Like other capitals, Lisbon has become a city where great brunch spots abound. A bit like breakfast, a bit like lunch, a brunch is a meal with no time or day restrictions.
Whether you like to sleep in or simply go to a café in the late afternoon and pretend it’s your first meal of the day, Lisbon has something for everyone.
These are six of the best places for brunch in central Lisbon. We’ve arranged them alphabetically and put them on the map below, you decide which is your favourite.
Served all day, the brunch here is amidst flowers and plants, part of the place’s decor. Try the delicious pancakes, or avocado, mushroom and egg toast in rustic bread. There are also healthy bowls. Thaio has chicken curry, basmati rice and pomegranate; Raw Flora includes marinated mushrooms, carrot and zucchini noodles. Invariably crowded, you may have to wait to be seated, and there’s no pre-booking either: the one real downside if you don’t have much time to spend in Lisbon.
Rua da Esperança 33. Tue-Sun 9am-7pm (Sunday till 5pm).
With only a few tables, this small place serves brunches all day. Several toasts and sandwiches (salmon with cream cheese, veggie, or Portuguese-style, with prosciutto and cheese), scrambled or poached eggs with avocado and feta, or asparagus and prosciutto. Accompany with a sugar-free freshly-squeezed juice, a smoothie or some tea. The breakfast bowls are popular options here too.
Rua dos Fanqueiros 269. Tue-Sun 9am-8pm.
3. Gosta do Castelo
On your way to or from São Jorge Castle, you’ll be pleased to find Gosta do Castelo. Once a traditional Portuguese restaurant in pre-pandemic times, it now serves one the best brunches in Lisbon.
Try one of the four brunch menus (including one with a selection of bread, scrambled eggs, ham & cheese, fresh cheese, yoghurt and fresh fruit). You can also find pancakes served with peanut butter and banana, waffles with red fruit, as well as overnight oats with sliced strawberries and banana, healthy salads and vegetarian options.
Costa do Castelo 136 – 138. Tue-Sun 8.30am-5pm.
With two locations in Lisbon, the original one up the hill from Marquês de Pombal and a second one in Cais do Sodré, Leitaria serves homemade food. Ideal for a late breakfast or brunch, try the chocolate milk, a milkshake or a natural yoghurt, which you can customise by adding fruits or seeds.
Rua da Artilharia 1, 87A | Praça Dom Luis 30, 8 Building, Loja 10 (Tv. Carvalho 27/29). Daily, 7.30am-8pm.
5. The Mill
Half café half wine bar, this Australian-owned place serves coffee and the best Portuguese produce with a twist. Order a breakfast bowl or plate, an avocado toast with roasted cherry tomatoes, a fruit smoothie, and finish off with an espresso, a cappuccino or macchiato from La Marzocco, a top rank coffee machine.
Rua do Poço dos Negros 1. Daily, 8am-4pm.
Right in the midst of Chiado shopping, Tartine is a bakery but also a breakfast, brunch and lunch spot. The brunch menu is extensive, consisting of granola with organic yoghurt, assorted breads and croissants, pastries, butter, ham, cheese, and orange juice. You can have eggs Benedict for an extra cost. There are also salads and hot dishes.
Rua Serpa Pinto 15A. Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm.
Other Places for Brunch in Lisbon
If you can’t decide on which place to go, or find the one you’ve picked, chances are there’s a Padaria Portuguesa (Portuguese Bakery) just around the corner. If a proper brunch is not available in that particular shop, or on the day of the week (brunch is served only on weekends and holidays), you can at least eat a hefty breakfast here.