Lisbon is one of the best European capitals for Digital Nomads looking to get some work done. Sure, the city offers a lot of distractions, but it also welcomes those whose budget might be tighter, in a pretty comfortable way. The Portuguese capital is a welcoming mix of traditional and cosmopolitan, it is vibrant, happening and, if you like to enjoy your days under the sun, there’s no other place in Europe where you are more likely to do so even during the colder months.
Some call it “the new Berlin”, but I think Lisbon has plenty to make it stand out by itself – no comparisons needed. Friendly locals, plenty of affordable fresh food and a great co-working and cafe scene that will make you feel like being productive.
In this article, we aim at recommending some of the best places for digital nomads to work in Lisbon. Even though WIFI comes as a first requirement when you think about these types of spots, it’s not only about being online. You can get free WIFI in most mall food courts, cafes or McDonald’s. Or even get a 4G mobile connection for about 20Euros, that will give you a generous 5GB to work with. The places we’re covering here are about more than just WIFI. They are places that offer comfortable seating for those looking to lounge around for more than a couple of hours. They are conveniently located and accessible by public transportation. They all have a good atmosphere where you can actually get work done and, some of them, also present themselves as good spots for networking with other digital nomads and local entrepreneurs.
In no particular order, these are the best places for digital nomads in Lisbon:
Paid Co-Working Spaces
There are many co-working spaces in and around Lisbon. In this list, we’re only featuring the ones we have used and would recommend.
Please note that there may be other worthy spaces but the ones mentioned here are those that offer daily passes. Spots with a minimum commitment of one month have been excluded. Because we know that, just like us, not everyone stays in one place for that long or prefers to head to a co-working space on a daily basis.
[Scroll down for a listing of recommended free spots (cafes and libraries) that make for good working spots in the center of Lisbon too.]
Coworklisboa is an open space located in a renovated building of the hip LX Factory. This artsy, commercial and office area serves as an ideal location for a co-working space. It’s great for meeting people and networking as well. Also it’s a good working space for those who like to take breaks and enjoy a little change of scene, having plenty of options to have coffee or a bite downstairs.
Coworklisboa houses a mix of permanent residents and coworkers occupying flex desks. Nomads visiting on daily passes are accommodated on a long communal table. The table is spacious and the office chairs are extremely comfortable, with a good number of plug-points too. You can easily sit here all day.
The community spirit is well felt around here – thank the open space for that, as well as the communal kitchen where you can enjoy free coffee, or the adjacent cafe where coworkers often have a bite together.
Great vibes and an inspiring location – it’s easy to understand why this place is one of the most popular co-working spots in Lisbon!
Where: Rua Rodrigues Faria 103, Edificio I, 4th Floor – LX Factory. Near Largo do Calvario in Alcantara.
Prices: Flex desk for 12€/day; 40€/week; 100€/month
Timings: 9AM – 9PM during week days. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Goodies: Free coffee and use of communal kitchen. Free open air parking – a rare treat within Lisbon!
More info: coworklisboa.pt
This is a happy and sunny co-working space situated by the easily accessible Cais do Sodre, offering excellent views towards the river and the South Bank. This is a perfect location, whether you’re traveling by train, bus, metro or tram.
Cowork Central includes different spaces, with a mix of local entrepreneurs and walk-in digital nomads (pets are welcome too!). Visitors can choose one of the different working areas available (between 4 to 10 people or so). Once locals seem to have their preferred spots, it’s more likely for visitors to get to know one another and network at the small communal kitchenette, lounge or balcony.
I tried the newest room with a massive curvy table: as it is not straight, the table gives a lot of privacy to each coworker, as each person gets his own corner, while enjoying plenty of natural light, individually adjustable table lights, a comfortable working chair, a great number of power outlets and speedy internet.
Cowork Central is a modern space, with all the tools one would need to get some serious work done!
