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21 Best Coffee Shops in Lisbon (2022 Update)

We’ve created this Lisbon Cafe Guide featuring our favorite Lisbon cafes that serve specialty coffee. In other words, you’ll find probably us at one of these Lisbon coffee shops when you visit Portugal’s colorful capital city.

Cappuccino at Royal Rawness in Lisbon

We love living in Lisbon for many reasons. The city’s thriving food and coffee scene is towards the top of our list along with the restaurants, climate and cost of living.

When we first visited Lisbon in 2007, Lisbon was just emerging as a tourist destination and its third wave coffee movement was still in its infancy. Though we were satisfied with Portuguese coffee served at traditional cafes like the counter at Pasteis de Belém during that initial visit, we wanted more when we returned in 2018.

Spoiler alert – we’ve found enough high quality, craft coffee in Lisbon to keep us both caffeinated and happy.

Discover our favorite things to eat and drink in Portugal.

Cappuccino at Milkees in Lisbon
Lisbon has joined coffee’s third wave movement. Pictured here is a cappuccino at Milkees, one of our favorite Lisbon cafes.

It’s no secret that specialty coffee is our preferred drug of choice. Since we drink it every day of the week, access to good coffee was a key factor in our decision to move to Lisbon, one of Portugal’s ‘foodiest’ cities.

Read the story behind our move to Lisbon.

Flat White at Buna in Lisbon
Flat whites are our drug of choice when we visit Lisbon cafes like Buna Specialty Coffee Shop.

Sometimes we drink our daily fix at a Lisbon cafe along with brunch and other times we brew a pot of filtered coffee at home. The caffeine jolt energizes us while the refined flavor satisfies our discerning palettes.

Brief History of the Lisbon Cafe Scene

Pastelaria Versailles in Lisbon
Old-line Lisbon cafes like Pastelaria Versailles serve old fashioned coffee along with sweet, egg yolk filled desserts.

It wasn’t always this way in Lisbon. Although the city’s coffee culture dates back to the 18th century when Portugal first imported Robusta and Arabica beans from former colony Brazil, the Iberian country’s affection for modern coffee is a more recent development.

Fun Fact
If you’re wondering how to say coffee in Lisbon, the Portuguese translation for coffee is café.

For centuries, Lisbon locals convened at neighborhood cafes to sip darkly roasted cups of espresso with friends at all times of day from morning to night. Many Lisbonites still follow this practice today, often combining their coffee with an über-popular Portuguese egg tart known as Pastel de Nata and spirited conversation.

Read our Lisbon Pastel de Nata guide.

Pasteis de Nata and Coffee at Aloma in Lisbon
We typically drink a bica or meia de leite when we eat pasteis de natas in Lisbon. That’s how we roll.

Classic Lisbon cafes stick with tradition and serve commodity coffee mass-produced by companies like Delta Coffee and Sical. On the upside, this type of coffee in Portugal is cheap – often costing under a euro for an espresso.

However, as the expression goes, ‘you get what you pay for.’ Bica, the popular name for a Portuguese shot is commonly drunk with 2 packs of sugar to counteract the drink’s bitter, burnt flavor. You can pay as little as € 0.60 for a shot. As for us, we’d rather not drink swill.

Flat White at Olisipo Coffee Roasters in Lisbon
We drank this classic flat white at Olisipo Coffee Roasters while perusing owner Antony Watson’s Bean on a Bike coffee anthology. The Lisbon roastery is a mecca for specialty coffee drinkers.

Modern, new-wave coffee roasters roast their beans light to medium – the beans are never over-roasted to a ‘burnt’ consistency. Not only do specialty roasts taste good, but they also contain many positive properties such as the caffeine ‘pick me up’ that are roasted out of old-world coffee blends.

Given the choice, we typically choose to pay a bit more for quality when we visit coffee shops in Lisbon. Craft coffee is not cheap, costing twice as much or more compared to the commodity stuff. That being said, specialty coffee in Lisbon is a relative bargain compared to the cost in other European cities.

Our Favorite Lisbon Cafes Serving Specialty Coffee

Cappuccino at Buna in Lisbon
You can enjoy specialty coffee as you wander around Lisbon’s mosaic sidewalks.

Lisbon may have been late to join the third wave movement but the city has now claimed a spot at the party. As we learned while attending the inaugural Lisbon Coffee Fest in March 2019, the city is brewing with good coffee. The city has both public cafes roasting coffee as well as stand-alone roasters producing coffee for direct sale.

Living as Lisbon locals, we’ve consumed enough cappuccinos and flat whites to become self-proclaimed experts on the topic of where to drink the best specialty coffee in Lisbon. These are our picks for the best cafes in Lisbon for digital nomads and coffee connoisseurs:

1. Milkees

Barista at Milkees in Lisbon
Alexandre Freitas crafts each cappuccino and flat white with care at Milkees.

