Our Ultimate Guide To The Best Breakfast In Lisbon

This blog post was originally posted on November 7, 2018 and was updated on October 16, 2020. 

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

When it comes to breakfast, the Portuguese do it right.

Until the last couple of years, the best breakfast in Lisbon generally consisted of the simple trifecta of 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. No matter which option you choose, you’re sure to start your day off on a delicious note.

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.

Guide to the best breakfast in Lisbon

What to drink while having breakfast in Lisbon

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 most 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).

READ MORE: How to Order Coffee in Portugal Like a Local

Where to find the best breakfast in Lisbon

1. Pastelaria Batalha

It wouldn’t be the best breakfast in Lisbon without pastéis de nata. Luckily, 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 make pastéis de nata at home (and who doesn’t?), Pastelaria Batalha hosts a workshop class available in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

Pastéis de nata, Portuguese custard tarts, in Lisbon.
Delicious custard tarts make for an amazing breakfast food. Photo credit: cegoh

2. Maria Limão Brunches, Crepes, e Limonadas

Compared to the centuries-old pastry shops and cafes throughout the city, relative newcomer Maria Limão is a toddler in Lisbon’s breakfast scene. But the bright, cheery café in Graça—which started as a lemonade cart at one of Lisbon’s many miradouros—is quickly giving the age-old standbys a run for their money.

The cafe is designed entirely around its famous lemonades, and they have a few different kinds made with several delicious fruits. But their breakfast and brunch options are the unexpected show-stealers here. Their homemade crepes (with your choice of sweet or savory toppings) are just the beginning, and their poffertjes (Dutch-style mini pancakes) make for a perfectly delicious—and Instagrammable—start to your day.

The menu includes gluten-free and vegetarian options, which we love—and 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.

Miniature pancakes (Poffertjes)
We’re obsessed with the tiny and delicious poffertjes at Maria Limão. Photo credit: Mira Pangkey

3. Pastelaria Alfama Doce

Next up, we have the hidden gem that is Pastelaria Alfama Doce (Rua da Regueira, 39) tucked away in Alfama‘s maze of alleyways.

Don’t be deterred by its small and unassuming facade, or the group of local regulars milling about by the entrance. Inside, you’ll find a traditional Portuguese café with a glass-covered counter filled with mouthwatering pastries and bread.

Not sure what you’re looking at? The Portuguese love their pastries but don’t always label them, so feel free to ask the staff for help.

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 right after savoring the last delicious crumb.

Custard tarts, croissant sandwich and coffee at Confeitaria Nacional in Lisbon
Whether for breakfast, afternoon tea or anything in between, a trip to Confeitaria Nacional—one of Lisbon’s most emblematic cafes—is essential.

5. Early Birds Lisbon

Ironically, Early Birds Lisbon is not only a place for early risers because it’s open well into the afternoon from Wednesday through Sunday.

Avocado toast, banana bread, French toast, and three fantastic brunch options are just a few of the many treats on the menu. It’s also a great place for families, with a special kids’ menu (what kid wouldn’t want to order the “Peppa Pig set”?) and a play corner for the little ones.

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, and we’re here for it.

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!

5 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

      Hey Concerned Tourist, since this is all speculation anyways we’ve removed the comment.

  3. Catherine efford says
    November 4, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Hi I’m on a cruise that will be in Lisbon on Sunday;. I know you are not working that day however, do you have walking tour guide that you can share?

    1. Devour Tours says
      November 5, 2021 at 2:50 pm

      Hi there! One of the guides we work with, Rita, offers her own tours on a freelance basis. You can get in touch with her at [email protected] 🙂

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