On a recent rainy day, we decided to visit the LX factory. We had read several discriptions of it, including a recent write-up in the New York Times. This is a hugh abandoned factory complex that is now occupied by many shops, restaurants, art galleries and offices. The factory complex is slated to be torn down sooner or later. So there is no refurbishing of the buildings going on. Businesses have established themselves within the antiquated, down at the heels factory and so the atmosphere is super cool and funky. This place probably draws a younger crowd, but we, 50 plusers, greatly enjoyed exploring and appreciated what it has to offer. On the first floor the smells of chocolate lured us to the Landeau chocolate cake shop. We watched the cakes being pulled out of the oven – what a heavenly treat - and voted by Timeout magazine to be the best chocolate cake in Lisbon. www.landeau.pt
The Lerdevagar (Readslowly) bookstore is a haven for book lovers. The shop rises up over several levels admidst vintage printing presses. The vast selection of new and used books are mostly in Portuguese, but English and lots of French books are part of the mix. Comfortable armchairs, rythmic background music and a cafe invite shoppers to linger. The Store also hosts avantgard concerts and art exhibits.www.lerdevagar.com
Across the courtyard is the Organii organic cosmetic shop. I spent a long time sampling their great product line and admiring the shops sleek design, lovely logo and packaging. They even sell Badger Balm organic line of ointments and lipbalm, a favorite of ours, made in New Hampshire, USA, with a base of organic olive oil. www.badgerbalm.com
Several of the restaurants were open and we chose lunch at the Cantina. Quirky design meets cozy comfort. A great place to meet with friends and enjoy delicious food. We found some interesting interior design shops, boutiques large and small and on our way out enjoyed yummy Gelato from a tiny shop in the complex and oops, I’ve forgotten the name!!