Entrance to Lx Factory
Almost overnight, in 2008, a factory complex dating back to 1846 became one of Lisbon’s hottest addresses. The industrial spaces were turned into offices, and soon came cafés, restaurants and shops. It also put the neighborhood of Alcântara on the tourist map, and it’s now a trendy destination for locals and tourists, who get together on the terraces.
Lx Factory has several cafés and restaurants with outdoor seating
It’s a major weekend brunch spot, and the site of a popular market on Sundays, selling everything from crafts to fashion and accessories, both new and second-hand, as well as fruit and vegetables from various producers of the Lisbon region.
None of the buildings have been renovated, keeping their dilapidated exteriors and the industrial architecture of the interiors. There are shops and restaurants maintaining the defunct machinery, while some cleverly incorporate contemporary design. Overall, these are some of Lisbon’s most interesting spaces to shop or dine at.
The Ler Devagar bookstore at Lx Factory
Not to be missed is the Ler Devagar bookstore, which has been listed among the world’s most beautiful. It took over a former printing shop, and the books are stacked up to the ceiling, while on the upper floor is the old printing press.
One of the pieces of street art that welcome you to Lx Factory - a bee made from trash
All around are examples of street art, some by Lisbon’s and Portugal’s prominent street artists. A striking piece can be seen by the entrance -- a giant bee made by Bordalo II using pieces of trash.
Village Underground, next to Lx Factory
Next to Lx Factory (accessed through Avenida da Índia) is Village Underground, a coworking space and cultural center made up of piled old buses and containers that also house a restaurant serving light meals.
How to Get to Lx Factory
Lx Factory can be reached by bus 714 which departs from Praça da Figueira or bus 727 which goes down Avenida da República and also has a stop on Rua Braamcamp by Praça Marquês de Pombal and on Largo do Rato (outside the Rato metro station). The stop for Lx Factory is “Calvário” (for both of theses buses) -- you’ll then see the entrance down the street parallel to it (Rua Rodrigues Faria). See the Lisbon buses guide to see the exact stops for these buses.
Tram 15, which departs from Praça da Figueira, also stops at Calvário in about 20 minutes.
Alternatively, take the Cascais train from Cais do Sodré, which stops at Alcântara-Mar in just 4 minutes. When you exit the train, walk to the right, then take the stairs to the left out of the station. Cross the road, and LX factory is about a 10-minute walk from there.
You may ride the buses, tram and train for free with the Lisboa Card.
Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103, Alcântara
Next door is the Carris Museum, displaying Lisbon’s old trams and buses, and across the road from there are steps leading up to the Santo Amaro Chapel.
Next to Village Underground is Pilar 7 - Bridge Experience, the exhibition space inside one of the pillars of 25 de Abril Bridge, which also has an elevator that takes visitors to the top of the landmark. Across the road (via an underpass by Rua de Cascais) is the Santo Amaro dock, with warehouse restaurants and the best views of the bridge.