From traditional taverns to gourmet restaurants, there are countless places where you can taste the region’s gastronomic delicacies. Certain areas have a greater concentration of restaurants, such as Luísa Todi Avenue.
At the end of this avenue, near the Fishermen’s Dock, meals are shared with a beautiful view over the river Sado. Tróino, the traditional fishing neighbourhood, and Fonte Nova Square are also popular with diners.
In this seafood paradise, fried cuttlefish is the delicacy that stands out amongst the dishes of the region. This famous dish attracts pilgrims to the city all year round. It will impress anyone who tries it. The colour stands out on the platter, and the texture and taste awaken the senses.
Fish, which is always fresh, makes Setúbal’s gastronomic offer nationally and internationally renowned, and its quality label has become stronger over the years.
Setúbal’s sardines still reign as its most popular and tastiest dish. In 2011, they were voted as one of Portugal’s “7 Gastronomical Wonders”.
Along with sardines and mackerels, red mullets and oysters are other delicacies which stand out in Setúbal’s gastronomy.
As for deserts, Setúbal is one of the most famous regions in the country.
Its tradition dates back to the baking of sweets made from the oranges of the trees that used to abound across the city, as well as the honey from Serra da Arrábida bees. And that’s not all.
Setúbal offers orange-based delicacies and also the historical “Bolacha Piedade” (wafers).
Azeitão, is a land rich in sweet pastries, namely the famous “Tortas” (rolled lemon sponge cakes), “Amores” (almond meringues) and “Esses” (cinnamon biscuits), but also “Queijinhos de Ovo e Amêndoa” (egg and almond filled sweet pastries) and “Queijadinhas de Leite de Ovelha” (sheep’s milk pastries).
Azeitão was once one of the major sheep breeding hubs in the country. And where there are sheep, there’s cheese.
Azeitão Cheese, one of the best Portuguese soft sheep cheeses, has unique characteristics thanks to the distinctive conditions and features of the Arrábida mountain.
And to accompany these delicacies, you need a good wine. With a microclimate that favours winegrowing, the region offers wines that have won awards in all four corners of the world.
Floral aromas in the whites, and mild flavours of spices and forest fruits in the reds. There is also Moscatel, the most widely produced wine in the Setúbal Peninsula.
These are only a few of the gastronomic gems that Setúbal has to offer, as an endless World of flavours; a true Land of Fish.