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First Portuguese-only Michelin Gala recognises 39 national restaurants




The first Portugal-only Michelin Gala received a record number of distinctions for Portuguese cuisine. A total of 39 restaurants were selected, 1 more than those awarded previously. Eight restaurants have been awarded two stars, with 31 having gained one Michelin star.

In addition, eight more have been awarded the BibGourmand label, that recognises restaurants that provide good value for money. Finally, a further 21 restaurants have been ranked in Michelin’s Recommended category. The MICHELIN Portugal Guide recommends a total of 167 restaurants overall, of which 30 have been newly added to the selection.

The guide’s reputation, especially now, with an edition dedicated entirely to Portugal, allows the country’s cuisine to gain new levels of international recognition and value and, consequently, reinforces its importance as a tourist asset. The paper edition, which will be written in both Portuguese and English, will also soon be available to buy.

Its worth noting that the Michelin Gala took place in the Algarve, bringing with it the novelty of two additional Green Stars being awarded, which recognise initiatives or commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly culinary practices. A cooking demonstration was held after the awards ceremony, presented by 7 Michelin-star Portuguese chefs from the Algarve Region and coordinated by Chefs Dieter Koschina (Vila Joya, two stars) and João Oliveira (Bela Vista, one star), which was attended by over 500 guests. 

In order to raise awareness of Portugal as a destination of excellence, press trips for specialised press from the main strategic markets were launched simultaneously. 

Similarly, the Debate "The Value of Gastronomy in the Tourist Experience" – Michelin Guide Ceremony Portugal 2024 was held before the gala, hosting several tourism professionals and renowned chefs who advocated for food as a powerful driver of the tourism sector. This debate can be viewed in full on the Michelin Guide YouTube channel.​

This initiative was thus an excellent celebration of national cuisine, one of the assets of the Tourism Strategy 2027 (ET2027).  Gastronomy and wines are strategic pillars for Portuguese tourism. An appreciation of our rich culinary tradition, the promotion of sustainable practices, and the combined efforts of various agents within the sector have made it possible to position Portugal as a culinary destination of excellence, with the country’s gastronomy sustainably driving the country’s economic and social development.​​​

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