flaky little egg tart pastry that feels like a really old person’s cheek when you touch them on top, but taste heavenly, and make you want to hug the tall handsome man that’s just taken them out of the oven.
You’ll also find a portion, or two of heart-warming Portuguese hospitality, great homemade lemonade, and a selection of Portugese empadas with various fillings – if you still have some space left in your stomach after having one pastel after the other.
Opening times MON–FRI: 9:30am–1pm & 3pm–6:30pm SAT: 9:30am–12:30pm SUN: closed
This Spanish and Latin American bookshop offers a range of Portuguese literature.
Hidden in the heart of the 18th district, this cute shop could be considered the mecca for books in Spanish and Portuguese.
The shelves are stocked with classics to brand new releases. Fiction and non-fiction books like Pablo Escobar’s biography are present in the same cosy familiar atmosphere. La Librería also has an online store for you to stumble around in.
This shop of all things Portuguese is where you’ll definitely find that culinary treat of the country that you’ve been missing since you last visited. An array of items imported directly from the country, from tinned fish, wine, olive oil, salts and even porcelain, fill the shelves at the little store Loja Portuguez.