Montana Lisboa Café – Lisbon (PT)

Visual artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils and Miguel Negretti aka DJ Glue’s cultural hotspot with great coffee on the river Tagus

  • opening times:
    Mon: Closed, Tue - Sun: 10 - 19
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
    FacebookWebsite
  • price check:
    Espresso: €1,50 / Flat White: €2,50 / Filter: €3
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Linea
  • coffees on offer:
    various from Café de Finca

Cities with a great waterfront are just so much more livable, aren’t they? Think of Barcelona, New York, Amsterdam or Rio de Janeiro where water in the form of canals, rivers and the seas are quintessential components of their characters. Lisbon, the stunning capital of Portugal, is no different.

Views of the river

Views of the river

Located at the mouth of the river Tagus and almost facing the Atlantic ocean, Lisbon and the country it presides over have always been defined by their proximity to water. So it might only come naturally that the first local specialty coffee shop that we recommend to you is gloriously facing the Tagus river.

Barista Ruben at work

Barista Ruben at work

Montana Lisboa Café might strike you as somewhat of an odd, and I hate this word, ‘concept store’ because it is part gallery, part art supplies store and part café, but when you learn how it came about, it all makes sense. Founded visual artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils and Miguel Negretti aka DJ Glue who joined forces to create a unique space inside the refurbished Cais do Sodré warehouse, Montana Lisboa Café is a great little spot from where to enjoy epic views over the river, sip on excellent espresso-based drinks and filter coffees and tuck into tasty, freshly made dishes.

Sidamo from Café de Finca

Sidamo from Café de Finca

The menu was created by local chef Freddy Guerreiro who blends traditional Portuguese dishes with oriental flavours and the coffee comes from Spanish roaster Café de Finca, who will soon be opening a permanent outpost in the Portuguese capital. Regularly changing displays of art on the wall make the café a magnet for local and international art buffs and its handy location in the center of town means its also frequented by casual drop-in tourists who stumble upon it.

The bar + art works on display

The bar + art works on display

After a long day of exploring the city, Montana Lisboa Café was a very welcome and final stop before returning to the hotel to refresh for dinner. If it had been warmer, I’d have made this the starting point for a relaxing riverside walk and I look forward to returning to this hidden gem on another visit.

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