LX Factory Lisbon
There is no doubt about it, The LX Factory Lisbon, situated in the Alcântara district, is one of my favourite places in Lisbon. It may sit in the middle of an industrial wasteland but it is one of the most vibrant and colourful places to visit.
The LX factory complex dates back to 1846. It was originally occupied by Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonense, a weaving and textile company and subsequently by a food processing company and a printers. After falling vacant it lay unused for many years until 2008 when it was resurrected into what is now a major hub of shops, restaurants, offices, small businesses, an Arts Centre and some excellent Street Art.
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A few of the shops
The Sunday Market
It is a great place to visit any day of the week but especially on a Sunday when there is a street market with a vast array of stalls selling all sorts of items from locally produced honey to vintage clothing.
Some of the food stalls
Some of the non-food stalls
You will find some great artwork in the LX Factory complex
And an absolute must is a visit to Rio Maravilha, a restaurant/bar with an amazing roof terrace , situated in what used to be the workers’ lounge. I have gone in many times and sat in one of the really comfortable chairs on one of the mezzanine floors and never actually bought anything. No one seems to come to serve you, maybe you are meant to visit the bar yourself but hey, if I can get a free seat for a while I’m happy.
And to finish off………..
a general assortment
Where is The LX Factory?
The LX Factory is situated at R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300-501 Lisboa and sits snugly beneath the 25 de Abril suspension bridge. There is even a hostel, The Dorm, where I once spent a very enjoyable night.
I normally get there by train on the line that runs from Cais do Sodré to Cascais. The closest stop is Alcantara-Mar but there are also buses and I even walked there one occasion.
Just one word of warning; the ticket machines and ticket office in Cais do Sodré are always very busy and you could wait in line for a very long time to get a ticket. Better to have a zapping card topped up and walk straight to the train.
The Sunday Market is open
11am – 8pm in the Summer
10am – 6pm in the Winter
The Site is Open from 6am