5 places to enjoy the city as a local

A Rua Cor de Rosa Street

Once a very degraded area of Lisbon, Rua Cor de Rosa (Rua Nova do Carvalho Street) has become one of the great points of the city today. At weekends, the street – which is really painted in pink – closes the traffic of vehicles and is crowded with young people, who frequent the various bars, restaurants and nightclubs. A good tip is to visit Pensão Amor, an old boarding house frequented in the past by prostitutes and sailors. Today revitalized, the house is home to a busy burlesque-themed nightclub. On the other floors of the building, you will find workshops, alternative shops, hairdressers and even an erotic bookstore.

Parque das Nações

If you are the kind of person who prefers a more relaxed ride, then going to Parque das Nações, the zone that received Expo 98, is a great option. Here, right by the river, you can run, walk or just sunbathe while watching the movement. The region has options for all tastes: from a casino to try your luck, to a cable car ride to enjoy the view. The Lisbon Oceanário is an attraction that deserves to be highlighted: an experience of total immersion in the authentic underwater world that transports us through seas and oceans.

A new creative community in Lisbon

At the foot of the 25 de Abril Bridge, the region of Alcântara once again attracted the attention of the city after an old fabric factory transformed into a creative island. At the LX Factory there is almost everything: a hotel, shops, bookstore, restaurants, cafes, bars, artists’ studios, a school of actors, a cowork and even martial arts classes. In addition to the incredible view of the Rio Maravilha coffee terrace, of course.

A must-see spot for street art lovers in the city, the region is also home to the Underground Village, a creative incubator with cowork and multicultural event space. In an original proposal, maritime containers were transformed into offices and two buses turned cafeteria and meeting room.

Local and world culture at one place

The Martim Moniz Square is located in the Mouraria neighbourhood, near the Rossio Square, and is the place where the largest number of ethnicities of the city cross. The kiosks that sell food from all over the world and the view of the Castle of São Jorge are memorable, but underneath the square is the great treasure: underground, near the entrance of the metro station, is an ethnic market where possible to travel by aromas and flavours, mainly from the east. After emerging from the sea of spices, follow Rua do Benformoso to reach the Intendente Square, once a forbidden zone that has become an interesting space of cultural effervescence, cafes and charming shops.

The belvederes

It is not necessary to spent money to appreciate the best views of Lisbon. Known as the city of 7 hills, Lisbon has a variety of belvederes that allow visitors and locals to enjoy all the main angles of the city without spending a penny. Among the main ones are the belvederes of São Pedro de Alcântara, Santa Catarina, Torel and Graça, all splendid places to observe the city, at night or day.

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