Olá, I'm Daniela

Estoi Palace, Algarve, Portugal

I’m an Australian travel writer and food journalist who has been living in Lisbon since 2018.

Portugal is a vibrant and varied land of azulejos (tiles), tascas (local bistros), Portuguese traditions and culture. And I’m obsessed with all of it

I started this blog to share my love of all things Portugal, and I’ve packed it full of guides I’m updating all the time. 

On these pages find tips on where and what to eat, discover incredible local artisans and enjoy regular #tileoftheday visual feasts.

Who is Daniela Sunde-Brown?

I wish I could say I spend every day exploring the cobblestone streets of Lisbon, but a lot of my time is dedicated to whipping up word-based wonders for tourist clients and travel publications. You can learn more about my life as a freelance travel content and food copywriter on my professional site.

What’s this blog about?

I started Olá Daniela as a place to share and record my love of Portugal.
I’m incredibly passionate about all things made, grown and created here in this tiny Iberian nation. Whether that’s the antique tiles on buildings, or newly crafted baskets and blankets, through to what local chefs are doing with local produce. Portuguese cuisine is hugely underrated and I want to do my part to deepen the experiences that people have while in Portugal.

What to expect?

My obsession with tiles, tascas and traditions is what initially inspired me to launch this project in 2021.

Expect to read blogs about the coolest things you can do, places you can visit, and things you can eat with my food guides, itineraries and favourite finds.

Shoot me a message if you have any special requests at  hello[@]danielasundebrown[dot]com

Why Portugal?

The clever answer is: read a few of my blogs and you’ll see soon enough. But there’s a bit more to it than that.

When I dreamed of the classic Aussie “gap year” (or five) in Europe, I never pictured Portugal. In fact, I’d never stepped foot in this ancient little country on the edge of the Atlantic until I turned up with a single suitcase and a positive attitude.

My partner has always wanted to fill the bacalhau-shaped hole in his heart by immersing himself here and further connecting with his Portuguese family.

He had a tough time convincing me, until he pulled up the weather forecast. Sure enough, it worked. But now I have at least four dozen more reasons why I’d want to move to Portugal, which I’m sure you’ll find across the pages of this blog.

Estoi Palace, Algarve, Portugal

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