Breakfast in Lisbon, From Historic Cafés to Stylish Bakeries

Paul Bernhardt

By , Local Expert, Lisbon
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, at least that’s what they say. In Lisbon there are dozens of good cafés where you can kick off the morning. But where to find a place with that extra special get up and go? If you’re in Chiado, head for A Padaria Portuguesa-Camões. The set breakfast of juice, sandwich and coffee is served promptly and with humour. If you’re staying near Saldanha then breakfast can be taken at Café Versailles while soaking in the 1920s vintage atmosphere of this historic teahouse. Back in the Baixa, a quick inexpensive brekkie can be enjoyed at Casa Brasileira, where commuters gather before...  Read more »

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    A Padaria Portuguesa-Camões

    One good idea has blossomed into a Lisbon success story and A Padaria Portuguesa-Camões is one of the city's best situated.

    Local Expert Tip: "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. "

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    Café Versailles

    • Cuisine: European, Portuguese
    • Average Main Course Price: €12
    • Neighborhood: Campo Grande/Campo Pequeno

    No other tea house exemplifies the charm and elegance of yesteryear Lisbon than Café Versailles.

    Local Expert Tip: "Tea drinkers should try licungo, a rare black tea from Mozambique."

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    Casa Brasileira

    A great standby, Casa Brasileira avoids the usual trappings of tourism with its low prices and genuine local flavour.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out their fruit salads - huge bowls of orange, apple,strawberry, pineapple, grape, mango, melon and papaya. Healthy or what! "

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    Wrapped in an historic 19th-century facade, this is the most attractive of Lisbon's Starbucks cafes. Get the smart phones out.

    Local Expert Tip: "Several power points can supply juice for laptops and drained cell phone batteries."

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    Beira Gare

    Early birds flock to Beira Gare, taking advantage of its dawn opening hour.

    Local Expert Tip: "It's cheaper to eat standing at the counter. Sitting at a table bumps the price up, but only fractionally. "

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    Antiga Casa dos Pastéis de Belém

    Founded in 1837, Antiga Casa dos Pastéis de Belém still guards the secret recipe that ensures its cakes remain unique in Portugal.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sprinkle the cakes with icing sugar and cinnamon. The pots are on the tables."

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    Café Nicola

    As one of the most historic of Lisbon's coffee houses, Café Nicola remains an important cultural landmark.

    Local Expert Tip: "Want to take home some coffee? At the back of the cafe is Nicola Gourmet that sells 25 varieties of coffee beans by the bag."

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    Café Pastelaria Benard

    A culturally significant landmark, Café Pastelaria Benard is one of the most emblematic teahouses in the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "Take time to look inside the cafe, especially the restaurant at the back. Much of what you see is the original layout, complete with vintage furnishings. "

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    Confeitaria Nacional

    Aside from its historical status, Confeitaria Nacional boasts one of the most stunning interiors of any shop in Lisbon.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Austrian orange flower cake, and take home a box of almond cookies, a speciality of the house. "

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    Pastelaria Suiça

    Synonymous with urban cafe culture, Pastelaria Suiça's double terrace configuration is a rare design feature.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you like the sun in the morning, sit at a table overlooking Praça da Figueira, at the back of the cafe. "



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