I spent the first week of September in the beautiful city of Lisbon with my best friend. Ay both of us are big foodies and coffee lovers we spent most of our time eating and having coffee. That is why I decided to put together a little guide of the coffee shops we tried during our stay. I also included a few pictures, however, I didn’t take a photo at all of the spots. It actually took me a while to not forget to take pictures of those places as I don’t typically bring a camera when eat out as I shoot all the time when I am home, so bare with me but I am just not the best travel blogger, I might just have to stick to writing recipes.
However, I’ll try to the share posts like this on the occasion as they’re actually quite fun to write. Anyways, let’s get going with my Lisbon Coffee Shop Guide.
Coffee, Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Cakes
Hello, Kristof was my personal favourite. We even went there twice and ordered avocado toast both times, which was absolutely delicious. The bread was nicely toasted and topped with sliced tomatoes, avocado, pink pepper and pistachios. We also had almond milk cappuccinos and freshly pressed orange juice, which was also delicious. My friend also had a slice of apple tart and carrot cake and according to her both was super tasty. On top of the great food it is also a beautiful space and the staff was super friendly. Furthermore, I loved the selection of magazines one could browse through while waiting for one’s orders.
Coffee, Acai Bowls, Brunch/ Breakfast, Lunch
On our way to Hello, Kristof on our first day in Lisbon we walked past The Mill and I quickly snapped a photo so we could look it up at night and maybe return later. As it turns out, we did return a day later to have brunch. When we arrived, which was at around noon the space was pretty crowded, however, one lady had just finished her breakfast so we could have her spot.
We noticed that the staff was rather rushed and trying to get through the customers as quickly as possible, which I personally didn’t like. We were asked to order only seconds after we had arrived and as the both of us are rather indecisive when it comes to food we had to ask for some more time. When we then finally made our decision, we once again ordered avo toast and we also got a side of roasted cherry tomatoes. Furthermore, we decided to share a bowl of fruit salad and of course we also go coffee, which was incredibly good, they’re espresso is great.
Our food arrived shortly after and the avocado toast looked just beautiful and tasted AMAZING! However, the fruit salad wasn’t presented too nicely it seemed like they had just thrown it into the bowl. Nevertheless, it all tasted delicious and we even ended up buying one of the bowls they serve their food in. All in all, we had a great experience at The Mill, however, if you are looking for a more chilled place you can relax at for a while I would opt for Hello, Kristof or Dear Breakfast.
Smoothies, Juices, Brunch/Breakfast, Lunch
I spotted Nicolau on Instagram before coming to Lisbon and the pictures looked just beautiful so we just had to go there. As Nicolau was rather close to our apartment we decided to head there straight after arriving at our Airbnb to get some late lunch.
We arrived there at around 3 pm and were shocked to see that there was a line of at least 10 people waiting in front of the restaurant. We went up to the waiter and asked how long it would take to get a spot and he said it wouldn’t take too long and that he’d put us on the list, so we agreed to do that. However after waiting for over an hour we changed our plans and decided to opt for an early dinner instead and headed to the nearest grocery store to get the ingredients for our dinner. So try number one wasn’t a success.
We walked past in the morning of our second day, yet the line was endless again so went somewhere else.
On day three, however, we ended up getting a spot after “only” 10 minutes of waiting. So was it worth it, you’re wondering. Hm, I’m not quite sure to be honest. The food was decent, yet not amazing. The staff was nice, yet not super friendly and it was quite loud inside, which made it hard to have a proper conversation. We had a good breakfast, yogurt, granola and fruit as well as coffee, however, I would probably not come back as the hassle to get a spot was way too much.
fresh Juices, Smoothies, Coffee, Matcha, Brunch/Breakfast, Lunch
On our last day in Lisbon we only had a few hours to spend until we had to head to the airport so we decided to look for spacious coffee shop where we could easily take our bags. We ended finding out about Dear Breakfast and headed there for a late second brekkie and coffee. We didn’t try a whole lot form the menu and unfortunately their juicer was broken, however the fruit bowls we ordered were so nicely arranged and the soy cappuccino, the soy iced latte and the soy matcha latte as well as the espresso made up for the lack of freshly pressed juice. I think interior wise Dear Breakfast was my fave as it seemed so put together and unique at the same time. Also the staff was super friendly which is always a big plus.
Cais do Sodré
Smoothie Bowls, Smoothies, Raw Treats
On our second day we tried to get a table at Nicolau once again, however, we weren’t lucky again so we decided to venture out and walk to the this tiny little smoothie place called Bowl Lisboa a tiny little coffee shop that sells smoothie bowls, smoothies and raw treats. Their menu selection is small yet perfect and we both ordered an Açai Bowl. They didn’t have strawberries on that day which were supposed to be one of the toppings, however, they allowed us to add something else instead.
They Açai bowl was nice, however, not the best I’ve had. Furthermore, I would not recommend ordering a coffee as they don’t have a very good coffee machine, yet afterall they’re a smoothie place. Nevertheless, we still had a great experience at Bowl as the staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating.
Coffee, Pastries, Cake, Sandwiches
On one day we were looking for a coffee shop we could chill out a little and write postcards. We ended up settling for Fabrica Coffee Roasters, where we both got iced lattes with soy milk. My friend also had a brownie with hers, which was delish. The iced lattes looked amazing and tasted great. I loved how they had a lot of information on their coffee and where it was from.
I think Fabrica Coffee Roasters is definitely a must for any coffee lovers out there. They also sell a bunch of coffee making gadgets and coffee beans. Furthermore, I actually loved how they specifically don’t supply free wifi and there was even a sign hat told people to talk to each other instead of looking onto a screen.
Enjoy your stay in Lisbon!