Café Nicola

Price guide: Mid-range

Praça Dom Pedro IV , Lisbon

Price guide: Mid-range

Café Nicola

By Guyan Mitra, your Lisbon expert

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#29 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Lisbon
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.8
3.8
Ambience:
4.1
4.1
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, History, People watching

Expert review of Café Nicola

Lisbon's most central café/restaurant serves traditional fare and a slice of history.

An Old World joint that opens up onto central Lisbon's Rossio Square, this Art Deco establishment does traditional food, coffee, sandwiches and sweets. I like to sit on the tables outside, sip a morning espresso and watch Lisbon bustle around me.

Food and drink: 

This old school joint serves traditional Portuguese food such as bacalhau (salt cod) and cozido à Portuguesa (Portuguese stew), but most people just come for coffee and a pastry.

Ambience: 

It''s steeped in history and the bow-tied waiters, chessboard flooring and brass interiors enhance that. Today you'll find a mix of old gents leafing through newspapers and tourists leafing through guidbooks.

Service: 

The traditional waiters are smart, well mannered and attentive.

Location: 

Bang in the middle of the city on Rossio Square.

Price advice: 

If you order a meal, account for the fact that portions are near double-size, which accounts for the slightly higher price.

More information on Café Nicola:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Café, Restaurant
Food:
International, Traditional
Address:
Praça Dom Pedro IV , Lisbon
Telephone:
021 346 0579
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
8am–10pm Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Rossio, station, square

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