Where to Eat Eggs Benedict in Lisbon
After lengthy observation, I conclude Eggs Benedict to be a dish that one is either driven manic with obsession, or simply not impressed by it at all.
I’ve also observed those with the obsession to go to great lengths, distances, feats, just to be united with a well made rendition of this English originated brunch food.
Eggs Benedict is not something that the Portuguese are raised eating. They cook with a lot of egg, but never in conjunction with English muffins and hours spent making the perfect hollandaise sauce.
Eggs Benedict infiltrated Lisbon from up north, having made its way from the UK through France and slowly down into the brunch cafes of the Portuguese capital. Want to know where you can go for a satisfying ol’ Eggs Benny? Read on.
Brunch Cafe in Lisbon
Eggs Benedict is considered a standard option on any quality brunch menu around the world; it usually features alongside pancakes, waffles fruit bowls, French toast and croissants.
No surprise that Brunch Cafe have made an astounding effort to bring this dish to the people of Lisbon.
The cafe is in the south of the city center, right on the eastern boundary of the Alfama and, technically, in south Chiado .
In addition to the English classics, Brunch Cafe also does a range of great American breakfasts and egg fry ups. It’s a small cafe and it is usually packed to the brim at the best of times.
Their Eggs Benedict has been generously offered the “best in Lisbon” title numerous times when the subject has come up. If you’re okay to queue for a few minutes and sit in a slightly cramped environment then this is your best option!
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 8:30am to 4pm
ADDRESS: Rua da Alfândega 120, 1100-585 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Terreiro do Paço
Dear Breakfast in Lisbon
Dear Breakfast is east of the city center, close to Cais do Sorde and the Time Out Market (where you actually can’t eat Eggs Benedict, I’ve checked).
There’s not much to this cafe other than good food, cosy ambiance and meal plating worth 1000 Instagram likes.
Breakfast and brunch are what the do best, and the Eggs Benedict is available at any time of day. It’s perfect, the only qualm is that I wish the dish were bigger. Instead of two muffins with one egg on each, Dear Breakfast has opted for putting both eggs on a single muffin.
It’s filling nonetheless, but not the Eggs Benedict experience we’re used to, you know?
Not sure what they throw into their hollandaise but I near well licked the plate.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 9am to 4pm
ADDRESS: R. Gaivotas 17, 1200-719 Lisboa, Portugal
Train STATION: Santos
Zenith in Lisbon
One can find little to no flaws with Zenith cafe in the north of Lisbon’s center.
From the interior to the service, food to affordability, Zenith is one of Lisbon’s best cafes.
Eggs Benedict lovers will be pleased to hear that Zenith offers a variety of different renditions of the dish on their menu. The different variants include salmon based, ham based, breaded Benedict, avocado Benedict…
The food is prepared quickly and to keep up with high customer demand they turn tables quite quickly.
The Benedicts are good, but if you’re hankering for acai this is a great spot for this as well.
Zenith is just down the street from one of Lisbon’s beat arthouse cinemas, the Cinema São Jorge. Eggs Benny and a movie on a rainy Lisbon afternoon? Sounds perfect.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 9am to 7pm
ADDRESS: R. do Telhal 4A, 1150-346 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Avenida
Tartine in Lisbon
Another spot that was recommended to me as “the best Eggs Benedict that you’ll ever eat” is Tartine.
This is actually just a bakery situated in lower Chiado, at first glance you might never know they have a full breakfast and brunch menu.
You can purchase fresh tarts, pastries, pastel de natas and more, baked fresh seven days a week on an ‘open early, close late’ schedule.
Their Eggs Benedict is, indeed, perhaps one of the best you’ll ever eat. In fact, all of their bread and toast based breakfasts are the perfect light meal to start your day. I suppose this is the perk of running a simple, small menu out of a baking facility.
If you have a sweet tooth and can manage a treat after your meal, ask them for one of their “shortbread condensed milk tart things… the one with the cinnamon” — they’ll know exactly what to give you, and you’re absolutely welcome.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 8am to 8pm
ADDRESS: R. Serpa Pinto 15A, 1200-443 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Baixa-Chiado
Early Birds in Lisbon
Nothing like a good old Lisbon free guided walking tour to learn all the secret “it” spots around the city.
Contrary to some widespread rumors, Early Birds is not a vegan restaurant. I repeat, Early Birds is not a vegan restaurant. Rather it’s a health cafe that is inclusive of all diets, including vegans, gluten free individuals and general carnivores.
They do their house Eggs Benedict, or a build your own plate featuring Benedict eggs, which is an interesting twist on the usual meal.
A wonderful cafe, with generous portions and reusable prices. If you really want to find fault with Early Birds it’s in the name. Opening at 9am is hardly time to be catching worms, guys.