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Café Society


From historic tearooms to new bohemian hangouts, Portugal’s cafés offer something for every taste. Verity Hogan takes a tour of the best

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Verity Hogan,

Tease Bakery
With cupcake bases ranging from 'red velvet' to lemon and poppyseed, Tease Bakery is sure to satisfy even the most discerning cake buyer. Owner Sónia spent three years travelling the globe to perfect her recipes. As a result, Tease now uses the finest ingredients and the most imaginative toppings.

Tease Bakery, Rua do Norte 31-33, 1200-283 Lisbon, +351 96 910 5525

Café Progresso
Café Progresso has been an integral part of daily life for the residents of its cosmopolitan neighbourhood since 1899. The café marries high ceilings, olive-green floorboards and modern artwork with vintage wooden tables and chairs. The coffee is freshly brewed and satisfyingly rich; pick up a bag to enjoy the aroma in your own home.

Café Progresso, Rua Actor João Guedes 5, 4050-310 Porto, +351 22 332 2647

Deli Delux
Hidden behind a gourmet shop on the banks of the Tagus river, Deli Delux has quickly earned a reputation as the best place in Lisbon for weekend brunch. Chef Leonor Manita’s light, Mediterranean-inspired menu stretches from fresh salads and sandwiches to sharing platters and traditional Portuguese desserts. Recreate favourite recipes at home by picking up all the ingredients used in the café kitchen at the on-site deli.

Deli Delux, Avenida Infante Dom Henrique (Armazém B, Loja 8), 1900-264 Lisbon, +351 21 886 2070

Café No Chiado
Café No Chiado lies at the epicentre of Lisbon’s vibrant arts scene, helped in large part by its location next to the São Carlos theatre. Its library-like interior, dark walls and plush leather seating encourage patrons to spend an afternoon delving through the piles of free newspapers and magazines over tea or coffee. There is also a selection of fresh salads, hot and cold soups and tasty pasta dishes on offer.

Café No Chiado, Largo do Picadeiro 10, 1200-330 Lisbon, +351 21 346 0501

Rota do Chá
Home to more than 300 varieties of tea, from the traditional to the wildly exotic, Rota do Chá is a tea connoisseur’s dream. Digestive Oolong, Rooibos and a selection of stress-busting ayurvedic teas are among the many blends on offer. Each carries health benefits such as preventing flu symptoms and slowing the ageing process. The mostly vegetarian menu is dotted with homemade delights, including broccoli and cheese crêpes and vegetable empanadas.

Rota do Chá, Rua Miguel Bombarda 457, 4150-382 Porto, +351 22 013 6726

Pois Café
Pois Café’s mismatched furniture, bright vintage sofas and rustic cuisine capture the essence of flea-market chic. Here,  medicine bottles find new life as vases and the walls are high and covered with vintage buys and eclectic artworks. The atmosphere is laidback and the cake counter and dishes such as the cod strudel reveal the owners’ Austrian roots. Bring a book to swap with one from the library and settle in for the long haul.

Pois Café, Rua São João da Praça 93-95, 1100-521 Lisbon, +351 21 886 2497

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