Lisbon being one of the world’s top digital nomad destinations means there is plenty of choice when it comes to finding free wifi and laptop-friendly co-working cafes to get your work done.
If maybe Starbucks isn’t your thing and you’re looking for original, authentic local cafes to work in Lisbon, you’ve come to the right place!
Below we have curated a list of some of the best cafes in Lisbon where you can rock up with your laptop, soak up the vibe, enjoy quality barista coffee, healthy food or even a refreshing craft beer while you work.
Our recommendations below of the best laptop-friendly cafes for remote working in Lisbon are listed in no particular order.
We update this list regularly so do check in again for new recommendations.
DEAR BREAKFAST BICA
Cool and stylish brunch cafe in the Bica area of Lisbon
Dear Breakfast has three really nice locations in the centre of Lisbon, this one is tucked away in a cute street in Bica and the others are in nearby Alfama and Chiado.
The Bica location is bright and cosy with a lovely arched ceiling. There are plenty of power sockets, the wifi code is on the menu to make things easy and the menu has plenty of the classic brunch options you would come to expect in a place like this. If you’re looking for a nice laptop-friendly work cafe around the Bica / Santos area do check it out. It does get busy so we recommend getting there early to grab a table or go outside of the busy breakfast time
COMOBA CAFE LISBON (Closed for refurbishment from 31.8.22)
Popular brunch cafe and co-working spot in the Cais do Sodre area of Lisbon
Comoba is closed from 31.8.22 and is going to open in a new location nearby around October / November. We will update here when we have more info.
Comoba in the Cais do Sodre area of downtown Lisbon has become something of a local legend in the last few years combining a cool relaxed vibe, fair trade coffee and healthy locally sourced food options with spaces for remote workers to get their work done surrounded by good vibes.
At Comoba you can be sure of great service and nice music playing in the background. Comoba has a couple of long tables in the rear for remote workers as well as a higher-up shelf where you can either stand up and work or use a stool.
Keep in mind that the other tables at the front of the cafe are generally reserved for those that are there to eat and are only available to work from until 12 noon. If you get there early enough you shouldn’t have a problem finding a space.
Popular brunch cafe, gallery and co-work spot in the trendy Graca area of Lisbon
Curva is another of our favourite places to remote work in the Graça area of Lisbon, close to the historic quarter of Alfama. Curva has a very nice, relaxed atmosphere, reasonable prices and a nice design.
There are a couple of tables on the street if you want to sit in the sun but most of the action happens inside. The space offers a few tables at the back at which you can crack open your laptop.
There is a small space that acts as a gallery space and there is a small boutique that offers Portuguese products. Curva offers delicious fresh juices, breakfast and lunch options as well as alcoholic drinks. If you are in the Graça area of Lisbon and looking for a nice place to work for a few hours we would highly recommend Curva.
Popular cafe in the historic Alfama area with sweeping views over Lisbon
Teatro da Garagem opened the Café da Garagem in 2011. Café da Garagem is a really popular remote work spot for digital nomads in Lisbon. In the Café, visitors can enjoy sweeping views over Lisbon, work from chairs or desks and enjoy a selection of reasonably priced snacks and refreshments. It’s worth going for the views alone!
Coffee roaster and cafe close to the Oriente area of Lisbon
The Royal Rawness is primarily a coffee roaster passionate about quality food. If you love your coffee and are close to the Oriente area of Lisbon this would be a great place to enjoy high-quality coffee while getting your work done in a nice environment.
Australian / Portuguese brunch cafe with its own ceramics studio
The Mill is an Australian-Portuguese cafe in the heart of downtown Lisbon offering speciality coffee and all days breakfasts and brunches. What makes the Mill a little different is the fact that it has its own ceramics studio offering beautiful handmade Portuguese ceramics
Clean Nordic design meets Lisbon coffee culture at Hello Kristof. Hello Kristof is the brainchild of freelance graphic designer Ricardo Galésio and offers a cool, artsy ambience in which to enjoy speciality coffees whilst getting your remote work done. Hello Kristof can be found close to the trendy Bica & Sao Bento areas. One of the things that makes Hello Kristof special is the wide selection of magazines that you can pick up and enjoy when you have a few moments to chill and don’t want to look at your screen anymore!
Craft beer brewer in the heart of Lisbon offering co-working space
When we think of places to go and remote work, we’re usually thinking cafes which certainly makes sense for mornings and early afternoons. However, on a beautiful sunny Lisbon late afternoon, why not grab a cold glass of craft beer while you get on with your work. DeBru is the kind of place to do it. They offer their own selection of craft beers and also places to work.
