Fathom Favorites : Lisbon Bars + Cafes

1. Hello, Kristof

Hello, Kristof

A spacious, Scandinavian-inspired cafe serving speciality coffee and pastries. You could spend a whole day browsing the huge collection of indie magazines, making it the perfect repose for when you can’t bring yourself to walk up one more of those notoriously steep streets.

R. do Poço dos Negros 103
Lisbon, 1200-076

2. Manteigaria


Paris has macaroons, Vienna has its sachertorte, and Lisbon has the pastel de nata, a sweet tart made of a divinely creamy egg custard surrounded by a flaky puff pastry crust. Pasteis de Belem may be the most famous bakery in the city serving up these tasty treats, but if you don’t have the time to venture all the way there, this spot near Bairro Alto gives them a run for their money.

Rua do Loreto 2
Lisbon, 1200-108

3. A Ginjinha

A Ginjinha

Time-tested by a century of drinkers. The shots of sweet cherry liqueur served from the pint-sized open-fronted bar are known for packing a punch.

Largo de São Domingos, 8
Lisbon, 1100-201

4. Bar 38º 41′

Bar 38º 41′

Located between two iconic Lisbon landmarks — the historic Belém Tower and the mid-20th-century Monument to the Discoveries — the bar at the Belém Altis Hotel & Spa is fantastic for post-sightseeing beverages with great views of the Tagus River.

Doca do Bom Sucesso
Lisbon, 1400-038

5. Topo


See Lisbon from a new perspective atop this ultra modern rooftop bar. When you're done taking in views of São Jorge Castle and the pastel houses of the old city, order a few expertly crafted cocktails made by master bartenders at Black Pepper & Basil.

Commercial Center Martim Moniz, Piso 6
Lisbon, 1100-341

6. Sol e Pesca

Sol e Pesca

Housed in a former fishing tackle shop, the restaurant helped transform the Cais de Sodré district into one of Lisbon's coolest. Order a few conservas (tins of sardines, tuna, and other preserved fish) with beer or wine for an authentic and affordable happy hour.

Rua Nova do Carvalho, 44
Lisbon, 1200-014

7. Tasca do Chico

Tasca do Chico

For a typical night out in Lisbon, this traditional bar is one of the most distinctive in Barrio Alto. Go for red wine, roasted sausage, and fado, a type of popular Portuguese song accompanied by mandolins or guitars.

Rua do Diário de Notícias, 39
Lisbon, 1200-108

8. Pastéis de Belém

Pastéis de Belém

Since 1837, the old-world bakery has been making Lisbon's famous Portuguese egg tarts by hand using traditional methods. The pastries, filled with custard cream and lightly dusted with cinnamon, are enjoyed all hours of the day, but it's best to pick up a fresh batch in the evenings to avoid the crowds during the morning and afternoon rush.

Rua de Belém, 84
Lisbon, 1300-085