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20 Fun Spots to Eat Brunch in Lisbon (2022 Update)

Eating brunch in Lisbon is a tasty way to start any day of the week in Portugal’s capital. But which are the top Lisbon brunch spots? Read on to discover twenty contenders for the best brunch in Lisbon.

French Toast at Royal Rawness in Lisbon

Many visitors to Portugal want to eat a Pastel de Nata or another Portuguese dessert every morning. We get that and did the same during our first visit to Portugal too.

However, since we’ve lived in Portugal for more than three years, we’ve dug deeper into the Lisbon food scene and have embraced the city’s burgeoning brunch scene. Yes, Lisbon has joined the global brunch movement.

Discover our favorite things to eat and drink in Portugal.

Egg Sandwich at Dedes at The Gladstone in Lisbon
Our Piripiri Scramble at Cafe Dede’s was a beauty with three scrambled eggs, leeks, mushroom, piri piri oil and parmesan cheese.

With menus featuring avocado egg toast and omelettes, Lisbon cafes serve brunch all over the city. Just like Amsterdam and Hamburg, Lisbon has dozens of cafes specializing in the best meal of the day.

Eggs Bennedict at Oui Mai Non in Lisbon
Lisbon restaurants like Oui Mais Non serve breakfast food for lunch and vice versa.

An easy option would be to skip brunch in Lisbon and eat a Pastel de Nata instead. However, Lisboa pastelarias serve fresh Pasteis de Nata all day long. In other words, you can eat brunch in Lisbon and enjoy a Pastel de Nata later that same day.

Read our Lisbon Pastel de Nata guide.

Eating Brunch in Lisbon

Pancakes at Flora and Fauna in Lisbon
Brunch is serious business in Lisbon as demonstrated by this epic pile of salty pancakes at Flora and Fauna.

Eating brunch is one of the most popular things to do in Lisbon. Crowds of locals, ex-pats and food travelers pack cafes throughout the city in order to satiate their brunch fix. While some ‘eat for the insta’, savvy diners care more about eating great food.

Sweet Pancakes at Dear Breakfast in Lisbon
Not all pancakes in Lisbon are salty. These sweet pancakes we ate at Dear Breakfast lived up to their name thanks to the addition of caramel sauce and sliced bananas.

Considering the prevalence of eggs and sugar in the Portuguese cuisine, the city provides a great match for globally popular dishes like Pancakes, Eggs Benedict and French Toast (pain perdu). The key is to know where to eat the best brunch in Lisbon.

Our Favorite Lisbon Brunch Spots

Breakfast Burrito at Cotidiano in Lisbon
Not your typical breakfast burrito, this bulging beauty at Cotidiano came loaded with scrambled eggs, spinach, avocado, bacon, mozzarella and black beans.

Not to brag but we’ve eaten a lot of brunches since we moved to Lisbon in early 2019. How many? Enough that we’re unofficial Lisbon brunch experts.

Our favorite places for brunch in Lisbon run the gamut from cute and cozy to modern and expansive. Some serve crafted specialty coffee drinks while others offer outdoor seating. We typically avoid restaurants that vie for the status of ‘most instagrammable brunch in Lisbon’ since that’s not our thing.

Brunch at COPA Lisboa in Lisbon
Copa, a relatively new entry to the Lisbon brunch scene, offers flavors of Brazil as well as the city’s most comprehensive cachaça selection.

Some of the best Lisbon brunch spots serve familiar brunch favorites. Others specialize in dishes specific to Portugal or its South American brother, Brazil. And, in a surprising turn of events, many serve photogenic plates that also taste great.

When you’re looking to combine breakfast and lunch in Lisbon, we recommend starting at the following cafes:

1. Dear Breakfast

Dear Breakfast Alfama - Dining Room with Arched Ceiling
Eating brunch in Lisbon is both trendy and fun as we experienced in Dear Breakfast’s spacious Alfama dining room.

Dear Breakfast serves breakfast and brunch all day, every day, in cafes located in Bica, Chiado and Alfama. The original cafe opened in Bica in 2017 while the newest in Alfama opened four years later.

Feeling hungry? Dear Breakfast offers a complete brunch menu that includes both coffee and a cocktail. Currently priced at €20, that brunch should fill you up until dinner. If not, you can stop for a Pastel de Nata break in the afternoon. As for us, we typically opt for Dear Breakfast’s à la carte menu.

Royal Brunch at Dear Breakfast in Lisbon
While Dear Breakfast’s Egg Royal dish didn’t make us feel like royalty, it did make us both full and happy.

While we like Dear Breakfast’s sweet and salty pancakes, our favorite dishes are Dear Breakfast’s Eggs Royal with poached eggs, brioche, salmon and hollandaise sauce and its Healthy Racheros with fried eggs, tortilla, avocado, tomato sauce, black beans and feta cheese.

However, we agree to disagree about the pickled red onions generously added to both of these dishes. Mindi likes them. Daryl would like LESS of them.

Pro Tip
Request a table next to a window when you dine at Dear Breakfast’s Alfama location. You’ll be able to see trams ramble by as you eat your brunch.

