UPDATE: This cafÃ© now opens for breakfast and closes after lunch.
One of Lisbonâ€™s newest and most fashionable cafes (quite literally) is Colcci CafÃ©. Itâ€™s found up a flight of steps inside the Colcci shop which sells the Brazilian brandâ€™s menâ€™s and womenâ€™s wear known for its colorful and contemporary designs in jeans, sportswear, accessories, and footwear. Supermodel Gisele BÃ¼ndchen has been the official face of the brand since 2005 and youâ€™ll see her strutting down the runway on a plasma screen in the cafÃ© showing the latest collections.
Of all the international branches, the Lisbon shop is the first one to include a cafÃ©, and its location in the shopping district of Chiado make it a perfect stop in between your Lisbon shopping spree. The comfortable sofas are also especially inviting for the 5 oâ€™clock tea to those who work in Lisbon or find themselves in the Portuguese capital on a business trip and need somewhere to unwind after a busy day (youâ€™re even allowed to light up a cigarette here, as it has a smokerâ€™s dining area). The entire spaceâ€™s dÃ©cor and menu match the elegance and contemporary spirit of the fashions downstairs, and you can have a full meal or a light snack
at any time of the day. At the moment it closes at 7PM but may eventually extend that to later.
The excellent hot chocolates or the teas, scones, and cakes are the obvious choices for those after-work hours, but for lunch thereâ€™s a varied choice of salads, pastas, and daily specials, and some excellent desserts that Iâ€™ve become a particular fan of. There are also some good vegetarian options and freshly-squeezed juices.
For more cafes in the city, see GoLisbonâ€™s Lisbon cafes section.