Lisbon, Portugal is the known for its hilly, cobblestone streets, colorful buildings and tiled facades. It’s also a growing expat hotspot, as the city offers affordable living and pervasive English fluency. Compared to other European cities, Lisbon has also embraced a strong breakfast culture, offering a wide range of healthy, design-forward cafes for the discerning diner.
Wide windows welcome the Lisbon sunshine, helping this space feel larger than it is. A larger, communal table anchors the center of the room, while smaller tables sit along the left wall. They take their coffee seriously, and their small menu boasts fresh baked goods and lighter breakfast fare like granola and avocado toast. The magazines flanking the back wall are an Instagrammer’s delight, featuring current versions of Drift Magazine, Ambrosia Magazine, Kinfolk and more.
From the green, matcha pancakes with lemon curd to the wide ranges of plants and restored wood accents, this conservatory-themed cafe is right on-theme. Eatable flowers make a special appearance on menu items and they have some of the best smoothie bowls in the city. Even their bacon comes wrapped like a flower — it’s sure to make your daisy.
Admittedly, this is our favorite breakfast spot in town. It’s cavernous yet cozy. Pink lattes (made from beet juice) and marble tables will surely add class to your Insta. We hope you put your phone down long enough to tuck into their incredible eggs Benedict, which sheds the usual English muffin for brioche bread. It’s small but so damn tasty that you’ll be back for seconds.
Sweet meets savory at Heim Cafe. Like all of these on the list, expect a longer wait during breakfast times and weekends. The menu features expected breakfast items (like berry pancakes) to unexpected (savory baked beans and fried egg waffles). The portions are large, so factor in a post-feast nap to digest.