First Small Business Trail in Lisbon Home sharing hosts recommend their favourite business in Arroios and Penha de França

Lisbon hosts welcomed more than 700,000 visitors last year, a new record for the city. But despite its success, there are still undiscovered gems for travellers. That’s why hosts from the neighbourhoods of Arroios and Penha de França met in March to walk around their neighbourhoods and showcase the best small businesses in the area.

The walk started in a lovely gourmet shop that has been serving coffee for decades. “Sintoniza o Momento” has an assortment of Portuguese delicatessen – liquors, cakes, sweets, sardines – as well as delicious chocolates and coffee, ground and packaged on the spot. Hosts were delighted to find out about some traditional ways of blending coffee, and they all bought some delicacies to take home.

Hosts then headed to “Veganeats”, one of the few vegan places in Lisbon. It’s a small business owned by mother and daughter duo, who really know how to welcome guests. They shared their story and offered tastings of their specialities. Even our most avid meat-loving hosts recommend this spot to their guests!

The next stop was in “Supermercado do Japão” – a typical Portuguese grocery store – where the owner, Mr Jorge, really gives meaning to customer service. He kindly welcomed hosts in his small shop and shared the story of the company, which has been operating since 1919. The place is famous among locals for its typical products, such as codfish, and for Mr Jorge’s talent for poetry improvisation!

Hosts finished their trail at “Cais Madeirense” – a recently opened restaurant, recommended by host Romeu. Hosts enjoyed tasting typical dishes from Madeira Island.