Café Nicola

Address: Praça Dom Pedro IV, Lisbon, Portugal
Telephone: 021 346 0579

- Mid-range

3.9

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
3.8
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Food and drink
3.8
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Ambience
4.1
90%
Location
4.8
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • People watching
  • History

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