Ah Fauna and Flora Lisbon…a beautiful, cozy cafe that I dreamed of visiting as soon as I realized we were going to Portugal.
I first found Fauna and Flora through TikTok – it seemed like it was mentioned in almost every other video about the best breakfast spots in Lisbon. Obviously, it rose to the top of my list to visit and on our very first morning in the city – off we went to brunch at Fauna and Flora Lisbon!
But is this cafe all that it’s cracked up to be?
In this article, we are going to share our personal experience of visiting 2 locations of Fauna and Flora in Lisbon. It was a top spot that we found ourselves going back to more than once! Here’s our complete guide will also review the brunch menu, ambiance, prices, staff and the best locations to visit.
Brunching At Fauna And Flora Lisbon
What’s it like to brunch at Fauna and Flora?
The atmosphere is cool and relaxed, there are plants everywhere and it’s a very picturesque brunch spot in Lisbon. It’s a great spot to go on a date with your other half or bring friends along for a fun weekend brunch together.
If you’re looking for brunch spots in Lisbon, every (decent) list will mention Fauna and Flora. It’s just an iconic cafe where people will dine at least once during their visit to Lisbon, especially the regular brunch go-ers!
Fauna And Flora Lisbon Locations
This bustling cafe is SO popular, they have expanded to 4 locations across Lisbon and even a little beyond the city.
You can visit Fauna and Flora Lisbon at these locations:
The bottom two locations (Chiado and Estoril) are the newest additions to this growing cafe family. We went to both the Santos and Anjos locations – and they are very different. Anjos is a bit further from the city center and there’s usually a shorter wait time if you get there early.
I believe the Santos location is the original one and it has a very cute outside terrace that is awesome to sit at during warmer weather. It’s also very funny because as you know Lisbon has many MANY hills, so the seats out on the terrace are almost on a slant which is cool.
The Chiado location is probably the most central – if you don’t want to venture out too far from the city, it’s a great option. Estoril is actually closer to Cascais than it is to Lisbon and they opened up a cafe there which seems to be going well. If you’re traveling from Lisbon to Cascais, we always recommend getting off at Estoril to walk the promenade along the coast. Cascais is worth visiting and now you can also have a good brunch option before going on the scenic coastal walk!
Opening Hours For Fauna And Flora
When’s the best time to visit Fauna and Flora Lisbon?
If you want to avoid the huge crowds or long wait times, we recommend going on a weekday. It still may be a little busy (honestly, it’s popular so it’s busy most of the time) but brunch at Fauna and Flora on weekends will be WAY busier. If you want to visit for weekend brunch, we recommend either going earlier or later to avoid peak hours because you could be waiting in line for a while!
These are the opening hours for Fauna and Flora Lisbon at each of their 4x locations:
- Fauna and Flora Santos: 9am to 6pm
- Fauna and Flora Anjos: 9am to 7pm
- Fauna and Flora Chiado: 9am to 6pm (Sun-Mon); 9:00am to 12:00am (Tues-Sat)
- Fauna and Flora Estoril: 9:00am to 8:00pm
Their most popular location is the Santos one. It’s very cute but it’s also the busiest one. We first went to their Anjos location because we figured it would be less busy (which it was) and we got seated right away. The Chiado and Estoril locations are the newest editions to this growing family of cafes in Lisbon so they may be less busy too!
What’s the menu like at Fauna and Flora Lisbon?
Well..it’s pretty big! You can order the brunch classics like avocado toast, acai bowls, etc. But they also have some pretty creative options with their savory pancakes, halloumi bagel and a very interesting ‘salmon nest’ which is salmon and eggs on top of an avocado half.
Matthew ordered the savory pancakes with crispy bacon and I got the acai smoothie bowl which was the best I had in Portugal. It was surprisingly filling and just simply delicious.
Fauna and Flora’s food is also very beautifully presented which is perfect for those cute brunch photos! There’s one thing for sure: there’s something for everyone at Fauna and Flora, even if you have dietary restrictions – they are quite vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
Fauna and Flora do a great job sticking to their name as the place is filled with lots of plants, flowers and aesthetically pleasing neutral colors. The interior and views are great, although it does get very crowded.
For some reason, it’s also very noisy, especially at the Santos location. However, I feel like if you sat outside there would be less ruckus. Other than that, the ambiance is quite beautiful as you feel like you’re in this greenhouse/garden/forest combination!
If you go to the Santos location, try and sit outside on the street curb! It’s such an awesome experience – just make sure you don’t lean back too far as it’s somewhat on an angle on the hill.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to the brunch menu at Fauna and Flora Lisbon!
Now, the menu might be a little overwhelming at first, but it’s easy enough to work out. They categorize it based on types of brunch dishes such as smoothie bowls, pancakes, toasts and burgers. Whether you prefer something sweet or savory for brunch, Fauna and Flora have great options for everyone.
