An urban fragment, kept hidden for years, is now returned to the city in the form of LXFactory. The place is decorated with huge, colorful graffiti-style murals on the exterior walls. Lx Factory is a creative mini-city. From architecture to music, it’s now the home of design companies, galleries and artists studios. There are small trendy restaurants, hipster shops, visual and performing arts, music, fashion and one of the best ice creams in town. Every sunday there is a market.
Bookstores can be wonderful havens for discovery, fantasy, education, entertainment, solitude and social networking. Floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with books on almost any subject a key ingredient. An eclectic atmosphere with spaces set aside for thought-provoking art, entertainment and discussion adds unique flavor. Throw in a cafe for quiet chats over coffee and you’ve got a near perfect environment to enjoy the printed word. Such an expressive space exists in LX Factory. Ler Devagar (literally, “read slowly” in Portuguese) is a bookstore and more.
LX Factory really has an amazing viewpoint too. It’s called Rio Maravilha and it’s a gastrobar with chef Diogo Noronha in the kitchen. From everywhere you have a view of the river Tejo. The cocktails are the best I’ve had so far in Lisbon and the staff are friendly. On the roof stands the female and artsy counterpart of the Cristo Rei statue across the river. She looks like she wants to give Jesus a big hug.