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LX Factory - a Mecca under the bridge

The prosperous fabrics factories from the mid 1800s today provide the perfect hub for creative companies, art spaces, concept stores and trendy restaurants.

The reinvention of Lisbon after the recession resulted in heavy investment in young creatives and start-ups. LX Factory, which opened its doors in 2008 is a perfect example. The abandoned industrial area in Alcântara, stretching under the suspension bridge Ponte 25 de Abril, houses not only start-ups, artists, design firms and galleries, but plenty of restaurants, bars, cafés and shops.

“The idea was to create a space where art, culture and innovation could co-exist with small businesses under the same roof,” says Miguel Peres, manager of LX Factory.

The old factories were renovated but with much of the industrial heritage left intact. Art and graffiti, many from well-known street artists, cover the walls.

“We invite artists to work with us, and others contact us,” says Peres, highlighting the work of Lisbon artist Artur Bordalo aka Bordalo II, who with his giant 3-dimensional bee, made of discarded objects, is looking to raise awareness of how nature is affected by our increased consumption.

You can easily spend a few hours here, so take the tram here and browse around the design shops and funky restaurants. If you’re into bargain shopping, come along on Sunday for the popular flea market where you find everything from vintage clothes to vinyl and jewelry.

Photo: Mauro Rongione

Cantina

One of the first establishments at LX Factory, this old factory canteen is decorated with old manufacturing equipment as a tribute to the past. Enjoy traditional Portuguese dishes from the wood-fired oven.

Cantina

R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 - 501 Lisboa, Portugal

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1300 Taberna

For a modern take on Portuguese food, try chef Nuno Barros' innovative dishes at 1300 Taberna. The large factory windows in the ceiling and interior décor add to the industrial atmosphere.

1300 Taberna

R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 - 501 Lisboa, Portugal

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Retro shop

The name says it all - this shop caters all the needs for peculiar retro lovers of the 1900s - just make sure you have enough room in your luggage. Neon lights, signs, posters and electronic gadgets of "the future" are things you can find here.

Retro shop

R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 - 501 Lisboa, Portugal

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LXeesecake

If you need something sweet after dinner, head to Madame Cheeselova's small café for a BIG treat. The nickname Cheeselova is a wordplay on cheesecake and pavlova, the owner's two specialties.

LXeesecake

R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 - 501 Lisboa, Portugal

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Last edited: March 14, 2018

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