Dear Breakfast has multiple restaurants in Lisbon. We usually break bread at the Alfama restaurant located at Largo de Santo António da Sé 16, 1100-499 Lisboa.

2. Shakar

Outside Shakar in Lisbon
Despite its sign, Shakar doesn’t just specialize in specialty coffee. Its second specialty is all-day brunch.

Don’t be confused by Shakar’s appearance. Despite its intentionally minimalistic decor, this is a cafe that doesn’t scrimp on the important brunch things – flavor and portion size.

Shakar also focuses on specialty coffee, another important brunch thing. We’re talking about flat whites, cappuccinos and pour overs crafted with high quality, artisanally roasted coffee beans.

Brunch and Coffee at Shakar in Lisbon
We toured the world during our initial brunch at Shakar which featured Turkish eggs, American-style chicken waffles and flat whites crafted with Ethiopian beans roasted in Portugal.

Shakar’s owners, Faysil Al-Shakarchi and Malin Marsell, traveled the world while working for Emirates Airlines. After opening their Picoas cafe in June of 2021, they now channel their shared wanderlust through dishes like Breakfast Tacos, Chicken Waffles, Turkish Eggs and Shakshuka.

Since we have wanderlust too, we ordered Chicken Waffles and Turkish Eggs during our initial ‘trip’ to Shakar. Color us surprised when the waffles, topped with crispy fried buttermilk chicken, maple drizzle, crème fraîche and pickled onions, rivaled versions we’ve eaten in America. Sadly, good fried chicken is not the norm in Europe.

Shakshuka at Shakar in Lisbon
We’ve eaten Shakshuka many times but this was our first time eating Shakar-Shuka.

But it was the Turkish Eggs that we ordered again. Shakar’s version of the vegetarian dish made with two poached eggs, a savory pool of garlicky yogurt and warm harissa olive oil sauce is addictive. It’s also bright and flavorful as is the Shakshuka (cleverly named Shakar-Shuka) made with chunks of red bell pepper, a blend of spices and tomato.

Now that Shakar has hired Julian Lugo Alopaeus, a chef with Mexican and Canadian roots, we’re excited to see where the brunch menu ‘travels’ to next. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for an authentic Mexican dish or two and maybe even Poutine.

Pro Tip
Shakar has multiple options for diners who embrace gluten free, vegan and vegetarian lifestyles.

Shakar is located at Rua Viriato 1B, 1050-233 Lisboa, Portugal.

3. Flat Cafe

Owner of Flat Cafe in Lisbon
Varvara Kroz runs Flat Cafe with a friendly smile and attention to detail.

Flat Cafe isn’t a typical brunch spot in Lisbon and we like that. Instead of serving American-style pancakes, this cosy Bica spot serves dishes inspired by Scandinavia and Russia.

Varvara Kroz hails from St. Petersburg which explains the Russian connection. It’s also why trying dishes like Potato Pancakes is a must. Served with house cured beet-cured salmon and herbaceous cream cheese, the jazzed up Belarusian dish is a winner.

Potato Pancakes at Flat Cafe in Lisbon
Our potato pancakes arrived with beet-cured salmon, herb cream cheese and a mixed salad.

But why Scandinavia? Kroz confided in us that she connected to the Nordic region during her travels and has an affinity to open-faced sandwiches like the ones we ate in Copenhagen. During our most recent visit, her menu offered seven different smórrebrod options with varied toppings like gravlax, shrimp, octopus and roast beef.

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For us, though, there was no question of which smórrebrod to order – tuna tartare. This particular smórrebrod called out to Mindi and she’s glad she responded. The well-seasoned sandwich was a joy to eat as was the fresh spinach salad that filled the plate.

Tuna Tartare Smorrebrod at Flat Cafe in Lisbon
Topped with mashed avocado and tuna tartare, this smørrebrod came with a side of spinach salad.

Don’t worry if you’d rather eat traditional brunch food. Flat Cafe’s menu includes dishes like homemade granola and oatmeal as well as Salade Nicoise. On the weekend, the cafe offers a multi-plate brunch combo, a great deal that includes both orange juice and excellent coffee.

Kroz is as obsessed with specialty coffee as we are and currently sources her beans from 80plus in Barcelona. While our flat whites weren’t the most beautiful we’ve imbibed in Lisbon, they met our high coffee standards and daily caffeine needs. We’ll just call it a case of brains over beauty, something we place a higher value on in both coffee and in life.

Pro Tip
Flat Cafe serves both vegetarian and gluten free dishes.

Flat Cafe is located at Tv. do Cabral 36, 1200-075 Lisboa, Portugal.

4. Heim Cafe

Dining Room at Heim Cafe in Lisbon
Heim Cafe is a neighborhood cafe that we wish was in our neighborhood.

Heim Cafe has a colorful menu. Literally.

This cozy Madragoa spot separates its food and drinks by color – green, yellow, red and blue for brunch combos and pink, green and yellow for the smoothies. Natural wine is no exception with options including red, white, green, rose and orange.

Breakfast at Heim Cafe in Lisbon
Heim Cafe’s Sunday Brunch dish looks suspiciously like a full English breakfast.

