O Cha da Lapa
O Cha da Lapa is Lisbon’s finest tea emporium, in the wealthy Lapa district it caters for finely attired women who continue to make an occasion of an afternoon cuppa. Ornate light-fittings and Regency-inspired gilt furnishings try to emulate the salon da cha tradition of the late 1940s. Well-to-do types purse their rouge-red lips and engage in hushed genteel conversation.
Unfortunately the tea selection at O Cha da Lapa isn’t particularly impressive – expect to sip Liptons from fine bone china – and import status stamps a higher price tag. Instead opt for one of the expertly crafted pastries and cream cakes, made daily on the premises. The pleasantly bumbling waiter is as much a reassuring staple as the multi-tiered cake stand in the corner and is more than happy to advise. The building receives very little light, and is probably best visited on a rainy day.