Dining Etiquette and Meal Times

The Portuguese take time for conversation during the meal. They eat in the continental style, with the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right. When eating fish, one usually uses a special knife and fork. It is important to keep the hands above the table at all times. Stretching, particularly at the table, is impolite and implies one is tired or bored with the company. One covers the mouth when using a toothpick.
Breakfast - Usually eaten at home, or on the run for children sometimes at the day care.
  • coffee
  • milk
  • sandwich
Lunch- Most important meal of the day, the biggest meal. It is usally eaten at 1 p.m.
 At around 4:30 in between lunch and dinner a snack or coffe break is common .
Dinner- Families gather for dinner instead or lunch, which is eaten between 8 and 9 p.m. Lunch and dinner may consist of soup, a main dish that includes meat or fish and vegetables (cooked or in a salad), and fruit or sweets for dessert. Bica, a strong espresso-type coffee, is often served after the meal.