Milkees deceives with its simply decorated location on a busy block in São Sebastião near Lisbon’s El Corte Inglés. Thanks to passionate owners Alexandre Freitas & Joāo Pedro Erthal, the sophisticated cafe is a must-visit for specialty coffee aficionados drinking their way through Lisbon.

Sourcing quality local products, Freitas and Erthal serve bread from Gleba and produce from various top quality markets like Mercado Biológico do Principe Real and Mercado 31 Janeiro. They typically buy coffee from local roasters like RoastBerry Coffee Lab (see below).

It goes without saying that the cafe’s namesake dairy product is also local. The duo uses fresh milk both in crafting coffee and baking delectable pastries.

Chocolate Chip Cookie at Milkees in Lisbon
A visit to Milkees without a cookie would be incomplete. Pictured here is the cafe’s dark chocolate chip version.

The Milkees menu never disappoints us whether we eat tomato pesto sandwiches, hummus with pita or squash soup with gorgonzola. However, Erthal’s cookies are easily the cafe’s main attraction. The Michelin-trained chef loads his cookies with big chocolate chips and sprinkles them with fleur de sel flakes.

Milkees is our local favorite when we want to work in a friendly environment. We enjoy the cafe’s excellent coffee, satisfying food and attentive service. Plus, we count the cafe’s chocolate chip cookies among the best desserts in Portugal.

Pro Tip
Order a cookie to go with your coffee. The flavor is up to you.

Milkees is located at Rua Filipe Folque 7B, 1050-110 Lisboa, Portugal. In 2022, the cafe opened its second location in nearby Cascais.

2. Olisipo Coffee Roasters

Watching the Coffee at Olisipo Coffee Roasters in Lisbon
Antony Watson learned the ins and out of coffee roasting in England before opening Olisipo Coffee Roasters in Lisbon. To this day, he considers coffee to be his teacher.

“For The Love of Coffee”

Olisipo would top our list of Lisbon cafes except for one issue – the specialty roastery operates as a cafe for just eight hours each week. But that’s okay. The limited schedule just means that coffee geeks need to plan their Friday or Saturday afternoons around a coffee break in Lisbon’s Ajuda neighborhood.

Anthony Watson and Sofia Gonçalves opened Olisipo in 2018 inspired by their joint love of coffee. Committed to both the local Lisbon neighborhood and the ‘neighborhood’ of coffee drinkers, the duo has created a cozy space where coffee enthusiasts are warmly welcomed.

Espresso at Olisipo Coffee Roasters in Lisbon
Coffee reigns supreme at Olisipo Coffee Roasters. Owners Anthony Watson and Sofia Gonçalves prepare each espresso shot to order on Saturday afternoons.

Watson traveled the world, an adventure that included a homestay at an Ethiopian coffee farm, before relocating from London with Gonçalves. Striking photos from his journey adorn Olisipo’s walls.

When you visit Olisipo, expect to drink coffee made with single-origin beans sourced from South American countries like Brazil, Honduras and Peru as well as Eastern hemisphere countries like Burundi and Ethiopia. Housemade cold brew goes down extra easy on hot summer Saturdays.

Olisipo Coffee Bean Bags in Lisbon
We can’t choose a favorite coffee at Olisipo Coffee Roasters.

Although Olisipo’s location is off the Lisbon tourist trail, coffee fans can easily walk up the hill from Alcântra or take an Uber. The reward for this small effort is what we consider to be the best coffee in Lisbon.

Beyond coffee, Olisipo serves tea and beer. Those who enjoy both coffee and beer can kill two birds with one stone by drinking A.M.O. beer brewed with Olisipo coffee.

Pro Tip
Stock up on coffee beans when you visit Olisipo Coffee Roasters. You can vicariously travel the world at home with your personal bean bounty.

Olisipo Coffee Roasters is located at Rua do Cruzeiro 84, 1300-167 Lisboa, Portugal.

3. Buna Specialty Coffee Shop

Barista at Buna in Lisbon
Originally from Vilnius, Ieva Brenciute crafts coffee drinks at Buna with a friendly precision.

When it comes to locations, Buna Specialty Coffee Shop has found its happy place. The popular cafe moved to a charming Rua São Bento corner in Lisbon’s Santos neighborhood in December of 2021. Details like a vintage cash register and old school record player bring the charm inside.

Although the location is relatively new, it feels right with its tiled floor and shelves filled with coffee and coffee equipment. The cosy interior has a few tables; however, the outside space is a game changer with a handful of small tables offering plenty of room for both dogs and strollers.

Preparing Filtered Coffee at Buna in Lisbon
Details are important at Buna where both coffee and people matter.

