Go to your kitchen and open your pantry. If most of the foods inside are imported, it's time to rediscover our local delicacies. Here, a shortlist of the grocers where you can find homegrown foods that will make you proud to support Portugal every time you take a bite.


Born of the dream of a couple, Alcagoita is an Algarvian grocery store where you can sample edibles from the southern region. This is the place to stock up on olive oil, wine, honey and alcagoita (peanuts). Carrying a wide range of artisanal and organic products, Alcagoita even has a selection of Algarvian wines and liqueurs as well as produce. Make your breakfast more colorful with jams made from regional fruits.

Where: Rua da Emenda 44, 1200-170 Lisbon
When: Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
More info: +351 962 582 799; Facebook


O Cocho

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No need to wait for your next trip to Alentejo to enjoy some of that excellent chorizo you discovered last year. O Cocho is a grocery store in the heart of Lisbon where you can find wines, cold cuts and cheese (including Niza cheese), sericaia and traditional pastries. We even hear O Cocho has the delicious Easter boleimas. So — who's hosting brunch this weekend?

Where: Rua de São Bento 239, 1250-096 Lisbon
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
More info:
+351 912 376 675; ococho.com


A Despensa Transmontana

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For a culinary tour of Trás-os-Montes, head to A Despensa Transmontana. There you can find everything from pastels de Chaves, wines and liqueurs to cheeses, olive oils and ham. If you've always dreamed of combining grocery shopping with a small tasting session, you'll be happy to know that A Despensa Transmontana has a distinct and cozy spot where you can sample the products on sale. Oh, and don't let the careto mask at the entrance scare you away. It's just there to re-create the atmosphere of the region.

Where: Calçada Do Combro 145-147, 1200-113 Lisbon
When: Tues.-Sat., noon to midnight; Sun., 2 p.m.-midnight
More info: 
+351 21 346 0928; Facebook


Mercearia Dos Açores

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Remember Proust and his madeleine? One bite of the cake and his head filled with memories from his childhood. Experience a similar sensation at Mercearia Dos Açores, where you can shop the flavors of the nine islands of the Azores. Find cheese from São Jorge and Pico plus pastries, meats, cold cuts, wines and liqueurs. Take it to the next level with a tasting session or cooking lesson at the store — keep track on Facebook.

Where: Rua da Madalena 115, 1100-319 Lisbon

When: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
More info:
+351 21 888 0070; Facebook


Taberna Madeirense

Whisked straight from the Atlantic to Lisbon, the tasty foods you'll find at grocery/tapas bar Taberna Madeirense will transport you instantly to Madeira. Feast on bolo do caco round bread and honey cakes, and wash it all down with some poncha (a typical cocktail from Madeira), a local wine or Coral beer. Who said grocery shopping couldn't be fun too?

Where: Rua do Poço dos Negros 150, 1200-109 Lisbon
When: Mon., Weds. & Thurs., 3-11 p.m.; Fri., 3 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 3-10 p.m.

By Patricia Cintra

Patricia, a journalist, believes that life is full of secrets. She travels around the world (and Portugal) to discover and share them with the Savoteur team. She grew up in Algarve but has lived in Lisbon for what feels like her whole life.