Cafes and coffee spots have a long-standing tradition in Portugal‘s capital. It is not only where locals socialize, but also where artists, writers and other intellectuals meet to mingle. Read below to explore our mix of traditional Portuguese cafes and other outstanding coffee spots with influences from all over the world.
Botequim is a charming cafe in the heart of Lisbon’s Graca district that was first opened in 1968 by Portuguese writer, Natália Correia. Ever since, the cafe has functioned as popular meeting place for the city’s writers and intellectuals. Just a stone’s throw away from Miradouro de Graca, Botequim is the perfect spot to take a break and enjoy a great coffee. Botequim also regularly features different poetry readings and live music events by local artists, such as concerts by Samuel Úria or Quinta-Feira.
BI + CA offers a unique concept – a combination of cycling and coffee. Despite being built on seven hills, Lisbon is a great place to cycle. So head over to BI + CA, rent a bicycle for the day and explore the city of Lisbon in a different way, away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist routes. Combine the cycle tour with a relaxing break at BI + CA, where you can enjoy the excellent selection of coffees outside, on the cafe’s own little terrace, or in an authentic painting studio.
Kaffeehaus is a charming Austrian-owned cafe that brings a little bit of Vienna right into the heart of Lisbon. Just a few steps away from one of Lisbon’s most famous theaters, San Carlos, Kaffeehaus still represents the old tradition of literary cafes in Lisbon’s Chiado district. Kaffeehaus is a great place to stop for a coffee during a busy day of sightseeing in Chiado or to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon, reading the newspaper, enjoying great coffee and delicious homemade Apfelstrudel and other Austrian pastries.
A Brasileira is Lisbon’s most famous cafe and one of the oldest of its kind, being in business since 1905. In the early 20th century, A Brasileira used to be a meeting spot for the city’s writers, artists and journalists, most notably Fernando Pessoa, a renowned Portuguese poet. The cafe has kept its traditional art nouveau decor and old carved wood furniture, however, it mostly attracts tourists today. A Brasileira is also a great spot to have a quick coffee or drink before attending a show or theater performance in one of the numerous places nearby.
Royale Café is one of Lisbon’s most modern cafes with a simple, yet refined interior that invites its guests into a laid-back atmosphere. The cafe also has a charming courtyard, where great coffee specialties, homemade desserts, as well as light organic meals are served to its guests. The royale chocolate, which is a muffin covered in warm dripping chocolate with a scoop of ice cream, comes highly recommended as a delicious addition to the selection of coffees.