A guide to the 10 best cafes in Lisbon, Portugal
September 6, 2023
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In any city that I visit, I am always on the hunt for the cutest cafe with the coziest vibes and best cup of tea. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to love the cafe scene in Lisbon. Lisbon is filled with speciality coffee shops and cafes, with new ones popping up all the time. So of course I had to do my own research into the best cafes in Lisbon.
In recent years we’ve seen a boom in the number of speciality coffee shops in Lisbon, partially a result of the influx of expats and digital nomads in the city.
I’ve gone ahead and put together a guide of my favorite Lisbon cafes below – whether you’re looking for a cafe to work from, a hearty brunch, or simply a good cup of coffee or tea these are the best cafes in Lisbon.
The best cafes in Lisbon
My favorite cafe in Lisbon is one of the newer cafes in Lisbon – the airy, brightly lit COMOBA. With matcha sourced directly from Japan, COMOBA easily takes the cake for the best oat milk matcha latte in Lisbon. They even serve matcha pancakes, one of the many delicious items on their menu.
COMOBA is a great choice for digital nomads or remote workers, as they are laptop-friendly. The space is relatively large with lots of bright, natural light which makes a perfect work environment in my opinion.
If you’re looking for the best brunch in town, Heim Cafe is a good place to start. This plant filled cafes offers a delicious selection of brunch options, prepared with the finest ingredients.
Not to mention, they also have a handful of natural wines by the glass starting at 3,50 EUR if you want to enjoy a glass with brunch or kick off your evening.
In the mornings you can expect quite the rush, often times you’ll need to wait for a table. But as the day goes on it becomes more laptop-friendly, as many remote workers find a table in the afternoon lull.
A cozy cafe with a long communal table – perfect for cold days or lazy afternoons. Hello, Kristof offers both food and drink, but the food menu is less extensive than other cafes in the area. The space is small and dimly lit, providing a perfect ambiance for a cozy catch-up with a friend or a solo journaling session over a delicious chai latte.
The magazine collection at Hello, Kristof is quite extensive, so you could find yourself cozying up with a magazine in this Nordic-inspired cafe space.
Hello, Kristof tends to be less busy than the popular Dear Breakfast just across the road.
The mill is an easy go-to brunch spot to check out in Lisbon. This Australian-Portuguese cafe serves breakfast food all day long. You’ll find a long communal table, a fun place to chat and catch up with friends.
The mill is also open quite late, for your late night toastie and juice cravings. You can usually expect a wait.
Marquise da Mobler
Looking for some delicious baked goods? Marquise da Mobler is your spot. Marquise is a bakery, coffee shop and concept store all in one. This is the best cafe in Lisbon for warm, freshly baked pastries all day long in a cozy cafe setting.
Plus, it is absolutely adorable.
Dear Breakfast is easily one of the most popular brunch spots in Lisbon, and because of that you’ll usually find a decent wait time. There are a few different locations across town. You’ll find a location in Chiado, Alfama, and Santos. The Alfama location tends to be a bit less busy.
The hot drinks are not quite as good as some of the other contenders on the list, however they have an extensive breakfast and lunch (or perhaps brunch?) menu with lots of delicious eats. I personally recommend the egg sandwich or an acai bowl.
This might just be the best chocolate cake that I have ever tried, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t even typically like cake. It is actually unreal how good this chocolate cake is. I hope this article is enough to convince you to try it out for yourself.
In addition to a location in Chiado, you will also find a location at the LX Factory. A slice of cake costs 4,60, and you’ll want to grab a water or coffee to help wash down all of the delicious rich chocolate goodness.
A Portuguese art bistro serving up all-day cozy fare. You’ll find delicious brunch items – with tons of vegan options – served from 8am to 10pm. In addition to your typical brunch items. you’ll also find salads and more lunch dishes.
Copenhagen Coffee Lab
Run by two Danish owners. Copenhagen Coffee Lab is easily one of the most popular cafes in Lisbon. With eight locations in Lisbon, you’re never too far from your nearest coffeeshop, although the original cafe was founded in Denmark. The cafe offers a minimalist vibe, in contrast to the bright colors of the Portuguese city.
Just a bit north of the Graca neighborhood, you’ll find this plant-filled, brightly-lit cafe. Not as popular as some of the other Lisbon cafes, you can likely grab a table for a weekend breakfast or brunch without waiting much at all. You’ll find both indoor and outdoor seating available.
The food and drink menu are both rather extensive, and the prices are super reasonable. An oat milk matcha latte (my hot beverage of choice) is only 3 euro. The acai bowl here is also really delicious. Make sure to also try their homemade hot sauce.
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