LISBON - coworking in cafes and enjoying lunch in parks (daily routes)

Updated: Sep 28, 2019

What makes Lisbon such an enjoyable city for nomads has a lot to do with it’s walkability and quality of outdoor spaces - the great weather, small scale of the city and diversity of spaces. From working mostly in cafes and having lunch in parks for several months we enjoyed some routes even more than others.

Here is a list of daily routes, which all:

✓ Include cafes which have a great environment for spending some hours on focused work

✓ Include cafes that have plenty of plugs and a stable Internet connection (if not stated otherwise)

✓ Are in a walking distance from a great outdoor space to have picnic lunch as it rarely rains in Lisbon

DAY 1 - Rossio/Chiado: Eight health lounge - Topo Chiado sunbeds - Casinha Boutique Café

DAY 2 - São Bento: Selina Secret Garden restaurant - Selina Secret Garden rooftop - Hello, Kristof

DAY 3 - São Bento: Nomad goods - Jardim da Estrela - Café Boavida

DAY 4 - Cais do Sodré: COA Café da Ordem dos Arquitectos - Jardim dom Luis - O Botanista

DAY 5 - Intendente/Avenida: Padaria Portuguesa - Jardim do Torel - Banana cafe

DAY 6 - Alfama: Copenhagen Coffee Lab & Bakery, Santa Clara - Jardim Botto Machado - Tazza in Giro

DAY 7 - Chiado/Cais do Sodré: COMOBA - Miradouro Santa Catarina - Biblioteca Camões

Get the Google map list from HERE

DAY 1 - Rossio and Chiado

Eight-The health lounge - Topo Chiado sunbeds - Casinha Boutique Café

MORNING: Eight-The health lounge - Vegan! Not so common with nomads so far but has a (usually) quiet and relaxing space on the second floor with a comfortable reading corner with a sofa and a lot of natural light.

Opened: 9am - 8pm (Fri 9am-3pm, closed on Saturdays)

Expresso: decaf Lattes 3,7€ (has a great coffee place next door tho)

Plugs: 1 per table of 4 - plenty

Wifi: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Comfy seats: ✓

Notes: In the winter it’s one of the places where it’s warm.

LUNCH: Topo Chiado sunbeds - access from 51 Rua do Carmo - there’s a public elevator inside of a small store that takes you up to the level with the bar and sunbeds. The sunbeds are separated from the bar - you can easily enjoy some time off.

AFTERNOON: Casinha Boutique Café is an adorable cafe in the center of the city with a beautiful interior and super friendly people running the place. It’s located in a lively courtyard with restaurants so on the walk there you’ll cross the crowded main street but the place itself is calm and well divided. (Also has a wonderful breakfast and brunch menu.)

Opened: 9am-9pm

Expresso: 0,7€ (If you’re into sweets and caramel coffee, you’ll love this place)

Plugs: mostly 1 per table

Wifi: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Comfy seats: ✓

DAY 2 - São Bento

Selina Secret Garden restaurant - Selina Secret Garden rooftop - Hello, Kristof

MORNING: Selina Secret Garden restaurant - If you happen to pass by and their coworking spots are sold out (with coworking you also get the access to the pool) you can comfortably get some work done in this awesome restaurant/cafe. It’s also connected to the courtyard which has outdoor seating.

Opened: 7am - 4pm

Expresso: 1€ (They also make a wonderful cappuccino.)

Plugs: plenty

Wifi: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Comfy seats: ✓

Note: Definitely one of the best spots for networking and getting in touch with the community.

Selina hosts several events in the evenings from talks to workshops and casual gatherings - ask from the bar or check Facebook.

LUNCH: Selina Secret Garden rooftop - heaven for laptop lifestylers. A huge rooftop with a beautiful view to Lisbon architecture and most of the days it’s the sunniest spot to be in. A lot of sofas and smaller and bigger tables. Their rooftop bar is opening after the summer.

AFTERNOON: Hello, Kristof - Smaller café for a cosy coworking day with great coffee and inspiring space. Has a light Nordic-ispired interior and a great selection of coffee beans and international magazines.

Opened: 9am - 6pm (Closed on Sat, Sun)

Expresso: 1,2€

Plugs: a few

Wifi: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Comfy seats: ✓

Note: See the previous note!

DAY 3 - São Bento

Nomad goods - Jardim da Estrela - Café Boavida

MORNING: Nomad goods is a lifestyle store and a cafe in the charming Sao Bento area. But, honestly, it’s so much more. The owner Natalia is so sweet in welcoming people and opened to ideas for collaborating with small groups using the space. On daily basis she has the most enjoyable playlists for background music that will lift your workmood without a doubt. It’s a really cosy space and you’ll get plenty of work done.

Opened: 10am-6pm (Closed on Mondays and Sundays)

Expresso: 2€. Bonus treat: banana bread.

Plugs: Plenty

Wifi: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Comfy seats: ✓

LUNCH: Jardim da Estrela

A highlight of Lisbon. An extremely enjoyable park where you’ll see plenty of people on blankets solely enjoying the sun. There’s also a cafe and a qiosque for grabbing snacks and coffee.

AFTERNOON: Café Boavida is a relatively large cafe with a mezzanine floor. There are always laptops on the table therefore has a coworkish vibe most of the time. Pretty much everything in Boavida is made from scratch which makes it a brilliant place to gran a snack!

Opened: 10am-7pm

Expresso: 0,8€

Plugs: Plenty

Wifi: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ EDIT: the cafe doesn't provide wifi access anymore. (09.2019)

Comfy seats: 50/50 (seats on the second floor don’t have a backrest)

Notes: has a kindergarten next door - schedule focused work to another location or rely on your headphones.