As was always the case at Buna, regardless of its location, this is a cafe that cares about both coffee and people. No longer limited to one bean provider, the cafe sources its house blend from Stockholm’s Drop Coffee Roasters and curates a rotating roster of guest roasters like Rotterdam’s Manhattan Coffee Roasters and Dublin’s Sumo Coffee Roasters.

At the end of the day, it’s the team at Buna that makes the cafe special.

Sergio Godinho, one of the cafe’s owners, took time to chat with us during our most recent visit as he seems to do with everybody who steps through the door. The Portuguese investment banker lived in New York before returning to Lisbon where he subsequently discovered a passion for specialty coffee.

Coffe at Buna in Lisbon
We were full of energy after imbibing these caffeinated coffee drinks at Buna.

Buna’s coffee menu follows the specialty coffee playbook with a few extras like espresso tonic and Japanese iced V60 options. We tried the latter during our most recent visit and found the chilled coffee to have delightfully bright, fruity flavors. As a contrast, we tasted Buna’s batch brew made with El Salvadoran beans, which was more savory and vegetal. We liked them both.

Buna has non-coffee options as well as a small food menu featuring croissants, granola bowls and a few different sandwiches. In other words, there’s something for almost everyone at this Lisbon cafe.

Pro Tip
Don’t schlep your laptop if you want to sit inside Buna while you sip your coffee. It’s a laptop-free zone.

Buna Specialty Coffee Shop is located at Rua do Poço dos Negros 168, 1200-267 Lisboa, Portugal.

4. Baobá Café

Barista at Baoba in Lisbon
Carina Esteves, Baobá Café’s Head Barista and Roaster, crafted our flat whites with artistic precision.

Baobá Café takes coffee roasting to the next level

Open in Lisbon since September of 2021, this Lisbon cafe roasts beans on site in Cais do Sodre. It’s not the only Lisbon cafe that roasts its own beans, but these beans are unique. They’re exclusively grown on Baobá’s own coffee farms located in the São Sebastião da Grama region of São Paulo, Brazil.

If there’s a better of example of bean to cup specialty coffee, we have yet to find it.

Roaster at Baoba Cafe in Lisbon
Baoba Cafe’s coffee roasting machine processes dozens of kilos of beans each week for the Lisbon cafe and its customers..

Mostly, though, we’re glad that we found this café, upon a reader recommendation, which was hiding in plain sight. However, don’t think that this Lisbon cafe is a hidden gem. It was bustling during our initial mid-week visit and has recently extended its hours to meet customer demand for lightly its roasted coffee served in a variety of ways.

These ways include typical flat whites and cappuccinos as well as filtered coffees brewed with V60, Chemex, Clever and Koar extraction tools. They also include a range of chilled nitro coffee drinks, affogatos with ice cream and a few different coffee cocktails.

Check out our Espresso Martini and Irish Coffee cocktail recipes if you’re a fan of coffee cocktails.

Flat White at Baoba in Lisbon
Brewed with beans grown on Baobá’s Brazilian farm and roasted in Baobá’s Lisbon cafe, this flat white provided the caffeine jolt that we crave each and every morning.

We opted to drink flat whites during our first visit. Adding a Mista Toasta turned our coffee break into a lunch break. And, since we were so comfortable in the cafe, we ended up ordering a second round of cappuccinos. Needless to say, that first visit won’t be our last.

During our next visit, we may choose to order Pão de Qeuijo (cheese bread) and Brigadeiro chocolate balls in a nod to Baobá’s Brazilian heritage. Or maybe we’ll order avocado toast or a croissant instead. Either way, we’ll definitely be ordering two flat whites with a side of free internet when that visit happens.

Pro Tip
Sign up for a one-hour cupping session if you’re looking to take your specialty coffee knowledge to the next level.

Baobá Café is located at Rua de São Paulo 256 a 258, 1200-430 Lisboa, Portugal. Expansion plans include three additional Lisbon cafes in the near future.

5. RoastBerry Coffee Lab

Roastberry Barist in Lisbon
Andrei Shelomentsev artfully brewed this flat white for us at Lisbon’s RoastBerry Coffee Lab.

We hightailed it to RoastBerry Coffee Lab after hearing about the Alcântara cafe from a Lisbon barista of Russian descent. Apparently, Russians love specialty coffee and own several shops in Lisbon. Who knew?

Open since November 2019, RoastBerry Coffee Lab has quickly developed a reputation due to its serious approach to roasting and brewing quality beans as well as for its clever roster of chilled drinks. Many of these drinks combine cold brew with exotic ingredients like condensed coconut milk and lemongrass.

Zesty Brew Tonic at Roastberry in Lisbon
Why drink a plain cold brew when you can drink one flavored with tonic and thyme?

After drinking a ‘barista edition’ flat white crafted with Colombian geisha beans and a ‘Thai dispatch’ cold brew, we were hooked. We later returned with our laptops in tow and tried more drinks.

