Some cycle just for the fun of it, others are just addicted. This last couple of years Portugal has become one of the cyclist’s best friends and the trend is indeed here to stay. Not only there are several trails (Greenways) spread across the country, but also many stores and cafés have been popping up.
Whether you’re a cyclist or just do it on the weekends, here are some bike-friendly cafés in Lisbon.
A store garage when you enter…a café when you climb the stairs. Grémio combines vegetarian cuisine a bicycle design. There are new dishes every day - like stewed peas, roasted seitan or tofu “à bras.” The coffee is 100% Arabica and you can also try the locally brewed beer.
Address: Avenida 24 de Julho, 86 B
Open: 10 AM-6 PM
The shop opened in the most obvious place to open a space dedicated to bicycles… off a bike lane. You can park the bicycle outside, next to the terrace, or take it inside where there is a workshop and a store - a ramp facilitates entry. Every day you can find sandwiches, salads, burgers and “pregos,” but it is on Saturdays and Sundays that the café serves its specialty: brunch.
Address: Avenida Duque d'Ávila, 120 A
Open: 10 AM-7 PM
Located in the Lx Factory, the space has bicycles hanging on the walls and lamps made with wheels. Yes, the first floor is reserved for bicycles, but unlike most of the spaces on this list, the Bi+Ca is more like a restaurant than a workshop. The menu has are several paninis, sandwiches, “pregos” and even dishes for the hungrier ones like minced meat with foie gras, or pork knee.
Address: Rua Rodrigues Faria
Open: 12 AM-9 PM. Sunday, 10 AM-7 PM
If you’re planning to bike your way to a Pastel de Belém, you can always stop at Slowfast Cycles, in the River Docks. The bike shop has accessories and space for some simple repairs. Slowfast Cycles is also a bicycle hotel; meaning that you can leave the vehicle safely for a few hours (to get that Pastel de Belém!), and even rent one on your own. Here, you can get coffee, snacks and lighter meals overlooking the Tejo River.
Address: Doca de Santo Amaro, Armazém 7
Open: 10 AM-8 PM. Saturday 10AM-10PM. Sunday, 9 PM-6 PM.