Café Lisboa is a superb Portuguese café near the Portobello road. Having lived in portugal Portugal, this place was always going to be popular with me!
It’s always busy, the atmosphere is fantastic and you wouldn't be out of place thinking you had been transported to Lisbon. The Pastel de Nata (that’s custard cakes to normal folk) is to die for, and amongst the best we have ever had. The coffee (Bica) is also fantastic. We are often found in the queue that stretches way outside the door, but the service is fast and before you know it you'll be tucking into one of their truly fabulous pastries muttering What Diet? Us folks at StyleBible.com would be lost without them.
Favorite Dish: The Pastel de Nata (that’s custard cakes to normal folk) is to die for, and amongst the best we have ever had.
Last visit August 2008
Just so I could try the custard tarts at this bakery, we started off to the Portobello Road Saturday market not from the usual starting point of Notting Hill Gate but from Ladbroke Grove where we normally end.
This street is off a lot of the central London maps and the local folks were no help when it came to directions so try to print out a map of the area before you go. Or if you start at the Notting Hill Gate end of the market, it's all the way at the other end, past the underpass where they sell clothes and jewelry. Turn right on Golborne Road and it's on the right side of the street.
There are a few tables but the place was packed on a Saturday late morning so don't expect a seat.
Favorite Dish: I tried a couple of other pastries but the real reason to go here is the custard tarts-yum!
This genuine Portuguese café with its great coffee, mouth-watering pastries and real Portuguese customers used to be an anomaly and now it's thriving. On a Saturday morning in November it was packed out both inside and at the pavement tables.
The best time to go though is on a summer Sunday morning, when there is no market and all is peaceful. When I lived nearby in Chesterton Road, this is where I came for breakfast on Sundays - early though because the seats outside are very popular when the weather is good.
When I first wrote about the Lisboa Patisserie I remarked on the down-at-heel nature of the area. I've revisited since then - the area is definitely improving as the old Notting Hill moves north, driven on by celebrity and the rocketing prices it brings.
Another café over the road is clearly a Portugeuse/Irish crossover. Called the "O'Porto Patisserie". :)
Favorite Dish: Coffee and pastries