Picky eaters or those on a budget can order a la carte dishes instead. Fitting into both of these categories during our visit, we ordered two plates plus glasses of fresh orange juice to wash it all down.

Waffle and Eggs at Heim Cafe in Lisbon
Named ‘Something Good’, this brunch dish lives up to its name with components like scrambled eggs, fried halloumi, beet purée, avocado, salad and waffles.

During your visit, expect to eat modern dishes like Quinoa Fritters, ‘Panwiches’ and Avocado Toast. The ‘Something Good’ dish features fried halloumi – something we rarely pass on when we see it on a menu.

Pro Tip
Heim Cafe offers limited outdoor seating if you prefer to eat your brunch in the fresh air.

Heim Cafe is located at Rua Santos-O-Velho 2 e 4, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal.

5. Copa

Pao de Queijo at COPA Lisboa in Lisbon
This trio of Pão de Queijo (Brazilian cheese balls) provided an auspicious start to our tropical brunch at Copa.

Ironically, one of Lisbon’s best brunches isn’t at a cafe.

Copa, open since June of 2021, is a cachaça bar with a food menu aptly filled with small Brazilian plates. Offered on weekends only, the bar’s tropical brunch offers exciting dishes as well as a range of crafted cocktails featuring cachaça and other spirits.

Lovingly decorated by owner Rafael Agapito, originally from Santos, Brazil, and his French partner Louise Grimoir, Copa’s sun filled back room is a darling spot to chill over brunch. The glass ceilinged room’s decor features modern art and vintage furniture where diners can lounge over brunch.

The room has no formal table seating. Instead, the food is served over coffee tables as a sharable experience.

Pamonha Egg Dish at COPA Lisboa in Lisbon
Eating Copa’s brunch dish made with pamonha, gueijo coalho, mushrooms and a poached egg transported us to Brazil without the necessity of a plane ride.

During our brunch at Copa, we sampled a duo of poached egg dishes, one with black beans and smoked ancho chili and the other with pamonha (a mushy Brazilian corn dish), queijo coalho (Brazilian curd cheese), and mushrooms.

Both were winners as were the seasonal watermelon feta salad and pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese balls) that started our meal.

Bright N Breezy Cocktail Copa Lisboa in Lisbon
We felt bright and breezy after drinking Copa’s signature Bright ‘N’ Breezy cocktails.

Since it would have been rude to not order drinks at an establishment with a name that translates to cup, we both sipped signature Bright ‘N’ Breezy cocktails crafted with cachaça, sugarcane juice, ginger and rum. We certainly didn’t want to be rude!

Pro Tip
Order the the ‘brunch menu’ option if you plan to imbibe during your brunch at Copa. Otherwise, you can simply order a dish or two from Copa’s à la carte menu.

Copa is located at Rua dos Mastros 4, 1200-163 Lisbon, Portugal.

6. Fauna & Flora

Dining Room at Flora and Fauna in Lisbon
Lisbon’s Fauna & Flora has more than its fair share of greenery (i.e. fauna and flora).

Brunch fans have another happy place in the Madragoa neighborhood – airy, plant-filled Fauna & Flora. Open since late 2017, this lively Lisbon cafe serves a range of sweet and savory options as well as beverages that start with Portuguese coffee and end with global cocktails.

Banana Pancakes at Fauna and Flora in Lisbon
We didn’t need to order dessert when we ordered these banana pancakes at Fauna and Flora.

Not near Madragoa and feeling lazy? The popular brunchery has a second Lisbon location in Anjos if that’s more convenient to where you’re staying.

Salmon Toast at Flora and Fauna in Lisbon
Topped with smoked salmon, ricotta cheese, sous vide eggs and various veggies, Fauna & Flora’s Nord Toast provides a taste of Scandinavia in Lisbon.

Fauna & Flora’s fun menu features a staggering number of brunch and ‘brinner’ choices ranging from smoothie bowls and pancakes to rice bowls and burgers. Adventurous diners can order a salmon, bacon or vegan nest with two baked avocado halves and a kataifi nest.

Fauna & Flora has two Lisbon locations. We typically eat brunch at the spot located at Rua da Esperança 33, 1200-655 Lisboa, Portugal.

7. Thank You Mama Café

Thank You Mama Exterior in Lisbon
Anna Santos leads the charge at Thank You Mama Café in Lisbon’s Anjos neighborhood.

Open since September of 2020, Thank You Mama Café is a Lisbon cafe that serves two of our favorite things – freshly baked bagels and specialty coffee. In many cities, this wouldn’t be a big deal. However, good bagels don’t exactly grow on trees in Lisbon.

We can’t emphasize this bagel situation enough since it’s a true pet peeve about living in Portugal. While we’ve easily found decent bagels in other European cities, it took us three years to find them in Lisbon. And not for lack of trying.

Coffee and Bagels at Thank You Mama in Lisbon
Bagels sandwiches and flat whites are a match made in brunch heaven.

Thank You Mama’s compact menu features a variety of bagel options. Some bagels are simply topped with cream cheese or peanut butter while others feature ingredients like hummus and avocado. We’re partial to the cafe’s Salmon Simon sandwich.

