There are many coffee places in Portugal, and the Portuguese love to drink coffee. But usually, the preferences of Portuguese and ex-pats are slightly different. Small cafes that salute the 70s are popular among locals, while ex-pats are more likely to seek out third-wave coffee shops, where you can get a first-class espresso, a draught coffee with milk, or an alternative. This selection of the best coffee places in Lisbon is just for those who love coffee as much as Good Portugal and do not limit themselves to the Portuguese “café naturale”.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab

Copenhagen Coffee Lab was created by Copenhagen twins Helle and Susan Jacobsen in collaboration with Ida de Matos. Today it is an international chain with 5 cities in France, Denmark, Germany, and Portugal. The key idea is to make different kinds of drinks from freshly roasted beans. All 8 Copenhagen Coffee Lab coffeehouses on the Iberian Peninsula are concentrated in the capital, Lisbon. Their addresses and opening times:

Culturgest – R. Arco do Cego 50, 1000-300 Lisbon (8 am – 6 pm, Monday – Friday);

Baixa – Rua dos Douradores 190, 1100-213 Lisbon (8 a.m.-7 p.m., daily);

Santa Clara – Campo de Santa Clara 136, 1100-474 Lisbon (8 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily);

Alcântara – Rua Prior do Crato 1a, 1350-259 Lisbon (8 am – 6 pm, daily);

Alfama – Escolas Gerais 34, 1100-213 Lisbon (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily);

Sao Paulo – Rua de Sao Paulo 60-62, 1200-019 Lisbon (8 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily);

Estrela – Av. Álvares Cabral 13C, 1250-015 Lisbon (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday);

Praca Das Flores – Rua Nova da Piedade 10, 1200-192 Lisbon (8 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily).

Order focaccia and other Portuguese dishes for breakfast or lunch. The range of drinks includes espresso, practical all specialty coffees with milk, french press, and other coffees from Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Suriname, as well as tea and hot chocolate. The menu also includes pastries – Scandinavian cakes and dense buns.

Comoba

The original cafe-restaurant in Lisbon was built on the site of an old pharmacy. The internal space attracts a combination of century-old arches and ancient architecture with modern design. The accent in the food is dishes from organic products harvested and prepared by hand.

Another feature of the cafe is its liveliness. As far as the menu is concerned, you can choose from a wide variety of dishes and not only breakfast. Sometimes you have to wait up to half an hour to get to the bar, the queue to sit at a table here is the norm. Alcoholic drinks are an assortment, so in the evening you don’t drink coffee anymore. 

For lovers of original dishes, I recommend the multilayer dessert – pancakes sprinkled with powdered Japanese matcha tea and flavored with whole berries and maple syrup – a real hit of this place.

Coffee prices are €1.8 to €4.8. There’s espresso, several variations of latte, mocha, macchiato, cortado, cappuccino, and a great alternative with different preparation methods.

The cafe can be found at Rua De São Paulo 99, 1200-109 Lisbon. Opening hours 8.00 – 19.30, seven days a week.

Baobá Café

A small café at Rua de São Paulo 256/258, 1200-430 Lisbon. The cafe’s name comes from the Baoba Fazenda, located in São Paulo, Brazil. This is where the green beans for the coffee come from. The beans are already roasted directly in Lisbon; in a street whose name indicates the place where they grow.

The dishes are Brazilian cheese bread – pao de queijo, kibbeh (burgur patties) with catupiri cheese. In addition to coffee, the café offers craft beer and several exotic drinks, including açai smoothies (Brazilian), juices made from Antarctic guarana, guava, and cashews.

Monday through Friday, Baobá Café is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturdays the cafe is open from 8.00 to 13.00, on Sundays and weekends, it closes after 12.00.

Simpli Coffee

A cozy cafe is specializing in Arabica coffee. Grain suppliers are located in four parts of the world:

– Europe – Portugal;

– America – Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras;

– Africa – Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya;

– Asia – Indonesia.

Simpli Coffee uses freshly roasted organic beans to make its coffee. Such vast geography ensures a variety of aromas and tastes of the beverage. The cafe scores 84 out of 100 on the SCA rating. The highest rating is in Lisbon.

The coffee shop is known for its artisan bread baked in its own bakery. Organic flour without yeast is used to make it. Fermentation of the dough takes place naturally on sourdough.

Another feature of the place is birthday cakes for a fixed price of 47 euros. You can order carrot cake, red velvet cake with cheese glaze, orange cake, or chocolate cake with ganache filling.

At the same time, in the cafe is a store where you can buy coffee beans and merchandise. Important: on Sundays the cafe is closed.

You can visit Simpli Coffee at the addresses: 

R. Braamcamp 64, 1250-096 Lisbon. The Café is open from 8.30 to 18.00 (Monday to Friday), 9.00 to 18.00 (Saturday). 

Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo nº41 loja C, 1050-119 Lisboa. Open from 8:30 am to 6 pm (Monday to Friday), 9 am to 6 pm (Saturday).  

Largo da Anunciada 18, 1150-267 Lisboa. Monday through Saturday from 9:30 to 18:00

Rua Rosa Araújo 17 1250-194 Lisboa. Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 17:00.

Neighbourhood Cafe Lisbon

The cafe is open daily at Largo do Conde Barão 25,1200-163 Lisbon in the following time slots:

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday);

8.30 – 22.00 (Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday);

8.30 – 23.00 (Friday, Saturday).

The cafe offers iced and regular coffee of different kinds – espresso, long black, macchiato, piccolo, flat white, latte and cappuccino. We also provide tea, kombucha, and hot chocolate. Spirits – beer, Portuguese wine (white, red, rose, and green).

Here you will find a variety of breakfasts, snacks with drinks, Korean kimchi, different variants of eggs, and vegetarian cuisine. The food is served with pumpkin and banana bread.

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