A HIP DESIGN DISTRICT ON THE GROUNDS OF A SPRAWLING OLD LISBON FACTORY
In a tucked away corner of Lisboa, in the no-man’s land between the core of Lisboa and Belem, is the bustling new design and arts district, the cornerstone of which is the LX Factory. Set on movie-set looking ground of an old manufacturing district, the LX Factory is a great place to get away from the more tourist parts and hang out amid the design firms, production studios, restaurants and shops — all having a design-centered focus. Very cool retail and restaurants, even a hotel, all tucked under the constant roar of the off/on ramps to the Big Bridge. It’s a destination place, so don’t do what I did and try to walk there from Barrio Alto on a 98 degree day! The cool thing is they didn’t gloss it up, but kept the place to its core history, with wonderful decay and industrial bones still in place.
Two great places to be sure to check out: the 1300 Taberna restaurant, set in beautiful space with factory skylights and extremely nice people and, the Ler Devagar bookstore — which is the store that attracted me to this special place and often cited as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. It is set amidst an old printing plant, which like the rest of the area, they left all the old parts in place, so the whole bookstore is built around the old two story printing press, with seats, racks and even a cafe nestled amidst the old printing units, catwalks and folders. So cool. Worth the trip. A lot happenin’ here.
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Cool Arts Center: LX Factory
Tucked under the highway is Lisbon's version of NYC's Dumbo neighborhood. Old factory buildings now house art galleries, ad agencies, restaurants and shops. Be sure to check out the Ler Devagar bookstore.
Lisbon is a city with markets everywhere; and at LX Factory you can visit two. LX Market is spread in the streets of LX Factory every Sunday, peddling unique pieces, handmade ones, vintage and second hand. And also on Sundays you have LX Rural, where fresh traditional agricultural products are sold.