We rarely pass on bagels and lox and Thank You Mama’s version is a winner with ingredients like house-cured salmon, pickled onion and fresh cucumber. While not on the level of New York or Philadelphia, these bagels are satisfying enough, with a nice chew to satisfy our bagel cravings.

Flat White at Thank You Mama in Lisbon
Drinking this flat white at Thank Your Mama Café provided our daily coffee jolt.

Owner Anna Santos has gone all in with Barcelona-based Nomad as she did when she was a partner at Buna. Her second Lisbon cafe serves crafted espresso drinks as well as refreshing cold brew beverages, all using Nomad beans. This makes us happy too.

To be clear, Thank You Mama doesn’t offer a full-on brunch menu. However, if there’s a better brunch combo than bagel and lox sandwiches and flat whites, we’ve yet to find it in Lisbon or elsewhere.

Pro Tip
Save room for a slice of babka. The sweet Jewish bread is the cafe’s signature dessert.

Thank You Mama Café is located at Rua do Forno do Tijolo 9A, 1170-132 Lisboa, Portugal.

8. The Mill

Dining Room at The Mill in Lisbon
The Mill is an OG Lisbon brunch spot in the São Bento neighborhood near Bairro Alto.

The Mill is a bit of a hybrid.

Originally from Australia, this cafe’s owners serve an ‘Australian-Portuguese’ menu with a focus on specialty coffee and brunch food. This is a spot where avocados and piri piri peppers co-exist in culinary harmony.

We first ate brunch at The Mill in 2018 when we were thinking about moving to Lisbon, one of the best food cities in Portugal. Once we made the big move a few months later, we proceeded to frequent the São Bento cafe enough times that we knew each staff member by name.

Corn Fritters at The Mill in Lisbon
Adding a side of salmon to The Mill’s Corn Fritters transforms the plate from good to great.

The Mill’s compact menu includes toasties, bowls and plates featuring ingredients like chouriço, goat cheese and kale. The menu has changed a few time over the past couple years, but the food remains consistently good.

Compared to other brunch spots, prices are moderate and flavors are tight. On a recent visit we enjoyed wonderful fritters filled with sweet corn, topped with avocado and served with an optional side of smoked salmon.

Cappuccino at The Mill in Lisbon
The Mill’s cappuccinos and flat whites never disappoint us. This one was no exception.

True confession – sometimes we go to The Mill just for flat whites. The staff roasts a range of global single sourced beans at a roastery in nearby Santos. These flat whites provide a nice afternoon pick-me-up after traversing the city’s endless, undulating, cobblestone calçadas.

Pro Tip
Buy a bag of beans to brew later. If you don’t have access to a grinder, the barista should be able to grind the beans for you upon request.

The Mill is located at R. do Poço dos Negros 1, 1200-335 Lisboa, Portugal.

9. Cotidiano

Cotidiano in Lisbon
Cotidiano’s prime location is convenient for both locals and visitors.

Despite seeing lines forming every day outside Cotidiano, we were reluctant to rush to eat at the Baixa eatery until we moved to the neighborhood in 2021. As it turns out, Cotidiano is one of the best brunch spots in Lisbon.

Located around the corner from Praça do Comércio and next to one of Lisbon’s most beautiful buildings, Cotidiano is directly across the street from an active 28 tram stop. We must have caught the infamous tram at that stop 100 times before we went inside the cosy brunch spot on a whim.

We quickly realized that Cotidiano gets the concept of American pancakes. Seeing a plate piled high with fluffy hotcakes and served with a generous amount of maple syrup was a shocker since both are rarities in Lisbon. Eating the syrup-soaked pancake stack was a pleasure.

Pancakes at at Cotidiano in Lisbon
Our ‘Badass’ pancakes at Cotidiano came topped with a fried egg, crispy bacon and plenty of maple syrup.

Beyond pancakes, Cotidiano’s menu features a range of breakfast, brunch and lunch favorites. Popular dishes include pink Eggs Benedict with an optional sided of smoked salmon and a range of Smoothie Bowls.

We’re fans of both the Berry Recovery Smoothie made with almond milk and the Breakfast Burrito loaded with scrambled eggs, spinach, avocado, bacon, mozzarella cheese and black beans. But the pancakes win the prize with their range of possible toppings including Nutella, fruit, bacon, eggs and peanut butter.

Smoothie at Cotidiano in Lisbon
Drinking Contidiano’s Berry Recovery Smoothie makes us feel healthy and it tastes great too.

Contidiano translates to daily. While we wouldn’t want to eat here every day, we’d be happy to eat here once a week. Maybe its name should be Semanal (i.e. weekly) instead.

Pro Tip
Order one of Cotidiano’s multicourse ‘Brunch Addict’ combos if you’re really hungry or want to try more than one dish.

Cotidiano is located at Rua do Crucifixo 2, 1100-183 Lisboa, Portgal.

10. BLOOM

BLOOM Lisbon Dining Room
BLOOM’s compact dining room features a fun design replete with tropical wallpaper, funky light fixtures and velvet banquettes.

