Having both been to Lisbon before, we wanted our return to the city to involve some more off-the-beaten track and more local experiences. Even though we came for a short trip, we were looking for a local experience with less need to visit tourist attractions. We had some plans with friends and some plans to get work done.
We started our local experience by staying at The Lisboans and we went shopping at a local grocery store to get food to cook for dinner! Part of the reason we like staying in apartments when we travel is that so we can feel at home and cook our own food and relax. You can read our review here.
In the mornings, we went running, starting at the Placa de Comercio and running on the riverside run along the Rio Tejo. This is where locals go for running, biking, morning walks and dog-walking.
💡 @halfhalftravel Pro Tip for running: on your way back to Praca de Comercio, the sun will be directly in your eyes, so take sunglasses for this route!
A visit to the Maat
An excellent place to spend any day of the week is the Maat (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology), which is a little bit outside the city center. We went there by Uber, because we wanted to get there quickly, but you can also go by tram, or walk the whole way.
Photos outside the Maat
Interestingly enough, we went to the Maat on a federal Portuguese holiday, so it was closed, but the outside of the building is reason enough to visit. From the river side of the building, you can see the Tagus River and the Ponte 25 de Abril Suspension Bridge.
If the sky is clear, visibility can be pretty good and you’ll see sailboats going by. The outside of the Maat is built like white sloping waves and it makes awesome photos. There are so many perspectives to see.
We walked on top of the Maat for an even better view of the river to one side, and some of the city to the other.
From the Maat, we walked 15 minutes to the LX Factory area. LX Factory is a new development made from factory warehouses and is seeing a revival. This is now an excellent place to spend a any time of day, and it’s very trendy for locals. Upon entering the LX development from the streets, we went through a short tunnel with neon designs on the ceiling. Funky! There were some cute food trucks and a live band playing. Everyone was sitting outside enjoying the music and the cool summer evening.
There were some cute food trucks and a live band playing. Everyone was sitting outside enjoying the music and the cool summer evening. For dinner, we ate at Mez Cais LX and sat outside. Everything was great here - burritos, tacos and poke. A cool bookstore within LX Factory is Ler Devagar, and it’s one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world!
💡 Nearby is The Village Underground, a coworking space and creative events space. It’s home to a new creative community in Lisbon and worth stopping by to see what’s going on here.
Walking from LX Factory back to Baixa
If you are up for a long walk along Lisbon’s Rio Tejo, try walking back from LX Factory to the Praca de Comercio. It’s a few miles, but along the way, you’ll pass the K Urban Beach and the waterfront restaurants and clubs.
Which other experiences in Lisbon have you had outside the main sights to see? Let us know, as we’re always looking for new places to see.