The alternative travel guide to Lisbon, Portugal

Its breezy sea views, glossy tiled facades and buzzing nightlife make Lisbon an amazing city to escape. Continue reading to discover the alternative travel guide to Lisbon, Portugal.

With a glorious year-round climate, the capital of Portugal is a playground for adults with off the beaten path places to visit and unusual experiences to have. Here, the alternative travel guide to Lisbon, Portugal.

A cool area – Barrio Alto & Principe Real

Bairro Alto is a central district with narrow pedestrian streets, where balconies of opposite buildings almost touch each other and with charming, picturesque corners. It’s also Lisbon’s artistic and bohemian-friendly ‘upper neighborhood’ filled with graffiti-ridden façades, traditional restaurants, Fado Houses, and a multitude of bars. Its grid of streets is quiet during the day, but is transformed at night into one of the city’s most vibrant nightlife areas.

Uphill Cjiado and Barrio Alto, Principe Real is the hipster-end and trendiest part in Lisbon. This is where you’ll find alternative bars, gay bars, second hand shops as well as vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free/organic/kosher whatever places to eat. This area gathers some of the best restaurants in the city.

Beautiful tiled facade, Lisbon, Portugal

Beautiful tiled facade, Lisbon, Portugal

A cultural center

Situated in a redeveloped 19th century industrial site, LX Factory is a hub of creativity with several galleries and all kinds of art, start-ups, hipster stores and trendy restaurants with colorful street art plastered on the walls. LX Factory is located between the downtown and Belém in the riverside Alcântara area of western Lisbon, and can be reached by trams or buses heading west from Cais do Sodre. Mixing old and new, LX Factory is then a must-go for all those connected with creative fields or searching for unique imaginative places where to spend an afternoon.

Next door from LX Factory, yet hidden a little bit in the public transport museum, another cool spot can be found. It’s Village Underground, a co-working space and a venue for cultural events. The installation is made of two old buses and 14 shipping containers and can host up to 60 people who want to work together in this creative environment.

Village underground, Lisbon

Village underground, Lisbon

An historic place

Situated in the Chiado district, the ruined Convento do Carmo was once Lisbon’s largest convent, but it was severely damaged in the 1755 earthquake. Set overlooking the city, the ruins provide a poignant reminder of the the worst day in Lisbon’s history. Today open-air summer orchestral concerts are held beneath its majestic archways. The convent is also home to an archaeological museum with exhibits including a Peruvian mummy.

convento do carmo, the alternative travel guide to Lisbon, portugal

Convento do Carmo, Lisbon

A Restaurant

Maçã Verde is a traditional Portuguese tasca located near the main Lisbon train station of Santa Apolónia. They stay open late, too, making it popular with chefs. Some of the house specialties include fried cuttlefish, cozido à portuguesa, and a stew of pork with clams. It’s on Rua dos Caminhos de Ferro n84/86, 1100-108 Lisbon.

Maçã Verde restaurant, Lisbon

Maçã Verde restaurant, Lisbon

Shopping

The Alfama flea market, also known as Feira da Ladra, takes place in the heart of the district, at Campo de Santa Clara and surrounding streets. Held every Tuesday and Saturday from early morning, this legendary flea market is known to be part of Lisbon’s scenery since the 12th century. You can purchase just about everything here, from second-hand things of all kind to fake bags and antiques. The Feira da Ladra market translates into the dubious name of “Market of the Female Thieves”, and there’s, unfortunately, some truth in it.

Alfama district, Lisbon, Portugal

Alfama district, Lisbon, Portugal

Nightlife

Rua Nova do Carvalho, also known as “the Pink Street”, is the major nightlife spot in Lisbon, even if with a somehow dubious reputation. Like Bairro Alto, this place used to be known for questionable people hanging around and it’s still a little bit like that, however Pink Street got a new life in recent years. While most of the places around close earlier, bars and clubs in this small lane remain open until early morning hours.

Rua Nova do Carvalho or Pink Street, Lisbon

Rua Nova do Carvalho or Pink Street, Lisbon

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