When we went to Fauna and Flora the first time, I ordered the acai smoothie bowl and Matthew got the ‘Salty Pancakes’ which had crispy bacon, maple syrup and a sunny-side-up egg. Both were SO delicious! The pancakes were obviously delectable and equally indulgent. My acai smoothie was all I could ask for – from then on, I ordered the acai smoothie every single time we went to Fauna and Flora Lisbon. It was just too good!
Vegetarians and vegans will also enjoy brunching at this cafe because there are quite a few options to choose from on their menu. And they aren’t just after-thoughts either, you will actually have some creative brunch items that other places might not even think to create!
We absolutely loved our brunch food at Fauna and Flora Lisbon, but what about our drinks?
Well…we have to be honest and say that we were a little disappointed by the coffee. Matthew ordered a cappuccino and I ordered an iced latte. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still decent coffee, but maybe we had higher expectations. The coffee beans weren’t strong enough for our preference and my ice latte barely had much ice so it melted pretty quickly.
I have to say: Matthew and I are coffee snobs, so we do prefer the specialty coffee shops in Lisbon. We do understand Fauna and Flora is mainly a brunch spot so it honestly didn’t bother us. I mean, the crema on the cappuccino in the photo above explains it best. A lot of people do like the coffee at this cafe so it’s best to try it out for yourself!
Don’t like coffee? There’s plenty of other drink options at Fauna and Flora Lisbon including:
- energy shots
- natural juices
- soft drinks
The smoothies are very popular amongst customers and they’re a great non-caffeine alternative for those who don’t drink coffee. You’ll notice that there are also alcoholic drinks available in case you want a boozy brunch with friends or you simply want to catch up later in the afternoon for some aperitivo.
Fauna and Flora Lisbon’s drink menu has something for everyone to indulge in!
Fauna & Flora is a VERY popular breakfast spot for locals, expats and tourists. What does that mean? There’s usually a line out the door! You can expect to wait anywhere from 20 minutes to as long as 1+ hours. No joke, the queues are honestly one of the biggest cons of living in Lisbon. It becomes even harder when you’ve got a bigger group of friends as it can be hard to snag a big table.
Like most restaurants and cafes in Lisbon, Fauna and Flora Lisbon only take walk-ins. You cannot call or book a table in advance. You simply have to show up and wait in the queue.
TTA TOP TIP: Choose to arrive early or late. The peak hours are usually from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Our strategy (yes, we had a brunch arrival strategy because we don’t like waiting 40+ minutes lol) was to arrive 30 to 45 minutes BEFORE peak brunch time.
We arrived at 10am at Fauna and Flora Lisbon (Anjos location) and we were seated immediately. About 20 minutes after we were seated, they started to get people on their waitlist. That’s how quickly it can change!
How much does it cost to have brunch at Fauna and Flora Lisbon?
We thought it was very reasonably priced for what you get. Here are the prices for some menu items (at the time of publishing):
- 🫐 Acai Bowl: €9.50 ($10 USD)
- 🥞 Avena Pancakes: €7.00 ($7.40 USD)
- 🥯 Bacon + Cheese Bagel: €8.50 ($9 USD)
- 🥑 Avocado Toast: €7.00 ($7.40 USD)
For the 15+ brunch spots we went to in Lisbon, we found that this is the average price for brunch food. We think you get good value for money at Fauna and Flora since the portion sizes are decent and presented beautifully and the cafe has a great atmosphere overall.
The staff were very friendly and welcoming at Fauna and Flora. It’s a very busy and happening spot so they are a little under the pump, rushing a little bit which is more than understandable.
They were also very good at handling the waitlist to make sure we got in as soon as possible.
Our Personal Experience Dining at Fauna And Flora Lisbon
We loved visiting Fauna and Flora Lisbon! It was our first brunch spot (of many) that we checked out as it’s on almost every other Tiktok video for brunch in Lisbon.
At first, we didn’t realize that it would get so busy. Lisbon seems to have this walk-in-only culture, which means we always had to wait in line (if we went during peak hours). That was one of the biggest cons of living in Lisbon for us. We got lucky at Fauna and Flora Anjos and walked straight in without waiting.
While the food is amazing, it wasn’t the best brunch food we had in Lisbon. But for a warm atmosphere and a relaxed and fun brunch with friends – it’s a great spot!
5x More Breakfast Spots In Lisbon Similar To Fauna And Flora
Want more brunch recommendations? We visited a brunch spot nearly every weekend for the month that we were living in Lisbon.
Here are 5x more recommendations for a great brunch in Lisbon:
The brunch scene in Lisbon is elite – it’s honestly on another level. We went every Saturday and Sunday for 4 weeks and we still feel like we only scratched the surface! You’ll enjoy trying the popular spots and finding your own hidden gems around Lisbon!
Final Thoughts: Is Fauna And Flora Lisbon The Best Brunch Spot?
Fauna and Flora Lisbon is one of the most famous brunch spots in the city for a reason. Tourists, expats and locals love visiting the many locations scattered across Lisbon and beyond.
There’s a lot to love – from the affordable prices, and picturesque plate design to the creative menu and beautiful atmosphere…it’s a dreamy spot for any brunchgoer! Give it a try but remember to get in early because it does get pretty busy.