This place is a super cute cafe to grab a coffee or matcha and get some work done, but not the best for trying to get lunch with a big crew of friends.
Big place for brunch with friends, but gets crowded so come early. It’s pretty westernized, which may bother you, but there’s plenty of trendy Lisboans here to still make me feel like I’m cool at least (I’m not.). I also did an interview here, if you’re looking for somewhere semi-professional to grab a coffee with someone.
Heim is tiny so gotta get here early, too. The staff is snobby (New York-style), but the food is so good and you get so much for your money, it’s all worth it. For instance, a single dish will come with eggs, avocado toast, a salad, yogurt with granola, and fruit (see blow). Not bad. Nom. Best enjoyed with friends with whom you like to laugh.
This place might not ever be somewhere you go by, but it was close to my apartment and had cute little market. It was easy place to grab a cappuccino on my way to work every day. A friend and I also got toasted sandwiches (panini essentially) here one time that were really good and cheap, and so it’s making the list as a decent spot to go.
Shout Outs: The Mill (Never made it here because it was always too crowded), Dear Breakfast (Scandinavian feel with Portuguese architecture – not bad), Porto shout out – Cafe Progresso (Service wasn’t great, food was.)
This is the best place to go for tacos post-surfing. You may want to go for dinner, but you cannot due to crowds. So go right at noon when they open post-surfing. You surf, you eat tacos, then you nap. They make it easy to order because you just mark a sheet of paper. Get the horchata while you’re there.
Time Out Market is kinda touristy, but also kinda fun because it’s a collection of all the top chefs of Libson in one place.
I only went shopping here and got some dope sunglasses, but some friends said they got the best octopus they had in Portugal here. Great place to shop, eat, relax, and hangout. I went here on my way to touristy stuff in the Belem neighborhood.
And a Snack – Best Pasteis De Nata!
This is the famous place to get Pasteis. You can stand outside in the heat waiting for an hour to get a pastel de nata to go, or you can follow the signs for table service, sit down almost immediately and get served a pastel de nata before you’ve gotten settled in your seat. Delicious when served with a latte and a friend.
We all agreed that these pasteis de nata were better than Belem and simply AMAZING. You can get them at their store or at their pop up in Time Out Market. 100 percent of the time it’s good every time.
Cairns: The word “Cairns” is a hiking reference to stacks of stones on trails that help guide your way. When I see them on a hike, I instantly think, Phew. I’m not lost. Traveling the world can be overwhelming. You’re in a foreign place, far from home. My hope is that cairns can be used to guide your way, so that when you visit one of these places, you feel at home, and know that you’re in good company. You’re on the right path.
It won’t be a comprehensive list, but it’ll be my favorites at least 🙂