Faro Local Food and Drinks
Tasca Do Ricky
Slightly away from the main tourist spots of Faro lies Tasca Do Ricky, a small restaurant, serving traditional dishes. Unassuming from the outside, most tourists pass straight pass this, so you’re sure to be dining with the locals for an authentic Portuguese dinner!
Must Try Dishes: Owner Ricky will be more than happy to offer suggestions as what to eat and is definitely worth listening to – he is the one who knows what is fresh after all! Otherwise, Ricky’s is known for its delicious garlic squid, worth the hype? We think so.
|+351 919 111 05 ||Rua Do Frono 21, Faro |
|3-12? || |
Instead of just viewing the Ria Formosa from Faro township, why not take a boat and explore the lagoon from within. Estaminé is an award-winning 120-person restaurant. You will enjoy authentic Algarve cuisine with endless and uninterrupted views of the ocean. The coolest thing; the restaurant operates solely on renewable energy!
Must Try Dishes: Estaminé prides themselves on simple dishes using fresh seafood and only the best ingredients. Dishes served are authentic to the Algarve so expect a lot of seafood and seasonal ingredients!
|+351 917 811 85 ||Ilha Desserta, Faro. |
|20-40? ||10:00-19:00 every day of the year |
Ria Formosa Restaurant
Right in the centre of town lies Ria Formosa, run by acclaimed chef Alberto Carvalho, this restaurant offers panoramic views over the marina and township from the fourth floor. Visit on Saturday nights to enjoy the live music whilst watching the sunset over the ocean.
Must Try Dishes: Traditional Portugese dishes are tastefully blended with modern Mediterranean dishes. Choose from either seafood, meat or vegetarian dishes. You cannot go wrong with the Algarvian take on Gaspacho!
|+351 289 830 83 ||Praca D. Francisco Gomes 2, Faro |
|50-60? for a meal for two with wine || |
O Castelo Bar
After a long day of sight-seeing O Castelo Bar is the perfect place to wind down with arguably Portugal’s best Sangria whilst watching the incredible sunset over the ocean. O Castelo offers both indoor and outdoor seating, so don’t be deterred be the weather! If you’re not already convinced, come during the day to have an uninterrupted view of the Ria Formosa lagoon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal – what more could you want?
Must Try Drinks: The White Sangria offers a really unique sangria experience – a must for all white wine and sangria lovers!
|+351 919 846 40 ||Rua do Castelo, 8000-243 Faro, Portugal |
|5-15? ||Monday-Sunday 10:30am – 4:00 |
Mezzanine Bar & Vinoteca
Come for a drink and an array of tapas! The bar is home to many different rooms, all decorated by local artists. You are sure to be nostalgic for the past walking around the quirky antique furniture and art. The perfect place to relax and wind down after a long day sightseeing.
Must Try Drinks: It is an absolute must to try some of the professionally made gin-tonics here! The bar features an extensive variety of gins, each being served using different technics .
|+351 912 510 33 ||Rua de Santo António 58-60, Faro |
|1-9? || |
Tuesday to Sunday 17:00-02:00.
Columbus Cocktail and Wine Bar
You may have been to many bars in your life, but have you been to one in an old hospital? The Columbus Cocktail and Wine Bar is a hit with the locals and tourists alike. With over 90 types of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks you can’t go wrong and there’s sure to be something for you.
Must Try Drinks: Columbus offers three types of mojitos, one of the locals favorite drinks, so why not decide for yourself which is better, the regular, Asian Mojito or Spiced Mojito.
|+531 917 776 22 ||Praca Dom Fransisco Gomes 13 |
|2-11? ||12:00-04:00 Daily |