A factory complex from 1846 was reborn in 2008 as a "factory" of creativity and experiences. It kept the industrial spaces and invited companies related to the arts, which later brought shops, cafés and restaurants. Today there’s a little bit of everything, from fashion to books, to vintage furniture and contemporary design, next to dining options that include sushi and burgers, in addition to the more creative cuisine. The interiors maintain many of the old pieces, while most of the façades are covered in street art.
What to See and Do at Lx Factory
This bookstore, in a former printing shop, is one of Lx Factory’s most iconic spaces. It has been considered one of the world’s most beautiful, with an old printing press and books stacked up to the ceiling, where a bicycle by the artist Pietro Proserpio is hanging. It also has a small café and organizes cultural events.
You’ll find street art on almost every building, but your attention will first be drawn to a giant bee made of trash by the entrance, created by the artist Bordalo II.
Sunday is market day at Lx Factory. There are crafts, original design pieces, fashion and accessories, both new and second hand, and even fruits and vegetables from various producers.
A curious architectural structure made up of 14 containers and two old buses is used by a "creative community" behind the Lx Factory complex (accessed through Avenida da Índia). In addition to being a coworking space, it's a small cultural center, with creative activities and cultural events. Each container and bus is shared by several people, and there's still room for a café, open to everyone.
How to Get to Lx Factory
Bus 714, which departs from Praça da Figueira to Outurela and goes through Belém, stops at Alcântara, very close to Lx Factory. Bus 727, which leaves from Roma-Areeiro station and goes down Avenida da República, stopping at Rua Braamcamp next to Praça Marquês de Pombal, in Largo do Rato, and in Santos, also stops in Alcântara. Largo do Calvário is the closest stop to Lx Factory, in both of these routes.
Tram 15, which departs from Praça da Figueira, also stops at Largo do Calvário, about 20 minutes later.
It’s also possible to take the train that departs from Cais do Sodré station. It takes just 4 minutes to reach Alcântara-Mar station, and from there it’s about a 10-minute walk to Lx Factory.
Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103 (Alcântara)