When we speak of things blooming in Lisbon, we’re typically referring to the purple jacaranda trees that sprout each spring. Occasionally, we’re referring to globally-inspired brunch at BLOOM instead.

Chicken Sandwich Burger at BLOOM Lisbon
Bloom’s chicken sandwich burger took us all the way from brunch to dinner.

Located in Lisbon’s Alcântara neighborhood, BLOOM offers iconic brunch dishes like eggs benedict and avocado toast. However, the brunchery’s menu expands to include American burgers, Brazilian açaí bowls, Thai tom-yum soup, Japanese ramen and Israeli shakshouka.

Cheesy Waffle at BLOOM Lisbon
Not to be cheesy, but BLOOM’s cheesy waffles is our favorite dish at the Alcântara brunch spot.

Cheesy waffles, the standout dish during our brunch, comes topped with a mishmash of scrambled eggs, avocado, wilted spinach, candied bacon and sun-dried tomatoes. BLOOM also offers savory black waffles topped with cream cheese, cured salmon and arugula as well as sweet churro waffles topped with cinnamon sugar and salted sugar.

Disclosure – We found the texture of the candied bacon to be weird. Then again, we’re spoiled after eating praline bacon in New Orleans.

Pro Tip
Don’t hesitate to order coffee with your brunch. BLOOM was serving a special blend from Roastberry Coffee Lab, one of the city’s best specialty coffee roasters, at the time of our most recent visit.

BLOOM is located at Calçada Pampulha 42, 1200-753 Lisboa, Portugal.

11. Cafe Dede’s

Pao de Queijo at Dedes at The Gladstone in Lisbon
We like to add a few drops of Cafe Dede’s special piri piri sauce to dishes like this Pao de Queio (Brazilian cheese bread). Kapow!

Agne “Dede” Costa and Rhi Pulford hail from Brazil and Austalia respectively. Now that they live in Lisbon, the creative duo serves global dishes prepared with local ingredients at Cafe Dede’s in Lapa.

And not just any local ingredients. This cafe sources bread from Gleba, natural wine from Senhor Uva and specialty coffee beans from 7g Roaster.

Burrata at Dedes at The Gladstone in Lisbon
This Burrata brunch plate came with Asian-style sesame sauce, baby spinach, pickled vegetables and toast.

Costa and Pulford traveled the world before settling in Lisbon. Dishes like Okonomiyaki and Korean BBQ Jackfruit Burgers showcase flavors they discovered during their culinary travels.

Banana Bread at Dedes at The Gladstone in Lisbon
This banana bread came with our full Dede’s brunch. Winning!

With two locations, including a space in the upscale Gladstone building next to leafy Jardim da Estrela, Cafe Dede’s is a great spot to start your day. The combination of tasty food and quality specialty coffee is a winner.

Pro Tip
Go big and order Dede’s full brunch. The meal comes with a main dish, banana bread, orange juice and coffee or tea.

Cafe Dede’s has two Lisbon locations. The original cafe is located at Rua de Sant’Ana à Lapa 33, 1200-796 Lisboa, Portugal.

12. Brick Cafe

Brick Cafe Lisboa in Lisbon
Brick Cafe’s comfortable setting includes a brick wall and chalkboard menu.

Comfortable Brick Cafe, just down the hill from Graça in Intendente, offers an excellent brunch value.

First time visitors won’t leave hungry after eating the cafe’s all-inclusive brunch menu. Served all day long, this hearty meal includes a croissant, bread, chocolate salami, a trio of cheeses, ham and salad plus two drinks (one hot and one cold). If you think that sounds like a lot of food, you’re correct.

We each ordered the full brunch during our visit and added sides of bacon and smoked salmon. When we return, we’ll be more selective and order a la carte dishes like filled croissants and Greek yogurt unless we’re feeling particularly peckish.

Brunch at Brick Cafe Lisboa in Lisbon
Brick Cafe’s brunch for two fueled us until dinner.

Brick Cafe serves salads and burgers for those not in the mood for traditional brunch food. Be sure to check the menu next to the brick wall to discover the daily soup and dish of the day before you order.

Pro Tip
Order a croissant with lemon curd or nutella for a sweet start to your day. Though not at the level of Parisian pastries, Brick’s French style croissants are the best we’ve found in Lisbon so far.

Brick Cafe is located at Rua de Moçambique 2, 1170-245 Lisboa, Portugal.

13. Nicolau

Drinks at Nicolau in Lisbon
We don’t always drink coffee. Sometimes we drink fruity beverages instead. Pictured here are lemonade with mint and orange juice with beet and ginger.

Located in Baixa near Lisbon’s main square, Praça do Comércio, Nicolau is a great spot to kick off a day of touring. It’s also a good spot for a leisurely meal with friends on a lazy Lisbon Saturday.

You’ll have a couple big decisions when you eat brunch at Nicolau starting with where to eat. Choices include sitting inside the insta-cute cafe or outside on the cafe’s expansive terrace.

French Toast at Nicolau Lisboa in Lisbon
French Toast tastes better with scrambled eggs and caramelized bacon. Micro greens added a splash of panache to the flavorful dish.

