‘Grande dame’ tea and lunchroom ‘Versailles’ Lisbon: elegant atmosphere, outstanding old-fashioned service & delicious homemade cakes and pastries

If you like visit one museum during your stay in Lisbon make it the Gulbenkian. It’s the collection of the Armenian oil billionaire who made Lisbon his home. It covers everything from Egyptian to 20th Century art.

Tea lunchroom Versailles Lisbon 1

Tea and lunchroom Versailles Lisbon

After visiting the Gulbekian Museum, a must-do is to go to the nearby and wonderful old tea and lunchroom Versailles (1922) at Avenida da República, which has it’s own bakery. The homemade cakes and pastries are delicious, like the famous Portuguese Pasteis de natas. The decor is rich, with chandeliers, gilt mirrors, stained-glass windows, tall stucco ceilings, and black-and-white marble floors. It looks like it could be straight of Paris…Mostly elderly people and greats of the Lisbon cafe scene enjoy their bica (espresso) here.

Lisbon Pastelaria Versailles 6 2

Tea and lunchroom Versailles Lisbon

When Pastelaria Versailles was inaugurated on November 25 1922, the objective was to turn into a symbol of the fashionable Avenidas Novas, an elegant and new neighborhood in Lisbon. Remaining a courageous resistant to the construction fury that replaced many of the beautiful small palaces and stylisch houses of the first halve of the 20th century by today’s unattractive buildings at Avenida da República, where ‘Versailles’ is….

Pastelaria Versailles street 2

Tea and lunchroom Versailles Lisbon

The Pastelaria also knew how to resist to the fast-food wave that assaulted many of the most well-known cafes and pastry shops in Lisbon, transforming them into uncharacteristic places where people can only grab a fast meal. The wide variety of snacks includes codfish balls and toasted ham-and-cheese sandwiches. They are also famous for their confectioneries served in a glass case.

Lisbon Pestelaria Versailles back room

Tea and lunchroom Versailles Lisbon

Pastelaria Versailles, long known as the ‘grande dame‘ of Lisbon’ coffeehouses, was quite recently declared a part of the national heritage. It still serves the famous Mozambique black tea that was introduced in 1662. Lunch, served in a back room, is a full meal of such Portuguese specialties as codfish with almonds. Most visitors come here for tea or coffee, served with sandwiches and snacks. Desserts, including duchesses (whipped-cream cakes) are justifiably famous.

Versailles Lisbon polite staff

Tea and lunchroom Versailles Lisbon

As an old-fashioned and formal touch, immaculately attired waiters serve customers from silver-plated tea services. In addition to coffee and tea, the house specialty is hot chocolate. It’s open daily from 7:30am to 10:00pm. Metro: Saldanha.

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Window dressing Pastelaria Versailles, Avenida da Republica 15a Lisbon
 

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