Cafe a Brasilieira
Customers were given a free bag of coffee beans when Cafe a Brasílieira opened in 1905, as this is the first of the Lisbon coffee shops to be home to the Portuguese coffee brand of the same name. At its 1920s peak, it was an intellectual powerhouse where poets and revolutionaries would put the world to rights over a bica and a cream puff.
These days it’s a tick-box tourist spot for visitors to the city. A bronze statue of Portugal’s finest literary export, Fernando Pessoa, proves the main focal point; trigger-happy holiday-makers insist on photographing loved ones draped over the poet. The carved wooden interior is nothing short of magnificent and a well-stocked cake cabinet seems to stretch for miles. At night, the esplanade is a hotspot for post-dinner drinks.