The harder decision will be narrowing down the urban cafe’s food choices. Perhaps you’ll want to go traditional with pancakes or french toast. Or maybe you’ll want to eat healthier with a salad or açai smoothie.

Breakfast Sandwich at Nicolau Lisboa in Lisbon
Nololau has options for people more in the mood for lunch than breakfast.

The cafe also offers desserts like carrot cake and brownies which are good options… unless you already ate red velvet pancakes for brunch. This decadent dish doubles as a dessert.

Pro Tip
Turn your brunch plate into a brunch feast. Nicolau’s brunch combo includes fresh orange juice, yogurt with fruit and homemade granola OR pancakes, eggs of your choice and coffee or tea. Potential upgrades include fruit, avocado, smoked salmon, cappuccinos and mimosas.

Nicolau is located at Rua de São Nicolau 17, 1100-547 Lisboa, Portugal. The cafe has a second location in Porto.

14. Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood Lisbon in Lisbo
Neighbourhood has quickly become a fixture in Lisbon’s Santos neighborhood.

We first discovered Neighbourhood when Reuben at The Mill (see above) told us about the newest coffee shop in the neighborhood. How could we resist an Australian-owned cafe where baristas pull expertly executed ristretto espresso shots? We couldn’t.

In those early days (circa November 2019), we didn’t know that Neighbourhood’s outdoor tables would become so desirable during the global pandemic. We also didn’t know that the coffee shop would eventually serve superb breakfast burritos that appease our unrequited cravings for good Mexican food in Lisbon.

Breakfast Burrito at Neighbourhood in Lisbon
Neighbourhood’s breakfast burritos make us happy.

Since Neighbourhood’s owners are from Australia via London, it only makes sense that the cafe would have avocado toast on the menu. But this cafe’s version takes the brunch staple one step farther by adding jalapeños for an extra kick of heat.

Pro Tip
Follow Neighbourhood on social media to find out about the cafe’s pop-up dinners. Past pop-up have featured food from Korea, Mexico and Vietnam.

Neighbourhood is located at Largo do Conde Barão 25, 1200-163 Lisboa, Portugal.

15. Marquise

Atrium and patio at Marquise in Lisbon
Marquise offers a stylish spot for brunch and conversation.

Located inside the Mobler concept store in Lisbon’s Principe Real neighborhood, Marquise is a happy place for three types of people…

Shoppers can shop for contemporary art pieces while those with a sweet tooth stock up on pastries at Marquise’s in-house bakery. Then there are brunch fans who just chill out on the patio and eat international dishes.

We fall into all three categories.

Turkish Eggs at Marquise in Lisbon
Marquise served us Turkish Eggs over homemade naan bread and garnished them with poppy seeds.

We can’t say that we love the food or coffee at Marquise.

However, the cafe’s atmosphere and bakery are solid enough to justify future brunch sessions and bread purchases. The key is to order wisely with a focus on Marquise’s wonderful baked goods which rank among the best in the city.

We’re excited about Lisbon’s rapidly emerging bread baking scene and Marquise’s baked good will have us coming back for more.

Croque Monsieur with Wurst sausage from Marquise
Playfully called a ‘Croque Marquise’, this stuffed sandwich proves that less is more concept.

During our most recent brunch, the cafe’s francesinha-like gimmick of stuffing ‘wurst’ sausage inside our Croque Monsieur overcomplicated the sandwich’s solid base of ingredients. Meanwhile, our Mushroom Ajillo appetizer, with way too thin mushrooms swimming in a watery, soupy sauce, was nothing like the classic Portuguese dish made with shrimp and a whole lot of garlic.

We also didn’t enjoy our cappuccino crafted with ‘old school’ over-roasted coffee beans. We’re just not fans of Flor da Selva despite the the local roaster’s romantic multi-generation coffee operation.

Pro Tip
Buy a loaf of bread or a few croissants before you eat brunch at Marquise. The popular bakery, one of the best in Lisbon, could sell out before you finish your meal.

Marquise is located at Rua Nova da Piedade 33, 1200-296 Lisboa, Portugal.

16. Good Boy Bagels

Counter at Good Boy Bagels in Lisbon
In case you can’t tell from the words on the wall, Good Boy Bagels bakes its bagels daily.

Opened in September of 2021 by a South African couple with a passion for both bagels and cycling, Good Boy Bagels shares its space with a boutique bicycle workshop. It’s a fun spot that doubles as a solid Lisbon brunch option.

The sandwiches at Good Boy Bagels are tasty and the cafe’s coffee program, which currently features beans sourced from Porto’s SO Coffee Roasters, is solid. We agreed to disagree about the pickles which Mindi liked but Daryl found to be cloyingly sweet.

But what did we think about the bagels??

While the bagels at Good Boy Bagels have a nice outer chew, we still haven’t tasted a bagel in Lisbon with the kind of dense crumb and malty flavor that we love in New York and Philadelphia bagels. Lisbon bakers seem to focus on natural sourdough leavening, but great bagels are more about execution and not really about that.

