Esplanada opened to a flurry of respectable reviews, one of Lisbon’s modern cafes enjoys a peaceful position in the leafy gardens of Principe Real. The snaking space-age building looks like a cross between a metal worm tunnel and a flexible vacuum attachment. Laid directly over cobbled paving, Esplanada looks deceptively flimsy.
On a bright day, the mainly glass structure captures the glorious mid-morning sun and is a perfect choice for a late breakfast. When it pours, the comfy orange armchairs serve as the perfect vantage-point for watching rain hammer against the window panes. Workers from the local interior design community occupy tables during lunchtimes, while a much younger crowd nurse an afternoon coffee at one of the many picnic benches outside. A place to meet and talk the hind leg off a galao.