9 of the Best Cafes to Work from in Lisbon

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Last updated on June 4, 2024 | Est. Reading Time: 6 minutes

In Lisbon, a city filled with digital nomads and startup owners, finding a great cafe to work from isn’t hard, but it also isn’t always straight forward either. That’s what this article is here for.

With so many remote workers and freelancers living in Lisbon, thanks in part to Portugal’s digital nomad visa, Portugal’s capital has adapted by offering lots of cozy spots perfect for getting your work done. Besides, the city is also home to many coworking spaces where you can enjoy endless tea and coffee as part of the deal.

Whether you’re a freelancer, a remote employee, or just passing through, Lisbon has the perfect cafe (or coworking space) for you.

Croissant are offering €15 off your first months’ membership, which allows you to work from a or several different co-working spaces. Croissant work with coworking spaces all over Lisbon, including Heden, IDEIAhub, and Cowork Central.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab

Copenhagen Coffee Lab is a favourite among remote workers in Lisbon, known for its specialty coffees. It’s the perfect place for those who appreciate good coffee and Scandinavian pastries. With locations in several key areas like Alfama, Baixa, Estrela, Cais do Sodré, and Alcântara, there’s almost always a branch nearby.

The Scandinavian cafe is also remote-work friendly, with reliable wifi and plenty of power outlets, all in a space designed with a minimalist touch that helps keep distractions at bay.

You’ll see plenty of people working from laptops in here, so you never feel like uncomfortable doing the same.

Selva

Selva Vegan Brunch

Selva stands out as a tranquil haven for remote workers in Lisbon’s Alcântara neighbourhood. This coffee shop offers a spacious two-floor setup, with the upper level often hosting themed days designed to bring digital nomads together for collaborative work sessions. It’s not just a place to enjoy a cup of specialty coffee; it’s a hub for networking, making new friends, especially for those new to the city, and finding inspiration among fellow remote workers. With its menu of light meals, homemade cakes, and cookies, Selva invites you to settle in and make the most of your workday in a supportive and motivating environment.

Outsite

Outsite cafe
Outsite cafe – © Portugalist

Outsite, a coliving space in Lisbon, allows you to purchase a daily pass at their coworking cafe. This allows you to immerse yourself in work without the common distractions found in typical cafes, such as noisy customers or loud conversations. However, it isn’t cheap: the daily pass from 9 am – 6 pm, which includes one welcome drink, costs €17.

For those needing to participate in online meetings or Zoom calls, Outsite offers soundproof rooms, ensuring privacy and minimal disturbance to others.

Café da Garagem

Teatro da Garagem introduced Café da Garagem to Lisbon’s vibrant scene in 2011, quickly establishing it as a favourite spot among digital nomads for remote work.

This café not only offers a serene environment where visitors can work comfortably from chairs or desks, but it also boasts breathtaking views of Lisbon, enhancing the work experience with its scenic backdrop. Patrons can enjoy a variety of reasonably priced snacks and refreshments, making it an ideal place for both productivity and relaxation.

Rebel Cafe

Rebel Cafe finds its unique spot at the peak of Bairro Alto, strategically distanced from the lively party scene of Lisbon’s renowned district. It strikes the perfect balance between tranquility for focused work and proximity for post-work relaxation and drinks.

Equipped with power outlets under the seats, exceptionally fast wifi, and staff who respect your workspace, Rebel offers an ideal environment for productivity. The seating is arranged in booths that offer the privacy of work pods, catering to those in search of a quiet, comfortable place to work undisturbed.

Livraria Ler Devagar

Ler Devagar
Ler Devagar bookshop at the LX Factory in Lisbon – © Portugalist

Livraria Ler Devagar isn’t your typical café; rather, it houses a coffee bar within what is arguably one of the most interesting bookshops you’ll find in Lisbon.

With some table space available both upstairs and downstairs, coupled with strong Wi-Fi, it offers a conducive environment for work or study. Power outlets are available, but they’re somewhat limited, so plan accordingly.

For writers and students seeking inspiration, this location is perfect, providing an atmosphere brimming with inspiration and the serene ambiance of a literary haven.

Hello Kristof

Hello Kristof stands out as a favourite spot among both digital nomads and locals in Lisbon. It’s an intriguing blend of a coffee shop and retail space, where you can find an array of items for sale, including magazines, candles, and aromatherapy kits. The cafe offers a solid food menu alongside sophisticated coffee options.

Though slightly off the beaten path and quite compact in size, Hello Kristof has a distinctive atmosphere where laptops are a common sight, making it a bustling hub for those looking to work in a cozy and unique setting.

Comoba

Comoba, nestled in the Cais do Sodré area of downtown Lisbon, has earned its status as a local favourite for digital nomads over the years, thanks to its laid-back atmosphere, commitment to fair trade coffee, and a diverse menu catering to vegan and vegetarian preferences.

The interior of Comoba is designed to uplift, featuring a bright and airy space adorned with an abundance of plants and greenery, creating a refreshing ambiance. Guests can expect excellent service and enjoyable background music, enhancing the overall experience.

For those looking to work or study, Comoba offers a few long tables at the back, especially useful during the busier brunch and lunch hours. However, seating is limited to stools without back support, which might not be comfortable for long periods or for those who prefer more traditional chairs.

Dual

Dual is known for its excellent coffee and a tempting food menu that includes delicious toasties, salads, and more. The cafe provides plenty of desks for those looking to work, although it’s worth noting that many of these spots don’t have access to power outlets.

Operating just like any other cafe, Dual welcomes remote workers without charging an additional fee. However, if you plan to stay and work for the whole day, there’s a reasonable minimum consumption requirement of €10.

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James Cave is the founder of Portugalist and the author of the bestselling book, Moving to Portugal Made Simple. He has visited just about every part of Portugal, including Madeira and all nine islands of the Azores, and lived in several parts of Portugal including Lisbon, the Algarve, and Northern Portugal.

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