Beyond specialty coffee and despite its name, RoastBerry Coffee Lab serves an extensive selection of specialty tea and a small but mighty brunch menu. Maybe it should be called RoastBerry Lab instead.

Pro Tip
Pair your coffee with homemade dessert. Options include tempting treats like layered chocolate crêpe cake and red velvet cupcakes.

RoastBerry Coffee Lab is located at Rua Professor Machado Macedo bloco D shop B, 1300-611 Lisbon, Portugal.

6. Thank You Mama Café

Inside Thank You Mama in Lisbon
Thank You Mama Café feels like it’s been open for ages in the Anjos neighborhood. Instead, it opened in 2020. Its orange color theme is intended to inspire bravery.

Thank You Mama Café is a coffee shop with benefits. Those benefits are bagels and babka. Anna Santos, a former partner at Buna Specialty Coffee Shop (see above), opened this coffee shop in Anjos in September of 2020.

A creature of habit, Santos sources the cafe’s beans from Barcelona-based Nomad just like she did at Buna. After working as a barista in Portland, she selected the Spanish roaster over local options based on her respect for the beans and her preference for filtered coffee.

Bagel and Lox Sandwich at Thank You Momma Cafe in Lisbon
We’d thank our mamas if they served us bagels filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese, pickled onion and cucumber slices. Instead, we thanked ourselves for purchasing this one at Thank You Mama.

Though Thank You Mama has only been open since September of 2021, the cafe has become a destination for neighborhood locals who appreciate good coffee and quality bagels. It’s also a popular spot for pet people who enjoy interacting with the staff’s boisterous dogs.

We fit into the first two categories since we like bagels as much as we like coffee. While we’ve had no problem finding good coffee in Lisbon, finding decent bagels has proven to be more of a challenge. Baked on the cafe’s premises, these bagels are the best we’ve found. Toppings like house-cured salmon and hummus take them to the next level.

Barista at Thank You Mama in Lisbon
Originally from the UK, Albert Dean crafted our flat whites with a design that he likened to the Azores.

While the cafe currently has an admirable coffee program and those aforementioned bagels which we love, we’re curious to see where Thank You Mama goes in the future.

Right now, the cafe has a handful of tables plus a long counter with stools plus a few racks of locally produced clothing. However, there’s a big space in the back that currently acts as a blank canvas. Will it be used for coffee tastings and cuppings, brunch seating or more clothes? Only time will tell.

Pro Tip
Arrive early if you want to score a table.

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


7. Shakar

Shakar Owners in Lisbon
Shakar’s owners Faysil Al-Shakarchi and Malin Marsell inspire others through their mutual love for specialty coffee.

Every time we think we’ve been to the best coffee shops in Lisbon, we find another cafe that demands our attention. Such was the case when Lisbon man-about-town Rishav Verma casually asked us if we’d been to Shakar yet. Our answer of “no” changed to “yes” that very day. After all, we were just a short walk down Rua São Sebastião da Pedreira from the new-to-us Lisbon cafe.

Open since June of 2021, Shakar, one of Lisbon’s newest independent coffee shops, also serves brunch. Since it doesn’t roast its own beans yet, this Lisbon cafe currently sources quality beans from RoastBerry Coffee Lab (see above).

Pro Tip
Don’t skip the brunch menu at Shakar. It’s one of the best in Lisbon.

Flat White at Shakar in Lisbon
Crafted with Ethiopian beans, this flat white pleased us with its bright flavors and fanciful latte art.

Shakar’s owners, Faysil Al-Shakarchi and Malin Marsell, are as passionate about specialty coffee as we are. Their coffee program is tight with all of the typical options as well as extras like salted caramel lattes, espresso tonics and iced matcha.

While we can’t yet comment on Shakar’s specialty beverages, we can confidently say that the cafe’s flat whites are among the best we’ve imbibed in Lisbon. And, since we enjoy food and coffee with all five senses, we appreciate that the latte art is great. Pretty designs on excellent flat whites don’t hurt. They don’t hurt at all.

Pro Tip
Request an extra espresso shot if you need an energy jolt.

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

8. The Mill

Barista at The Mill in Lisbon
Reuben Miller crafts excellent flat whites at The Mill on the edge of hilly Bairro Alto. The native Australian personally roasts coffee beans at nearby Flor da Selva to meet the cafe’s high coffee standards.

We discovered The Mill in the spring of 2018 and have since returned dozens of times thanks to the popular cafe’s excellent coffee, tasty food and friendly service. In fact, The Mill is a go-to location during the winter when fewer tourists jam the cafe on a daily basis.

Opened by Aussies who relocated to Lisbon, The Mill blends Australian cafe fare like avocado toast with Portuguese ingredients like piri-piri peppers. Menu options include toasties, bowls and eggs as well as bigger brunch plates.

