Breakfast: This city-wide café-bakery franchise has caught the imagination of locals and tourists alike. The concept is simple - a bright and breezy French-style boulangerie (lots of croissants and baguettes) shining under 60s-style lamp lights and lots of blackboard and chalk. Very European café society. The shop in Praça Luís Camões is particularly attractive with its tangerine walls and dark wood stairs. A staff of twenty-somethings full of wit and banter serve up the morning special - a breakfast menu of juice, expresso and a cheese and ham sandwich - in rapid succession. Around 9am it gets so busy the queue backs up to the front windows. Besides the set menu customers can order sausage rolls, meat pies, donuts, flan and a variety of teas, coffees and soft drinks.
Street Food: This citywide café-bakery franchise has caught the imagination of locals and tourists alike. The concept is simple – a bright and breezy French-style boulangerie (bags of croissants and baguettes) shining under 60's-style lamplights and lots of street food suggestions chalked up on the blackboard. This is a favourite morning haunt for budget conscious travellers and busy commuters – the breakfast menu of juice, expresso and cheese and ham sandwich is the best buy – and by 9am it gets so busy the queue backs up to the front windows. The display cabinets heave with sausage rolls, meat pies, donuts, flan and dozens of different cakes, and the place stays open all day and beyond. Take your pick!
Breakfast/Brunch: One of the most popular branches of a city-wide café-bakery franchise, this buzzing French-style boulangerie offers a deliciously appetizing Continental breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, a wholesome cheese and ham croissant or baguette and a choice of a bica (Portuguese expresso) or coffee with milk. Those with a sweeter tooth are also well catered for ¬-- the counter display is crammed full of cakes and pastries. The daily brunch menu reworks this wholesome ensemble into hot, spicy sausage bread and lots of savoury goodies including tasty chicken pies and cod fish cakes. Patrons can eat in or opt for a picnic-lunch take out.
Local Expert Paul Bernhardt Says:
Breakfast, Street Food, Breakfast/Brunch: "Customers need to take a numbered ticket from a vending machine situated at the top of the stairs. When their number is called they can step up to be served."
Best for Breakfast Because: One good idea has blossomed into a Lisbon success story and A Padaria Portuguesa-Camões is one of the city's best situated.
Best for Street Food Because: There's seating upstairs, but the nearby square opposite makes for an ideal backdrop if you prefer to snack on the street.
Best for Breakfast/Brunch Because: This particular branch of A Padaria Portuguesa is situated in Praça Luís Camões, one of Lisbon's prettiest squares.