Os Cafés Mais Giros De Lisboa

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

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Lisbon has lots of cafes & restaurants with tons of charm. Unique coffees that result from the restoration of ancient palaces and that allow you to taste tasty snacks while enjoying fresco paintings on the walls, cafes with breathtaking panoramic views, cafes where you can eat cereals at any time of the day or cafes that simply captivate you for its unique and different decoration.

Since the first day I moved to Lisbon I started a list of the cafes  I wanted to try. The list was large. Over time, I was able to try out some of these spots and select my favourites.

Obviously there are still more cafes that I still want to visit, but for now, I can already share this kind of guide for those who want to discover some of the most elegant cafés in Lisbon.

#1 Palácio Chiado

Palácio Chiado (Chiado Palace) has an area of one thousand square meters. It is, therefore, a very large space and is divided into 2 floors. Here, you can try different delicacies. This restored palace hosts 6 different restaurants. Sushi, picanha, burgers, healthy and vegetarian food, sandwiches and much more. At the weekend you can also find brunch at Delisbon, located on the first floor.

To see the menus and more information about each restaurant, click here.

Location: Rua do Alecrim, nº70, Chiado, Lisboa (On the street that connects Largo Camões to Cais do Sodré)

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Delisbon, Palácio Chiado

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Delisbon, Palácio Chiado

#2 Cafeteria Village Underground Lisboa

What could be more original than enjoying a meal in a palace? Maybe a meal on a bus? We love not only this cafeteria but the whole space where it´s included – Village Underground, a really cool and original coworking space. Also, the grilled cheese sandwiches (tostas in portuguese) served here are large and delicious. There is also brunch at the weekend. To view the menu, click here.

Location: Carris Museum, Rua 1º de Maio, nº103, Alcântara, Lisbon

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Cafetaria Village Underground, Lisboa

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Cafetaria Village Underground, Lisboa

#3 Embaixada

This beautiful space is the result of the restoration of a former neo-Arab palace and houses much more than restaurants. Several shops are distributed through the various rooms.

This is also the ideal place for those who like Gin. The famous Gin Lovers has a permanent spot here.

Location: Praça do Príncipe Real, 26, Príncipe Real, Lisbon

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Embaixada

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Embaixada

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Embaixada

#4 Pensão Amor

Here, at the end of the nineteenth century, rooms were rented to prostitutes and sailors who arrived in Lisbon at the time. Now this space has been reborn with a very characteristic charm. This is undoubtedly one of the most unique cafes in the capital. We like this space so much that we even wrote a whole post about it. You can read it here.

Today, rooms are still being rented. But not for the same purpose. The rooms are now rented to artists who need a space to work.

Location: Rua do Alecrim, 19, Cais do Sodré, Lisbon

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Pensão Amor

#5 Pavilhão Chinês (Chinese Pavillion)

Although the name of this cafe suggest it´s a bar with Chinese influence. Do not expect to find an oriental bar, but rather a kind of museum where you can enjoy cocktails or hot chocolate. This peculiar space only opens at the end of the afternoon, more precisely at 6 p.m. It has 5 different rooms that show a varied collection. Here you will find a little bit of everything from medals to lead soldiers, bibelots and more. You can find more information here.

Location: Rua D. Pedro V, 89-91, Príncipe Real, Lisbon

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Pavilhão Chinês

#6 Pop Cereal Café

Here, cereals are not just for breakfast. This cereal bar is open from 9 am to midnight. That´s a perfect schedule because we love cereal at any time of the day. You can add toppings, crackers and many other ingredients. On the official website, the owners promise “We will not serve only cereals with milk, as we are accustomed to eating in our homes” and, in fact, this is a goal, very well achieved in this space. This is the ideal place to try unique combinations and give a new life to the usual bowl of cereal, so common in every home. They have more than 100 cereals and here you can find more than just the national brands of cereals. You can order one of the 6 menus already created or you can create your cup with the cereals and toppings that you want. If you love Caramel, we totally recommend the menu #3 – My friends call me Caramel. I tried it and I loved it! You can check the menu here.

Location: Rua do Norte, nº 64, Bairro Alto, Lisbon

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Pop Cereal Café

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Pop Cereal Café

#7 Lost In

Lisbon has a good share of panoramic bars with breathtaking views. We can include this space in this category, but Lost In is also distinguished by its colourful decor and ethnic environment. You can check the menu here.

For those who like to have a drink and have a privileged view of the city we also recommend the bars Park  and  Topo.

Location: Rua Dom Pedro V, nº 56D, Príncipe Real, Lisbon

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Lost In

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Lost In

#8 Casa Independente

This one is much more than a simple bar. It is a cosy and familiar space that serves drinks and food but also hosts exhibitions and events regularly. You can check the menu e here and the cultural agenda here.

Location: Largo Intendente Pina Manique, 45, Mouraria, Lisbon

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Casa Independente

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Casa Independente

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Casa Independente

#9 Casa Do Alentejo

Whoever sees the Casa do Alentejo from the outside will never imagine what its interior reserves. Its unappealing external appearance contributes to the astounding surprise one has when entering the courtyard of this seventeenth-century palace of Moorish influence. It seems that we were suddenly teleported to Morocco.

