Lisbon is loaded with amazing brunch cafés. In fact, there are so many that you’d need at least five weekends dedicated to eating your way through some of the best brunch spots in the city.
During our time as digital nomads in Lisbon, every weekend posed two challenges: Where to find the best brunch, and, most importantly, when to get there before the crowds!
In this sweet and salty guide, I’ll clue you in on everything you need to know to have a delicious and soul-satisfying brunch in Lisbon.
11 Best Places for Brunch in Lisbon
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Fauna & Flora
- Where: 2 locations, Rua da Esperança and Rua Febo Moniz
- Price: $, €7–€10
- Menu: Healthy smoothie bowls, toasts, avocado nests, pancakes
- Hours: 9am–7pm
A friend recommended Fauna & Flora to us when we first moved to the city. Let me just say, the food and atmosphere soared beyond our expectations!
Fauna & Flora whips up some of the best homemade breakfast and brunch food you’ll find in Lisbon. It’s hearty and healthy, with fresh ingredients put together lovingly and aesthetically.
I had one of the best toasts ever here — it was the Forest (Vegan) option with sundried tomatoes, smoked tofu, confit cherry tomatoes, walnuts, sautéed spinach, and pink hummus with microgreens. YUM. 🌿
We also ordered the yellow, orange, and purple sweet potato chips (Flora Chips) and amazing fresh juices.
What’s more, the atmosphere is inviting and inspiring, with rustic furniture and dozens of plants. We arrived early-ish, just before the crowds, around 10am on a Saturday. Soon after that, people were lining up at the door and claiming tables out on the sidewalk.
- Where: Rua Gaivotas 17, Cc. Sao Francisco 35, and Largo Santo Antonio Sé 16 (newest)
- Price: $$, €7–€18
- Menu: Egg-centric dishes, creative juices and cocktails (click here)
- Hours: 9am–4pm
Dear Breakfast is a favorite brunch spot in Lisbon among both locals and tourists!
Everything—from its cave-like atmosphere with its white-washed walls and cozy lighting, to its friendly and attentive service to its exquisite breakfast and brunch plates—just oozes good vibes.
We had such a delicious meal here and it didn’t feel rushed or get loud (which, some other brunch cafes in Lisbon can). Despite its popularity, the staff took care of us instead and let us enjoy our slow Sunday morning without hurrying us in and out the door.
“An ode to morning food”, Dear Breakfast is a top-notch place to have brunch in Lisbon! Note that there are three locations and you can find one in the Bica, Chiado, and Alfama neighborhoods.
- Where: Rua do Telhal 4A
- Price: $$, food €6–€11 / cocktails €5–€9
- Menu: Creative brunch and drinks (full menu)
- Hours: 9am–5pm, until 6pm on weekends
If you’re looking for a boozy brunch in Lisbon, then run to Zenith! This brunch spot is one of the best, serving up chic all-day brunch plates paired with creative cocktails.🍹
Their menu is a bit more diverse than what you typically find among brunch cafés.
While it still whips up the classic breakfast and brunch fare such as pancakes, toasts and bowls, here you can throw down plant-based burgers, devour simmering egg dishes, or chow down on tacos and nachos.
Be warned, though—after Zenith ranked as the #1 spot for brunch in Lisbon on TripAdvisor post-opening in 2018, this place is no stranger to crowds (heaps of them). If you don’t wish to wait for up to an hour or more to get a seat, plan to arrive before 10am.
Nicolau, Amelia, & Basílio
- Where: 3 cafés/locations in Lisbon (Nicolau, Amelia, Basílio)
- Price Range: €7 up to €15
- Menu: Varies, click here for the different menus
- Hours: 8:30am to 10pm
Nicolau is the original café, and then along came his “girlfriend” Amélia, and his little “cousin” Basílio. These guys also have another location in Porto, Portugal.
Both the menu and atmosphere of each location vary between Nicolau, Amélia, and Basílio. Honestly, you just gotta try all three to find your favorite. 😅
What doesn’t change, however, is their stellar reviews and huge followings on each of their Instagram profiles.
What’s certain is their skill in creating, decorating, and curating a brunch environment that just hits the bullseye every time in terms of style, aesthetic, and taste.
You can’t visit Lisbon without visiting one of these places for brunch (or even brinner).
- Where: Rua do Poço dos Negros 1
- Price: $, €6–€10
- Menu: Salty/sweet brunch, specialty coffee, and wine (menu)
- Hours: 8am–3.30pm weekdays, 8am–4pm weekends
The Mill is the love child of Australian and Portuguese brunch. No joke, this café is popular among Aussies thanks to its vegemite toast!
