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 more than a dozen contenders for the best brunch in Lisbon.
With menus featuring avocado egg toast and omelettes, Lisbon cafes serve brunch all over the city. Just like Amsterdam and New York, Lisbon has dozens of cafes specializing in the best meal of the day.
Feeling torn? 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.
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Eating Brunch in Lisbon
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.
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.
Don’t waste your time on bagels in Lisbon. Despite our persistent efforts, we have yet to find a Lisbon bagel that rivals bagels we’ve eaten around the world in cities like Budapest, Riga, Shanghai and Vilnius.
Our Favorite Lisbon Brunch Spots
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.
Some of the best Lisbon brunch spots serve familiar brunch favorites. Others specialize in dishes specific to Portugal or its South American brother, Brazil.
When you’re looking to combine breakfast and lunch in Lisbon, we recommend starting at the following cafes:
Despite seeing lines forming every day outside Cotidiano, we were reluctant to rush to eat at the Baixa eatery. 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.
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.
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.
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.
2. Heim Cafe
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.
Picky eaters or those on a budget can order a la carte dishes instead. Fitting into both of these categories during our recent visit, we ordered two plates plus glasses of fresh orange juice to wash it all down.
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.
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.
3. Fauna & 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.
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.
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 a vegan nest with two baked avocado halves and a kataifi nest.
4. The Mill
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. 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.
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.
True confession – sometimes we go to The Mill just for flat whites. The staff roasts a range of global single sourced beans at Flor da Selva in nearby Santos. These flat whites provide a nice afternoon pick-me-up after traversing the city’s endless, undulating, cobblestone calçadas.
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 in a sharable experience.
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.
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!
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 the à la carte menu.
Copa is located at Rua dos Mastros 4, 1200-163 Lisbon, Portugal.
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.
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 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.
7. Cafe Dede’s
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. Brick Cafe
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.
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.
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.
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.
The cafe also offers desserts like carrot cake and brownies which are a good option… unless you already ate red velvet pancakes for brunch. This decadent dish doubles as a dessert.
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.
We first discovered Neighbourhood when Reuben from 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.
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.
11. Augusto Lisboa
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.
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.
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.
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.
12. The Royal Rawness
We didn’t know much about Lisbon’s hip Marvila neighborhood until a local barista recommended specialty coffee spot The Royal Rawness to us during a random conversation. Located in the corner of a former wine factory, the cafe serves both quality coffee and a solid brunch.
As we found out during our visit, The Royal Rawness is just down the street from breweries Dois Corvos and Fábrica Musa. It’s possible to begin a day in the edgy neighborhood with coffee and brunch before enjoying craft brews in the edgy, northern warehouse district with friends.
The Royal Rawness’ brunch menu features fancifully-named dishes like Holy Sheep (roast lamb sandwich), Yellow Fluffy’s (avo egg toast) and Banana Party (PB&B smoothie). This menu is varied enough to satisfy both vegetarians and carnivores as well as anybody with a sweet tooth.
Order your coffee by country. The Royal Rawness roasts beans sourced from farms in Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua and Rwanda.
The Royal Rawness is located at Praça David Leandro da Silva 2, 1950-131 Lisboa, Portugal.
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 an authentic American brunch. If you do, you’ll be disappointed.
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.
Be bold and order a colorful beetroot latte, golden latte or matcha latte.
Zenith is located at Rua do Telhal 4A, 1150-346 Lisboa, Portugal.
Bonus Pick – Chinese Dumplings
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.
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.
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.
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
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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Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.
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