Co-working space popular with the Lisbon crypto crowd
The Block is a co-working space with a difference. It is a place for the crypto crowd to hang out, work and network but nobody is excluded. The Block has a regular weekly event on the rooftop where people can come, meet fellow techies, talk DeFi & smart contracts, have a few drinks and snacks and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. If you are into crypto it’s a place well worth checking out. Aside from the rooftop the Block offers private rooms, call rooms, a main area, kitchen and AV room.
A cool and original place to chill, work and hang out close to the Graca / Alfama areas
Homie’s a local joint is a gem of a place to discover in Lisbon. It has an authentic chilled, friendly, authentic and maybe slightly alternative vibe in the nicest of ways. It’s not trying to be instagrammable , it will make sense when you go! They have a nice menu and drinks selection for those moments when you’re feeling peckish or want to extend into the evening.
Cafe with plenty of spaces for people to remote work, close to Timeout Market in Lisbon
Give it a shot started out as a pop up offering basic barista training and eventually found a 150m2 space to call home. Give it a shot offers quality coffee of course combined with a nice selection of food including very nice toasties, shakshuka and more. There are plenty of desks where you can work however most don’t have access to power points so it’s important you get there on a full charge incase you don’t get a space next to an outlet. Give it a shot operates as a cafe and doesn’t charge a fee just like every other cafe offering spaces for remote workers, but they can sometimes come across as a bit rude when it comes to enforcing their policy of ensuring you order something the moment you enter. Aside from this, it’s a pretty nice place to work and has a good vibe if you’re in the Cais do Sodre area.
Trendy neighbourhood cafe/restaurant in Anjos close to Intendente metro
Maria Food Hub is a modern and stylish Portuguese cafe/restaurant offering everything from tea and coffee to cocktails, toasties, salads, bowls, burgers and more. It has a small outside seating area and also places inside where you can remote work to your hearts content. Maria Food Hub is open all day, every day from 8.30 am to 11 pm.
Cute and tiny coffee house in the trendy Santos area of Lisbon
Buna Specialty Coffee Shop just makes it in to our list although we must stress, this place is very small and there are just two small spaces for those wanting to work on their laptops. Chatting to the lovely barista she emphasised that this is a place to come enjoy the high quality coffee, lovely food and meet people, it’s a place to be social rather than work. With that in mind, there are a couple of spaces for laptop users and free wifi on offer so if you’re in the area and fancy a great coffee or dirty chai, cool authentic ambience and maybe do a tiny bit of work in this tiny place, it could just hit the spot!
Stylish cafe, brunch and lunch co-work spot in the Marques de Pombal area of Lisbon
Yard of Greens is a stylish spot in the heart of Lisbon, close to Parque Eduardo VII and Avenida da Liberdade in the Marques de Pombal area of Lisbon. Yard of Greens is spacious with a very calm “natural” atmosphere. The unique decor includes a tree in the centre of the room coming through a round table at which you can sit and work. There’s also a large terrace in the rear and free wifi is available everywhere. On the menu, you will find juices, coffee of course, burgers, pasta, salads, sweet bowls, pancakes as well as the usual avocado toasts and eggs. On a hot Lisbon day, their air conditioning is a lifesaver!
Copenhagen Coffee Lab and bakery is quite a large co-work cafe in the Cais do Sodre area of Lisbon
Copenhagen Coffee Lab & bakery is a small chain of cafes / bakeries that seems were made for the Lisbon digital nomad scene. Each of the Copenhagen Coffee lab locations has a clean, modern design and the location in Cais do Sodre is quite large so getting a place to sit down and work shouldn’t be a problem. The wifi is free and the code is helpfully displayed behind the area where you order your coffee. On my visit, the internet seemed a little bit flaky but it could have been just that day. Copenhagen Coffee Lab offers a nice selection of coffees, chais, smoothies, snacks and pastries and it’s also worth remembering they are in fact a bakery so it’s possible to pick up a nice sourdough loaf of bread while you are there.
Bowls & Bar is a lovely little cafe bar in the trendy São Bento district of Lisbon
I have passed Bowls & Bar so many times and finally had a chance to check it out. You can find Bowls & Bar in the trendy São Bento area of Lisbon close to Santos and Cais do Sodre and down from Estrella.
