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Host: Paula

Lisbon, Portugal

USD
$30-$71 per person

Traditional Portuguese and Portuguese-influenced Goan Cooking Class in Almada

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Paula

Born to a Goan family who has lived in Goa, Mozambique and Portugal, Paula is a true reflection of the cultural diversity embedded in Portuguese cuisine. Paula’s love of food and cooking started from a young age, and food brought her family together early and often. Her mother, an artist in the kitchen, would constantly invite people into their homes (Paula remembers when she was at school she would come home on a Saturday to find her mother had invited the entire teaching staff over for a meal). Paula’s family cooked internationally – one night they might eat traditional Portuguese homecooking while the next night her mother would make Goan samosas from scratch, teaching Paula the proper technique to make the dough and fold the samosas correctly. When Paula’s mother passed away a few years ago, her mother’s friends began coming to Paula, saying how much they missed her mother’s cooking. It was this that started Paula on her second career, in food. She began by cooking the family recipes, Goan and Portuguese, that her mother’s friends loved so much. After taking a course in cake design, Paula also started baking and found another passion in creating art from cakes. She opened her own cake studio has been baking and doing catering for friends since then. Paula is a true artist with food, and she welcomes you into her home to share a Portuguese meal with international influence that will help you to truly understand Portuguese-Goan culture and local life.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-8 guests) Your experience will take place in Almada, just a short 7-minute ferry ride from downtown Lisbon. Paula will meet you at the ferry and take you on a lovely 10-minute walk through the center of town to her apartment, located just a few meters from the neighborhood’s main covered market. Start your meal with a welcome drink of some Portuguese wines that come from a 200-year old winery in the Alentejo region of the country’s south (If you are traveling to the south and are interested in visiting the vineyard and its award-winning underground winery let Paula know and she can provide recommendations!). Enjoy some appetizers which will highlight traditional Portuguese cuisine as well as Goan dishes influenced by the area’s Portuguese history. You might try pataniscas de bacalhau, a very traditional Portuguese cod fritter, along with Goan gram flour fritters, while Paula describes the dishes’ intertwined history. Then sit down to a family-style meal that you will enjoy with Paula along with her elderly father who lives with her. Your meal will include Portuguese and Portuguese-influenced Goan dishes. If you prefer a traditional Portuguese meal, or a full Goan-centered meal with dishes like Goan crab curry, please let Paula know when you make your booking. End your meal with a sweet dessert and coffee or tea.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Join Paula for a Lisbon cooking class where you will learn to make 2-3 Portuguese and Portuguese-Goan dishes. Learn to make two appetizers side-by-side such as pataniscas de bacalhau, traditional Portuguese cod fritters, and Goan bojas, gram flour fritters made with onion and cumin seeds. Then go on to make a main dish, where you can select between a Portuguese or Goan main dish, such as bacalhau a braz, a traditional Portuguese dish of cod with shredded potatoes and egg, or a Goan curry. For parties of two guests, your cooking lesson will take place in Paula’s kitchen at home. For parties larger than two guests, start your experience in Paula’s kitchen and then walk across the street to Paula’s cooking studio to cook there. After cooking sit down together at Paula’s dining table or in her cooking studio table across the street. End your meal with a sweet dessert and coffee or tea.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Join Paula for a market tour of a traditional neighborhood market. You will meet Paula at her apartment and then walk 2-minutes to the neighborhood’s main market, located just a few meters from Paula’s home. Paula has been visiting the market for her entire life, first going as a young girl with her mother to help carry groceries home. Many of the vendors still recognize Paula from when she was a girl! Paula will point out some typical Portuguese ingredients and you will collect some of the vegetables, meat and fish that you will use during your cooking experience. Stay at the market about 30 minutes before returning home to Paula’s apartment to begin your cooking lesson. Please note the market tour is available Tuesday through Saturday mornings.

Notes: Please note, for parties of two guests, your cooking lesson will take place in Paula’s kitchen at home. For parties larger than two guests, you will start your experience in Paula’s home with a welcome drink and snacks and then walk across the street to Paula’s cooking studio (located just across the street from Paula's apartment) to cook and eat there.