Of course, non-Aussies are still welcome to seep in the aromas of the Mill’s locally-sourced specialty coffee, toasts, healthy bowls, and salty brunch plates. The prices are pretty decent, too.
The location is always abuzz with brunch-goers sitting in the open-air large window. It definitely stands out on the popular Rua do Poço dos Negros, which the iconic yellow Tram 28 passes through.
Sit, sip, and soak in the atmosphere on one of Lisbon’s cutest streets!
- Where: R. Santos-O-Velho 2 e 4
- Price: $$, €7–€16
- Menu: All-day food, breakfast–dinner (check here)
- Hours: 9am–6pm
Heim Café is a favorite among brunch-goers and digital nomads working away on their laptops on a slow afternoon.
The owners, Hannah and Misha, are Ukranian expats in Lisbon who renovated the space lovingly by hand. During the day, you can find them working behind the bar and chatting with their customers. As one reviewer put it,
“It’s an adorable, light-filled cafe on a cobblestoned corner that couldn’t be more quintessentially Lisbon.”Condé Nast Traveler
The space is small, so be prepared to wait a while if you show up after 10am (the early bird gets the worm)!
If Heim is busy, you may want to check out its sister café (Seagull Method).
- Where: Rua da Palmeira 23
- Price: $$, €9–€15
- Menu: Creative plates, salads, combos, toasts, pancakes (full menu)
- Hours: 9am–6pm
The dainty sister of Heim Café, Seagull Method is an adorable brunch café set on a cozy corner in one of Lisbon’s quaint neighborhoods.
Like its brother, crowds will start piling in even early in the morning (before 10am) to snag a seat. We waited around 1h30mins to be seated (😵💫), but were grateful for not having given up because the food was delicious.
On weekends, your meal comes with a complimentary glass of house champagne!
All that said, while we had a fun and yummy brunch experience here, the food was less copious and fulfilling than some of the other brunch places we tried (for the same price).
Finally—and this may seem random—but… Do you love Greek food? If so, Heim/Seagull Method has yet another place to discover in Lisbon—Kefi, their Greek bistro.
- Where: Rua dos Fanqueiros, 269
- Price: $, €6–€9
- Menu: Comfort bowls, eggs, smoothies, juices, +vegan/vegetarian options (menu)
- Hours: 9am–6pm
Frutaria Café is often referenced in the top 10 places to have brunch in Lisbon. Its location in the heart of Lisbon (a 4-minute walk from the Santa Justa Lift), is ideal for mid-morning fuel-ups before or after exploring all the top things to do in Lisbon.
Frutaria is probably one of the cheapest brunch spots in Lisbon, with prices ranging from €5 up to €8.50 for most plates, bowls, and toasts.
Their wide and varied menu features plenty of options for vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free.
- Where: Rua do Salvador 32
- Price: $$, €8–€15+
- Menu: Brunch specialties/combos, toasts, pancakes
- Hours: 8:30am–4pm
Quese Café is yet another popular and sought-after brunch café to try!
Its location on a tiny street in the Alfama district draws crowds of people descending from their morning visit to Castelo de S. Jorge or those exploring the labyrinth of the picturesque neighborhood.
Their quaint outdoor seating with umbrellas will make you feel lost in Lisbon. As for the food, the toasts are copious and fairly taste (but not my favorite).
They do, however, make one of the softest croissants which is a delicious delight on a weekend morning (with butter and jam, of course).
After you brunch, you’ll be just minutes from the attractions in Alfama, including the Miradouro de Santa Luzia.
More Cafés & Brunch Spots in Lisbon
Now that you’re aware of the top 11 places to have brunch in Lisbon, let’s look at some others that are equally worthwhile, but didn’t make the cut!
- Tease Café
- Brick Café Lisboa
- Bowls & Bar
- Maria Limao
- La Boulangeria
- Copenhagen Coffee Lab
Tease is our favorite spot to work on our laptops in the afternoon. For lunch, they serve fresh pasta, quiche, salad, and their specialty is their homemade desserts like muffins and delicious cupcakes. Also, Copenhagen coffee lab makes a mean salmon and poached egg avo toast. 🥑
I haven’t tried the other places yet, so let me know how they are if you end up going!
Do you have any more brunch spots in Lisbon you’d recommend? If so, drop your comments down below.
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