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.
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