Café a Brasíleira

Price guide: Budget

Rua Garrett 120, Lisbon

Price guide: Budget

Café a Brasíleira

By Guyan Mitra, your Lisbon expert

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#26 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Lisbon
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, History, People watching

Expert review of Café a Brasíleira

Over one hundred years old and still one of Lisbon's favourite cafés.

Home to the Portuguese coffee brand of the same name, customers were given a free bag of coffee when it first opened in 1905. This has been Lisbon's HQ for literary minds and artists ever since. Little has changed – save for the few extra tourists – as old chandeliers still swing over the chessboard flooring and hordes of busy punters jostle for their caffine and sweet pastry fix.

Food and drink: 

Top grade coffee or bica, as it's known here. They also do delicious pastries and sandwiches.

Ambience: 

Sure it's a little touristy but the prettiest places always are. It's a great spot to have a mid-sightseeing breather and a drink.

Service: 

Depends on how busy it is. In peak times you may have to go to the counter to get served.

Location: 

On Rua Garrett, which connects Chiado to Bairro Alto – a pretty major street.

Price advice: 

Because of the touristy nature prices are a little inflated but that's the cost of history and fancy décor.

More information on Café a Brasíleira:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Coffee shop, Tearoom
Food:
International, Snacks
Address:
Rua Garrett 120, Lisbon
Telephone:
021 346 9541
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
8am–2am daily.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to Café a Brasíleira? Would you recommended it?