Good Morning Menus: Where to Eat Breakfast in Lisbon

They reckon breakfast is the most important meal of the day and in Lisbon there are some memorable places to eat for that morning pick-me-up. If you’re staying in the Anjos area of town, try the welcoming Brick Cafe, a favourite with locals and itinerant 20-somethings. Back in the town centre, the aptly named Chiado Caffe includes a healthful bean tart on its menu. It’s worth heading over to Campo Ourique for breakfast at the homely Botica do Café, another eatery with an unpretentious local flavour. Tartine in Chiado is well liked for its crunchy fresh bread rolls fresh juice selection but if you’re in the Saldanha neighbourhood, breakfast should be taken at Café Versailles where you can soak up a genuine 1920’s vintage atmosphere. Alternatively, join early morning commuters as they grab a bite to eat at the busy Casa Brasileira in the city’s downtown Baixa district. A classic Lisbon teahouse, Café Pastelaria Benard in Chiado is renowned for its chocolate croissants – order them hot! If you’re in Rossio and especially if it’s warm and sunny, grab a terrace table at Pastelaria Suiça and watch the world go by while enjoying toast and coffee. Lisbon’s Rossio Starbucks is one of the most attractive in the city and its breakfast offer is what you’d expect from this global chain. Otherwise, A Padaria Portuguesa-Camões exemplifies Portugal’s own excellent national chain of café-bakeries. Arrive early before the queues get too long.   

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...  Read More

Lisbon's most eye-catching Starbucks outlet opens at 9am and is conveniently located in the heart of the city. It's housed within Rossio railway station and the cafe carefully incorporates the neo-Manueline architectural design of this late...  Read More

A famous Lisbon landmark since 1922, this pastelaria serves the surrounding Rossio and Praca da Figueira areas favoured by budget and independent travellers. It's a deceptively large cafe with the main salon providing service on both sides of...  Read More

If breakfast for you means chocolate croissants, then this charming late 19th-century cafe is just your cup of tea (or is that the other way round?) Another one of Lisbon's historic landmark eateries, Benard opens at 8am, and is famous for...  Read More

Not to be confused with Café A Brasileira in Chiado, this near namesake enjoys an equally privileged location in Rua Augusta, Lisbon's animated pedestrian thoroughfare. Inside, the long stand-up glass counter is crammed full of chicken pies,...  Read More

Campo Grande/Campo Pequeno

For those staying in and around the city's uptown Saldanha district or near Avenida da República you have an absolute gem of a breakfast spot on your doorstep. Café Versailles dates from the early 1920s and stands replete with original...  Read More

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Hot crispy croissants, flaky pastries and arguably the best eggs Benedict in town are rustled up daily at this smart little bakery. Located just off Rua Garrett in the city's venerable Chiado district, the pastelaria is also known for its hot...  Read More

Campo Ourique

The quiet leafy Campo Ourique neighbourhood makes for rewarding exploration and is easily reached by taking the number 28 tram all the way to Prazeres. Make this journey early in the morning before the tourist hordes stir and you can enjoy...  Read More

If you savour just one thing at this chic little bakery make sure it's the Pães de Deus. This is the 'Bread of God', a sweet roll with a crusty top sprinkled with light powdery icing sugar. Your dietician will no doubt raise an eyebrow, but...  Read More


So named for the section of brick wall overlooking the counter, this place is ideal for anyone staying in or exploring the city's Intendente and Anjos neighbourhoods, areas of the city fairly off the tourist radar. Popular with budget travellers...  Read More


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Paul Bernhardt cut his teeth as a press photographer in England before leaving the UK to settle in Portugal, where he has lived for over a decade, and where he started to focus on more...  More About Paul