Hello, lisbon

Lisbon's unique mixture of tradition and modernity, of small town and metropolis, captivates visitors from near and far. Excellent shopping, ornate architecture, late and safe nightlife, as well as restaurants with some of Europe’s best seafood are just a few of the reasons to visit this magnificent European capital.


The Cafes to visit

sign over cafe Nicola

Cafe Nicola

Nicola is a fashionable cafe with good pavement tables where you can watch the people around Rossio Square. There has been a cafe here since the 18th century, but the current art decor dates from 1929. You will also find a cosy restaurant in the cellar.

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interior of cafe A Brasileira

A Brasileira

A Brasileira is a famous and classic cafe in Lisbon with magnificent, dark panelled interior dating from 1905. They have a newspaper and tobacco kiosk, and pavement tables which are looked at just as much as they are a vantage point.

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Portuguese custard tarts

Pastéis de Belém

Pastéis de Belém is the home to Lisbon’s most famous pastry: pastel de Belém or pasteis de nata — an egg custard tart, which pairs perfectly with a bica — the Portuguese espresso. The recipe is said to have come from the monks in the adjacent Jerónimo monastery, and its secret is preserved by three bakers who bake them every morning behind locked and barred doors. About 10,000 a day get eaten.

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Two cocktails

Café No Chiado

Café No Chiado is located between Teatro de S. Carlos (Opera House) and Teatro de S. Luis (City Theatre). Here you can have lunch, tea or dinner. The atmosphere is described as cosy and you can enjoy your food or drink in the outdoor restaurant, if the weather permits.

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croissants with almonds

Padaria de São Roque

Padaria de São Roque is a popular bakery in the centre of Lisbon serving hot sandwiches and fresh pastries, including the quintessential Portuguese pastry, the pastel de nata, all in a beautiful Art Nouveau-inspired building.

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Pastel de Nata on plate with cafe

Fábrica da Nata

Fábrica da Nata sells Portuguese classics like pastel de nata, as well as croissants, sandwiches and coffee, all at fair prices. While you wait for your order, you can watch the famous pastels being prepared right before your very eyes.

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Healthy breakfast bowl with fruits

Frutaria Café

Among the sweet cuisine of Portugal and Lisbon, Frutaria is an attractive choice for a healthy bowl of cereal, sandwiches, salads, smoothies or juices in the morning. Waffles, cakes and other sweet pastries are other options you could go for.

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the many bookshelves of Ler Devagar shop and cafe in Lisbon

Ler Devagar

Ler Devagar is a quirky bookshop and cafe with two levels, stacked floor to ceiling with book in Portuguese and English. The perfect calm spot to sit and have a conversation or read a book. Upstairs you'll find a vinyl record store and several industrial machines left over from the days when the building was part of a textile factory.

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Desassossego, mural by Akacorleone (Pedro Campiche, b. 1985), represented by Galeria Underdogs, on a facade of a building on Rua Damasceno Monteiro, Lisbon.


Underdogs is a real triple threat — a gallery, art store and cafe all rolled into one. This art centre is an important point in Lisbon's urban art and is definitely the coolest place in the city to grab a coffee. Local creatives flock to this loft-style building for exhibitions from Portuguese and international contemporary artists. Apart from getting caffeinated in great company and viewing art, you could take part in one of the centre's workshops or join the best best street art tour.

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