If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a coffee, a beer, or a snack, sitting in either the sun or in the shade, and enjoying views of some of the best parts of Lisbon, then you’re looking for a kiosk.
Kiosks are essentially street cafes and you will find them absolutely everywhere in this city. These charming establishments come in all shapes and sizes, from one table attached to a tiny kiosk in a park, to open air restaurants in the middle of the city’s streets.
While Lisbon has no shortage of excellent cafes and bars, for me, sometimes only a kiosk will do.
There’s no such thing as a bad kiosk (at least not that I’ve found so far, and I’ve tried most of them!) but a few are unmissable.
Let me take you through a few of the best to help you on your way. Be sure to let me know your favourites too!
- Banana Café
If you’re in the centre of Lisbon, the chances are you’ll stumble upon a Banana Café somewhere along the way, Avenida de Liberdade has three of them by itself, and these are the ones I’ll focus on here, namely, the two on opposite sides of the road near Restauradores metro station.
One of these cafes is a stone’s throw from the Hard Rock Café, while the other is directly across the road from it.
Food wise, you’ve got good options here, breakfast bowls, toasts, wraps, and more. Drinks include booze, hot drinks, smoothies, and freshly made juices.
Both cafes stand next to impressive fountains, sitting in the middle of the tree lined streets, so you’re pretty much guaranteed some shade if you want it.
Live music is frequent at these cafes too, they’re open late, and there is Wi-Fi access, although this can be sporadic at times.
If you’re looking for a drink at an affordable price around Avenida and Rossio, where prices can be pretty high, head to Banana Café, it’s probably the cheapest you’ll find in the area.
- Quiosque O Melhor Bolo de Chocolate de Mundo
The Kiosk with the best chocolate cake in the world is the claim made by the name of Banana Café’s neighbour on Avenida de Liberdade, and having tried it, it’s hard to argue!
Many of the benefits here are the same as above, but the incredible chocolate cake, and the samba dancing every Sunday (perfect way to work off the weekend’s hangover!) earn this kiosk an entry of its own.
- Gengibre de Estrela
Jardim de Estrela is my personal favourite park in the whole of Lisbon (and there’s a lot of competition!).
Tropical trees, a pond that includes swans, ducks, and turtles (like, actual turtles, in a park pond!) and a lovely position in Campo de Ourique won me over from the outset.
You’ll find Gengibre de Estrela right in the middle of the park, often with the added soundtrack of a peacock that wanders around the park through the spring and summer.
Snacks galore are available here, while meals are on offer until around 6pm. Prices can go up after 5pm, especially for beer, and especially in the summer, but don’t let this put you off, this is one of the best positioned kiosks in Lisbon.
- Kiosk Cais de Sodre
The biggest and most expensive kiosk on this list, the higher price gets you a view like no other. Just next to Cais de Sodre station, this kiosk sits right on the riverfront, so if you get there at the right time, you can sip a drink while watching one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see.
The view across to Cacilhas, with the Cristo Rei (Christ the King) statue in the distance, and a stunning view of the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge.
Live music is at this café every weekend, and it’s both a great meeting point for those who don’t know the city well, and a great place to spend an entire day.
- Quiosque Principe Real
Principe Real is another stunning park, smaller than Estrela, but with arguably better views as you can look down across the whole city from one of its highest spots.
The kiosk here is pretty basic, but that just adds to its charm, and if you’ve just walked up the hill from Chiado or Rossio, the drinks on offer will be more than welcome!
This kiosk is also next to the botanical garden, which is one of Lisbon’s most beautiful places to go, making it the perfect halfway stop off for those looking to spend a full day touring the city.
As I said before, there are hundreds of kiosks in Lisbon, and it was tough narrowing it down to just five. While these five are necessities, most parks will have a kiosk, and they’re beautiful places to chill while taking in your gorgeous surroundings.