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Lisbon is mainly associated with yellow trams, breathtaking views and old district – Alfama. However, there’re many places in the capital of Portugal that are still overlooked by guidebooks.

Portugalia - Lizbona
Portugalia - Lizbona

First of all, the streets of Lisbon are real street art gallery. Interesting murals can be seen in above mentioned Alfama and near Marim Moniz metro station.

Portugalia - Lizbona
Portugalia - Lizbona

Painted in pink

The colours of Lisbon aren’t limited to murals. Close to Cais do Sodré you can find a pink alley – Rua Nova do Carvalho. This place used to be the red lantern district, and now it’s the main party hub.

Libona - Rua Nova do Carvalho

Gallery on walls

Furthermore, Portuguese street art is not an art for the art’s sake. An interesting idea is a street gallery called Tribute by the Wall, created by Camilla Watson. Her photos depicting the older residents of the city, adorn the walls of many buildings in Rua das Farinhas street.

Portugalia - Lizbona
Portugalia - Lizbona

It’s an interesting idea which enables us to get to know Lisbon from the perspective of its inhabitants. More importantly, everyday many of these people sit at the windows and watch the life of the street.

Portugalia - Lizbona
Portugalia - Lizbona
Portugalia - Lizbona

Mini bookstore

Close to the photo gallery, at Escadinhas de São Cristóvão 18 street is the smallest bookstore in Lisbon. Livraria do Simão is smaller than the kiosk, and you can visit it from Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 7.00 and on Saturdays from 9.30 to 3.00.

Portugalia - Lizbona

Ginjinha has no equal!

The popular place among Lisbon residents is Ginjinha Sem Rival – shot bar located at the Portas de Santo Antão 7 street. If you would like to drink a traditional Portuguese liquor called Ginjinha, check this place out. As the name of the bar – Ginjinha sem Rival – Ginjinha here has no equal! The restaurant is open every day from 10 to midnight.

Lizbona - Ginjinha Sem Rival!

Shopping only in the palace

One of the most surprising places in Lisbon is Embaixada. In the former place – Palacete Ribeiro da Cunha, you can do the shopping and visit fancy restaurant Le Jardin.

Lizbona - Embaixada
Lizbona - Embaixada
Lizbona - Embaixada

This place is unique because when you go through chambers, you actually visit shops. The range of goods there matches perfectly with interior design, and sometimes it looks like a museum exhibition or even a winter garden.

Lizbona - Embaixada
Lizbona - Embaixada

The shops look like classy chambers, and the products perfectly match the interior. I prefer minimalist design, but to be honest I wouldn’t mind living here 😉

Lizbona - Embaixada
Lizbona - Embaixada

A tourist attraction in Embaixada is even  an emergency exit. There is an interesting ancient staircase.

Lizbona - Embaixada

In search of a duck

An alternative option is a trip to a pool, which is located in the Hostel Hub New Lisbon located at Rua de O Século 150. However, it’s not a typical pool. Instead of water it’s filled with balls, and “swimming” in it requires really good condition. In addition, the hostel offers a free drink for the person who finds a rubber duck at the bottom.

Lizbona - Hostel Hub New Lisbon
Lizbona - Hostel Hub New Lisbon

Lisbon cupcakes

After swimming, it’s best to visit Tease – cosy cafe which offers great cupcakes (Address: W, Rua Nova da Piedade N. 15 / Praca Das Flores).

Lizbona - Tease
Lizbona - Tease

Wine in a warehouse

Another interesting restaurant you can find near Cais do Sodré station, popular among tourists going to Cascais. The interior, which used to be a warehouse, is decorated with many marine motives. The walls are decorated with life vests and buoys and huge chandelier made from ropes hangs from the ceiling. Apart from the unique atmosphere, this place offers an excellent selection of Portuguese wines.

Portugalia - Lizbona
Portugalia - Lizbona

For a cookie to the factory

Typically an alternative place for narrow old Alfama streets is LX Factory . It’s a cultural centre created in the former industrial part of the city. You can find here a lot of interesting shops and restaurants.

Lizbona LX Factory
Lizbona LX Factory

Lx Factory has a typical industrial character which is diversified by variety of murals and sculptures. Interesting is also the decor of some bars that resemble a boxing ring or a workshop.

Lizbona LX Factory
Lizbona LX Factory

Take a look at the interesting bookstore Ler Devagar, located in the former storage space.

Lizbona LX Factory

Next, visit  Landeau Chocolate to taste the best chocolate cake in the city and relax in an interestingly furnished place.

Lizbona LX Factory
Lizbona LX Factory
Lizbona LX Factory
Lizbona LX Factory

Interested in Lisbon?
Find out more here:

Lisbon, trams – a museum which turned out to be a workshop

Portugal, Lisbon – miraduro with a view of…

Alfama, Lisbon – how to describe something undescribable?

Girl on a Trail – meet Lisboners!

 
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