Where to Brunch in Lisbon
Ever since spending two months in Bali – the brunch Mecca of the world – in Fall 2018, our perspective on what a great brunch city is has been drastically skewed. That’s why, during our monthlong stay this fall, we were determined to find the best brunch in Lisbon. As self-proclaimed brunch connoisseurs, we were pleasantly surprised and extremely impressed with the number of outstanding Aussie-style cafes in Lisbon.
From avo toasts to elaborate egg dishes to outstanding coffee, Lisbon punches above its weight class in terms of mouth-watering, insta-worthy brunch spots. Many of them are relatively new, but more and more of them are popping up around the city as Lisbon continues to evolve.
As a bonus, these restaurants also offer very affordable prices, definitely some of the best you’ll find in western Europe!
We tried over a dozen brunch spots over the month that we spent in Lisbon and have compiled our top spots for the best brunch in Lisbon below.
1. Early Birds
Our top spot for the best brunch in Lisbon is a truly hidden gem. An inconspicuous converted-home-turned-cafe, Early Birds takes the brunch cake thanks to its all-world menu and food quality, great coffee, as well as its unique atmosphere.
One of the things that makes Early Birds stand out are the way they do their poached eggs. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Their poached eggs? How good can poached eggs possibly be?” Trust me, these are exceptional. Eggs-ceptional. The waiter tried explaining the technique that they use, but it really seems like some chef secret. Just give them a try.
Go for one of their benedicts or avocado toasts. You will thank us.
2. Seagull Method Cafe
The sister restaurant to the very popular brunching establishment, Heim, Seagull Method lands in the honourable number two spot on our list. The menu is exciting with several options that you probably haven’t seen before like french toast with halloumi, avocado and scrambled eggs on top, or cottage cheese pancakes with homemade caramel. We both had the aforementioned french toast dish and it was absolutely divine. Mix in a latte and a table by the window and you’ve got yourself the best start to any day.
Although it’s a small, quaint setting, Seagull Method’s location is a bit off the beaten path so you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting a table. Even if you do, it’s worth it for some of the best brunch in Lisbon.
We didn’t get to try their lunch/dinner menu, but it seems like they have some great options, and – based on their brunch performance – I’m sure it’s spectacular as well.
“This is the best avocado toast I’ve ever had.” -Lauren Meeker.
Lauren knows avocado toast – if they have it on the menu, she’s going to order it – and she wouldn’t just throw that around lightly. But that is what she said as we took our first few bites at the cozy breakfast bar inside Comoba. And she’s probably right.
That said, we didn’t have any dishes at Comoba that didn’t blow us away. With a great selection of tasty vegetarian and vegan options, incredible coffee, and a bright, positive atmosphere, Comoba clocks in at #3 for brunch in Lisbon on our list.
Beyond the outstanding food, Comoba has a great selection of tasty smoothies and tasty coffees. We had our first charcoal latte ever here by recommendation of the server, and loved it! Just make sure to have some water with it to clear the back our of your mouth…
4. Fauna & Flora
Fauna & Flora has a variety of great brunch options. Elaborate toasts, pancake dishes (matcha pancakes anyone?), and egg dishes provide something for everyone. A unique dish that they make are these avocado egg nests, where they fill two halves of an avocado with poached eggs and other tasty toppings. Picture a breakfast version of a loaded baked potato. Fun, healthy, low-carb, and delicious!
The salmon toast, mushroom toast, and smoothie bowls are also great options here.
If you go during prime brunch hours, you may have to wait in line, especially on weekends since this is a really popular spot for brunch in Lisbon. So if you’re hungry and/or looking to stick to your schedule, we’d recommend getting there early!
If there’s a place that emulates all that is Bali brunch, it’s Boutik.
From the surfboards and hanging chairs in the front, to the dishes they use, to the menu items, when you’re sitting in Boutik you may as well be in Canggu. Even their slow wifi is reminiscent of Bali.
But what they lack in upload and download speed, they make up for in great atmosphere, coffee, and smoothie bowls. We really enjoyed their matcha latte, oat milk latte, banana-choco smoothie bowl, and avocado toast (served on beet toast!).
Another bonus? The owner has a super friendly, highly-lovable golden retriever that is often hanging out smiling away and looking for pats. Brunch and goldens? We’re in! Boutik is a must for brunch in Lisbon.
6. Cafe Janis
Cafe Janis is a cute little cafe on a downtown corner. It’s great spot to eat at all times of day whether you’re looking for lunch, happy hour, or, of course, brunch in Lisbon.
Their menu is mostly Mediterranean-inspired dishes (shakshuka, anyone?), but also mixes in some more traditional egg dishes and egg sandwiches. A great spot to start your day if you’re looking to venture out towards the western part of the city for the day. It also happens to be run by the same owner as our favorite hole in the wall mediterranean restaurant, Fares.
We went here twice, and just a note that the first time we waited almost an hour for our food. The second time was much faster but just beware that they can be a bit slower during busy hours.
7. The Mill
A smaller, lesser-known Lisbon brunch spot than a lot of the ones on this list, The Mill offers tasty and hearty breakfast options and baked goods. Their dishes are a blend of classic North American breakfasts but with an Aussie/Bali flair.
The restaurant itself is cozy, but with limited seating, so it’s best for small groups. We recommend the Sydney or the Melbourne as food options here.
8. Heim Cafe
Heim is known for its epic brunch plates which have made it a staple in the Lisbon brunch scene. Avocado toast + halloumi + granola parfait + pancakes all for 15 euros, those are the types of combinations most people go for at Heim.
The food is all very good, and the portions are generous. However, our only knock on it is that it’s very tight on space. Tables are all super close together inside to the point where you need to look behind you before backing your chair up. If you opt to sit outside you’ll be sitting amongst all the people waiting outside, ooh-ing and ahh-ing at your breakfast as you become self-conscious about your chewing.
Heim is another place that gets lined up during peak brunch hours in Lisbon, so arrive early if you want to be able to get right in.
A great Lisbon brunch option, Nicolau is bolstered by being in a great location in the heart of Baixa-Chiado. If you’re planning to spend your day exploring the waterfront and the downtown of Lisbon, Nicolau is a great place to start. You’ll find your classic trendy brunch fare including all kinds of pancakes, egg dishes, and tasty coffee to boot!
Although its central location is great for accessibility, Nicolau is another place that gets lined up during peak Lisbon brunch hours, so arrive early if you want to be able to get right in. There is a lot of seating (both inside and outside) thankfully, so even if you end up waiting it shouldn’t be too long.
BONUS: Manteigaria – Portuguese custard pies factory
Yes, you are allowed to eat pasteis de nata for breakfast. We won’t judge.