lisbon foodie guide
"life is not what we live. it is what we imagine living." - pascal mercier, night train to lisbon
stay: baixa house
In the centre of the city, tucked away behind an emerald green door, you'll find thirteen beautiful apartments offering somewhere slightly different to stay on a short break to Lisbon. The 18th century building was renovated by landscape architect Jesus Moraime just a few years ago, and today a series of charming apartments line each of the six floors along its grand, winding staircase. Drenched in daylight, all the apartments boast high ceilings, white walls and bare wood flooring, whilst each is uniquely decorated with traditional Portuguese furniture and fabrics that add bursts of colour to the neutral backdrop. Fresh bread is delivered to your door every morning, and breakfast supplies are replenished each afternoon as the apartments are cleaned, ready for you the next day. There is also a friendly onsite team available all day to ensure your stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as can be. However, amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Lisbon, the streets do remain quite noisy at night, so if you're a light sleeper I recommend going for one of the apartments with bedrooms away from the street.
day one: LX factory
Once home to Lisbon's fabric industry, this strip of abandoned warehouses was converted into the creative hub of studios, street art, cafés, restaurants and concept stores that it is today back in 2008. You can easily wile away an entire day here, but at least set aside a morning to explore. Here are some of the highlights.
wish slow coffee house
Lisbon's speciality coffee scene is only just emerging, but if you're after a cup of the good stuff whilst you're exploring the LX factory, this is your spot. Set up by an interior designer, this bright and airy café does cutesy interiors with an elegant touch, and it's joined onto a concept store selling all kinds of things, from crockery to notebooks to jewellery. They have a great selection of coffees, and a completely separate counter just for cakes and pastries, so it wins in my book. The café also offers a lovely breakfast/brunch menu, so I'd suggest starting your LX journey here. Be sure to grab a coffee to go too - their take away cups are pretty damn cool.
café na fabrica