Founded in 1868, it started as an aristocratic Lisbon tea house. Today is one of Lisbon’s most emblematic cafés. You find it in Garret Street, a lovely pedestrian street in the heart of Chiado, right next to A Brasileira, another well-known café in Lisbon. This one is less touristy, though, and as good.
Its deliciously fresh croissants have become legendary, and are made using a secret recipe. But if you fancy something more typical, there’s plenty of sweet choices. It also serves meals but go for a coffee and a sweet treat.
To enjoy the genuine 19th-century atmosphere grab a chair inside. Otherwise, get a table in the esplanade, perfect for people watching and feel the pulse of one of Lisbon’s most charming streets