Intendente is the Portuguese Neukölln. Although the idea of a dark strange place, filled with people on drugs and prostitutes is still present, the truth is that the caterpillar is undergoing a process of metamorphosis and turning into a beautiful funky butterfly.
New coffee places like “O das Joanas” or the “Josephine bistro & bar”. Great shops, such as “A vida portuguesa”, with Portuguese articles from my parents’ time, that are cool again – are bringing a new light to what used to be a shady square. In consequence the area has gained a different energy from the rest of the city.
Besides it doesn’t really look like Lisbon, except for the houses with tiles and the classical Portuguese sidewalk. When you wander through the street of Rua do Benformoso, you will feel as if you were in the Orient. Old houses and shops occupied by Chinese, Nepalese, Indians and people from other corners of the world, and where Portuguese is probably not the first language.
If you are willing to dive in the multi-culti, tutti-frutti mood and if it’s lunch/dinner time try the marvellous Vietnamese restaurant Pho-Pu. I swear you won’t be disappointed.
Also keep your eyes open for street art and just enjoy this other side of the capital.
Reminder: Feira Intendente (flea market with Brazilian grooves, Jazz, Funk bands and workshops) – When: every 2nd Sunday of the month; from 11:00 – 18:00; Location: Rua dos Anjos and Largo Intendente.
Intendente | Bars, Coffee & tea, Restaurants (Vietnamese)
Largo do Intendente Pina Manique