Having a baby could turn your life into chaos, but it also has its good side: routine – you wake up at 7:00am everyday (yeah…Sundays as well!). While all our friends were still sleeping in the arms of Morpheus, we decided to hit the city until someone would finally decide to reply to our text messages. We headed towards the center and parked near Bairro Alto. (Tip: at around 09:00 AM on a weekend there were still plenty of free places!)
When we were passing Rua da Trindade there was a fantastic aroma of fresh baked bread in the air, and it was obviously from “Mesa com Pão” the latest bakery in the heart of town. Inside, it was cosy and really well decorated. The tables and shelves were made of recycled wood from old doors and the floor from a nearby palace back from the 18th century.
They have a wonderful selection of Portuguese traditional pastry: Pastéis de Nata (egg custards), Queijadas (cheesecakes), Pão de Deus (sweet bread with coconut), croissants and other delicious French style chic cakes. There’s healthy brunches, 10 different types of bread and even soups and salads for lunch.
We started with a magnificent French toast in black carob bread, a yogurt with granola and fresh orange juice, finishing with a chocolate croissant and a duck pattie (very yummy with raisins inside!).
Perfect if you’re staying with your friends or at an Airbnb or if you’re just walking around the center and need to rest your shoes.