The Hipster’s Lisbon: A Guide to the City’s Most Unconventional (Yet Instagrammable) Spots

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Last updated on May 3, 2024 | Est. Reading Time: 12 minutes

Lisbon has been a magnet for hipsters for years, and it’s not hard to see why. From the colourful street art to the artisanal coffee shops, this city is a haven for anyone who craves the road less traveled.

But Lisbon isn’t just a pretty face. This city boasts a thriving indie music scene, a delectable array of vegan and vegetarian eateries, and an endless number of residents who are living life on their own terms. Whether you’re a die-hard hipster or simply looking to immerse yourself in a world of craft beer and avocado toast, Lisbon has something for everyone.

So pack your eco-friendly tote bag, don your most stylish vintage threads, and get ready to embrace the hipster paradise that is Lisbon.

Lisbon hotels & accommodation ideas

  • Raw Culture Art & Lofts Bairro Alto – Step into the epitome of cool at these New York-inspired lofts nestled in the heart of Lisbon’s trendy Bairro Alto district. With their sleek, industrial vibe and prime location, these lofts are the perfect base for any hipster looking to immerse themselves in Lisbon’s vibrant culture.
  • The Dorm (LX Factory) – Calling all hipsters! The Dorm hostel is your gateway to Lisbon’s most iconic hipster hotspot, the LX Factory. With an unbeatable selection of bars, restaurants, and quirky boutiques right at your doorstep, you’ll never want to leave this trendy enclave.
  • Lisbon destination hostel – Ever dreamed of sleeping in a train station? Well, now’s your chance! This one-of-a-kind hostel is housed inside the iconic Rossio station, offering a unique and unforgettable experience. Not only is it a conversation starter, but it’s also ridiculously central.
  • Lisbon Short Stay Apartments Baixa – For the artsy hipster who craves a central location, these apartments are the perfect fit. With their creative decor and prime spot in the heart of Lisbon, you’ll be living like a local in no time.
  • Brown’s Downtown – Sometimes, even hipsters need a little luxury. If you’re looking to splurge on a centrally-located hotel, Brown’s is the way to go. With iMacs in every room, you can leave your laptop at home and still stay connected to the digital world.

Shops & shopping areas in Lisbon

LX Factory

Venture into the heart of Alcântara and discover the LX Factory (pronounced el-ee-sheesh), a former industrial complex transformed into a vibrant hub of creativity. This hipster haven boasts an array of trendy bars, restaurants, and shops, each oozing with character and charm.

Don’t miss the weekly flea market on Sundays, where you can unearth treasures ranging from vintage typewriters to locally-designed fashion.

  • Address: Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 – 501 Lisboa, Portugal
  • When: Shops open during regular hours, flea market on Sundays from 10 am – 7 pm

Marvila: The Rising Star of Lisbon’s Hipster Scene

Witness the metamorphosis of Marvila, a once-abandoned industrial area now buzzing with creativity and innovation. As factories and warehouses give way to art galleries, coworking spaces, and cultural venues, Marvila has become Lisbon’s newest hipster hotspot.

Quench your thirst at Fábrica da Musa, one of Marvila’s standout micro-breweries. Sample unique craft beers like Eye of the Lager or Red Zeppelin Ale, all brewed on-site.

Discover the cutting-edge world of contemporary art at Galeria Underdogs, showcasing works by international underground artists like Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant) and Felipe Pantone.

Immerse yourself in the eclectic atmosphere of Fábrica Braço de Prata, an alternative space housed in a former dock building. Sip coffee, catch a show, explore an exhibition, or browse vintage clothes, all while soaking up the vibrant blend of cultures.

Feira da Ladra

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the eclectic wonders of Feira da Ladra, Lisbon’s most iconic flea market. Believed to have roots stretching back to the 12th century, this market is a mecca for hipsters on the hunt for vintage gems and one-of-a-kind finds.

  • Address: Campo de Santa Clara, Alfama
  • When: 6 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays and Saturdays

Sapataria do Carmo

Established more than 100 years ago, Sapataria do Carmo is one of Lisbon’s leading shoe makers. Pick up a pair of hand-made shoes for a fraction of what you’d pay in most other countries. The shop itself is also beautifully-decorated, and worth visiting for that reason alone.

  • Website: sapatariadocarmo.com
  • Address: Largo do Carmo 26, 1200-092 Lisboa, Portugal
  • When: 10 am – 8 pm (7 pm on Sundays)


Pelcor is a luxury clothing and accessories brand that makes products with one of Portugal’s principal exports: cork. Everything here, from aprons to hat to notepads and wallets, is made from cork.

  • Website: pelcor.pt
  • Address: Pátio do Tijolo, Nr. 16, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
  • When: Daily from 10 am – 7 pm

Luvaria Ulisses

Founded in 1925, Luvaria Ulisses deals exclusively in gloves. It’s an unusual business to still be running in this day and age, but the shop has no shortage of customers.

girl outside Luvaria Ulisses in Chiado
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If you’re in the market for a pair of high-quality gloves, Luvaria Ulisses is definitely the place to go.

  • Website: luvariaulisses.com
  • Address: Rua do Carmo, 87-A, 1200 Lisboa, Portugal
  • When: Mon – Sat, 10 am – 7 pm

Retro City Lisboa

One of Lisbon’s best vintage clothing stores, with a great selection of clothing and great music as well.


For vintage of second-hand clothing, Humana stores are usually the best place to go. Humana has several stores in Lisbon, mainly along Avenida Almirante Reis. 

