Freelancers from around the world are becoming increasingly more attracted to Lisbon due to the co-working possibilities and excellent quality of life. Lisbon also has a strong café culture and many spots offer both reliable WiFi connections and cozy ambiances, in addition to tasty coffee and snacks. Here are The Culture Trip’s suggestions of the best cafés in Lisbon where it’s ok to spend a morning, afternoon or day working.
Hello, Kristof is a bright Scandinavian-style café with long, communal tables perfect for spreading out your work (just don’t take over too much space by yourself) and plenty of freshly ground coffee to keep the creativity flowing. Located in an up and coming area of Lisbon called The Triangle, it is also close to a few of the city’s most popular neighborhoods like Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré and easy to find.
Casa Independente is an arts venue, café, and bar all in one and filled with locals and expats alike. The spacious tables and strong WiFi provide an excellent environment to spend a few hours working in the late afternoon, plus you can stay until your friends arrive for drinks and segway easily into the night.
Largo do Intendente Pina Manique 45, Lisboa, Portugal +351 21 887 2842
The Village Underground may certainly provide an overly unique work ambiance when compared to the other venues on this list. The café is inside an out-of-order double-decker bus with the tables on the upper level. There is also outdoor seating if you prefer being outside and co-working office space for rent in case you love the area and want to be part of this artistic environment.
R. 1º de Maio 103, Lisboa, Portugal +351 21 583 2469
Brown’s Bistro is a comfy café/restaurant associated with a boutique hotel in Baixa that offers a strong WiFi connection and an array of snack-style menu items (plus full meals). The leather armchairs and comfortable couches make working for a few hours easy from this location and there is usually plenty of space during the weekdays.
R. da Vitória 88, Lisboa, Portugal +351 21 342 0078
Located near Santa Apolónia station, the Arts Café is a bright and spacious neighborhood coffee and lunch spot in São Vicente and a short walk from Alfama. As its name suggests, it spotlights different paintings and artwork on the walls and there are outlets all around so you shouldn’t have a problem charging your computer or other devices.
Rua da Bica do Sapato 50C, Lisboa, Portugal +351 21 803 2123
Copenhagen Coffee Lab
While working, why not try coffee made from different brewing methods? Since it opened its doors in 2014, Copenhagen Coffee Lab has been a top choice for anyone wanting a great “cup o’ Joe” and a relaxing environment around Principe Real. Branched from the Copenhagen Coffee Lab in Copenhagen, Denmark, it has introduced a bit more of a Nordic style to Lisbon.
R. Nova da Piedade 10, Lisboa, Portugal +351 916 604 054
If working while eating breakfast sounds like a good idea, The Mill is a tempting option. Toasted sandwiches, bagels, eggs, yogurt, and granola are only just a few of their breakfast foods and The Mill also specializes in producing quality coffee. It’s also a cozy spot that’s open all day until early evening, making it convenient in addition to tasty.
R. do Poço dos Negros 1, Lisboa, Portugal +351 21 157 5220
Pois, Café, located on the edge of Alfama and near the Lisbon Sé Cathedral, is known as a tourist hangout but it is still a great and comfortable café where you can sit and work. Wicker chairs, sofas, and armchairs covered in pillows, provide cozy seating but there are wood chairs too in case you need that boost for productivity. The all-day menu includes coffee, sandwiches and a variety of snack items, and the kitchen only closes at 10 PM (opening hours are 10 AM every day except Monday when it opens at Noon).