Cappuccino at The Mill in Lisbon
Crowds flock to enjoy The Mill’s Australian-inspired menu and crafted coffee drinks.

With its fair prices and chill vibe, The Mill is often crowded from early morning until it closes in the late afternoon. If you have time, linger with a glass of wine or piece of cake. However, if you’re planning to do a bit of work, be aware that computers are only permitted at the cafe’s long communal table.

Pro Tip
Purchase a bag of freshly roasted Arabica beans to prepare in your apartment or to take home as an edible Lisbon souvenir

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

9. Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood Lisbon in Lisbon
Neighbourhood provides a caffeinated respite from the city’s many hills.

A relatively new entrant to the Lisbon specialty coffee scene, Neighbourhood opened shop in September 2019. This Santos cafe adds an exciting element to the mix with its proper ristretto shots and Australian sensibility.

Owner Ricky Foran shared with us that his baristas are not exactly coffee nerds but rather brew what they like. After tasting Neighbourhood’s smooth, rich style of cappuccino, we like what they like.

Lisbon Cafe - Flat White at Neighborhood Lisbon
This flat white featured a ‘properly pulled’ shot at Neighborhood.

This Lisbon cafe uses beans sourced from London’s The Roasting Party for its espresso-based drinks. Check at the cafe for filtered bean options.

Pro Tip
Take a short walk to Gelato Daverro after you drink coffee at Neighbourhood. This gelateria serves some of the best ice cream in Lisbon.

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

10. Hello, Kristof

Barista at Hello Kristof in Lisbon
Ricardo Galésio modeled Hello, Kristof on cafes he visited during his travels.

The name Hello, Kristof is ironic considering that the Portuguese owner’s first name is Ricardo. Shouldn’t this Lisbon cafe be called Hola, Ricardo instead?

However, there’s nothing ironic about the intimate cafe inspired by its Scandinavian brethren. The design is minimalist, the space is cozy and the coffee is impeccably crafted to order.

Cappuccino at Hello Kristof in Lisbon
Sitting at Hello, Kristof’s front table always gives us an excuse to put our laptops away and focus on the coffee.

Irony aside, Ricardo Galésio designed his version of the ideal cafe when he opened Hello, Kristof in 2016. The small room features a long communal table as well as a few small tables where people can chat or read magazines that line the cafe’s back wall. One table bans laptops, but computers are allowed at others.

As for coffee, Galésio sources beans from top European roasters. He was serving London’s Kiss the Hippo for espresso drinks and Denmark’s La Cabra during our most recent visit.

Pro Tip
Not in the mood for coffee? Order a refreshing iced tea flavored with a cinnamon stick and lemon instead.

Hello, Kristof is located at Rua do Poço dos Negros 103, 1200-337 Lisboa, Portugal.

11. Bloom Coffee Room

Flat White Prep at Bloom Coffee Room in Lisbon
Nikita Pirogov crafted our flat whites with precision at Bloom Coffee Room.

Proving that there’s no such thing as too many specialty coffee shops in Lisbon, Bloom Coffee Room quickly made its mark after opening in November 2019. But what makes this cafe different from the pack?

First and foremost, owner Nikita Pirokgov brings a refreshing enthusiasm that exudes both from his words and his actions. He crafts each coffee using modern techniques and the best available beans. Plus, he’s an engaging conversationalist.

Flat White at Bloom Coffee Room in Lisbon
Here’s the finished product – a text book flat white that tasted as good as it looks.

That leads us to the second differentiator. Unlike most Lisbon coffee shops, Bloom independently sources its beans from top European roasters. During our last visit, we spotted bags from Berlin’s Fjord Coffee Roasters and The Barn as well as Lisbon’s WOW Coffee Roasters.

Pro Tip
Choose your coffee from four categories – black, white, hot and cold. Or just order a flat white. That’s what we did.

Bloom Coffee Room has relocated to Rua de São Bento 51, 1200-815 Lisboa, Portugal.

12. Fábrica Coffee Roasters

Barista at Fabrica in Lisbon. jpg
Marianna Dilda crafted our Fábrica coffees with finesse and style.

Open since 2015, Fábrica Coffee Roasters has been serving some of the best coffee in Lisbon since the roastery opened its first cafe in the Avenida neighborhood. Fast forward and Fábrica now has multipe cafes in Lisbon plus a location up north in Porto.

Both Lisbon cafes have an urban, funky vibe that reminds us of spots we’ve frequented in cities like Portland and Cape Town. The coffee is comparable as well. Fábrica serves a variety of options for lovers of both espresso-based drinks and pour overs.

Cappuccino at Fabrica in Lisbon
Our cappuccino blended into the table’s design at Fábrica. Can you find it?

