The Guide To Discovering Marvila, Lisbon’s “Secret District”

Also known as the “City of the Seven Hills”, Lisbon is home to a gem that is very well hidden from the hordes of tourists. It’s called Marvila.

Lisbon’s so-called secret district is today a very special place, as it is a far cry from those labelled as tourist districts or “cool” and “hipster” districts, offering visitors an authentic, artistic atmosphere that is quite simply enthralling. The walls of its buildings have turned, for some years now, into giant canvases where local and international artists reflect their creativity, giving the area great character and personality.

Furthermore, former 19th century wine cellars, traditional storehouses, small art galleries and work spaces for artists and innovative people have turned this corner of the Portuguese capital, on the banks of the Tajo River, into a melting pot of the city’s past and present. Without a doubt, one of the most interesting, charming and authentic areas of Lisbon to spend a pleasant afternoon or evening. Take note of our hand-picked recommendations in Marvila for your next trip to Lisbon.


Café com Calma

A café that entices you to relax and spend an enjoyable time with someone, or simply with a good book. It is a charming, small place decorated with old furniture that serves hand-made pastries for breakfast and dishes to enjoy a lazy, late lunch.

Address: Rua do Açúcar 10.







Bar Capitão Leitão

One of the new places on Marvila’s entertainment scene. The bar Capitão Leitão is one of those places that has it all: a pleasant atmosphere, very friendly staff, delicious cocktails at reasonable prices and fantastic background music, which is out of the ordinary.

Address: Rua Capitão Leitão 5b.






AR Sólido

AR Sólido is Lisbon’s new, independent project, with visual arts exhibitions created to promote local and international contemporary art by up-and-coming and consecrated artists. Ideal for lovers of avant-garde and brave proposals.

Address: Rua Capitão Leitão 58.