As human beings we need simple things in life. Meaning: a high-quality cup of coffee or tea with the finest herbs, a homemade sweet piece of pastry and an awesome wifi connection. And let’s face it: how many times have you wandered around Lisbon looking for these three little things? I know, too many. That’s exactly why I decided to share the top 5 places for you to sip, work, snap, facetime, chat, eat, or simply do nothing – all at once. They are especially good options if you’re in the mood of having a one-on-one with your gadgets. Shout out to all the digital nomads, millennials vs. generation Z and hard chillers out there. Be ready to leave Portugal for a day and get inspiration from France, Austria, Denmark or the United States, without leaving your chair.
Nicolau Cafe | Healthy, tasty & laid back kingdom
I bet you’re wondering wtf is Nicolau or what it means. No? You should. It’s the posh dog responsible for this place. You’ll see him… framed.
Well, this cafe is a breath of fresh air amidst the downtown. It opened in August this year and it’s part of Home Lisbon Hostel – don’t let this detail fool you since you can’t even noticed it. What’s cool about this place is that they serve a great brunch (for 13,00€)… everyday! Yeah, no more Saturdays or Sundays only annoying options. They have some of the best pancakes in town. Let me spell it, B-E-S-T. Hence, there are tons of other healthy and very tasty options on the menu. I bet you’ll return right after your first visit (#guilty).
Hot tip: There is a vinyl record player in the room and you can choose from their music options and play the vinyl you want. Nice move!
Don’t miss: Their lattes and cappuccinos – the type leaving you with a proper foamy moustache. My favorite is the Matcha – properly made and the best I’ve tried so far in… Portugal!
Average price: 7,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 218 860 312
Address: Rua de São Nicolau, 17, Baixa, Lisboa
Opened Monday (9:00am to 5:00pm) / Tuesday to Friday (9:00am to 6:30pm) / Saturday (9:00am to 6:00pm) / Closed on Sunday
Copenhagen Coffee Lab | The Nordic cozy minimalism
This place is all about high-quality coffee so if you’re a coffee nerd, you’ll feel at home. I’m totally into the minimalist whitey decor vibe of this cafe, which began as a simple coffee truck. It’s incredibly simple yet inviting and cozy. There are two rooms and the smallest in the back is just perfect in case you need a little bit of more privacy. Take a closer look to their daily fresh Danish pastry – you’ll find some yummy surprises such as the insanely good cinnamon buns and the fluffy carrot cake.
Hot tip: Half of the space is non-laptop allowed so in case you’re bringing yours, ask first for the right seat (there aren’t many electric plugs available). There are coffee bags ready to buy, so try the one you want first and bring them home.
Don’t miss: The Danish filter coffee (or the chai latte if you’re a non-coffee drinker). If you really dig North European flavors, go for the knäckebröd (crispbread with herbed cream and cured cheese).
Average price: 5,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 916 604 054
Address: Rua Nova da Piedade, 10, Príncipe Real, Lisboa 1200-405 L
Opened everyday (8:00am to 7:00pm) / Saturday and Sunday (from 9:30am)
TEASE | The one & only NY cupcake heaven
I’m a huge fan of this place since it was located in Bairro Alto 6 years ago but it’s so much better in Príncipe Real now. It definitely attracts a more hipster crowd and the atmosphere is very chilling. It’s mostly known for its cupcakes but nowadays has a wider menu including all types of light lunch dishes plus some great signature cocktails. Who said you can only eat cupcakes with tea or coffee? However, their cupcakes will knock you down. You’re nobody if you don’t order at least one.
Hot tip: Don’t let the cupcake scenery fool you as they have a good variety of salads, toasts, waffles, soups, etc. more than worth to try. Why not order a bunch of different cupcakes for your next birthday party? Throw your big cake idea through the window (#ByeSlicesAndNapkins).
Don’t miss: The red velvet cake! This is the one thing you can’t definitely miss. There isn’t any other so good looking cake like this one. As an option, you have the red velvet cupcake as well.
Average price: 5,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 215 962 773
Address: Rua Nova da Piedade, 15, Praça das Flores, Príncipe Real, Lisboa
Opened everyday (9:00am to 9:00pm) / Friday and Saturday (9:00am to 11:00pm)
Kaffeehaus | From Austria with attitude
Vienna is just in the heart of Chiado. At Kaffeehaus, you’ll find a relaxing yet modern place, covered with film posters. They offer authentic Austrian specialties such as all type of schnitzel, grilled sausages, homemade tarts and cakes (including the both famous Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel). From all 5 café suggestions, this might be where you’ll spend most money but you’re in Austria for a day – what were you expecting? But on the bright side you can bring your dog as it’s pet-friendly. Once inside, you just lose track of time and by the end you’ll be asking for die rechnung, bitte!
Hot tip: You can eat anything from the menu anytime so be a rebel and have a steak for your mid-afternoon snack.
Don’t miss: Choosing a seat outside and getting some free tan, while you envy people passing by and carrying luxury brand bags (#callitgettinginspiration).
Average price: 15,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 210 956 828
Address: Rua Anchieta, 3, Chiado, Lisboa
Opened on Monday (12:00pm to 4:00pm) / Tuesday to Friday (12:00pm to 12:00am) / Saturday (11:00am to 12:00am) / Sunday (11:00am to 8:00pm)
L’Éclair | A glimpse of Paris in Lisbon
If you’re in the mood to feel French for a day and forget about that Ryanair 9,99€ promo you lost, head to L’Éclair in Saldanha. It has a clean, classy and modern look with that charming parisien vibe and that one thing extremely valuable inside a place: enough distance between tables – thumbs up! The choice of your éclair depends obviously of your favorite flavors BUT the salted butter caramel with popcorn and the rose lychee raspberry éclairs are definitely one of a kind. You’ll also find some cute colorful macarons so before they bite you, take the lead.
Hot tip: Try not to go near their closing time as the éclair choice might not be that varied.
Don’t miss: Their salty éclairs with all type of good stuff inside like smoked salmon, smoked duck breast or parmesan Reggiano cheese AOP. Only served from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.
Average price: 15,00€ per person
Contact: (+351) 211 363 877
Address: Avenida Duque de Ávila, 44, Saldanha, Lisboa
From Tuesday to Friday (8:30am to 8:00pm) / Saturday and Sunday (9:30am to 7:00pm) / Closed on Monday
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