We still enjoyed the flavors in our tuna and smoked salmon sandwiches and, after chatting with one of Good Boy Bagels’ owners, we know that the passion and drive are there. We expect good things from this cafe.

Pro Tip
Plan ahead if you want to eat bagels on Sunday. Since Good Boy Bagels is oddly closed on the day that most people associate with bagels, you’ll need to buy bagels on Saturday and eat brunch at home.

Good Boy Bagels is located at Avenida 24 de Julho 88B, 1200-211 Lisboa, Portugal.

17. Oui Mais Non

Oui Mais Non in Lisbon
The French-inspired decor at Oui Mais Non is both chic and fun.

Restaurant Oui Mai Non, which enjoyed a previous life as a tearoom for the French macaron house Ladurée, has a nouveaux beaux-arts French decor and pink walls accented by Warhol-esque portraits. Its brunch menu has similar daring touches with its combination of traditional egg dishes as well as a range of cuisine inspired by countries like India and Japan.

But Oui Mai Non doesn’t stop at breakfast. It also serves an afternoon tea that includes breads, cakes and petit fours. And, in a nod to the space’s former tenant, the restaurant also serves colorful macarons and other French pastries.

Baby Dutch Pancake at Oui Mais Non in Lisbon
Oh Baby! Oui Mais Non’s Baby Dutch Pancakes is a show stopper.

Assuming you say ‘oui’ to brunch, Oui Mai Non offers three complete options – Short & Sweet (currently €12 and similar to a continental breakfast), Brunch Lovers (currently €18 for a short detox, yogurt or pancake, an egg dish and drinks) and OMN (currently €24 for the full shebang including an additional fruit plate and a mimosa). As always, prices are subject to change.

Dipping our toes into the menu, we opted for two dishes – Eggs Benedict with bacon and Baby Dutch Pancakes with maple syrup and sliced bananas. Next time, we’ll likely try the restaurant’s Sapporo Pancakes – fluffy soufflé style discs served with a choice of toppings and sauces that include maple syrup, three kinds of chocolate, honey, salted caramel, whipped cream, dulce de leche and jam.

Pro Tip
Don’t order the Baby Dutch Pancakes if you’re in a rush. This kitchen takes 20 minutes to prepare this dish.

Oui Mais Non is located at Tivoli Fórum, Av. da Liberdade 180 Loja 5A, 1250-146 Lisboa, Portugal.

18. Augusto Lisboa

Augusto Lisboa in Lisbon
A walk inside Augusto Lisboa reveals a comfortable cafe decorated with unique design elements.

We must have passed by Augusto Lisboa’s pink wall a dozen times before we actually entered its doors. We never thought about going inside until visitors from the US, Matt and Marie, gave us a good report.

Once we made those extra few steps, we discovered a quirky space filled with kitschy fur chairs and a striking chandelier. Modern tiles and jungle print decorate the walls and the floor is the same shade as as Lisbon’s vivid Pink Street.

Dining Room at Augusto Lisboa in Lisbon
Think pink when you eat brunch at Augusto Lisboa. The floor is reminiscent of the city’s iconic Pink Street.

Brunch options skew classic but with a twist. Bowls come topped with yogurt, oat apple pear porridge or fruit. Salads entice with ingredients like Portuguese cheese, green apples and bacalhau (cod).

Avo toast goes the extra mile with the addition of scrambled eggs, homemade cream cheese and pickled carrots. It’s a colorful, tasty dish that’s different from other versions we’ve eaten in Lisbon.

Avocado Egg Toast at Augusto Lisboa in Lisbon
Augusto Lisboa’s avocado toast is as tasty as it is colorful.

We can’t comment on the coffee since we’re not fans of mass marketed Sical beans. However, we enjoyed imbibing glasses of cinnamon-flavored water and fresh orange juice. Maybe next time we’ll opt for a crafted Porto Tonico or Caipirinha with our Alfama brunch instead.

Pro Tip
Walk over to the Feira da Ladra flea market after your brunch on Tuesdays or Saturdays. The unique Thieves’ Market is just a ten-minute walk from Augusto Lisboa. The cafe is also a short walk from the Miradouro da Graça, one of the city’s most scenic overlooks.

Augusto Lisboa is located at Rua Santa Marinha 26, 1100-491 Lisboa, Portugal.

19. Amélia

Amelia in Lisbon
There’s no debate that Amélia is one of the most stylish brunch spots in Lisbon.

Popular with expats looking to get their brunch on, Amélia is adorable. Its interior space looks like it could be in a movie or tv show and it has a secret garden that’s equally picturesque. The team behind Nicolau (see above) clearly had a vision when they designed this all-day brunch spot in Campo de Ourique.

We’re not kidding when we call Amélia popular. Going without a reservation is a recipe for disappointment. The pet-friendly cafe draws a crowd every single day of the week, rain or shine.

But what about the food?

Red Velvet Pancakes at Amelia in Lisbon
We’re not sure why Mindi ordered Red Velvet Pancakes. It wasn’t a good move despite the dish’s photogenic plating.