In addition to freshly roasted coffee available in cups or by the bag, Fábrica sells light cafe fare and baked goods like pasteis de natas and chocolate brownies. Coffee fans can often smell beans roasting in the back of the cafe.

We’d probably frequent Fábrica more often if its Lisbon cafes offered free internet. Instead, we stop at Fábrica when we need a coffee break when we’re doing errands in Chiado. The service is friendly, and the shop provides a comfortable respite from Lisbon’s touristic hordes.

Pro Tip
Leave your laptop at your hotel or apartment. Fábrica does NOT provide internet to its customers.

Fabrica Coffee Shop has multiple locations in Lisbon and Porto.

13. Copenhagen Coffee Lab and Bakery

Cappuccino at Copenhagen Coffee Lab in Lisbon
Copenhagen Coffee Lab originated in Denmark but now has several Lisbon locations. Pictured here is a cappuccino that we drank at the Santa Clara location in Lisbon.

Danish-based Copenhagen Coffee Lab opened its first Lisbon coffee shop in 2015. Considering that Scandinavians consume more coffee than any other people around the world, it’s no surprise that this Nordic coffee shop is a leader in Lisbon’s third wave movement.

Popular with Lisbon digital nomads, Copenhagen Coffee Lab roasts its beans in Denmark and serves them in a variety of espresso-based drinks and pour overs in its original Principe Real location as well as in newer cafes located in neighborhoods like Alcântra, Alfama, Cais de Sodré and Santa Clara. Offerings beyond coffee include sandwiches, salads and Copenhagen-style pastries.

Discover our favorite Copenhagen bakeries.

Cinnamon Bun at Copenhagen
The cinnamon buns at Copenhagen provide a taste of Denmark in Lisbon.

We recommend pairing your coffee with a cinnamon bun. This pastry rarely disappoints in Scandinavia as we personally discovered in Finland, Norway and Sweden. Before you leave, buy a loaf of homemade sourdough or dark rye bread to enjoy later.

Pro Tip
Weather permitting, take the 28 tram to Copenhagen’s Alfama location and enjoy a cappuccino or flat white in the cafe’s spacious outdoor patio.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab and Bakery has multiple locations in Lisbon as well as in cities like Copenhagen, Düsseldorf and Duisburg.

14. Malabarista Café

Owners at Malabarista Cafe in Lisbon
Jadwiga Thun and Ricardo Rabello are all smiles at Malabarista, their specialty coffee shop in Lisbon’s Anjos neighborhood.

Partners in life and business, Ricardo Rabello and Jadwiga Thun opened Malabarista Cafe in 2020 after working at various Lisbon cafes and coffee shops. This prior experience enabled them open their Anjos storefront during a global pandemic and, more importantly, serve great coffee.

We discovered the shop soon after it opened thanks to a recommendation from the team at Milkees. Once we realized that Malabarista was just a short tram ride from our apartment and that the cafe was serving Olisipo coffee, our visit was inevitable.

Flat White at Malabarista Cafe in Lisbon
Malabarista Café is a great Lisbon spot for chilling with coffee or, in our case, flat whites.

Rabello and Thun use relationships developed over time to select local products for their shop. In addition to sourcing some of the cafe’s beans from Olisipo, the duo gets bread from Simpli and stromboli pizza rolls from Tozzi Forneria Moderna. Other tasty items on offer at Malabarista include cake, pastries and toast.

Pro Tip
Don’t hesitate to eat at Malabarista if you’re a Vegan. Food options are both Vegan and non-Vegan.

Malabarista Café is located at Rua Maria 66B, 1170-202 Lisboa, Portugal.

15. Cafe Dede’s

Lisbon Cafe - Flat White at Dede's at the Gladstone
We drank this flat white with a Pão de Queijo at the newer Dede’s cafe located just south of Jardim da Estrella in Príncipe Real.

Cafe Dede’s became a favorite Lapa neighborhood brunch spot when we stayed at a nearby apartment in 2018. Reminiscent of Australian cafes, this Lisbon cafe serves exciting global cuisine and specialty coffee in a friendly, comfortable setting.

Banana Bread at Dedes at The Gladstone in Lisbon
Banana bread goes well with coffee. Just saying.

Married owners Agne “Dede” Costa and Rhi Pulford run the cafe with a passion for local, seasonal ingredients. Dede cooks specialties like Okonomiyaki and Berry Pancakes while Pulford runs the front of the house with precision. They procure beans from Porto’s 7g Roaster and serve their flat whites and cappuccinos with small sweet treats – a welcome extra touch.

Pro Tip
Follow Cafe Dede’s Instagram account for a daily dose of coffee inspiration

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

16. Simpli

Barista at Simpli in Lisbon
Musa Magwaza takes coffee seriously. Originally from South Africa, the friendly barista crafts each coffee with precision and care.

