The name suits the place perfectly. Café com Calma (Coffee with calm) reflects the atmosphere. On any given afternoon, you will find people working on their laptops, reading or sketching. It’s no wonder – the cosy interior, mellow colours, large tables and old style counter with welcoming people on the other side, make it a perfect place to relax and concentrate.
The outside helps build this relaxed feeling. The neighbourhood Beato, in the eastern part of Lisbon, forgotten for many years, is now resurrecting and welcoming innovative projects, start-ups and cultural venues that are occupying former industrial sites (such as the spot Fábrica do Braço de Prata one of the first newcomers). Yet, it is quiet and retains its village feel.
If it wasn’t for a comical situation – among the many I often find myself in – this spot might not have stuck with me and made it to Spotted by Locals. After having spent an entire afternoon there working, while enjoying smoothies and cake, I realised I hadn’t brought my wallet. It was my first time there, but they treated me like if I was an old friend – “you can pay next time, don’t worry”, she said with a smile. How can you not want to return to a place like this?
On Saturdays, starting at noon, they serve an insane brunch: for €14.90 you can have soup, a mini-burger, eggs, salmon, ham, an assortment of cakes, bread, jams, crepes, coffee and juice. And you might have to walk back afterwards.