Fábrica Coffee Roaster. Photo: Mauro Rongione
Fábrica Coffee Roaster. Photo: Mauro Rongione


Lisbon’s best cafes

Whether you want to try a bica – the Portuguese version of an espresso – in a quirky coffee kiosk on a street corner, or long for a Scandinavian latte, there are plenty of options in Lisbon. Also for those with a sweet tooth.

Specialty coffee

Close to the shopping streets in Bairro Alto, Fábrica Coffee Roaster is a good place to rest your tired feet and energize with a specialty coffee. The spacious interior has a Scandinavian feel to it, with its wooden tables and pinewood-covered walls.

Fábrica Coffee Roaster

Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 136, Lisbon

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Photo: Mauro Rongione

Coffee for the hip

If you’re in need of a Danish pastry or cinnamon bun, head to the hip neighborhood Principe Real and the small but beautiful park Jardim Fialho de Almeida. On one side street, you find Copenhagen Coffee Lab, a Danish roastery which opened in 2015 and now has three establishments in the city. Step inside and you feel like you’re in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab

Rua Nova da Piedade 10, Lisbon

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Sweet sweeter…

You can’t leave Lisbon without trying the traditional pastel de Nata, a (very) sweet custard in a crispy crust, served warm. Eat it by the busy counter, preferably with a cup of coffee, while watching it being made in front of you. Manteigaria has several shops in the city.


Rua do Loreto 2, Lisbon

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Meeting spot for intellectuals

One of the most well-known cafés is Café A Brasileira, situated next to the bustling shopping streets in Baixa Chiado. The ornate art deco façade and the statue of poet Pessoa by the outdoor terrace, hint about its history. When it opened in 1905 it was the place for Lisbon’s intellectuals – today it’s mostly frequented by tourists.

Café A Brasileira

Photo: Mauro Rongione

Chocolate heaven

“If nothing else works, try chocolate cake”. That’s the motto of chocolate manufacturer Sofia Landeau who opened her own café, Landeau, after winning a magazine contest for Lisbon’s best chocolate cake. Today she has two shops, one in Chiado and one in LX Factory, just outside the city center.


Rua das Flores 70, Lisbon

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