An old factory complex in Lisbon’s Alcântara district has been converted to a mini design village called LX Factory
The industrial area along the river side, right under the emblematic 25 de Abril bridge was subject of a great metamorphosis in 2008. After being an abandoned area for years it has sprung to life again with the creation of LX Factory. The grounds of an old factory is now home to artist galleries, trendy restaurants, creative start-up office spaces and hipster shops.
It reminded me of Barcelona’s Palo Alto, an industrial venue where young designers and food trucks come together for a monthly event. Here, in Lisbon, LX Factory is a more permanent version of it. The area is like a tiny village bursting with creativity.
The restaurants are diverse and all look amazing, The food varies from traditional with a twist to healthy vegan or downright contemporary.
If you love interior design, LX Factory is the place to be with different small shops such as Wish – one of my favourites there – a concept store with small interior design accessories and a café.
The book shop Ler Devagar is also breathtaking, located in an old warehouse with the high walls filled up with books all up to the ceiling and, again, a small café area to enjoy a coffee and sneak peek into the books! Outside on the walls of the buildings there is also some awesome street art graffiti to be discovered.
This is definitely a very interesting spot off the beaten tourist track in Lisbon if you like the creative, slightly hipster kind of place.
It’s a little out of the centre, but I combined it with a trip to the Belem neighbourhood and then walked back to LX Factory along the riverside. Great views and a lovely destination for some lunch and shopping!
Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103, Lisbon