The Best 6 Cafes of Lisbon
Cafe culture in Lisbon is all the rage at the moment. All across the city there are new concept cafes and coffee shops popping up by the dozen.
This tends to be the nature of cafes in Europe; out with the old and in with the new.
Cafes are great places to meet people, especially if you are a solo traveler in Europe. They also make great office spaces where you can connect to free wifi so long as you’re purchasing something to eat or drink.
Lisbon, being the trendy city that it is, has an abundance of cafes on offer and choosing the right place to spend your time can be overwhelming to say the least. I know, I’ve been there.
Here are six of the very best!
1. Tease in Lisbon
R. Quintinha 70B
Quite possibly the sweetest little cafe in all of Lisbon — from the treats right through to the space.
You’ll find Tease to the south of the city, not far from the Lisbon Geological Museum.
Most of the best Lisbon cafes are usually situated in the center of the Alfama. This one is outside of the center toward the western side of Lisbon. For this reason, it usually isn’t overcrowded with people and you’re guaranteed a seat at any point in the day.
Being so far from the center, Tease is the kind of place you’ll go to to spend time. I wouldn’t recommend doing a grab-and-go stint at this cafe. Enjoy a hot beverage and fresh baked treat while you take in the cool ambiance of the space.
2. Heim Cafe in Lisbon
R. Santos-O-Velho 2 e 4
A light and bright cafe within walking distance of the beach? You’ve got it.
Heim Cafe is one of my favorite places in Lisbon. The space is bright and filled with plants, you can lose hours here in pure bliss. It’s a great place for freelancers to work the afternoon away.
Brunch is peak time at Heim; it sometimes take a wait in order to get a table. But the avocado toast and waffles are absolutely worth it!
This is a lively part of Lisbon to explore by foot (Read more about Discover walking tours). Being so close to the ocean, this area offers a variety of bars in addition to the cafes where patrons can move to as the sun descends.
Matiz Pombalina Cocktail Bar is across the road from Heim Cafe. Having a late lunch at Heim and then moving over to the Matiz Pombalina is ritual for many Lisbon locals — see for yourself!
3. Montana Lisboa Café in Lisbon
Rua da Cintura do Porto de Lisboa
Our next cafe is located in central Cais do Sodré, not right on the Tagus promenade. It is built inside of an old converted warehouse.
Inside the space, the cafe collaborate with a street shop and gallery. Diners enjoy their meals as street artists come in and out looking to purchase paints or pieces that are on display. The experience is a unique hybrid one that creates a really exciting ambiance.
Montana Cafe is best known for their highly Instagrammable dishes — you may have seen their iconic fluorescent bagels before. The rainbow salmon dish is about as photo-worthy as a meal can get.
Cais do Sodré is a great way to see Lisbon by foot. The town is no stranger to free guided walking tours going by throughout the day. Being able to dip in the water before or after your tour and follow it by a visit to Montana Cafe is a day well spent if you ask me.
4. Wish in Lisbon
Espaço G 02a, R. Rodrigues de Faria 103
Wish brands themselves as a “concept store and slow coffee house”. You’ll want to stop at Wish if you are ever on your way to Belém — it is situated in the quaintest part of town around many shops and restaurants.
I’ll admit this cafe is out of the way… it sits right on the southmost boarder of Lisbon city. This isn’t the kind of cafe you spend your freelancing afternoons unless you live somewhere in the area. The experience of it all is worth doing at least once.
The cafe serves delectable drinks and treats while also selling clothes, furniture and home accessories. Don’t leave without trying one of their Pastel de Natas; since the cafe is Portuguese owned these are as authentic as they come.
5. Copenhagen Coffee Lab in Lisbon
R. Nova da Piedade 10
The Copenhagen Coffee Lab is found just south of the Botanical Gardens of Lisbon. This is the cafe where you want to be for breakfast! The vibe is great and food even better.
As the name suggests, this cafe take’s its coffee very seriously. They will even press your beans into the brew of your choosing. Coffee in this cafe is notably more expensive that other parts of town — bare this in mind!
Two more words to note: avocado toast!
6. Le Petit Prince Culture Cafe in Lisbon
R. Cecílio de Sousa 1a
Last but not least, my very favorite cafe in all of Lisbon. Here at Le Petit Prince the tables are piled with books and blank pieces of sketch paper. Patrons to the cafe are encouraged to enjoy them at their leisure — read for hours or make art while you dine in the space.2
If you can go with a friend, do! Their mezze platter is great for sharing and you could get a sweet treat or two for afterward.
Le Petit Prince is actually just a five minute walk from Tease, the first cafe mentioned in this roundup. If you’re looking to take on two Lisbon cafe’s in one day this is your chance!
Cafes in Lisbon are where the locals and tourists meet to bask in the beauty of Lisbon street culture. They are not to be missed if you only have a limited amount of time to explore the city! See you for brunch?