Being Australian, brunch is such an important meal, something that is revered, thoroughly enjoyed and often discussed very seriously. I expected to eat delicious Portuguese food in Lisbon, but I didn’t see 10/10 brunch cafés coming.
The space is colourful, fun, a little retro, filled with lots of greenery and has a great outdoor space.We didn’t have to wait for a table – always a WIN for a great brunch place. The menu has various simple egg dishes, different sorts of pancakes, including the Brazilian tapioca crepe (new to me!), toast with various toppings, smoothies and a couple of different bowls. All the good stuff! I enjoyed a perfect açaí bowl, a lovely respite from quite a lot of heavy food. It’s a must-visit in Lisbon, and apart from anything else, it’s very photogenic.
Almost as memorable, was Amélia’s sister restaurant (and I believe their original location) Nicolau in the Baixa area. Very similar menu, I enjoyed a lovely bowl of parmesan scrambled eggs and mushrooms.
Another good spot to stop for a pastry and a coffee or a light breakfast is Fabrica Lisboa, on Rua da Madelena, also in the Baixa. It has a quirky interior and most importantly, they make all their baked goods on site, delivered fresh and warm to the table (croissants are their speciality). Definitely a better choice than all the overcrowded street cafes in the touristy areas.
Other excellent brunch cafés include: