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Colorful buildings under the 25 de Abril bridge.
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A guide to local favorites in Alcântara

Colorful buildings under the 25 de Abril bridge.
  • By Catarina Fernandes Martins
  • Photos by Tiago Maya
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As several port warehouses have been converted into restaurants and bars, Alcântara has transformed into a trendy borough. The quarter, formerly known for the drug trade, now breathes creativity and modernity as a riverside hub for the arts. That’s not to say the revival has touched all corners: You’ll still come across abandoned buildings, older grocery stores and dated tascas.

Meet Catarina Fernandes Martins

Catarina has lived in Lisbon since 2008. She’s from a small town in the east of Portugal, which fostered an early desire to travel the world. She has yet to find a light she finds as magical as Lisbon’s.

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Alcântara

Lx Factory
This 19th-century manufacturing site blossomed into a trendy mecca. It’s now home to designer workshops, art galleries, shops and Landeau Chocolate’s addictive mousse cake.
Lx Factory, R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300-501 Lisbon, Portugal
Ler Devagar
This bookstore’s two floors are stocked from floor to ceiling, with many options in foreign languages. Ler Devagar, inside the Lx Factory complex, hosts concerts, readings and other events.
Ler Devagar, R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, G-03, 1300-501 Lisbon, Portugal
Village Underground
This co-working space and artists’ hub was built out of containers and old buses. It includes an arts and entertainment center, a cafe and restaurant, and a socializing space.
Village Underground, Av. da Índia, Edifício no. 23, 1300-299 Lisbon, Portugal
National Museum of Ancient Art
With its collection of paintings, sculpture, textiles and furniture spanning the 12th to 19th centuries, the National Museum of Ancient Art is one of Portugal’s finest museums. The Saint Vincent Panels, one of the first collective portraits in European art, are a must-see.
National Museum of Ancient Art, R. das Janelas Verdes, 1249-017 Lisbon, Portugal
Le Chat
This restaurant, located just outside the National Museum of Ancient Art, is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset over the Tagus River.
Le Chat, Jardim 9 de Abril, Janelas Verdes 1200-736 Lisbon, Portugal
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Catarina Fernandes Martins
Catarina has lived in Lisbon since 2008. She’s from a small town in the east of Portugal, which fostered an early desire to travel the world. She has yet to find a light she finds as magical as Lisbon’s.
Tiago Maya
Tiago is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post in Lisbon, having photographed people and places for over 20 years. Although he loves the terra-cotta-speckled vistas of his city, you can often find him escaping to the ancient castled villages scattered across the Portuguese countryside.
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