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Diaspora Eats: 8 of the Best African Restaurants in Lisbon

This week, we're sharing some of the Best African Restaurant in Lisbon.

DIASPORA—The diaspora is brimming with a variety of restaurants that offer savory dishes that’ll  remind you of mom’s cooking.


In our Diaspora Eats series, we highlight these many eateries, and offer recommendations for the best African food in whichever major city you might find yourself in. 

Whether you’re looking for options to fit your dietary restrictions or you’re simply looking to stuff your face with quality eats, there’s a spot in the city that will cater to your palette. Below are 7 African restaurants to check out while you’re in Lisbon.

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Mwana Pwo

This restaurant located in Parque das Nações transports you to Angola with its tasty Angolan dishes, eye-catching decorations and friendly staff. Be sure to taste their Mufete, grilled fish served with sweet potatoes, banana bread, cooked cassava, and palm oil beans.

Djairsound

This joint on Rua das Janelas Verdes, is the perfect place to catch some live Lusophone music and sample some Cape-Verdean delicacies. Be sure to taste their cachupa, you won't be dissapointed!

Gingolé

Located on Rua Vieira da Silva, this restaurant fuses Angolan and Portuguese cuisine, to your tastebuds' delight! We recommend their calulu de peixe, an Angolan fish and vegetable stew.

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Marginal de Luanda

You will find this buffet style restaurant on R. Latino Coelho. If you're not in the mood for a buffet, you can also sample from the variety of Angolan dishes on their menu.

Ibo

This Mozambican restaurant on Cais do Sodré is as big on design as it is food. Enjoy dishes like crab curry and Zambeziana roasted chicken in a contemporary and chic atmosphere.

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Zambeze

This rooftop restaurant-café on Calçada Marquês de Tancos has one of the best views of the city. On the menu you'll find a blend of Mozambican and Portuguese cuisine like camarão com quiabos e leite de coco and arroz de cabrito com castanhas.

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Cantinho Do Aziz

This eatery on  Rua de São Lourenço offers Mozambican flavour in a convivial atmosphere. Bring your friends and share some Ehopa—a boneless perch of Nile fish cooked in coconut sauce and saffron with prawns and okra, and served with rice. 

Casa da Morna & Semba

Founded by Cape Verdean Singer Tito Paris, this restaurant on Rua Cozinha Económica is celebrated for its cachupa, a slow cooked stew of corn, beans, beef, ribs, chouriço sausage, cassava and savoy cabbage. The restaurant showcases daily live music sets, so you're sure to have a good time!

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