Lisbon, MadragoaFauna and Flora, the best brunch in Lisbon

By Ophelia Froud, Glowcation Founder
10 January '19

Lisbon loves brunching and they even have a name for it-  “brinner”as it’s served all day.  Fauna and Flora is a fun, plant-based café that you won’t want to miss.

Our tip? Beat the queues and get there as early as you can for an unforgettable brunch.

The setting

Fauna and Flora can be found in a pretty tiled building half way up the hilly Rua da Esperança. Arrive by one of the local colourful tuk tuks and you can’t miss it due to the innovative living wall of plants at ground floor level and the people waiting outside for a much sought after table.

Inside, the light and bright interior will make you smile . It features white washed stone and board walls, recycled wooded furniture and, true to its name, lush greenery wherever possible. Not surprisingly, it gets busy and as they don’t take reservations arrive as early as you can or be prepared to wait.

The little things that make a difference

We love the fact they serve their selection of fresh juice in recycled glass jars. We also adored the abundant plant life.

The fresh juice test

Fauna and Fauna has a wide range of juices and smoothies including juices and smoothies of the day.  So, it was quite difficult to choose. As it was a hot July day, we by-passed the delicious sounding Sunny Smoothie (pineapple, avocado, apple, vegetable mylk, spinach and oats) and focussed on the juices.

We ordered the signature Flora (a zingy green juice), the Passion Fruit “cocktail” with fresh passion fruit, lime and basil and finally a refreshing lemonade and ginger.

All were beautifully presented and served quickly.

What we ate

The café doesn’t have a specific brunch (or brinner) menu, but most items are traditional  brunch food. There’s a good choice for for non-vegan and non-vegetarians too.

We were hungry so went pancake overload and ordered both the Green Matcha with lemon curd and the Baga with condensed milk, berry coulis and fresh berries.

Both were delicious. We also couldn’t resist the Detox Smoothie bowl which consisted of a generous helping of  fruit and vegetable smoothie with ginger, spirulina – all topped off with fresh fruit, super seeds and roasted nuts.

What we’d go back for…

The food,  the design, the smiling happy service… frankly everything!

The bill

Green matcha pancake €6.50
Baga pancake  €6.50
Detox smoothie bowl  €6.50
Passion fruit cocktail  €2.50
Lemonade and ginger  €2.50
Flora Juice  €3.50

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Fauna and Flora

Rua da Esperança, 33

+351 961 645 040
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