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Mónica Da Silva: My Top 5 list of fabulous Sunday brunch destinations in Lisbon

There is nothing better than waking up late on a Sunday morning, going out to grab a delicious brunch in Lisbon, drinking some Mimosas and then going back home to stay in bed all day long. That is my definition of a perfect Sunday, and there are just so many amazing places where to grab brunch in Lisbon that I had to put together my Top 5.

After all, no one wants to spend their Sunday morning checking Google Maps and reading reviews before choosing a place.

It wasn’t an easy job, but these are my Top 5 places to have brunch in Lisbon:

No. 5: Kaffeehaus 

If you come from the East of Europe and are feeling a bit homesick on a Sunday morning, once you enter this place, you will forget that you are in Portugal and feel right at home. Kaffehaus is an Austrian café located in the heart of Lisbon. I love how cozy the environment is and the friendliness of the staff. Their menu is rather unique and is composed of six different brunch menus, and a wide variety of German and Austrian sausages, plus croissants and toasts with different toppings. 

They are also veggie friendly! I had the Mediterrane Eierspeis menu consisting of scrambled eggs with grilled tomatoes, homemade pesto, spinach and toasted nuts. I absolutely loved it! However, they only serve brunch on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and they don’t accept reservations, so be ready to get up early if you want to get a table.

Their brunch prices are about 12 euros on average without drinks. 

Visit them: Rua Anchieta 3 // Follow them: @Kafeehaus_lisboa

No. 4: My Mother’s Daughters

This is THE place to go for brunch if you are vegan. Their ingredients are also seasonal and organic, and you can taste the love in everything they cook. You will feel at home inside their beautiful and cozy boho space during winter, and you can sit outside and enjoy Lisbon’s sunny weather during summer. Furthermore, this is a family restaurant so they are very attentive and nice to their customers.  

You can start with a healthy shot, my favorite one is black magic which is made of activated carbon, coconut water, ginger and lemon. After that, some miso soup with seasonal vegetables to warm your heart and as a main dish an Ohmmlet made with chickpea flour, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and green vegetables. They are open from Wednesday to Friday from noon to 3:30 p.m, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Their prices range from 9 euros to 13 euros for brunch. 

Visit them: Largo de São Sebastião de Pedreira 49 // Follow them:@mymothers.daughters

No. 3: Fauna & Flora 

I am well aware that the word brunch comes from BRreakfast and lUNCH, but who doesn’t love the idea of brunch all day long? I definitely do, so finding Fauna & Flora changed my life. You can enjoy their delicious, fresh and healthy food every day at any time. Another reason to love them is that they are everywhere. Their first place opened in Santos in 2017, their second one in Anjos in 2019 and their third one in Estoril in 2021. 

My two favorites are the Tropicália pancakes with coconut cream, mango cream, and pineapple, and because I could throw matcha into everything I eat, the Green pancakes which are made of matcha with lemon curd, citrus fruits and kiwi. Furthermore, their staff is very friendly and the environment to die for if you love plants and nature. They are open everyday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Since they don’t have a brunch menu, the price will depend on how hungry you are, but you can expect to spend from 12 euros to 15 euros per person. 

Visit them: R. Febo Moniz 27A or Rua da Esperança 33  or Rua Sacadura Cabral 24A // Follow them: @faunafloralisboa and @faunafloraestoril

No. 2: Mammy Choux 

Mammy Choux is a restaurant and confeitisserie located in Seixal, only 30 minutes from Lisbon by boat. Everything that comes out of their kitchen is absolutely delicious. It’s an elegant place, in a privileged location and with a very attentive staff. Regarding brunch, there are three menus to choose from. I have tried all of them, but I highly recommend you to get Miss Poulain which includes brioche, eggs, spinach, salmon, Dutch sauce, avocado, humus, salad and bread with almond, to which I, of course, added a delicious choc caramel éclair for dessert because there’s no way to go there and not grabbing something sweet.

The owner Maria Luísa has dedicated years to learn and improve her patisserie techniques and you can tell as soon as you try their delicious cakes. Also, besides brunch, you can also get burgers, bowls, pasta and pancakes there. They are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Their options are quite inexpensive for the quality of the food. The most expensive brunch menu is only 8.50 euros without a drink, on average you can expect to pay from 20 euros to 25 euros for two people. 

Visit them: Av. Vasco da Gama 30A  // Follow them: @mammychouxconfeitisserie

No. 1: Koa 

Just across the bridge, very close to Caparica beach, you will find Koa. It’s an adorable place with a big patio to enjoy the sun, and a cozy interior for the rainy days. I chose it as my No. 1 because I have been there several times, and their food never ceases to amaze me. It’s a pet-friendly place, so you can take your pet with you, and if your furry friend behaves, it will get a polaroid picture that will be hung on the good-boy wall!

Koa also offers a nice environment if you want to bring your laptop and get some work done. 

Regarding their menu, I would love to try something else but I must admit that Ovos Koa gets me most of the time: poached eggs on bolo do caco (typical bread from Madeira) with spinach, Dutch sauce, salad and beet cream. I add red velvet pancakes when I’m feeling very hungry and always choose a different type of tea from their wide range of infusions.

They are open from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Their brunch is 14 euros with juice and coffee included and it’s a lot of food! 

Visit them: Rua João Inácio 22A // Follow them: @koa.brunch.caparica

About the author:

Mónica Da Silva was born in Venezuela but her parents and grandparents are Portuguese. She’s a teacher and translator. Mónica lived in Bonn, Germany for six months and has been in Lisbon for three years.

She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English, French and a bit of German.

Read more of Mónica’s posts for Dispatches here.

Read more about Lisbon and Portugal in our Dispatches archives.

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