Lisbon has a great new cafe in the Baixa (downtown) district (it opened last December), and it’s not just another cafe. In fact, it’s a chocolate bar. Rojoo offers more than 140 varieties of Zotter’s handmade, organic, fair-trade chocolates together with coffee and smoothies. To accompany the drinks, go for a brownie, chocolate fondue with fruits, or a piece of homemade chocolate cake. You may also want to try the special Portuguese flavors, such as the only approved Port Wine chocolate. On colder days you’ll likely go for the hot chocolate, but on warmer sunny afternoons I recommend you sit at the outdoor tables with a delicious cold chocolate and mint drink. Other tempting choices include the “chococcino” and the dark chocolate ice cream.
But there are more than desserts and sweet temptations here. You can get a light meal made up of wraps, salads, and quiches.
The actual cafe is tiny, with space only big enough for little more than a counter inside. The sitting space is outside, with tables facing the Santa Justa Elevator. Now that the Lisbon summer has arrived, this is a stop you won’t resist returning to once you try it.
Rua de Santa Justa, 84 (Baixa)
9AM-8PM (closed Sundays)