Where: Praca Duque da Terceira 24, 3rd Floor. Near Cais do Sodre Station
Prices: 12.5€/day; 100€/10 days; 190€/month; 510€/quarterly
Timings: 9:30AM – 9:30PM during week days. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Goodies: Free coffee and access to kitchenette. 23″ MacBook screens available for rent at 3€/day (includes keyboard and bluetooth mouse)
More info: coworkcentral.pt
Set in a completely different side of town compared to most co-working spaces in Lisbon, IDEIAhub is a good alternative for those near Parque das Nacoes. The area is accessible by metro, bus and train.
The environment here feels more corporate, but not necessarily formal. Local entrepreneurs outnumber the nomads doing daily walk-ins, even though we’re told that the latter is growing lately. IDEIAhub encourages collaboration between resident and visiting coworkers. They indeed have more variety of coworkers than other spaces. Apart from the usual techies, they also host companies working in F&B, accountants, lawyers, psychologists and even a small beauty lounge with manicure services!
There is excellent natural light and gorgeous views of the river and Parque das Nacoes, as well as appropriate artificial lighting.
Coworkers on daily passes use high tables – for me, the laptop would end up at a height similar as if I’d have put it on a stand. The chairs are also bar high and fairly comfortable, but not as much as the office type of chairs in the regular lower desks. Those desks can also be used if free, and in both cases, you have access to great WIFI and plenty of plug-points.
There’s a lounge with couches and video-game consoles, and a small pantry to eat what you bring or what you get from the F&B cart that visits the offices twice a day. Downstairs, there are plenty of places you can go to for coffee or food, as well as a shopping mall just 3 minutes away walking.
IDEIAhub is a space for those whose productivity gets fueled in an organized and contemporary environment.
Where: Avenida Dom Joao II, 35, Edificio Infante 11th A – Parque das Nacoes
Prices: 12€/day; 75€/week (high table during regular working hours); 200€/month (fixed desk with 24/7 access)
Timings: 9AM – 6:30PM during week days. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Goodies: Espresso coffee at 25cents per cup.
More info: coworkinlisbon.com
Surf Office Lisbon
Surf Office Lisbon is not only a co-working space. It is instead a guesthouse, offering accommodation to digital nomads who visit Lisbon from all over the world. Apart from serviced rooms and shared facilities, nomads get to work with like-minded people in a small but well equipped space that is open 24/7.
Think of Surf Office Lisbon as co-living, but better! Instead of having to share home responsibilities with your flat mates, you pay for a room just like you would in any hostel or guesthouse, but you get the advantages of living under the same roof as other digital nomads, while the maintenance of the place is taken care of.
The cowork area is gifted with plenty of natural light, while nomads work on a long communal table that offers plenty of space per person, as well as power outlets, some external screens for those who may need them, and free coffee and tea to keep you going.
Apart from work, Surf Office Lisbon promotes a fun atmosphere. Work hard, play hard may not be their motto, but it sure feels like it applies here! They organize activities depending on the guests that happen to be in at a given time – this includes, of course, surfing trips! I got the feeling Surf Office knows the highlights of a stay in Lisbon (quality of life, great weather, proximity to beaches, etc.) and they do a great job at sharing that with nomads who choose to stay here.
Every now and then, Surf Office Lisbon also hosts work-related events for its visitors, like their upcoming Instagram workshop.
If you like to work and stay in a happy, chilled-out place, book yourself into Surf Office Lisbon!
Where: Rua Sao Paulo 111, 2nd Floor – Cais do Sodre
Prices: 50€/single room; 60€/double room; 75€/twin room. Shared bathroom. Use of co-working space included.
Timings: 24/7 access
Goodies: Free coffee/tea. Projector, printer & LCD displays.
More info: thesurfoffice.com/lisbon
Among the never ending list of cafes in Lisbon, we selected a few that stand out for those looking to get some work done with their laptops. Good WIFI, decent tables and seating, availability of plug-points and a certain inspiring vibe, make these the best cafes for digital nomads in Lisbon:
Fabrica Coffee Roasters
With a woody and warm atmosphere, Fabrica Coffee Roaster offers the type of “cool” coffee shop vibe not yet very common around Lisbon. Different than most cafes in the city, Fabrica feels very foreign and you are more likely to hear English in the background, rather than Portuguese.
