Lisbon displays an excellent selection of places to study and work. Are you Digital Nomad looking for an inspiring environment to get your creative juices flowing? Almost every neighbourhood has trendy cafes with free Wi-Fi where you can work while drinking a warm latte. Are you an Erasmus student in exam season? In Lisbon, there are also public libraries with large book collections at your disposal and enough silence to maximise your focus.
So it’s no exaggeration to say that when living abroad in Lisbon, you’ll be surrounded by a showcase of cool places that offer the perfect environment for when you need to get things done.
Check out U.hub’s choices for the best places to work and study in Lisbon. Which one will you go to first?
1. Hello, Kristof:
In need for some extra dose of inspiration in your life? Then take your laptop and head over to Hello, Kristof. Aside from being a Scandinavian-style cafe, this place is also a store where you can find independent magazines -such as Kinfolk, Cereal and Wallpaper- and artisanal aromatherapy products.
In Hello, Kristof you can either chose an individual table or share one with other remote workers. If you need help to stay awake, there are more than 7 types of coffee for you to choose from: espresso, doppio, macchiato, flat white, you name it! There are also delicious toasts made with sourdough bread, homemade cakes and açaí bowl.
Location: Rua do Poço dos Negros 103
Opening Hours: Monday to Tuesday (9 am - 4 pm) Thursday to Friday (9 am to 4 pm)
2. A Padaria Portuguesa:
If you’re living in Lisbon you sure have seen -or heard- about the A Padaria Portuguesa. With several locations around the city, this bakery is an affordable option for those who are looking for a place to study or work in Lisbon.
A Padaria Portuguesa has more than 30 types of bread, savoury and sweet pastries, and a breakfast menu for only 2,50€. They also have air conditioning, so it’s a great study and work spot during the summer in Lisbon. You just have to choose your table, sit comfortably and start working.
Location: A Padaria Portuguesa has a store in almost every Lisbon neighbourhood, so check which one is closer to you.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday (7 am - 8 pm)
3. Copenhagen Coffee Lab:
Owned by three danish sisters, Copenhagen Coffee Lab is a handcraft coffee roastery and bakery with several locations around Europe. In Lisbon, they have 5 different stores, so you can choose the one that’s closer to you. If you want to stay near the Cais Sodre metro (green line) and train station, for instance, we recommend the one located in Rua de São Paulo.
Copenhagen Coffee Lab has its central production in Lisbon from where they deliver freshly baked goodies. They also serve all-day breakfast plates, sandwiches, salads, cakes and danish pastries, which means you’ll be well-fed during your work or study day. We can’t forget to mention the fact that their speciality coffee, filtered on V60 Aeropress or french press, is amazing.
Location: Alcântara, Cais do Sodré, Praça das Flores, Alfama and Santa Clara
Opening Hours: It depends on the location. Opening hours on Google are always updated.
4. U.hub Study Room:
U.hub’s study rooms are the perfect place for students in Lisbon who need some extra focus during their final exams. Want a spacious spot to work on group projects with your friends? In need of a quiet environment for you and your books only? Well, great news: U.hub has both private and group study rooms to suit all needs.
And in case you need a break from all the studying, U.hub residences in Lisbon have plenty of common spaces for you to relax. You can head over to the outside terrace and catch some air or to the TV room for some well-deserved Netflix and chill time!
Location: The study rooms are located in the U.hub residences in Alameda, Alvalade and Benfica, and available only to residents.
5. The National Library of Portugal - BNP:
With more than 200 years of history, The National Library of Portugal is the largest in Portugal, and it plays host to more than 3 million books allowed to the public. For that reason - and for its perfect location at the University of Lisbon campus- the library became a well-known place to study in Lisbon.
And even though the National Library of Portugal gets crowded with students, it’s a quiet place where they can focus and get ready for their exams with no distractions. Also: it’s located close to a few metro stations, like the Cidade Universitária (yellow line), Campo Grande (yellow line), and Alvalade (green line).
We recommend you to take a few coins, as you’ll have to rent a locker to keep your backpack before you get in.
Location: Campo Grande, 83
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday ( 9:30 am - 7:30 pm) Saturday ( 9:30 am - 5:30 pm)
6. The Gulbenkian Art Library:
With 86 seats and a stunning view of the museum gardens, the Gulbenkian Art Library’s reading room is one of the most peaceful places to study in Lisbon. The library is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students and it has rigorous use conditions to ensure a quiet atmosphere. Working groups are not allowed in the reading rooms, and cellphones have to be switched off or on silence.
The Gulbenkian Art Library has a vast catalogue devoted to Art History, Visual Arts, Architecture and Design that can be consulted by those who have the reader’s card (you can request it by submitting an application form through any of the computers at the Library lobby).
Location: Av. de Berna, 45A, close to the São Sebastião metro station (blue line). The Gulbenkian Art Library has to be accessed through the main entrance of the Gulbenkian Museum.
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ( 10:00 am - 5:30 pm)
7. The Camões Library:
Placed in the heart of Lisbon, close to the Bica Elevator, the historical Camões Library is part of Lisbon’s national public library network. The library is located on the second floor of the 15th-century Camões Palace, an historical construction rebuilt after the 1775 earthquake.
The Camões Library has different rooms, with both individual and group study zones, aside from a good free internet connection and plenty of plugs to charge your portables.
Location: Largo do Calhariz,17- 2, close to Baixa Chiado metro station (blue/green line)
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday (10 am - 1:30 pm)
8. Ler Devagar Bookstore:
This is probably the coolest bookstore in Lisbon. Ler Devagar was originated in Bairro Alto, then it moved from place to place until it was settled in LX Factory, an industrial complex that houses cool stores and restaurants.
Named one of the 10 most beautiful bookstores in the world, Ler Devagar is filled with books up to the ceiling and welcomes its visitors with a quirky sculpture of a bicycle floating to the front door. Aside from hosting a variety of cultural events, such as concerts, exhibitions and talks, Ler Devagar also has a bar/cafe where you can sit back and study peacefully.
Because it’s a bit touristic, Ler Devagar it’s not the quietest place to study in Lisbon, so it’s better if you don’t mind to hear some talking.
Location: LX Factory- Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday (11 am - 8 pm)
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