The 7 Best Breakfast Cafes And Places in Faro, Portugal

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Portugal has been a popular sun haven for holidaymakers and travelers from around the world who come to experience the delights the country has to offer; beautiful sandy coves, azure ocean, friendly people, good weather. Not to mention the great food. What can be better than waking up the gorgeous sun and scenery and heading to eat at one of the best breakfast cafes in Faro?

Faro is a municipality in the Algarve region of Southern Portugal and is proving popular with travelers worldwide. The city is renowned for its great eateries but with so much choice it’s hard to know where to go for the best breakfast cafes in Faro.

Nightlife here is well-documented, but what about if you are just wanting to enjoy a great breakfast in Faro? Where should you go? We’ve shortlisted the 7 best breakfast cafes and eateries to make the decision easier. Let’s take a look.

Demo Urban Bakery

Pastel de nata
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If the enticing smell and taste of freshly baked bread baked on the premises, among other goodies fresh out of the oven, is your thing then look no further than this bakery in Faro. Teeming with fresh produce and Portuguese and Italian delicacies, this is a great place to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast in the city.

Open from 7:30 am until 8 pm seven days a week, this cafe is a hit with tourists, travelers, and locals. Specialties include pastel de nata, a Portuguese egg custard tart pastry dusted with cinnamon, and freshly squeezed juices. Other delights include scrambled eggs, coffee and cake, pastries, and toasted sandwiches. Guests can sit inside or outside in the sunshine, people watching. The decor is appealing, the style eclectic and the staff is friendly, plus prices are reasonable too. The owner is Italian and if you fancy coming back in the evening, you can try the most amazing Italian pizzas. The cafe is well situated and close to everything.

Address: R. Conselheiro Bivar n.6, 8000-078, 8000-255 Faro, Portugal

Baixa Caffee

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This popular eatery is perfect if you just want a cup of tea or coffee but also if you would like to eat breakfast/ brunch and is just a 3-minute walk from the Clerigos Church. The menu caters to vegans and vegetarians and offers Portuguese and European fare.

Dishes include lemon tea or fresh juice with pastries, stuffed almond cake, omelets, and croissants. Their specialty is the Baixa- an avocado, egg and bacon sandwich, fries optional. The cafe is situated on a pebbled pedestrian street with no access to cars by the outside seating area, so you can enjoy your breakfast or brunch in peace in the tranquil surroundings. The cafe also offers a takeaway service. Reasonable prices with quick, friendly service and pleasant atmosphere. Open from 8 am until 12 am.

Address: Praceta Assis Esperanca 8, 8000-176 Faro, Portugal

Alcachofra

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Formerly known as Mel & Limao, Alcachofra (meaning artichoke) is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant that also offers gluten-free options. But, of course, even if you are not vegan or vegetarian, you can still enjoy the tasty delights this cafe has on offer.

Food is made fresh on the premises, in fact, you can see it being made, and the vegetarian sausage comes highly recommended, as do the delicious donuts and muffins. Service is friendly and helpful, prices are reasonable and it is centrally located in Faro’s Old Town. You can sit outside in the sunshine and watch the world go by or eat inside. This hip bistro cafe is also dog-friendly, so patrons can bring their four-legged friends along. The decor is great and so is the food, with a wide and varied choice of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Address: Largo Pe da Cruz 25, Faro 8000-154, Portugal

Pastelaria Coelho

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This traditional Portuguese eatery is a favorite with locals and travelers alike. Although it has pastelaria in its name (pastry and cake shop), it is more of a restaurant. Not all staff speak fluent English, so you can put your Portuguese linguistic skills to the test! Very reasonable prices, with a good choice of food and great options for the kids, it’s not hard to see why this place is popular.

You can indulge your sweet tooth with a wide selection of treats and local delicacies from Portugal and Faro. Or if you’re fancying something more savory, the Portuguese sausage served with carrots and scrambled eggs come highly recommended. The service is fast and efficient, the atmosphere relaxed and chilled, even when packed with locals enjoying breakfast or lunch. The decor is fairly basic, but portions are generous and the food is tasty. Great coffee and selection of pastries. There is a little outside seating area also. It really is a hidden gem and is open from 7:30 am to 12:30 am.

Address: Rua Brites de Almeida No 2, Faro 8000-234 Portugal

Snack Bar Com Tradicoes

Snack Bar Com Tradicoes
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This little cafe is in a lovely location, near Estoi, just outside of Faro, in front of a little church, and the terrace looks out onto the main square. If you are staying in Faro, it is only a short car ride away. Breakfast favorites include the ham and cheese croissant and more traditional dishes. There is a daily prato de dia (dish of the day) of traditional Portuguese fare.

Food is sourced locally and cooked fresh. Family-run, friendly service makes this place a hit. The staff is multilingual which makes ordering a breeze. There is plenty of outdoor seating with parasols to keep you comfortable in the shade, and inside the cafe is spotlessly clean. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle, this is a pretty and peaceful place to eat. Good mix of tourists and locals and very low prices. A charming setting and a great place to watch the world go by. It’s open all day so perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Open 8 am to 10 pm.

Address: Largo da Liberdade N 4 5 | Estoi, Faro 8005-450, Portugal

Papaya

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If you’ve been overindulging on your travels, through Portugal and elsewhere, one too many pastel de natas, perhaps, or you just like to eat healthily, then look no further than Papaya’s juice bar in Faro. Despite its name, Papaya’s is far more than just a juice bar. In addition to a variety of fresh juices, there are healthy sandwiches, cereals, non-dairy milk, and an abundance of fruits to choose from, amongst many other options, including delicious smoothies, such as green and passion fruit and carrot.

A breakfast favorite here is Greek yogurt with fruit and granola. This vegan-friendly place is reasonably priced, great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and is right next to Old Town Faro. It’s small but cozy, with generous portions and friendly service in a nice location in the town center close to the marina. It offers dine-in, takeaway and delivery and is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm.

Address: R. 1 de Maio 9, 8000-079 Faro, Portugal

Maktostas

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This Portuguese restaurant is located in a pretty tree-lined square, with an option to eat on the terrace, and open from 9 am until 10:30 pm every day. As the name suggests, if you are familiar with Portuguese, this place is all about the toast!

Portions are generous, prices are reasonable and breakfast favorites include omelets, huge toasties, and the Maktostas sandwich. You can even get massive six slice toasties to share and there is a wide range to choose from. Whatever you don’t eat you can take away with you. Service is fast and friendly and there are a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. The restaurant is often busy and popular with locals, students and bohemians, rather than tourists, with a cool artistic vibe and a relaxed atmosphere. What’s not to like? Open daily from 9 am to 10:30 pm.

Address: R. do Alportel 29, 8000-148 Faro, Portugal

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Anita is from Wales and has been a travel addict since her first trip to Australia ten years ago. Since then she's lived and worked in Oz, New Zealand and Canada, worked many ski seasons and travelled widely through South East Asia, Morocco, India and Europe. She's a nomad, freelance writer, foodie, compulsive reader, tea addict and animal lover.