Living in Portugal

Food and drinks

Prices vary in function of the type of establishment and whether or not the cost includes a table service or esplanade service, as a result of which the prices presented are purely indicative.

An espresso coffee, which is so popular among the Portuguese and is normally referred to as a “bica”, costs around €0.60 to €0.70 at the counter of a traditional café. A galão (cup of coffee with milk) may cost between €0.80 and €1, 20 and a cup of tea between €1 and €1.50.  A glass of natural orange juice costs around €2,50 and a beer or Coca-Cola costs between €1 and €1.50. A cheese or ham sandwich costs between €1.50 and €2.50 and a slice of toast or cake will be less than €2.

If you have a full meal it may be around €8 to €11 per person in a snack bar, between €13 and €20 in a restaurant and around €30 to €50 in a first-class restaurant or Fado house.


  • Meal in a Restaurant–starting at 6 €
  • Bread–0,11 per roll
  • Milk (regular),1 liter-0.65 €
  • Loaf of Fresh Bread-0.83 €
  • Eggs (12)-1.29 €
  • Fresh Cheese (1kg)-5.50 €
  • Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)-7.25 €
  • Water (1.5 liter bottle)-0.75 €
  • Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)-3.22 €
  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)-0.62 €
  • Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)-0.95 €
  • Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)-3.54 €
  • Photocopies-0,30 €


An entrance ticket to a Museum, National Monument or exhibition may cost between €2 and €5. A cinema ticket costs around €6.50. Theatre tickets may vary between €10 and €30 and tickets for concerts, opera or ballet performances between €15 and €75.

In order to watch a bull fight, (the bullfighting season is between Easter Sunday and All Saints day), tickets may vary between €15 and €75, depending on the bull-ring and participants.


 Updated 07.05.2013