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The Best Alternative Spots in Lisbon

Marcia Tavares

Are you packing your bags for a trip to the trendy Portuguese city? Perhaps you’re coming to study in Lisbon? This colourful and vibrant destination is a wonderful choice! The city is known by its warm and sunny weather, its wealth of historic monuments and museums, and lots of hidden and fabulous attractions. With a growing number of  tourists coming to explore this magical riverside city, we understand how you want to escape the mainstream. Here is a list of alternative spots in Lisbon you have to visit:

Village Underground – A Creative Landmark

With shipping containers and double decker buses recycled into a co-working space, a café and a conference room, this spot is quite unique. It’s a great place to go to on a sunny day. You can have brunch inside an original vintage bus or relive your childhood on an improvised swing. It’s very close to the hipster-turned-mainstream LX Factory, and it’s also the perfect place for a view of the river.

 

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A lot of events take place here during the year. Don’t forget to check Village Underground’s schedule to find out more about their unmissable events.

Swing Station – The School Of Vintage Dancing

Have you always wanted to learn a variety of American dance moves? At Swing Station, you can practice vintage American dances such as tap, balboa, blues and vintage jazz. The most popular is the 1930s and 40s lindy hop.

 

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There are classes from Monday to Thursday, both for beginners and advanced students. Check the official website to get ahead of their upcoming events.

The Other Face Of The Moon – Vintage Clothing

In this old-fashioned shop A Outra Face da Lua, or The Other Face of the Moon, you can find a whole lot of vintage clothing, from accessories to jeans with different cuts, including bell-bottoms from the 80s. You will only find women’s clothes like sparkly party dresses, classic bags, and bright earrings.

The shop is located in Baixa-Chiado, a very popular and busy area for tourists, and surrounded by lots of souvenir shops, cafés, and restaurants with tasty Portuguese food.

Tell A Story – Books on Wheels

Are you curious about knowing more about Portuguese writers? The José Saramago Foundation created a bookmobile that drives along Lisbon’s streets. The main purpose is to introduce the most well-known Portuguese authors to foreigners who have probably never heard of them. It’s an excellent way to learn more about Portuguese culture! You can buy books by Saramago, Torga, Lobo Antunes, Peixoto, Queiroz, Sousa Tavares, and many other popular Portuguese authors.

 

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The books are translated into English, French, German and Spanish. Any tourist strolling in Belém, Cais do Sodré or even Príncipe Real can find a new story to read in the Tell A Story van.

Steps Of St. Christopher – Walking Through Downtown

Deep in the historical Lisbon downtown, you will find the Escadinhas de São Cristóvão, or Steps of St. Christopher. These famous steps connect Rua de São Cristóvão with Rua da Madalena. A lot of Portuguese people and tourists pass here, but its Fado Vadio mural turns it into a wonderful nook in the centre of the city.

 

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Entre Tanto – An Indoor Market

Entre Tanto is an indoor market with a variety of clothing and food brands. You can mix your shopping with an interesting juice at Liquid or a light lunch at Fluid Eatery and Bar. You can also enjoy a beautiful outer garden. It has everything you need for a Sunday lunch!

 

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Xafarix Bar – A Bohemian Evening

This spot in Madragoa is the best place ever to begin an evening with your friends. You will always find a hilarious atmosphere with live music. It’s a true icon of Lisbon’s nightlife and a recommended club for a night out. You can also stop by during the day and enjoy the sunshine in the esplanada.

 

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Fábulas Pub – A Mandatory Stop in Chiado

This is one of the most charming places in Lisbon. Located in Páteo Garrett in the heart of Chiado, it has an original and cosy environment, and even some of the tables are old sewing machines. Its warmth and homey dishes turn it into a true oasis during the cold days in the wintertime.


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What other alternative spots do you know in Lisbon? Let us know in the comments. And remember: if you need student accommodation in Europe, you’ll find the perfect student home on Uniplaces. We have rooms in Lisbon!

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