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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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!
Nina is an American-Portuguese travel writer who bounces between Madrid, Lisbon, and central Portugal. When she isn’t writing or adventuring, she likes to visit local restaurants and snack on as many Portuguese and Spanish treats as she can.