After dining at Amélia, we can’t call ourselves fans of its food. Daryl’s French Toast was a hot mess made with chewy supermarket bread and decorated with pale white, out-of-season strawberries while Mindi’s Red Velvet Pancakes arrived cold. Adding salt to the wound, Mindi’s smoothie was flavorless and Daryl’s flat white was brewed with commodity Delta beans.

We’ve included Amélia in this Lisbon brunch guide because of its popularity as well as its location in one of our favorite Lisbon neighborhoods. However, when it comes to eating brunch in Campo de Ourique, we’d rather eat dim sum at nearby Macau Dim Sum (see below) than food that’s clearly been prepared for instagram photos.

Pro Tip
Make a reservation if you want to eat brunch at Amélia. Otherwise, just walk to nearby Macau Dim Sum where you may bump into us.

Amélia is located at Rua Ferreira Borges 101, 1350-128 Lisboa, Portugal.

20. Zenith

Eggs Benedict with Salmon at Zenith in Lisbon
Zenith serves Eggs Benedict with two Poached eggs, avocado, chives and hollandaise sauce. We added a side of smoked salmon for good measure.

If you believe that brunch shouldn’t be limited by the clock and tastes better with a mojito, then Zenith is the spot for you. This Avenida cafe serves an all-day brunch menu in an industrial space. Plus, cocktails flow as freely as coffee.

Zenith’s menu fully embraces the brunch concept with a full slate of smoothie bowls and egg dishes. Pancake toppings run the gamut from Nutella to francesinha sauce. However, don’t go to Zenith expecting a typical American brunch. If you do, you’ll be disappointed.

Pancakes and Eggs at Zenith in Lisbon
Bacon and Ovo Pancakes come with cheddar cheese, chives, maple syrup and a fried egg. Other options include peanut butter, oreo and vegan pancakes.

During our Zenith brunch, we kept our pancake stack relatively simple with bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg. Oddly, maple syrup was inside the pancakes as opposed to drizzled on top. However, there was nothing odd about our Eggs Benedict dish served with avocado and a side of smoked salmon.

If you enjoy your Zenith Lisbon brunch, you can repeat the experience at the cafe’s original location in Porto or in Madrid. Yes, the team behind Zenith has jumped the border and is now conquering Spain.

Pro Tip
Go big and order Zenith’s Francesinha Pancakes topped with bacon, chicken, cheddar cheese, fried egg, special francesinha sauce and chives. Yikes!

Zenith is located at Rua do Telhal 4A, 1150-346 Lisboa, Portugal.

Bonus Lisbon Brunch Pick – Dim Sum

Dim Sum and Bubble Tea at Mercado Oriental Martim Moniz in Lisbon
Sometimes we crave Chinese dumping and bubble tea for brunch. This craving does not present a challenge in Lisbon.

As much as we enjoy eating traditional brunch food in Lisbon, sometimes we want something different. And by different, we mean Chinese dumplings (a/k/a dim sum).

Luckily for us, Lisbon has a vibrant Asian community that dates back to the days when Portugal colonized Macau. The city’s central Martim Moniz neighborhood is home to numerous Asian business including Mercado Oriental, a thriving food court that serves popular Asian dishes from countries like Japan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Sure, we could easily eat a proper dim sum brunch at a sit down restaurant in Lisbon. Sometimes, though, we’re simply in the mood to order baskets of dumplings and wash them down with bubble tea, the iconic sweet beverage invented in Taiwan.

Dumplings on Plate at Mercado Oriental Martim Moniz in Lisbon
Dumplings are some of the best cheap eats in Lisbon. We ate this selection at Ravioli House at the Mercado Oriental.

Mercado Oriental’s Ravioli House serves a reasonably-priced, shareable feast of 20 dumplings. If there’s a better dumpling deal in Lisbon, we have yet to find it. As for bubble tea, flavors like pearl milk and taro are available downstairs at Meeting Tea.

Pro Tip
Pick up Asian ingredients at the Amanhecer market just below the food court. This grocery store sells chili crisp, fresh scallions and all of the ingredients we need to cook chicken stir fries and other Asian food favorites at home.

Macau Dim Sum is another great brunch option when you’re looking for a more leisurely dim sum experience. Located in the Campo de Ourique neighborhood, Macau Dim Sum has offers a full range of dumplings plus soups and full size dishes. If you can’t find your favorite dumplings here, then you probably can’t find them anywhere in Lisbon.

Macau Dim Sum is located at Rua Dom João V 31B, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal.
Mercado Oriental is located at Rua da Palma 41 A 1o andar, 1100-390 Lisboa, Portugal. This food court is just above the Amanhecer market.

Additional Lisbon Brunch Spots

Healthy Rancheros at Dear Breakfast in Lisbon
You won’t get bored eating brunch in Lisbon thanks to dishes like this Healthy Rancheros we ate at Dear Breakfast.

Did we mention that eating brunch in Lisbon is a popular thing to do? We did and we weren’t exaggerating!

We’ll continue to update this guide as we experience more great Lisbon brunch spots. In the meantime, here are enough options to fuel your mid-day hunger in neighborhoods throughout the city.

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Dumpling Feast at Mercado Oriental Martim Monizin Lisbon
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