Our Ultimate Guide To The Best Breakfast In Lisbon

The best breakfast in Lisbon isn’t particularly flashy, but it’s incredibly comforting and undeniably delicious.

When it comes to breakfast, the Portuguese do it right. Until the last couple of years, the best breakfast in Lisbon included coffee, orange juice, and a baked good, like toasted bread or a pastry. Now, it’s normal for locals to shake up their first meal of the day with extras like granola, muesli, pancakes, and/or fruit with yogurt. The following are a few different places where you can enjoy a wonderful breakfast in Lisbon and tips on what to order when you get there.

Before exploring Portugal's capital and all its must-see sights, you'll need breakfast! One of our favorite things to do in Lisbon is to start the morning in a cozy cafe with plenty of great food and coffee, people watching and dreaming up inspiration for the day ahead. This guide to the best breakfast in Lisbon is required reading for foodies ready to start their Portuguese culinary adventures first thing in the morning! #firstmealoftheday #breakfast

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Just a quick tip: coffee is practically a must with breakfast (but tea or juice is okay too). During the day, you’ll see the locals sitting at a terrace or a café counter and sipping a black espresso (café). Breakfast, however, is when they’re likely to drink coffee with milk. The two popular combinations are a galão (espresso in a tall glass that’s filled with hot, foamed milk) or a meia de leite (served in a smaller glass with equal portions of coffee and milk).

1. Pastelaria Batalha

It wouldn’t be the best breakfast in Lisbon without pastéis de nata. The breakfast and brunch combinations at Pastelaria Batalha both include Lisbon’s favorite pastry. This cozy spot adds a few twists to traditional Portuguese breakfast with options for practically everyone. We suggest trying the toasted ham & cheese sandwich (tosta mista), a croissant, or a bean tart (pastel de feijão) with your coffee for a classic way to start the day.

Local tip: If you want to learn how to recreate pastéis de nata, Pastelaria Batalha hosts a workshop class.

Got a sweet tooth? These Portuguese pastries will be one of your best options for breakfast in Lisbon.
Look at all of these delicious pastries!
Photo credit: Jon K. Bernhardsen

2. Maria Limão, Brunches, Crepes, e Limonadas

Maria Limão is a toddler in Lisbon’s breakfast scene but she’s quickly growing in popularity. The restaurant is designed around their lemonades, and they have a few different kinds, but their breakfast and brunch options are the show-stealers. Pancakes and crepes (with your choice of sweet or savory topping) are the beginning. The menu includes gluten-free and vegetarian options, which we love too—then there’s the view. Maria Limão is perched halfway up one of Lisbon’s hills, offering fantastic views of the Tagus River as you eat.

Sometimes the best breakfast in Lisbon is as simple as a cozy cup of coffee and a few of the city's famous custard tarts!
Is there anything better than a coffee and a pastel de nata?
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3. Pastelaria Alfama Doce

Finally, we have this hidden gem tucked in Alfama‘s maze of alleyways. Don’t be deterred from its small and unassuming facade or the group of regulars milling about the entrance. Inside is a traditional Portuguese café with a mouthwatering glass-covered counter filled with pastries and bread. Don’t know what you’re looking at? The Portuguese love their pastries but don’t always label, so feel free to ask the staff for help.

Address: Rua da Regueira 39

One of our picks for the best breakfast in Lisbon comes with a bonus: this amazing view of the iconic Alfama neighborhood.
Having breakfast in Alfama comes with an added perk: a great view!

4. Confeitaria Nacional

How do you like a side of history and charm with breakfast? Not only is Confeitaria Nacional one of the best spots in town for pastéis de nata, but it is also one of Lisbon’s oldest and most beautiful pastry shops. Visit during the week for a chance to sit down inside, and sink your teeth into a medley of Portuguese pastries. It is located in the bustling Praça da Figueira, so you’ll be ready to jump into sightseeing after savoring the last crumb.

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5. Early Birds Lisbon

Ironically, Early Birds Lisbon is not only the place for early risers because it’s open all day long from Tuesday through Sunday. Avocado toast, banana bread, french toast, and brunch are a few treats on the menu. On the kids’ menu are fun names like the Peppa Pig set. Early Birds Lisbon is also pet-friendly. Why not bring your fur baby and sit in their “secret garden” while enjoying a delicious breakfast?

The best breakfast in Lisbon isn't always traditional Portuguese fare (although that IS delicious). Sometimes, you just need to go for the french toast!
More places serving French Toast are appearing in Lisbon!

Start your day with a hearty, delicious traditional Portuguese breakfast when you join us on our Tastes & Traditions of Lisbon Tour. That’s just stop #1 on a morning full of gastronomic delights that will take you off the beaten path and into the cafes, shops, bars and restaurants locals know and love!

3 Comment

  1. Devour Tours says
    May 14, 2019 at 5:51 pm

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  2. August 19, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Under pay is better than no pay. Because of your comment, I’m sure many tourists is staying away from there and this place is losing business which means pay even less to employees or even losing their jobs.

    1. Devour Tours says
      August 20, 2019 at 7:19 am

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