a café guide to Lisbon, Portugal: the coolest coffee shops + best brunch in Lisbon
Wondering where to find the best brunch and coffee in Lisbon? Wonder no longer! I’ve created this post with the five of my favourite brunch and coffee spots in the Portuguese capital. With only a week in Lisbon, I feel like I scoped out some seriously fantastic cute cafés, creative coffee, and classic brunch menus in the midst of all the city exploring.
The Portuguese have a long-standing history of café socializing making them my kind of people. As an avid brunch goer myself, I felt spoilt by all the cafés that awaited me in Lisbon. Local haunts with beautiful baked goods and modern joints with innovative food— Lisbon has it all.
READ ON FOR THE BEST BRUNCH + COFFEE IN LISBON
My second day in Lisbon started with brunch at Dear Breakfast, a spot set inconspicuously down an alleyway with nothing but a tiny, circular sign to mark its existence. The café has only been opened since the summer of 2017, but it has already garnered a reputation for serving one of the best breakfasts in town. My favourite bit of Dear Breakfast were the window two-seaters with views leading out into the cobblestone streets. The pop-y remixes of indie songs made my heart as happy as the food did.
OPENING HOURS: weekdays 9 AM - 4 PM, weekends 9 AM - 5 PM
STALK THEM ON INSTAGRAM HERE: @dearbreakfast
VIEW THEIR WEBSITE HERE: https://dearbreakfast.com/
“Filosofia” means philosophy in Portuguese, and it’s clear what the philosophy of this little pink café is: fresh, organic food that is both delicious and nourishing. Instead of heavy breakfast fare, Filosofia serves up smoothie bowls with açaí, chia seeds, and generous amounts of walnuts. It’s such a healthy establishment that the lattes at Filosofia aren’t espresso based. Instead, they used grounded fruit and nut powders mixed with non-dairy milks to create faux lattes of sorts. The women working when I visited were super friendly, despite their English being on par with my Portuguese. Only MasterCard and cash are acceptable forms of payment here, so come prepared.
OPENING HOURS: Mondays through Saturdays from 9 AM - 6 PM, Sundays 10 AM - 5 PM
STALK THEM ON INSTAGRAM HERE: @filosofialisboa
VIEW THEIR WEBSITE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/filosofialisboa/
Imagine a space that’s bright and airy, covered in hanging plants, and splattered with Polaroid pictures and you’ve nailed the aesthetics at Café Janis. But, as they say, it’s not right to judge a book by its cover alone, so I tried the breakfast and coffee to see if it matched the perfect design of the place. Spoiler alert: it did! I am pretty picky about coffee. I have high standards thanks to time spent in Australia and New Zealand, where the world’s best coffee can most consistently be found. So, it’s no small thing for me to say that I had the best soy flat white of my life at Café Janis. Paired with a flakey, buttery croissant, my coffee at Café Janis put me on top of the world. In conjunction with the fantastic coffee, the service here was the very best I experienced while in Lisbon. Everyone was super friendly and fast.
TIP: Seating is extremely limited, so get there at opening if you’re keen for brunch!
OPENING HOURS: Mondays + Tuesdays from 8 AM - 6:30 PM, Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 AM - 1 AM
STALK THEM ON INSTAGRAM HERE: @cafejanis
VIEW THEIR WEBSITE HERE: http://janislisboa.com/
The interior of Amélia was your standard hipster coffee joint— millennial pink accents with plenty of greenery and cutesy neon lights. It was the details of the place that impressed me the most: from the ballet photographs and soft recycled-paper napkins, to the fire-clay plates and coffee cups. My avocado toast with beetroot hummus was yum, though my avocado wasn’t actually ripe, making it more like toast with beetroot hummus, pumpkin seed, cashew nuts, and chia seeds. What made up for my hard avo was the cappuccino I gulped down, which was the best I drank in Lisbon.
OPENING HOURS: everyday from 9 AM - 9 PM
STALK THEM ON INSTAGRAM HERE: @amelialisboacafe
VIEW THEIR WEBSITE HERE: https://www.ilovenicolau.com
Manifest is basically my ideal space to enjoy a cup of coffee while working away. The details of Manifest will make those with a keen eye marvel: bag hooks cleverly attached to each table, antique goblets for branded glass bottle of cold brew, and a bathroom so divine I contemplated revisiting with my camera in hand. On an overcast afternoon, I walked to Manifest and was greeted by a friendly face with a menu for true caffeine lovers. I had/highly recommend the vanilla cold brew to accompany the pastries I scarfed. Jazz music played while I relaxed in a squishy pink chair happily as an hour passed. The only thing I’ll say about Manifest is that Luke’s orange lemonade came with a plastic straw and it instantly killed the buzz I had about the place. Even still, I adored Manifest.
OPENING HOURS: everyday except Monday from 9 AM - 11 PM
STALK THEM ON INSTAGRAM HERE: @manifest.lisbon
NEED HELP NAVIGATING THE BEST OF LISBON’S CAFÉS? Use this map to help you find your way!