Best Cafes and Restaurants for Breakfast or Brunch in Lisbon

There are lots of different cafes and restaurants in Lisbon where you can enjoy either breakfast or brunch. A great place to eat is A Padaria Portuguesa in Chiado where you can begin the day with a Continental breakfast. By mid-morning the menu includes appetizing lunch options. Similarly, at Brown’s Café in the Baixa (downtown) district hungry visitors can grab a hearty breakfast or early lunch. Breakfast is also served at Quinoa, situated back in Chiado and where organic produce is prepared. An authentic local flavour pervades Casa Brasileira, a favourite brunch spot in Lisbon’s Rossio neighbourhood. Likewise, if you’re up in Alfama district you can enjoy an early lunch at Bistrô & Brecho Gató Pardo, especially lively on Saturday mornings. Across the capital at Príncipe Real is Orpheu Caffé, noted for its Sunday brunch options. Another eatery where they offer a fantastic mid-morning menu is the upmarket Eleven restaurant, a Michelin establishment where brunch is prepared by an award-wining master chef. The mid-scale Fábulas offers a filling buffet brunch on Saturday mornings. The restaurant is tucked away from the main road and set in its own courtyard. Even more intimate is the unpretentious Cruzes Credo, a delightful little café situated opposite the cathedral near Alfama. And for pure convenience, there’s always Starbucks at Rossio railway station, which opens early and serves an eager clientele throughout the day.            








A favourite with travellers who appreciate a slice of bohemia with their cup of coffee, Pois Caf� has garnered a reputation for its casual drop-by attitude, a fact illustrated by its oddball collection of crushed velvet sofas, rickety old...  Read More



OK, so it's a ubiquitous coffeehouse chain, but this particular Starbucks is imaginatively housed in Rossio railway and carefully incorporates the existing late 19th--century neo-Manueline architectural design signature that lends the...  Read More

Cruzes Credo
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This cosy cafe-bar is housed in a former convent building that later became a factory where scales and other weighing machines were built. The present owners have decorated the place with some really cool retro furniture and devised a menu that...  Read More

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A favoured rendezvous point for Chaido shoppers, F�bulas is also a ubiquitous breakfast venue. The eatery offers two very distinctive dining experiences: a wonderfully intimate low-lit interior full of nooks and crannies and vintage...  Read More



Brunch at one of Lisbon's most fashionable restaurants is a Saturday's only occasion, but it's a weekend treat to remember. Eleven's Michelin-starred master chef Joachim Koerper has designed a breakfast-lunch ensemble of Portuguese and...  Read More



Mario and Werner love cats. It's why they named their restaurant after a feline (the bistro's logo resembles a domestic cat but with the spots of a leopard). This place is like walking into someone's front room, and the domestic ambiance is...  Read More



Busy throughout the day, but especially so during the mornings, taking breakfast here is a real treat, a place where you can mingle with locals pausing for coffee and doorstep-sized toast (torrada) before heading for the office. The choice of...  Read More



Despite being sometimes referred to as a Portuguese version of Starbucks, this attractive eatery exudes it own singular brand and character. Located in the city's downtown district, it's actually part of Brown's Boutique Hotel &...  Read More



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...  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