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