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Where to Chillout with Your Laptop in Lisbon

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When you ask someone in Europe if they know of a coffee shop you can go to, they’ll think you mean “a café.” If you’re like me, that’s not what you mean. There is nothing wrong with enjoying your coffee with friends, and I love that in Lisbon there seems to be 5,000 cafés like that on each street, but at times (most times), I’m looking for WiFi connections, plugs, ample seating, and a nice ambiance.

In the States, this is a concept that is easy to come by; Europe is another story. In Lisbon, I noticed there was a lack of obvious cool coffee shops where you could sit with your laptop for hours and study, chat with friends, or read a book, so for the sake of the Internet and everyone looking for the same thing, I set out to make it my mission to discover Lisbon’s coffee shop culture (I would have done it anyway).

Tease

Just when I thought I had perfected my golden scroll of favorite coffee shops around the world, I randomly walk past what would become my new #1: Tease in the neighborhood of São Bento. Talk about serendipity, then talk about love at first sight – which you’ll notice from the amount of photos I snapped in my…probably five times going there in four days.

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You would think this post is sponsored with all this love I’m showin’ toward Tease, but seriously, it’s just love with no money involved. The fact that I can get a breakfast that looks like this for €5 is insane. That yogurt and granola alone is $5 at Whole Foods. Whoever designed this place with the colorful kitsch look knew I must have been around the corner ready to blog about them.

One day I was even ordering my meia de leite (basically a latte), when Outkast’s song Rosa Parks came on. YES! HIP HOP IN LISBON. That never happens! Again, #winning.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab

Copenhagen Coffee Lab is exactly what I’ve always pictured a Danish coffee shop to look like. It’s clean, it’s white, and it’s modern. They’ve got random plants around the tables, and they write in all caps on the menu. It’s right across the street from Tease which pretty much makes this street, Rua da Nova Piedade, one of my favorites in all of Lisbon.

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Jeronymo

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This is where my abatanado obsession began. I grabbed the menu near the cash register and literally asked (in my limited Portuguese) what five different drinks were. What’s a galão? Meia de leite? Bica? Garoto? Abatanado? Good thing I found out. Abatanado is the closest thing you’ll find to an Americano with milk, which is my cheap creative way around a latté.

Jeronymo is to Lisbon what Starbucks is to the rest of the world. Clearly their name is a play on Jerónimo’s Monastery in the neighboring town, Belém, where they also have a location. Most Jeronymos have plugs and €0.70 abatanados, but the only downfall is the 30-minute WiFi limit.

Starbucks Rossio & Starbucks Armazéns do Chiado

As much as I try avoiding cups of coffee I can get back in the States, I also just have to give it up to Starbucks for givin’ me what I need at the right moments. It’s literally gotten to the point where my latest line is “I’m looking for a Starbucks that isn’t a Starbucks” but I’m always just pointed to Starbucks as if it’s the only place of its kind in cities like this. You’ve got one in Armazéns do Chiado and one in Rossio (and a mini one in Belém), and they’re both pretty huge – making them the perfect places to hide in the corner on your laptop for hours. They make you like Starbucks Portugal’s Facebook page though, so if you’re not into promoting huge brands on your personal Facebook, you better bring your own hotspot.

Help us out! What are some other cool coffee shops where can you sit with a laptop, good WiFi, and plugs in Lisbon?

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  • I would always work on my dissertation at Quero-te no cais (in cais do sodre, obviously) or at Café Tati (same neighborhood). Quero-te no cais must be one of the smallest bars in the city, with only three tables, but they are open 20 hours a day and the owner is so much fun. Café Tati is super cosy, the food is really delicious and they have jazz concerts once in a while!
    These places I didn’t know, I’ll check them out when I go back! Also, my love for hip hop totally escalated in Lisbon, it seems you frequented the wrong places if that was what you were looking for 😉

    • Café Tati – I went there and of course they were closing the minute I walked in! As for hip hop in Lisbon, dang it! I looked all over!

  • Actually Jeronymo isn´t named after the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the company that owns Jeronymo and Pingo Doce ( a supermarket brand in Portugal) is called Jerónimo Martins, so the name Jeronymo. Of course Mosteiro dos Jerónimos probably also influenced the name.

    Another great coffe shop brand in Lisbon is “Padaria Portuguesa” it´s a mix of a tradicional portuguese café and a Starbucks, but it´s way cheaper than Jeronymo or Starbucks, like 2€ gets you a slice of cake (lime tart with oreo crust, it´s basically heaven and my favourite) and an expresso.

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  • Heleen

    I discovered your blog and YouTube channel last Friday and I’m literally obsessed by now. I have been ADORING your posts and videos and find they’re really inspiring, so please keep on going! I do want to live my life like yours and just shut up and go, but I don’t have a travel buddy like you. Do you recommend traveling alone? Would you be doing this if you hadn’t met?
    I’d love to hear from you!

    • YES! Go alone! Jo and I have taken many trips separetely and we laugh about it because sometimes we enjoy being alone better than with each other! Each travel style has its own benefits, but you should definitely just go by yourself if that’s what it comes down to! 😀

  • Raniela Carvalho

    good thing that brand of sugar “Negrita” doesn’t exist here in Brazil, it would cause a lot of commotion…

  • Vânia

    I have a coffee place that I love here, it’s “Pois, café”, small, next to Terreiro do Paço. It’s cosy, with sofa’s, pillows and books. For me it’s like a real cool friend’s living room and sometimes at night they have life music (oh, they also have plugs, tables and wifi).

    I can’t translate what “pois” is though.. Google translates it as because, and it’s also used as that but it has more to it.If you’re mad at someone or don’t know what to respond to a messy story you can just say “pois” in those cases it can be either “yeah right” or “oh…” 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m actually returning for a few weeks, so I’ll for sure go check it out!

  • Otávio Augusto Rabelo

    There’s a great one called Café da Garagem, just one street down the São Jorge Castle.
    It is great and has one of the most stunning views of Lisbon! Perfect for an afternoon coffee.

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