Languages spoken: English, Portuguese

Traveler reviews

4.8 (5)
Interesting and relaxing. Paula is a dedicated host. The market visit could have been longer with more explaination, but appart from that we really enjoyed both the food we cooked (especially the pasteis de nata) and the discussions we had. Don't hesitate in telling her what specialty you would like to prepare, she can adapt her recipes!
- JeanneR355 March 15, 2020
Paula hosted my family in her kitchen for a wonderful cooking experience and meal. We learned a lot about the Portuguese culture and foods. Paula was welcoming, friendly, generous and even made my dad a special lemon cake for his birthday. Thanks for a fantastic experience!
- Stefanie February 24, 2020
Great Cooking Experience and Meal! Paula hosted my family in her kitchen for a wonderful cooking experience and meal. We learned a lot about the Portuguese culture and foods. Paula was welcoming, friendly, generous and even made my dad a special lemon cake for his birthday. Thanks for a fantastic experience!
- Stefani February 24, 2020
A Sure Holiday Highlight! We (three friends) loved the concept of Traveling Spoon and our experience with Paulinha was even better than we could anticipate. She met us near the ferry and took us on a scenic walk to her culinary shop, explaining the history of her town and Lisbon and sharing her story with us. When you walk with Paulinha through her neighborhood, you quickly recognize that she is known, liked and respected. After arriving at her shop (too cute), she provided us some options for appetizers and wine then we set about preparing a mix of Portuguese and Goan dishes with her. She explained everything in a way that left us feeling as if we could prepare each item afterwards in our own homes. The results were delicious and, combined with the local wines and great conversation, this was our top holiday experience among the many others we had in Lisbon. I would definitely book this experience again and highly recommend it to others!
- Pariszmyspot December 13, 2019
A trip highlight and perfect for families. Paulinha was a wonderful host and our visit and cooking experience was the highlight of our Lisbon visit. We started with a market visit and then proceeded to Paulinha's cooking studio to learn how to make Portuguese and Goan dishes--all delicious! Our day was filled with stories about local customs, visits to nearby spots with gorgeous views and some of the best food I'd ever had. We will take this experience home with us and cannot wait to share the recipes and stories with family and friends. Would highly recommend Paulinha as a host, especially to families with children as she is very used to teaching kids about cooking. Even the experience of taking the ferry from Lisbon across the water was wonderful, a great way to see a different view of the city.
- Kate December 12, 2019
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Paula

$30-$71 USD

per person
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$45 $36 $30
Cooking Experience + Meal
$63 $52 $45
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$71 $60 $52
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$45 $36 $30
Cooking Experience + Meal
$63 $52 $45
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$71 $60 $52
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-4:00pm 7:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm

Meet Paula

Born to a Goan family who has lived in Goa, Mozambique and Portugal, Paula is a true reflection of the cultural diversity embedded in Portuguese cuisine. Paula’s love of food and cooking started from a young age, and food brought her family together early and often. Her mother, an artist in the kitchen, would constantly invite people into their homes (Paula remembers when she was at school she would come home on a Saturday to find her mother had invited the entire teaching staff over for a meal). Paula’s family cooked internationally – one night they might eat traditional Portuguese homecooking while the next night her mother would make Goan samosas from scratch, teaching Paula the proper technique to make the dough and fold the samosas correctly. When Paula’s mother passed away a few years ago, her mother’s friends began coming to Paula, saying how much they missed her mother’s cooking. It was this that started Paula on her second career, in food. She began by cooking the family recipes, Goan and Portuguese, that her mother’s friends loved so much. After taking a course in cake design, Paula also started baking and found another passion in creating art from cakes. She opened her own cake studio has been baking and doing catering for friends since then. Paula is a true artist with food, and she welcomes you into her home to share a Portuguese meal with international influence that will help you to truly understand Portuguese-Goan culture and local life.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-8 guests) Your experience will take place in Almada, just a short 7-minute ferry ride from downtown Lisbon. Paula will meet you at the ferry and take you on a lovely 10-minute walk through the center of town to her apartment, located just a few meters from the neighborhood’s main covered market. Start your meal with a welcome drink of some Portuguese wines that come from a 200-year old winery in the Alentejo region of the country’s south (If you are traveling to the south and are interested in visiting the vineyard and its award-winning underground winery let Paula know and she can provide recommendations!). Enjoy some appetizers which will highlight traditional Portuguese cuisine as well as Goan dishes influenced by the area’s Portuguese history. You might try pataniscas de bacalhau, a very traditional Portuguese cod fritter, along with Goan gram flour fritters, while Paula describes the dishes’ intertwined history. Then sit down to a family-style meal that you will enjoy with Paula along with her elderly father who lives with her. Your meal will include Portuguese and Portuguese-influenced Goan dishes. If you prefer a traditional Portuguese meal, or a full Goan-centered meal with dishes like Goan crab curry, please let Paula know when you make your booking. End your meal with a sweet dessert and coffee or tea.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Join Paula for a Lisbon cooking class where you will learn to make 2-3 Portuguese and Portuguese-Goan dishes. Learn to make two appetizers side-by-side such as pataniscas de bacalhau, traditional Portuguese cod fritters, and Goan bojas, gram flour fritters made with onion and cumin seeds. Then go on to make a main dish, where you can select between a Portuguese or Goan main dish, such as bacalhau a braz, a traditional Portuguese dish of cod with shredded potatoes and egg, or a Goan curry. For parties of two guests, your cooking lesson will take place in Paula’s kitchen at home. For parties larger than two guests, start your experience in Paula’s kitchen and then walk across the street to Paula’s cooking studio to cook there. After cooking sit down together at Paula’s dining table or in her cooking studio table across the street. End your meal with a sweet dessert and coffee or tea.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Join Paula for a market tour of a traditional neighborhood market. You will meet Paula at her apartment and then walk 2-minutes to the neighborhood’s main market, located just a few meters from Paula’s home. Paula has been visiting the market for her entire life, first going as a young girl with her mother to help carry groceries home. Many of the vendors still recognize Paula from when she was a girl! Paula will point out some typical Portuguese ingredients and you will collect some of the vegetables, meat and fish that you will use during your cooking experience. Stay at the market about 30 minutes before returning home to Paula’s apartment to begin your cooking lesson. Please note the market tour is available Tuesday through Saturday mornings.

