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Our Top 10 Favourite Coffee Spots in the Neighbourhood

Being situated at the heart of three of Lisbon’s most exciting and fashionable neighbourhoods means we have our pick of coffee spots when we need to get a quick shot of caffeine. Whether you head down the hill to Chiado, around the corner in Bairro Alto, or up the hill to Principe Real, you’ll have your pick of quaint cafes, kiosks, and old-time Pastelarias. Choose a classic Portuguese espresso (bica), a third wave pour over, a galão (basically a latte) or take your time over an Americano (abatanado) so you can indulge in our favourite pastime – people watching!  Whatever your poison, here (in no particular order) is our pick of the top 10 places to enjoy a cup of coffee, all just a short stroll from The Lumiares.  And of course if you fancy staying even closer to home you are always welcome  on our rooftop bar, Lumni, or at the Mercado Café on the ground floor which opens later this month…

© Inês Gonçalves. Courtesy of Claudio Corallo.

1. Claudio Corallo: Though just a jewel box of a shop, Claudio Corallo has been a staple in Lisbon for years. Do you like your coffee direct from the source? You won’t get much closer than Claudio Corallo, who grow their own coffee and cacao in São Tomé and Príncipe, in Central Africa. And definitely take them up on the free chocolate they offer with your cup of coffee (the fleur de sel is our favourite)!

2. Fabrica Coffee Roasters: Are you a fan of the third-wave coffee movement? There are just a few spots in Lisbon to enjoy this cult favourite. Head down the hill, to the Rua Das Flores, for freshly roasted coffee and an array of options from Pour Overs to Flat Whites.

3. Deli: New to the Principe Real neighbourhood and dressed in a a beautiful, bright modern interior, but still bursting with authentic Portuguese energy, Deli is a great place to chill out over a bica or cappuccino.  Watch the world go by from a spot by the window or from one of their benches outside.

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4. Pink Kiosk in the Jardim do Principe Real: we won’t let you leave Lisbon without trying out one of the many kiosks! One of our favourites is the pink kiosk, in the verdant garden in the centre of Principe Real. Relax at one of the outdoor tables and watch the neighborhood come to life as the day unfolds.

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5. Esplanada: Also in the garden at Principe Real, but tucked behind the ancient trees, is the beautiful glass house, Esplanada. Enjoy coffee and/or breakfast under the trees or inside, in this charming, greenhouse style cafe.

6. Kaffehaus: Next to one of our favorite shops, A Vida Portuguesa, is situated a Modern Viennese cafe. Choose from an outside table or sit inside for a more  hip, cafe setting. Enjoy a great start to the day with a leisurely coffee, and the chance to shop afterwards!

7. Bernard: If you want to experience a classical Portuguese cafeteria, get up early before the crowds to hit this iconic Lisbon cafe. A little more formal than most, but everything is served with style here from your coffee to the just baked empadas (duck pies).

8. Doce Real: Speaking of empadas, if you are a fan of these little Portuguese savoury pies (they make a great little breakfast treat with your morning coffee), you have to visit one of the best places for them –  Doce Real. A favourite with neighbourhood locals, the fresh baked sweets, pastries, empadas, and freshly squeezed orange juice are absolutely delicious.  Oh, and their coffee’s not too shabby either…

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9. Padaria Bairro: These casual but contemporary bakeries offer a large seating space and plenty of authentic Portuguese sweets to choose from. The nearest one is about a three minute walk from the hotel, just head down the hill towards Chiado.

10. Don’t miss Alcoa for a morning pastry and a quick shot of caffeine. This is take away territory, or a standing bar for catching a quick shot so don’t expect to nab a table.  It’s worth the trip though not just for the coffee but to see the gorgeous art deco tiles and the glorious spread of Portuguese pastries in the window – everything from  authentic Pastel de Nata to Pão de Deus.  Coffee served with God’s bread – need we say more?!  Enjoy!


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