Off the tourist track in the business district just off Marques de Pombal, this Lisbon cafe offers a comfortable space to drink coffee and work. While the epic statue in the nearby square celebrates the man who helmed the city’s rebirth after the devastating 18th-century earthquake, Simpli celebrates good coffee for everybody six days a week.

Flat White at Simpli in Lisbon
Baristas at Simpli serve each coffee on a wooden plank with a shot of water.

Drinking coffee at Simpli is a full sensory experience starting with the taste of house-roasted specialty beans sourced from Central and South America as well as Africa. Sounds of music stream through the comfortable space and scents of roasting beans often waft from the back of the cafe. A friendly crew of international coffee professionals completes the experience.

Beyond Simpli’s coffee, the cafe serves a food menu that includes pastries, excellent house-baked bread and a rotating lunch menu with items like soup, focaccia, sandwiches and Portuguese dishes. This Lisbon coffee shop also sells bags of roasted beans, both whole and ground to order.

Pro Tip
Come for the coffee but stay for the food. The cafe offers a wide variety of hot and cold lunch specials at affordable prices.

Simpli Bakery & Coffee has multiple locations. The original location is located at Rua Braamcamp 64, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal.

17. Selva

Brunch at Cafe de Finca in Lisbon
In addition to its specialty coffee selection, Selva’s menu is filled with healthy food options.

Proving that the Lisbon coffee scene is constantly changing, popular Cafe de Finca changed ownership in 2019 and is now called Selva. Despite these changes, co-owner Marek Bronstring has assured us that Selva’s trio of new owners is committed to serving quality specialty coffee at the cosy two-story Alcântara cafe.

Although the new owners have replaced the previous Barcelona roaster with beans locally roasted at Olisipo Coffee Roasters (see above), baristas continue to craft flat whites and cappuccinos as well as prepare pour overs using AeroPess, Chemex and V60 devices. In terms of food, the menu features fresh, healthy options like smoothie bowls and toasties.

Pro Tip
Selva is a good option to consider if you’re close to or in the Alcântara area.

Selva is located at Rua Luís de Camões 112 A, 1300-361 Lisboa, Portugal.

18. COMOBA

Coffee and Cake at Comoba in Lisbon
We paired our cappuccinos with a slice of this gorgeous red velvet cake at COMOBA.

Located near the popular Time Out Market and across the street from Baobá Café (see above), COMOBA is a stylish cafe that serves a healthy menu in addition to a selection of specialty coffee and pastries. This Lisbon cafe sources local ingredients and serves Outpost coffee beans from London.

Despite being situated in a historic building, COMOBA offers a modern menu filled with items appropriate for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diners. Think chia porridge and smoothies as well as fish tacos and breakfast burritos. For us though, COMOBA’s main draw is its specialty coffee program and cake, both ideal for a mid-afternoon break after touring around Lisbon.

Pro Tip
COMOBA provides an excellent launching spot since it’s convenient to Lisbon’s Cais de Sodre metro station.

COMOBA is located at Rua de S. Paulo 99, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal.

19. Dear Breakfast

Iced Latte Next to Flowers and Candle at Dear Breakfast in Lisbon
Coffees at Dear Breakfast look as good as they taste. Pictured here is an iced latte garnished with a sprig of mint.

Dear Breakfast lives us to its name with a menu filled with a variety of breakfast items including all manner of eggs plus smoothies, pancakes, croissants and yogurt parfait. Not just available in the morning, breakfast is served all day, every day at this Lisbon cafe.

Although Chef Raquel Patronilho takes breakfast seriously, Dear Breakfast retains a sense of whimsy with its clean design aesthetic and added elements like candles and fresh flowers. Open since 2017 in Sao Bento, the cafe’s windows open to one of Lisbon’s many cobblestone sidewalks.

Pink Latte at Dear Breakfast in Lisbon
This pink latte gets its color from beetroot juice. Other ingredients include ginger, honey and milk

Coffee doesn’t take a back seat at Dear Breakfast. The cafe serves drinks like cappuccinos and lattes with the option of ordering a pink version of the latter.

Not to be confused with a standard latte, Dear Breakfast’s caffeine-free pink latte’s primary ingredient is beetroot juice. The taste is familiar yet unique with a hint of minerality.

Pro Tip
Order a pink latte. You know you want to give it a try. Just be sure to snap a photo before you take a sip.

Dear Breakfast has multiple Lisbon locations.

20. Give It a Shot

Espresso Machine at Give It a Shot in Lisbon
Give It a Shot’s baristas brew coffee with the cafe’s gleaming blue La Marzocco espresso machine.

Give It a Shot lives a double life in a spacious spot located near the Time Out Market.

