Everyone takes a wander through the Bairro Alto and Chiado but few people find a good place for a quick lunch: most cafés in the area are over-touristed and over-priced. But two blocks west of the main “Largo do Chiado” is a tiny café called “Pão com Manteiga” (Bread with Butter Café) on the little one-way street called “Rua das Chagas” (translation omitted to preserve your appetite). Located right across from our son’s temporary school facilities, this little café is packed with teachers from the school, consultants from the nearby Boston Consulting Group headquarters and not a single tourist.
The regulars leave about 1:15, which opens just enough space for you to drop in and have the daily special. Probably €6.50, with enough for two people. 100% Portuguese. You’ll be glad you went.
Pão com Manteiga Café, Rua das Chagas, Chiado/Bairro Alto