Thanks to its central location, Bairro Alto is great for late and lazy brunches as it has many open terraces from which stunning views of Lisbon’s skyline await customers. Here are the best spots to try.
Flower Power by Carlos Filipe
Located right between Chiado and Bairro Alto, this wonderful flower shop run by Carlos Filipe is a perfect place for buying special bouquets arranged in a contemporary style. Its interior is colorful, with yellow and green details, and there is a cafe located on site serving light meals. At Flower Power Café you can order delicious freshly baked bagels and salads, accompanied by a glass of excellent wine. Carlos Filipe gains inspiration from nature and art, and combines those two areas to experiment with flower arrangements and produce contemporary bouquet compositions. A quick brunch will become a real pleasure for all lovers of aesthetics.
Calçada do Combro 2, Bairro Alto, Lisbon, +351 213 422 381
For the past 30 years Tagide has remained one of the most prestigious restaurants in Lisbon. Tagide is housed in the ancient monastery of St Francis in the heart of the city, and offers amazing views from its cozy veranda. Tagide ensures the best quality of ingredients to delight their guests with the most delicious dishes, including soups, seafood appetizers, marinated salmon with lentils, foie gras or bass with vegetables. An excellent selection of local wines is also available here.
Largo Academia Nacional de Belas Artes 18-20, Lisbon, +351 213 404 010
Restaurante Flores do Bairro Alto
Flores do Bairro Alto Restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Bairro Alto Hotel, has large windows opening on the Luís de Camões Square and the Rua das Flores in the centre of Lisbon. The menu presents a wide range of dishes of authentic Portuguese cuisine, ideal for sharing. The ingredients for the Portuguese recipes differ, but one key ingredient is always the same: carolino rice, which is served in a large pan. The interior decoration is stylish with traditional influence of the historical Bairro Alto neighborhood, with leather chairs and flower arrangements scattered around the hall. Bright colors and warm lighting set a cozy and welcoming mood, and the excellent service will definitely brighten your day.
Bairro Alto Hotel, Praça Luís de Camões 2, Lisbon, +351 21 340 82 52
The Decadente is a popular Bairro Alto district establishment located inside a youth hostel. The Decadente has become a trendy place for meeting, as travelers and locals frequent this vibrant, multicultural venue for a drink with friends or colleagues. Contrary to what many people think, guests are welcome even if they are not clients of the hostel. The food here is reasonably priced, and will suit travelers on budget. The kitchen frequently utilizes different seasonal ingredients The interior creates an amiable atmosphere, with azulejo tiles decorating the walls, and wooden benches and tables. It is a good place to taste octopus in paprika and to have refreshing drinks.
Rua de Sao Pedro de Alcantara 81, Lisboa, Portugal, +351 213 461 381
Located in a tiny venue of a former shop, Tease Bakery was created by two sisters, Ana and Sonia, who had a dream of running a modern, beautiful space where travelers and locals can order delicious homemade meals, cakes and refreshing drinks. Tease is well known internationally for their speciality sweet cupcakes. However, the menu of the bakery suggests delicacies beyond colorful cupcakes, such as fruit granola and coffee for late breakfasts, or crispy salads and cocktails, which serve as a perfect combination for a laid-back brunch.
Rua Nova da Piedade 15, Praça das Flores, Lisbon, +351 21 596 2773
Bakery, Portuguese, Pastries, $$$
Manteigaria Bakery is a ridiculously popular spot for a quick lunch among crowds of Portuguese speaking individuals, sharing small standing space. Manteigaria is highly recommended for their traditional Portuguese custard cream baked goods, pasteis de nata and custard tarts. While indulging on great aromatic coffee and heavenly baked goods, take a look at how the tarts are being prepared in the kitchen. The menu is small, but is written in both Portuguese and English, so that you will not order anything you know you will not like. Try the world-renowned pasteis de nata, an amazing fluffy and crispy delicacy.
Rua do Loreto, 2, Largo de Camoes, Lisbon, +351 21 347 1492
Café Lisboa, located in the charming restored 18th century building, is run by the famous Portuguese chef José Avillez. The menu has traditional Portuguese cuisine that features a distinct modern twist. It contains dishes such as coriander beans, tender tuna with herbs, rice with octopus and beef pastry. Food is served in lovely dishes by extremely attentive and helpful waiters. Visit Café Lisboa for a good and slow Sunday morning coffee, and opt for a light salad with mixed leaves.
Largo de Sao Carlos 23, Lisbon, +351 21 191 4498