Bowls & Bar has a very relaxed and local vibe. The service is friendly and they have a nice selection of food and snacks to choose from. This includes coffee, tea, healthy juices and also alcoholic beverages. I tried one of their healthy juices and their hummus and sourdough bread. Both were very good and served really fast.
One of the things that makes Bowls & Bar different is that it has a florist inside the cafe and also local art adorns the walls which you can buy if one takes your fancy.
To get access to the free wifi ask a member of staff and they’ll bring you the details on a small slip of paper. The internet is fast, around 80 Mbps on my visit.
I would say Bowls & Bar has a nice mixture of relaxed cafe/bar vibe with the possibility to work but on my visit, it wasn’t full of people working on their laptops. Bowls & Bar definitely has a very authentic Lisbon feeling. Do check Bowls & Bar out if you are in the area!
Manjerica is a vegan / vegetarian cafe restaurant in the downtown Baixa area of Lisbon
Manjerica is a modern and stylish vegan/vegetarian cafe in the heart of Lisbon’s downtown Baixa area just a few metres from Praça da Figueira square.
You are welcome to work from Manjerica with your laptop however they politely mentioned that maybe they would need the space if it gets really busy. While it didn’t bother me you should keep in mind that Manjerica is directly above the Lisbon metro system and you can feel the vibrations as the metro trains pass but it’s nothing dramatic!
There are power outlets available in several places which is super convenient. On my visit, the internet speed was really slow, so slow that it was likely be a temporary problem. I will come back another day to check again. With that in mind, if your work requires high speed internet perhaps check out another place on our list just to be safe.
The staff are really friendly and Manjerica has a nice relaxed vibe. On my visit, there was only one other person with a laptop working. Manjerica has a nice menu and prices are pretty reasonable. I had a cafe latte and it was ok, nothing to get excited about but it did the job!
If you are in the Baixa area of downtown Lisbon, close to Praça da Figueira and are into vegan/vegetarian food you should check Manjerica out!
Rua João das Regras, Praça da Figueira 5-A, 1100-293 Lisboa, Portugal
Tease is a cute cafe and bakery hidden away from the crowds in the Misericórdia district of Lisbon
I literally bumped into Tease Cafe & Bakery in the Misericórdia district of Lisbon by accident. I was checking out a different cafe for its laptop friendliness and on my way back decided to walk down a street I didn’t know. I’m so glad I did!
Tease Cafe & Bakery caught my eye and I decided to check it out. Tease Cafe & Bakery has a very local feel, on my visit, the vast majority of people are Portuguese which is a welcome change in contrast to the tourist-heavy areas of Cais do Sodre and generally downtown Lisbon during the peak tourist seasons. Tease Cafe & Bakery is actually not very far away from the popular areas of Principe Real and Chiado.
There is a large dining table where it’s possible to work, regular small tables and there is also a large terrace outside. The prices are pretty reasonable and there’s quite a selection, from smoothies and juices to coffees, teas, burgers and more.
The wifi worked well, showing around 40 Mbps and the service is super friendly. Tease Cafe & Bakery has a nice relaxed feel and definitely a nice place to grab a coffee, do some work and feel like you are actually in Portugal!
Marquise is a cafe with a hidden patio very close to Praça das Flores in Lisbon
Marquise cafe is very close to Tease also on this list and within just a few minutes’ walk away from Praça das Flores and about 10 mins walk down from Principe Real.
Marquise cafe is charming and stylish and a place you could easily walk past without noticing it, not knowing that all the action is hidden away in the back where you’ll find a very cute patio.
Marquise cafe was recommended to me a few times and I finally had a chance to go check it out.
I had read on Google reviews that some people were complaining of rude service or arrogance, on my visit it wasn’t like that but I would say it didn’t have the most welcoming vibe when compared to other cafes in Lisbon. Still, saying that the service was fine and polite and I’d suggest checking it out.
It is possible to work on a laptop however you should note that between the hours of 12pm and 3pm laptops are not allowed in the patio area or the tables at the rear of Marquise which is okay as it’s their busy time to serve lunch. There are some tables at the front of Marquise when you enter off the street that can be used all day.
I only had a coffee and it was really nice and presented in a very cool cup! If you’re near Praça das Flores ideally before 12pm or after 3pm do check Marquise out as it is a bit of a hidden gem and also, if you’re looking for a nice quiet place in Lisbon city centre to have a spot of lunch or brunch this would be a great place to check out.
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