Alternative neighbourhoods in Lisbon

In every Lisbon neighbourhood, there is always at least one coffee shop that offers a large selection of plant-based milks or desserts to suit any type of diet. There are also poetry recitals or other art events, hair salons with an industrial vibe, markets that sell goods made by small craft businesses, organic food markets, graffiti-covered walls or live street music. Whichever neighbourhood you decide to visit, you will always discover something new.



Visit Village Underground Lisboa, a co-working space and arts venue built with shipping containers and old buses. The Village is a true work of art itself, and is also sustainable.


This former industrial area is now home to beer factories, coffee shops, restaurants and the huge events venue, Fábrica Braço de Prata. It is also perfect for exploring on an urban art tour.

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Graça and São Vicente


The old quarter boasts narrow streets and spectacular views over the Tagus River that can be enjoyed from one of the many lookout points. It is also the ideal place to really delve into the local culture by browsing the Feria de Ladra second-hand market, for example.

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The birthplace of fado music is packed with little streets that lead to traditional fado music houses or restaurants and bars that serve international cuisine. This neighbourhood also holds other treasures for you to uncover, such as the smallest bookstore in the world.

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Arroios and Saldanha


These two neighbourhoods are defined by their rich cultural offer. Discover English-language bookstores and parks and gardens for reading them in, markets that sell delicious fresh fruit and a thriving alternative nightlife scene. From Saldanha, make your way down to Praça Martim Moniz to make the most of this neighbourhood, too.

Have a dream – photography exhibition

Gat Rossio Hotel presents the new photography exhibition “Have a dream“, a selection of pictures and a video shot by Portuguese photographer Maria Andrade that will take us altogether to Guinea Bissau.
The funds raised from this exhibition will go towards converting the ruins of a colonial chapel of Guinea Bissau into a library. “Here the children will be able to discover a world of fantasy and dreams that only books can provide” (Maria Andrade).

Check out the online exhibition here

Location: Gat Rossio Hotel (R. do Jardim do Regedor 27-35, 1150-193 Lisboa, Portugal)
Artist: Maria Andrade
Opening day: 13th October 2018 at 18h30
Period of the exhibit: 13th October to the 8th of December 2018
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