Funky streets, art galleries, different restaurants and cafes and craft breweries are the face of Marvila. The neighborhood is usually left out of the script of most tourists, so write down all the tips that I will give you now. Marvila is loved by the locals as well as by those who are passing through the city, so be sure to visit an area as interesting as this.
This area of the city was known for being an industrial neighborhood. However, the factories ended up moving over the years and Marvila ended up being abandoned and forgotten for a period of time. It was with the arrival of new entrepreneurs that this part of the city was transformed. Today, it has several modern, creative and innovative spaces 🙂
I already told you about Lisbon craft beers in the post about the best bars in the city, but I couldn’t leave this topic out of that list. Several craft breweries are located in Marvila – you can even make a tour just to get to know each one.
The three brands that have their headquarters in this part of the city are Dois Corvos, Lince and Musa. Each brand has at least three types of beer. That is, it has a drink recipe for all tastes. Those who do not enjoy beer may even find the tastes very similar, so enjoy the taste well to differentiate the brands and choose which one is your favorite.
I love to visit vintage shops, mainly because I think old objects are cute and they are great decoration items. Thrift stores are also good places to find articles in this style, as I already told you in another post. In the case of Cantinho Vintage, it sells only decorative items and vintage furniture.
The store occupies a very large warehouse with an industrial face that reflects the entire history of the neighborhood. Regarding the pieces for sale, each one is unique and full of personality. Some of them are a little more expensive, but the quality and design are the characteristics that make them special. To give you an idea of the products, just click here. Even if you are not going to buy anything, it is an interesting tour for those who enjoy old objects!
Many industrial warehouses and old warehouses have been transformed into creative spaces or art galleries. This concentration of galleries in Marvila has made the neighborhood a reference for those who want to get to know a little of the city’s contemporary art. One of the best known and most visited is the Underdogs Gallery. She seeks to bring into the gallery a little of urban art and also new visual elements. In other words, elements that innovate and transform that fixed idea that we have of art.
Less well known, but also super interesting is Galeria Francisco Fino. The exhibitions feature works by artists of different nationalities and tend to vary widely between more traditional paintings and different sculptures. Other spaces that follow this same line are Galeria Baginski and Galeria Múrias. If you want to see how a coworking space works, where people put all their creativity into practice, go to Fábrica Moderna!
Restaurants and Cafes
To enjoy the tour, there’s nothing better than taking breaks to eat, right? The restaurant That Place That Doesn’t Exist is undoubtedly one of the most sought after there. The owners of the place do not allow photos and recordings inside the place, so it is considered a “mystery” by some people in the city and by curious tourists. It is located at Rua do Açúcar 89, so to better understand the restaurant’s proposal you will have to go to it. Their specialty is pizzas with very exotic flavors. Located on the same street, Entra is also a good restaurant option, serving traditionally Portuguese meals.
As for afternoon coffee, be sure to go to Café com Calma. The decor of the place is home and they make delicious sweets and snacks. The house cakes are highly praised, like the carrot cake with nuts and chocolate ganache. Ah, they also serve a brunch full of delights, which can be a good alternative for those who woke up a little later and already want to go for a walk. Among the options are mini quiche, vegetable cream and an eggplant pate.
Library of Marvila
Another interesting cultural tour in the region is to visit the Marvila Library. It is the largest municipal library in Lisbon, with a super varied collection and events that are worth attending. It occupies an old manor house that was abandoned, being transformed into an incredible space for those who enjoy libraries and cultural programs. If you want to take a look at the local programming, just go to the library website!
As you may have noticed, Marvila is the perfect region for those who enjoy art and culture. In addition to all these things I mentioned, they also have a parkour gym, Spot Real! It can be a very fun activity for those who enjoy sports and want to try something new 😉