Alfama is the oldest neighborhood in Portugal’s
capital, Lisbon. It is a picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares, each building more beautiful and with more personality than the next. The Alfama neighborhood trickles down from the São Jorge Castle to the River Tagus, and is densely populated with many fado
bars playing the traditional Portuguese music, as well as many al fresco restaurants
and cafes. Read more about the best places to grab a late breakfast and galão
(Portuguese coffee) in this beautiful neighborhood.
Get a taste of Austrian frühstück in Lisbon: Kaffeehaus is a quiet and quaint cafe just on the border of Alfama and Chiado, a perfect pit-stop for a late breakfast and brunch in Lisbon. This cafe serves all-day Austrian classics and Mediterranean specialties, especially dishes with Iberian influences, prepared daily from fresh ingredients. Kaffeehaus has a splendid outside eating area and a tempting brunch menu with several combination options such as their Kaffeehaus brunch classic or vital-brunch.
R. Anchieta 3, Lisbon, +351 21 095 6828
Chafariz D’El Rei
The tea rooms of the Palace Chafariz D’El Rei are an enchanting place to enjoy brunch when in Lisbon. The stunning Moorish architectural-style and ornate decor of this luxurious hotel takes guests back in time and giving them a taste of local culture and history. The Chafariz D’EL Rei tea rooms provide a choice of pancakes, homemade cakes and club sandwiches, and a selection of Portuguese Gorreana award-winning teas, the only tea produced in Europe. For the classiest of brunches, this is the prime destination in Alfama for brunch.
Tv. do Chafariz de El-Rei 6, Lisbon, Portugal, +351 21 888 6150
Café do Monte
This cafe is situated near the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, and is one of Alfama’s best places to start your day. Cafe do Monte‘s exceptional coffee and brunches alongside their laid-back and bohemian decor create a charming Parisian-style cafe in the center of Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood. The jumbled interior of black-and-white vintage theater posters and indoor plants attract arty coffee-lovers of Lisbon; experience their delicious brunch in one of the trendiest cafes in the city.
Rua de S. Gens 1, Lisbon, Portugal, +351 916 307 653
Café Maravilha is a small space in central Alfama that dedicates itself to being an art space as well as to serving one of the best brunches in the neighborhood. Their small gallery contains temporary exhibitions of local photography, illustrations, and decorative art portraying varied and dynamic themes. The brunches are known for their simplicity and quality; this is the perfect cafe to have the best scrambled eggs in Lisbon, off the beaten track.
Rua do Vale de Santo António 13, Lisbon, Portugal, +351 969 883 840
Cafe, Portuguese, $$$
This well-known cafe around the corner from the medieval cathedral in Alfama is an Austrian-owned haunt, bringing a taste of Vienna to Lisbon. Pois, Café serves the Austrian take on traditional Portuguese dishes; their atmosphere is just as mix-and-match as their menu, with comfortable armchairs and mismatched chairs and tables and an extensive bookshelf to make you feel at home. An ideal space for relaxation and rest, Pois, Café is worth a visit to rest your weary traveller bones in this historic and peaceful neighborhood.
R. de São João da Praça 93-95, Lisboa, Portugal, +351 21 886 2497
The creators behind Deli Delux ingeniously converted an old car warehouse into one of the most popular brunch spots in Lisbon, let alone the Alfama neighborhood. This cafe draws in large crowds every day for their exquisite home-baked croissants and freshly squeezed orange juice to be enjoyed on the sunny terrace overlooking the River Tagus. This cafeteria-style gourmet cafe is not to be missed, being one of Lisbon’s leading establishments when it comes to serving up amazing brunches.
Av. Infante Dom Henrique Armazém B, Loja 8, Lisbon, +351 21 886 2070
Cafe, Portuguese, $$$
Café Tati fosters a friendship between musicians, coffee, and its customers. This cafe puts on live music, often free performances by local musicians and creates a chilled environment for customers to relax and unwind. Come prepared with a big appetite when it comes to brunch; serving hearty portion sizes with all the brunch necessities (eggs, croissants, fruit and yoghurt), Café Tati’s friendly staff will ensure you leave with a full stomach and a smile on your face.
R. Ribeira Nova 36, Lisbon,+351 21 346 1279
The Green Room
The Green Room is highly recommended to any vegans visiting the ancient Alfama neighborhood. This café, bar and lounge serves excellent vegetarian, vegan and 100% organic options, vowing to use only locally sourced meat for non-veggie meals. Situated a short distance away from the beautiful River Tagus, this popular brunch spot also doubles as a trendy bar to begin a night out in Lisbon for locals and tourists alike; eat and drink al fresco at this welcoming and vibrant café.
Cais do Sodré 16, Lisbon, Portugal, +351 21 342 9205
Brick Café Lisboa
Brick Café is an oasis of industrial-styled calm for those rushing to and fro in Europe’s only capital city along the Atlantic coastline. Promoting the use of fresh and locally sourced ingredients, this brick-walled cafe has a dynamic menu that changes daily, creating Portuguese-inspired dishes that can whet any appetite. Claiming to bring back the old taste of Barrio Café, this independent cafe is well worth a visit as one of the best places to grab brunch and coffee in Alfama.
Rua de Moçambique 2, Lisbon, Portugal, +351 21 814 1575
Bistrô & Brecho Gató Pardo
Located centrally in the Alfama neighborhood, Bistrô & Brecho Gató Pardo is undoubtedly one of the area’s best places to sit down for an authentic Portuguese brunch in this vibrant city. Located in a cozy part of the neighborhood, the cafe’s owners, Mario and Werna, are sure to make you feel at home, along with the vintage wooden furniture and quirky accessories. This local bistro gets particularly busy on Saturdays with people visiting the nearby flea market; remember to stop by for a delicious brunch.
Rua de são Vicente nr.10, Lisbon, Portugal, +351 934 696 871