There’s a good mix of small tables for 2, and longer ones that can seat up to 6 people if you like to work in groups. The wooden chairs in the small tables are fairly comfortable, while the metal benches on the longer tables look good, but are not ideal to work for several hours due to the lack of back support.
Even though this place serves food (a small selection of sandwiches and salads), it’s probably the type of cafe you’d visit to work for a few hours, not the entire day. The coffee here is delicious, but it does taste different than the usual Portuguese roast. Those that find that typical Portuguese coffee tastes slightly burnt, might dig coffee here. Prices are also more expensive than in your usual Lisbon coffee places, but you don’t really come here to drink and go - you come and enjoy the space for a while!
Fabrica Coffee Roasters is a cool hangout to work at for a few hours, while enjoying a good cup of coffee!
Where: Rua das Portas de Santo Antao 136 – near Restauradores.
Prices: Specialty coffees between 1.2€ and 3€.
Timings: 9AM – 9PM, every day.
More info: fabricacoffeeroasters.com
Copenhagen Coffee Lab
The moment you enter Copenhagen Coffee Lab, you know this is a place for digital nomads. You are welcome to order a cup and sit around for hours, like you see several people indeed do.
The atmosphere is very foreign around here – if it weren’t because this cafe is nestled in one of those typical Lisbon squares, you could almost forget that you’re in Portugal.
Apart from tables for 1 or 2 people, there’s a large communal table where digital nomads tend to sit at. Unfortunately, the seats in this one are benches, not chairs, so there’s no back support. For those more inspired when they observe the world pass by, there are also seats by the windows. Wherever you choose to sit, you’ll find a plug point fairly close to you.
There’s a good mix of natural and artificial light, particularly over the big the communal table, which can seat around 8 people comfortably. It is a little noisy by the entrance as the door is kept open and cars pass by the street all the time, but you can choose to go inside and have more privacy.
Apart from excellent coffee, Copenhagen Coffee Lab also serves sandwiches, pastries (Danish, not your usual Portuguese ones), cakes and other healthy bites such as oatmeal. Jugs with water and lime wedges are available for free too.
Very good internet, mighty fine coffee and plenty of other open laptops all around you make Copenhagen Coffee Lab a great spot for digital nomads in Lisbon!
Where: Rua Nova da Piedade 10 – near Principe Real.
Prices: Specialty coffees between 1€ and 7€.
Timings: 8AM – 6PM, Monday to Friday. 10AM – 6PM, Saturday and Sunday.
More info: cphcoffeelab.pt
A twin of the cultural and artistic project Village Underground in London, VU Lisboa houses working spaces for artists and a cafe where you can also sit and work at. Here, we’re focusing on the cafe, while you can find more info about renting spaces and co-working on their website below.
There’s nothing usual about Village Underground Lisboa. Next to the containers turned into workshops for artists, you’ll come across a cafe housed in a double-decker bus – VU Lisbon is set inside Carris Museum, that is, the local company that manages urban buses in Lisbon. So it all makes sense!
While Village Underground itself is open 24/7, the cafe is mostly open during the afternoon. They serve a dish of the day, some snacks, and a decent variety of freshly made juices, tea and coffee (Dolce Gusto capsules).
We worked on the 2nd floor of the bus (which can shake slightly if the wind happens to be strong) – there are tables for 2 and a larger table for a small group of 7 or so, and, against all odds, the bus-style seats are actually very comfortable. The natural light is great and you’ve got the advantage to be able to close your own portion of shade if you need to cancel some light because of the reflection on the screen. On darker days, there’s also good artificial light above each table. There are power outlets by nearly every table, so recharging is not a problem. Over all, I found this place to be surprisingly comfortable to work at.
The location night not be obvious, but that doesn’t mean it’s not easy to get to. From Largo do Calvario you walk a few minutes to Carris Museum – once at the reception, they’ll direct you towards this space.
Those inspired by quirkiness will love to work at Village Underground Lisboa!
Where: Museu da Carris, Rua 1º de Maio, 103 – close to Largo do Calvario in Alcantara.
