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July 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal: The Lx Factory

As in the neighborhood of Dumbo in Brooklyn, USA, there is a huge bridge that overlooks the old red-brick factories. And here, too, the people that you meet encounter of bearded hipsters and hippy chic young women. Yet you are in Lisbon! LX Factory has restaurants, bars and shops in the old factories of the “Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonense.”
This beautiful complex of industrial buildings has been revived thanks to the many artists and communication, internet and theatre professionals that have set up their offices here. You can taste the best “chocolate cake” in the city in Landeau. Or Asian influenced cuisine at Malacca Too which has placed its tables amongst the old rotaries of a printing shop. A surprising and original decor, probably unique in the world! In the same building, one can peruse the shelves of the the Ler Devagar library. This is the flagship space of the LX Factory.
Thousands of used books climb along the high walls of this building as vast as a train station – it comes as no surprise to learn that art exhibitions are often organised here. Designer boutiques and trendy cafes complete the offerings of this place like nowhere else in the alleyways, where a small family flea market stands on Sunday afternoons. To meet all the creatives “who make Lisbon”, LX Factory is definitely the place to do it.


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