Lisbon is a city fully of style, eccentricity and unique creativity. And nowhere is that creativity more concentrated then in the uber cool LX Factory in Belen.
Although the LX Factory is a bit of a way out of the city centre and can take a bit more of an effort to get to, the time and energy is completely worth it. You probably could walk it an hour, otherwise cabs are around 6 euros more or less.
Once an old threads and fabric factory, the spot is now a veritable hub for creativity, arts and of course alternative and far from mainstream fashion! The old warehouses and factory buildings have now been reclaimed by artists, fashion designers, tattoo artists and boutiques – and don’t forget the whole host of fabulous restaurants, cafes and bars.
This is now the place where you can find the best sushi in Lisbon – I know, I tried it! – as well as the best coffee and the best chocolate cake. I had lunch in Da Praça Para o Prato where a very hip waiter served me up the most delectable kidney bean veggies burger with a side of red onion relish! Yes and I have issues with onions.
After lunch, I perused the cobbled lane of industrial red-brick factory warehouses turned chic urban style hub, browsing the floor to ceiling books at LerDevagar – the most unique bookshop I’ve ever seen – lusting over the fabulous, brightly coloured retro disco jackets at RetroxCoisas Vintage Shop; before stopping for coffee and richly indulgent chocolate at Landeau.
You can do LX Factory in a day, there is so much to see and buy – by far the coolest place in the city of Lisbon!
photographs Spyro Christofi