Hg2 : The Hedonist


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.

Jardim do Principe Real, Bairro Alto.,
+ 351 96 511 5851
Opening Times
daily, 8am-midnight
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