Lisbon is one of the most interesting cities in the world for the quality of its coffee. If there is a thriving reality on the streets of this city it is certainly that of Coffee Culture.
First of all because it refers to the wonderful history of Portugal as a colonial and maritime power. The latter has for centuries brought global influence to its relatively small capital. Some cafes are proud to source exclusively from distant former colonies such as São Tomé and Príncipe in Africa. Furthermore, the influence of foreigners has turned Lisbon into a cosmopolitan city in the last few years. In addition to the usual tourist situations you will find spaces suitable for freelancers and, above all, for real digital nomads.
Parisian and Viennese cafes are renowned and well-known, but Lisbon’s one are tasty. In any cafe you are, you should always have a slice of chocolate cake with your coffee, it seems to be the best in the world. Don’t make the mistake of choosing le pastéis de nata… your return flight ticket will magically disappear.
Lisbon maintains its unconventional style, but also follows the latest global trends. Many neighborhoods such as Bairro Alto seem very quiet during the day, but in the evenings it hosts a lively mix of different tribes, from emerging artists to teenagers who socialize in a festive atmosphere until dawn. This diversity has generated a remarkable artistic explosion in the city, given the opening of new galleries, cultural centers and also the international project of the Museum of Design and Fashion.
It is a timeless city thanks to its old trams, Belle Époque-style bars, and shops selling retro or antiquated goods. Here the past coexists with the present. Lisbon is vintage.
Le Petit Prince Culture Cafe – R. CECÍLIO DE SOUSA 1A
Le Petit Prince’s antique wooden tables and stools are filled with books, including several copies of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novel of the same name. In addition to papers and pencils to sketch some thoughts while you wait for your milk, you can feel that you are in a nostalgic place.
This cafe is one of the best places in town for the art of frothing milk, but it also attracts coffee snobs in search of high-quality local roasts.
Wish! – Espaço G 02A, R. Rodrigues De Faria 103, Lisbona
The motto of this beautiful place is: What Are You Doing Out Here?
Fascinating scribbles on the wall, origami chandeliers and delightful furniture – it’s impossible not to smile when you step into Wish Slow. Located in the LX Factory, a converted textile warehouse that houses shops, co-working spaces and public art installations, the café is in the heart of trendy post-industrial Lisbon.
You’ll come across Instagrammers capturing their latte art, gallery owners grabbing coffee on their way to a date, and all kinds of creatives to be found in this part of town.
Wish defines itself as a “concept store & slow coffee house“. We recommend that you stop in Wish if you are traveling to Belém: it is located in the most characteristic part of the city, around many shops and restaurants.
Hello, Kristof – R. do Poço dos Negros 103, Lisbona
Finding the specialized magazines you find within these four walls is not easy. In addition to coffee, there are also special homemade cookies to accompany the readings. More than three years ago, Kristof revived Poço dos Negros. Espresso, Americano, filter coffee, cappuccinos, latte macchiato and tea with croissants, homemade cakes and biscuits keep coming out of the counter to cover the void in the stomach.
There are packs of coffee from the Kiss the Hippo and La Cabra brands that customers can purchase to make at home. Hello, Kristof works exclusively with the local specialty roaster and the SCAE Academia do Café training center, founded by Sandra Azevedo as early as 2011. Whether you are feeling sociable and want to enjoy your coffee at the communal table or choose one of the more private tables close to the wall, you will surely find your comfort zone in this cozy cafe. The best in Lisbon.