Lost in Lisbon, Portugal

Hello world! Welcome to the Half Dutch Cookie, the home of good foods and good moods. Today I am taking you on a tour of Lisbon in Portugal. Not just any old tour but one filled with food fancies, rooftop sights, beautiful brunches and sun soaked scenery. There’s lot’s to get through, so each week I’ll be posting some of favourite spots. Grab a cup of tea, sit back, relax and get lost in Lisbon. 

If you haven’t been to Lisbon yet, I definitely recommend it. To be honest, I hadn’t heard that much about it before going, however I really enjoyed this as a city break, especially in late October where the temperature still hit a calm 28 degrees. The people were incredibly friendly which is something I always feel adds to visiting any new place. As well this the gluten free options were pretty accessible and staff tended to be (mostly) in the know.  I would also advise to bring comfortable shoes. Lisbon is built on seven hills and boy did I underestimate them. Saying that, the best way to experience the city is still by foot.

But first up – Happy brunching!

Sunset views over Lisbon bridge

Brunch Munch

Brunch options are endless in Lisbon, so if you’re a brunch lover you’ve come to the right place. Menus tend to be extensive with egg options, sandwiches, toasties, nachos, taco, smoothie bowls, pancakes and the ever common tapioca pancake. Here’s some of my favourites we got around to trying.

Zenith 

Zenith was my favourite brunch spot and came highly recommended. It describes itself as being a trendy restaurant serving all-day brunch & cocktails amid a chic setting. This is pretty accurate as the venue itself is open plan with a mezzanine which hosts additional seating. The menu is pretty extensive so there is an option for everyone – from sweet tooth to savoury. They also boasted a pretty extensive list of gluten free options including breads, tapioca wraps and acai bowls. Get there early, as there was quite often a queue waiting outside! However, it’s definitely worth the wait. 

Charlie’s 

We stumbled across Charlies one morning as it was close to our accommodation. Charlies bistro is a cute, understated cafe which has a really nice healthy and vegan option menu range. Once again they had the tapioca pancakes on the menu, however I don’t know if I am totally convinced by it just yet. Saying that it was so nice to have so many gluten free options and to try out something different. 

Nutelle and Strawberry Tapioca at Charlies Bistro

Manifest 

If you are hosting a working lunch, then Manifest is probably not the place for you. It’s a no laptop/wifi spot which doesn’t condone technology. Their focus is on sharing food and good conversations. The menu is brunch with a Mexican twist, think lots of avocado and beans. I went for the Alaskan eggs on gluten free bread but the real topper was their delicious smoothie options! 

Delta The Coffee House Avenida da Liberdade

Not necessarily a brunch recommendation, but definitely a good spot if you need to get some work done. They have an extensive coffee range, sandwiches, pastel de nata (not gluten free unfortunately) as well as great wifi and a nice outdoor area. Just the spot if you’re in need of a WFH change of scenery. 

Cappuciano at Delta Coffee House
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