Notes: Please note, for parties of two guests, your cooking lesson will take place in Paula’s kitchen at home. For parties larger than two guests, you will start your experience in Paula’s home with a welcome drink and snacks and then walk across the street to Paula’s cooking studio (located just across the street from Paula's apartment) to cook and eat there.

Languages spoken: English, Portuguese

Traveler reviews

4.8 (5)
Interesting and relaxing. Paula is a dedicated host. The market visit could have been longer with more explaination, but appart from that we really enjoyed both the food we cooked (especially the pasteis de nata) and the discussions we had. Don't hesitate in telling her what specialty you would like to prepare, she can adapt her recipes!
- JeanneR355 March 15, 2020
Paula hosted my family in her kitchen for a wonderful cooking experience and meal. We learned a lot about the Portuguese culture and foods. Paula was welcoming, friendly, generous and even made my dad a special lemon cake for his birthday. Thanks for a fantastic experience!
- Stefanie February 24, 2020
Great Cooking Experience and Meal! Paula hosted my family in her kitchen for a wonderful cooking experience and meal. We learned a lot about the Portuguese culture and foods. Paula was welcoming, friendly, generous and even made my dad a special lemon cake for his birthday. Thanks for a fantastic experience!
- Stefani February 24, 2020
A Sure Holiday Highlight! We (three friends) loved the concept of Traveling Spoon and our experience with Paulinha was even better than we could anticipate. She met us near the ferry and took us on a scenic walk to her culinary shop, explaining the history of her town and Lisbon and sharing her story with us. When you walk with Paulinha through her neighborhood, you quickly recognize that she is known, liked and respected. After arriving at her shop (too cute), she provided us some options for appetizers and wine then we set about preparing a mix of Portuguese and Goan dishes with her. She explained everything in a way that left us feeling as if we could prepare each item afterwards in our own homes. The results were delicious and, combined with the local wines and great conversation, this was our top holiday experience among the many others we had in Lisbon. I would definitely book this experience again and highly recommend it to others!
- Pariszmyspot December 13, 2019
A trip highlight and perfect for families. Paulinha was a wonderful host and our visit and cooking experience was the highlight of our Lisbon visit. We started with a market visit and then proceeded to Paulinha's cooking studio to learn how to make Portuguese and Goan dishes--all delicious! Our day was filled with stories about local customs, visits to nearby spots with gorgeous views and some of the best food I'd ever had. We will take this experience home with us and cannot wait to share the recipes and stories with family and friends. Would highly recommend Paulinha as a host, especially to families with children as she is very used to teaching kids about cooking. Even the experience of taking the ferry from Lisbon across the water was wonderful, a great way to see a different view of the city.
- Kate December 12, 2019
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$45 $36 $30
Cooking Experience + Meal
$63 $52 $45
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$71 $60 $52
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$45 $36 $30
Cooking Experience + Meal
$63 $52 $45
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$71 $60 $52
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-4:00pm 7:00pm-10:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm
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