Prices: Dolce Gusto coffees between 0.7€ and 1.8€
Timings: 12PM – 8PM, Tuesday to Sunday
More info: vulisboa.com
The world has Starbucks and Lisbon has Padaria Portuguesa. This chain of cafes mixes the best of Portuguese style coffee shops with a contemporary feel.
There are many Padaria Portuguesa outlets all over Lisbon (you’ll see them easily near touristic locations), but the one reviewed here is the Cais do Sodre store. While the menu and WIFI seem pretty standard across the different shops, the seating area may vary. Cais do Sodre is busy enough to be happening, but not too busy that will spoil the possibility of getting some work done.
Apart from standard cafe chairs, tables and some small couches, Padaria Portuguesa in Cais do Sodre also has one big communal table surrounded by two benches, ideal to work in group (up to 8 people). This is a self-service cafe, and the seats are not near the counter. As such, you can lounge in the area for as long as you want, and no one will bother you or pressure you to order more food/drinks.
There are several power outlets in the cafe and good artificial lighting. The WIFI is not stellar (you wouldn’t be able to do a conference call, for example), but it’s good enough for most blogging related tasks, checking emails, social media, etc. for example.
Where: Rua dos Remolares, 17 – in front of Cais do Sodre Station.
Prices: Coffees between 0.65€ and 2€. Great coffee break and breakfast combos between 1.5€ and 2.5€
Timings: 7:30AM – 8PM
More info: apadariaportuguesa.pt
Fabulas is a good spot for digital nomading in Lisbon, but it’s not for everyone! Those into alternative, vintage looking places, might feel inspired here. We sure weren’t the only ones with a laptop, book or pen and paper in hand around here.
Set in the very center of town (Baixa-Chiado), Fabulas is more of a bistro than simply a cafe. But the space is so big and divided into different rooms, that you can easily find a corner to sit at and work for hours, without having someone bothering you. There are small and big tables, and some couches too. Just don’t expect good natural light though. There’s also a pleasant outdoor area, but WIFI there can be sketchy.
Coffee is mediocre for Portuguese standards and the prices are a little high (even though the menu does offer unusual creations), but the fast internet may make up for that.
If you want to explore downtown Lisbon and still get some work done on the same day, stop by Fabulas!
Where: Calcada Nova de Sao Francisco, 14 - in Baixa-Chiado.
Prices: Regular coffees between 1.2€ and 2€.
Timings: 10AM – 11PM, Sunday to Thursday. 10AM – 1 AM, Friday and Saturday.
More info: fabulas.pt
Quick Note for Smokers:
If you’d like to work at a place where smoking is allowed, swing by Livraria Ler Devagar. This bohemian book shop set in an abandoned printing press is home to two different coffee shops where smoking doesn’t seem to be an issue.
Where: Inside LX Factory (Rua Rodrigues Faria 103)
Timings: 12AM – 12 PM
More info: lerdevagar.com
If you don’t want to pay for a co-working spot or having to order something to eat or drink at a cafe, heading to a local library to work can be a good option!
Biblioteca Municipal Camoes
You do not need to be a member of any of the municipal libraries in Lisbon to walk in, sit down and use the WIFI. The passwords are normally written down at a notice board by the entrance.
Biblioteca Muncipal Camoes, near the popular Bica lift, is a good spot for working in downtown Lisbon. There are plenty of individual and communal desks, silent areas and rooms for group work (where you can talk), and even some desks by the windows, with truly privileged views over the red terracotta roofs of Lisbon and the river.
There’s a mix of modern typical library looking rooms and some others more historical, with intricate ceiling designs. Here, you’ll come across many people studying or working with their laptops, but don’t expect any socializing as such. You come here to do your own thing, that’s pretty much it!
Check the complete network of public municipal libraries in Lisbon offering free WIFI here.
Where: Largo do Calhariz, Nr. 17, 1st Left – Bica
Timings: 10:30 AM – 18PM, Tuesday to Friday. Some Mondays and Saturdays open too: check website below for timings.
More info: blx.cm-lisboa.pt
If you have any questions regarding the spaces listed here, feel free to ask in the comments.
If you’ve worked in any of the above too, don’t forget to add your thoughts!