Can the Can Lisboa

Opened on June 9, 2012, at the

Terreiro do Paço square in Lisbon,

with a concept of gastronomy that

prepares Mediterranean cuisine

using in their dishes

the best of national canned fish.


Our cuisine is bold, distinctive – and very healthy, too.

Our way of cooking is a direct translation of our way of building cultural heritage – the enormous wealth passed down to us from generation to generation.

We are a kitchen full of “Portugality”, one that represents the best of Portugal and the Portuguese. An openness to outside influences is also key, and we welcome the world here, every day, in a grand, unique square intimately connected to the global story of our country.

Ours is a typically Mediterranean cuisine, one defined by the use of natural, healthy ingredients as made the most of by Mediterranean peoples for more than 5,000 years.

The art of food preservation is one that has also developed over the ages. The fish canning industry in Portugal was born in 1854, in a country with an extraordinary coast, an ancestral tradition of fishing and an unparalleled quality of fish. This is the oldest and dearest industry in our land.

Our dishes are so healthy because they are based on a combination of fresh vegetables with quality canned fish, a product, rich in Omega 3 oils and without need of preservatives.

But we do not just serve tinned seafood delicacies . We use the best portuguese brands within a concept of Mediterranean gastronomy. We elevate tinned seafood to the level of exclusive gastronomic products, at the same time as innovating in our recipes, joining fresh ingredients and placing a premium on quality of preparation and presentation.

Along the way, we promote the recognition and consumption of the very best of our national canned fish, helping make Portuguese tin`s an integral part of Lisbon’s touristic offer to lovers of great gastronomy and culture.

Our partners include portuguese companies who manufacture tinned seafood products and ANICP • National Association of tinned seafood producers.


The space

A bright and airy space, that breath`s Portugal in every sence. A perfect example of a practical, thoughtful and unique decor.

A tribute to the old Lisbon tavern, with wall`s covered by metric wood shelves, colored by cans of canned fish of all kinds: sardines, mackerel, codfish, tuna octopus. Also numerous olive oil and wine bottles, not forgetting old Portuguese cans, records, bottles and other objects of all kinds.

In this project the ambiance is well contrasted between the natural woods, chic off-white walls and ceillings, Portuguese tipical Lisbon stone Lioz, on the floor and wall paneling. Riga wood turn the space confortable and it is present in every place we can touch and feel: the counter, tables, benches, shelves, stairs and mezzanine floor.

Only a glass separates us from the kitchen, allowing us to enjoy the hustle bustle of what is happening over there. A kitchen where Portuguese canned food and fresh produce are every day combine in a new concept of Mediterranean cuisine.


Can’s define the place

Can’s define the place specially by the form of a huge silver chandelier, made of three thousand empty cans, signed by Portuguese designer Victor Vicente, that acts as a revelation of what this contemporary place is all about and a tribute to the national canned food industry.

Can the Can offers a feast for the senses; relying its positioning in a simple concept of modernity, which combines the most typical Portuguese traditions.

Everything is handled differently than we expect. The kitchen will surprise you with a wonderful combination of colours and flavours.

If you imagine you are only going to snack canned fish, prepare your self.

Here nothing is left to chance, from the wonderful tuna muxama, served with orange wedges and amaranth sprouts, the sardine tiborna (toasted bread), lemon marinated mackerel on bed of sweet potato or the amazing red fruit couscous for dessert, preferably served with port wine.