With all the income from the tourism, Lisbon’s having a boom. Offering an amazing climate, splendid food, vibrant culture while still being cheap, it’s slowly becoming one of the best cities in Europe to live in.
Gentrification is ruining old quarters particularly the downtown, bringing us the finest “gourmet burgers”, trendy gin served in huge aquariums (with lots of spices, exquisite tonic water… and almost no gin!), barbershops for amish-like bearded hipster, and of course… places for coworking or just a cool coffeeshop with the best gluten-free-organic-bio-paleo-friendly last slice of cheesecake.
Some parts of town seemed a bit forgotten but are slowly getting shaped for the next requalification project: Beato and Marvila are a good example of what good planning is about!
Located in the eastern industrial part of the city, between Lisbon’s downtown and the recent Nations Park, it’s a paradise for cheap startups and a great places to discover. The landscape of abandoned factories and buildings that seem to stand only miraculous, was once packed with factory workers.
Can you imagine it once served as an international airport for seaplanes (which was a major gateway and escape route during the second World War!)?
If you’re in town trying to escape the most touristic places, check Fábrica Braço de Prata, drink a coffee at Café com Calma located nearby, or check Spot Real if you want to learn parkour or Vertigo (a climbing school). The creative hub of Beato will be here soon, so… try it now!