At first glance, it’s a ‘pop up’ style workspace with numerous tables where digital nomads can work on their laptops. However, a deeper look reveals a a menu featuring crafted espresso drinks and filtered pour overs as well as artisan breads, toasties, snacks and desserts.

Flat White at Give It a Shot in Lisbon
Give It a Shot is proof that specialty coffee is easy to find in Lisbon if you keep your eyes open.

During our initial impromptu visit, Give It a Shot featured beans sourced from Sweden’s Morgon Coffee Roasters. More recent roasters include Portugal Kōyō Specialty Coffees and Spain’s Kima Coffee.

Since a friendly barista crafted our flat whites with care and served them with panache, we’ll likely order flat whites again unless we’re in the mood for pour overs. Next time, however, we’re definitely bringing our laptops.

Pro Tip
Order a flight experience if you want to try four different single origin preparations during one visit.

Give It a Shot is located at Rua Dom Luís I 22, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal.

21. The Royal Rawness

Royal Rawness in Lisbon
The Royal Rawness’ original airy space was a worthy destination in the up-and-coming Marvila neighborhood.

The aroma of freshly roasted coffee flows through the air at The Royal Rawness. Not only do baristas prepare coffee with the Lisbon cafe’s gleaming La Marzocco machine, but employees roast coffee beans sourced from South America, Asia and Africa at the rear of the cafe.

Located in Lisbon’s rapidly gentrifying Marvila neighborhood since early 2019, the original cafe had an airy vibe and space where people to worked, at and drank coffee. A long wooden table filled the center of the room, offering a communal space for those looking to mingle with old or new friends.

The Royal Rawness’ current space is smaller and not conducive to lingering over coffee. However, it’s still a good spot to pick up freshly roasted beans in Marvila.

Pro Tip
Explore Marvila before or after you get your coffee on at The Royal Rawness. The neighborhood is filled with surprises including one of Lisbon’s best pizzerias and excellent craft breweries. FYI – you can easily travel to Marvila by bus.

The Royal Rawness is located at Av. Mar. Gomes da Costa 19 1950, 1800-255 Lisboa, Portugal.

Additional Lisbon Cafes

Flat Whites at Baoba in Lisbon
You’re rarely far from good coffee in Lisbon. We drank these flat whites at Baobá.

As you explore Lisbon, keep your eyes peeled for even more coffee spots. Here are several cafes to consider as you traverse the city:

Bonus Pick – Bettina & Niccolò Corallo

Chocolate Drink at Bettina and Niccolo Corallo in Lisbon
Bettina & Niccolò Corallo serves both chocolate and coffee. Pictured here is a cup of the cafe’s bubbly hot chocolate.

Sometimes we’re thirsty but not in the mood for coffee. It’s rare but it happens. For times like those, Bettina & Niccolò Corallo offers a hot chocolate option that makes us swoon.

Chocolate lovers don’t have to drink their passion at Bettina & Niccolò Corallo. They can also eat bars, brownies and sorbet made with chocolate produced at the family’s estate located in Africa’s São Tomé and Príncipe.

Pro Tip
Coffee addicts can order espresso drinks at Bettina & Niccolò Corallo.

Bettina & Niccolò Corallo is located at Rua da Escola Politécnica 4, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal.

Plan Your Lisbon Trip

Flat White in Blue Mug at RoastBerry Coffee Lab in Lisbon
Whether you stay at a hotel or apartment, we recommend starting your Lisbon morning with a quality flat white like the ones served at RoastBerry Coffee Lab.

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Marta Martins

Sunday 1st of May 2022

Hi! Just came across this article and I must recommend Baobá, just across the street from Comoba. I work in Cais do Sodré so I go there often, it's amazing! I'd also love to get to know you guys! Maybe we can meet for a coffee sometime?! Congratulations on your work!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Monday 2nd of May 2022

Thanks for the tip! We'll check out Baobá this week. Also, send us a private message about meeting up for coffee.

CAITLIN HAGAR

Saturday 25th of July 2020

How many of these cafes offer milk substitutes?

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Monday 3rd of August 2020

Lisbon specialty coffee shops typically offer milk substitutes like oat milk.

ted

Sunday 24th of November 2019

hey there. i just came across your choice of cape town coffee shops by chance, as i live in cape town. i then saw a link for lisbon and was surprised to see you also live there. i was in lisbon among other european cities this summer, and i was surprised to see so many coffee places listed on your page because i found exactly one, comoba. after years of searching for specialty coffee places, i though i knew all the tricks, but lisbon eluded me. i tried and tried but couldn't find anything. no google searches helped me either. well, next time i'll know to check your site. ted

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Monday 25th of November 2019

Ted - It sounds like you're as obsessed with specialty coffee as we are! Lisbon is rapidly evolving in a good way in terms of specialty coffee so watch our site for updates as cafes open and/or close.