This space functions as an Embassy of the Alentejo region, in Lisbon. Alentejo is the great region of the South of Portugal from where we are.  There is also a restaurant and a tavern with traditional food from

Inside this charming building, you´ll also find a restaurant and a tavern with traditional food from Alentejo. You can check the menu here  and the official website here. Even if you don´t want to go in for a meal, you can just enter to visit.

Location: Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, 58, Rossio, Lisbon

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Casa Do Alentejo

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Casa Do Alentejo

#10 Darwin´s Café

If the name wasn´t enough to realise that this coffee is a tribute to Charles Darwin, I think less than 5 seconds in this space will be enough to notice the various references to the British naturalist and biologist. This makes perfect sense since this restaurant is part of the renowned Champalimaud Research Center. It is thus natural that this is a place of worship and homage to one of the most important men of science, who became known for his evolutionary theories. The design authorship is from Lanidor.

You can check the menu here.

Location: Avenida de Brasília, Champalimaud Centre For the Unknown, Ala B, Belém, Lisbon

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Darwin´s Café

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Darwin´s Café

#11 Cantina LX, LX Factory

All LX Factory’s cafés and restaurants have different and appealing decorations, but we felt that the Cantina LX deserved a special mention on this list. You can check the menu here.

Location: LX Factory, Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103, Edifício C, Piso 0, Alcântara, Lisbon

To discover other unique restaurants and cafes in LX Factory, click here.

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Cantina LX, LX Factory

 

A Guide To Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

15 Comments

  1. Reply

    Lucy

    14 April, 2017

    Sounds amazing; I’ve never been to Lisbon but love the sounds of all of these; especially the cereal one!

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      15 April, 2017

      Lucy, I´m really glad to know that you enjoyed this post. I love all the cafes I mentioned in this guide, but Pop Cereal Café holds a special place in my heart 🙂

  2. Reply

    Kyntra Strickland

    15 April, 2017

    I have never been to any of these before, but Embaixada and Pop Cereal Cafe look like so much fun! Will definitely have to try these out when we go to Lisbon in a few months. Thanks for sharing this helpful information.

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      15 April, 2017

      You´ll be visiting Lisbon in the next months? That´s great! I´m happy to know that you read this post before coming to the city 😉

  3. Reply

    Penny

    15 April, 2017

    I tried to decide which cafe I liked the best… Don’t ask me why? I think it is natural instinct. I found that I wanted to visit them all. Not just for the food or the drinks but because of the architecture and the ambiance.

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      15 April, 2017

      I totally understand you, Penny. I can´t decide which one is my favourite either. I love all the cafes that I mentioned in this list and I truly hope you enjoy them as much as I do 😉

  4. Reply

    Hannah

    15 April, 2017

    I am totally saving this! I LOVE visiting cool cafes when travelling. I’ve just been in Prague and had an awesome time exploring some spots there.
    Love the look of Darwin’s cafe especially!

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      15 April, 2017

      Hannah, it´s great to know that we share the same passion about cute cafes. Would love to know some of your favourite cafes in Prague. I´m dreaming about visiting Prague somewhere in a near future.

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    Anna

    15 April, 2017

    Thank you for posting this! I have been thinking about what unique and local spots to visit on my trip next month.

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      15 April, 2017

      Anna, I´m so happy to know that you found my post just on time. I truly hope that you have a great time in Lisbon 😉

  6. Reply

    Telma | Blank Canvas Voyage

    15 April, 2017

    Hi Lara,

    After reading your post, I was going to write “It’s lovely to read articles about Portugal. Thank you for sharing Lisbon’s best hidden secrets”. But I just seen that you are Portuguese, and so am I!!

    Sou natural de Loule’, has vivi em Lisboa 4 anos. E moro em Londres ha’ 14 anos. Quer dizer agora andamos a viajar!!
    Que bom ver o vosso blog em português e ingles. Não sei se vou fazer o mesmo.

    Happy Travels 🙂

    Telma @ Blank Canvas Voyage

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      16 April, 2017

      Olá, Telma. Que alegria ler o teu comentário. É sempre bom conhecer outros bloggers portugueses. Nós somos os dois do Alentejo. Gostamos de partilhar os segredos do nosso país e explorar muitos dos seus encantos, mas também sonhamos em poder andar a viajar, assim como vocês um dia. Beijinhos

  7. Reply

    Lana

    15 April, 2017

    As Lisbon is my favorite city, I love every article about it. My favorite places listed here are Palacio Chiado and Casa do Alentejo 🙂

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      16 April, 2017

      It´s great to hear that Lisbon is your favourite city! Now that I don´t live there anymore I miss it every day.

  8. Reply

    maegan

    17 April, 2017

    The cereal cafe, Darwin cafe and underground cafeteria were so neat! I love quirky finds like these! Great post!

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