  • Website: humana-portugal.org
  • Address: Several locations in Lisbon. 
  • When: Normally Monday to Saturday – 9h30 to 19h30, Sunday – 11h to 18h30

Street Art in Lisbon

Street art has always been a part of Lisbon’s culture, even before Lisbon became so trendy. Apparently the council encourages it (in some places) as it adds a spark of colour and vibrancy.

You’ll see street art all over Lisbon, and many local tour companies now offer street art tours of Lisbon (see here). 

Street art in Belém, Lisbon
© Portugalist – Street art in Belém, Lisbon
street art lisbon
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Restaurants, food markets, & places to eat

Time Out Market – One of the best food markets in Europe, the Time Out Market has pop-up stalls from some of Lisbon’s most popular restaurants.

  • Address: Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 Lisboa

Mercado Oriental – An Asian food court that’s situated above one of Lisbon’s most popular Asian supermarkets (Amanhecer). You’ll find small restaurants here from Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, and it’s one of the best places to go for Asian food in Lisbon. 

  • Address: Rua. Palma 41 A 1o andar, 1100-390 Lisboa

Chinês Clandestino – One of several secret or unlicenced Chinese restaurants that were opened in the homes of Chinese immigrants. Many have been shut down, or have applied for licences, but some still exist.

secret Chinese restaurant Lisbon
© Portugalist – The entrance to one of Lisbon’s secret Chinese restaurants

Unique tours of Lisbon

Lisbon Street Art Tours – Lisbon has some really incredible street art, which is spaced out across the city. Several tour groups offer street art tours, with prices starting at around €21.

Pastéis de Nata cookery class – Learn how to make pastéis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) at home.

Petiscos Tasting Tour by E-Bike – Cycle around Lisbon on an electric bicycle, stopping off at small bars and restaurants to sample petiscos (tapas).

2.5-Hour Food Tour by Segway – No need to worry about Lisbon’s big hills!

The following are a few bars that are worth visiting in Lisbon. This doesn’t do the number of great Lisbon bars justice: you can just head out to the Bairro Alto or even Cais do Sodré, and you’ll find plenty of great watering holes simply by wandering around.

Park Bar

Situated on top of a multi-storey car park, Park Bar is one of Lisbon’s most unique bars. To get to it, you have to climb the often dirty and gratified stairs up to the roof of the car park where the bar is located. There are no signs to indicate there’s a bar upstairs, which makes it all the more rewarding when you get to the top.


A rooftop bar (on top of a shopping centre) with great views of Lisbon Castle and across Martim Moniz square. There’s also a Topo bar in Chiado and Belém. 

  • Website: Facebook.com/TopoLisboa
  • Address: 6th floor, sala I, Commercial Center Martim Moniz, Praca Martim Moniz, 1100-341 Lisbon

A Tabacaria

Located in a former tobacconist in Cais do Sodré, this unique bar retains all of the trappings of its predecessor. The owner is a cocktail fanatic with a special affinity towards good quality rum. There’s no menu: he’ll ask you your preferences, and make something based on that – often involving rum.


You-need-to-ring-the-doorbell type of hipster bar that’s known for its cocktails. 

  • Website: barfoxtrot.pt
  • Address: Travessa Santa Teresa 28, 1200-405 Lisboa

Pavilhão Chinês

pavilao chines
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One of the most unusual, but most interesting, bars in Lisbon. Just about every wall is packed with dolls, toy trains, old mugs, souvenirs, and other curios from around the world. 

Duque Brewpub

Craft beer is a relatively new phenomenon in Portugal, a country which traditionally only really served Sagres or Super Bock. Over the past few years, several microbreweries and bars stocking craft beers have sprung up – particularly in Lisbon.

Duque Brewpub is one of several new microbreweries and craft beer specialists. The bar has 9 taps, serving brews from other Lisbon and Portuguese breweries, as well as more than 50 different bottled craft beers.

  • Website: duquebrewpub.com
  • Address: Calçada do Duque 51, 1200-156 Lisboa, Portugal

3rd wave & modern coffee shops in Lisbon

Recently, there’s been a new wave of hipster coffee shops opening in Lisbon and, if you’re craving a latter or aeropress coffee, you won’t have to look very far. 

It’s worth mentioning that normal coffee shops in Portugal (pastelarias) serve good coffee. Many Northern European countries need hipster coffee shops because the rest of the coffee is so poor, but Portugal doesn’t traditionally have this problem. The coffee here is usually always good – well, the espressos anyway. 

The Royal Rawness

Situated in Marvila, Lisbon’s new hipster hub, The Royal Rawness is quickly becoming a favourite for lovers of speciality coffee. It’s a bit outside of the city centre, but if you love coffee, it could be worth the trek. 

Copenhagen Coffee Lab

A roastery and coffee wholesaler that’s originally from Denmark, but has set up several coffee shops in Lisbon. They offer a wide range of coffees that you won’t find on other menus: V60, Aeropress, and flat whites. Of all the hipster coffee shops in Lisbon, this is probably the most popular. 

Fabrica Coffee Roasters

Fabrica Coffee Roasters have three locations in Lisbon: on Rua das Flores, Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, and a pop-up at Estação do Oriente in Parque das Nações. As well as being a coffee shop, they also sell their own coffee, craft beers, and coffee equipment.


Tucked away in Alcântara, but surprisingly not in the LX Factory, this small speciality coffee shop offers a coffee menu that includes flat whites, aeropress, v60, and Chemex coffee. 

Hipster neighbourhoods

Lisbon is too small to really have big hipster neighbourhoods like Brooklyn or Kreuzberg, but a few of the most popular hipster neighbourhoods are:

LX Factory (Alcântara): A collection of warehouses and factories that have been renovated into restaurants, coffee shops, boutique shops, and bars.

Marvila: Like the LX Factory, this area was once a factory neighbourhood. Today, it’s home to several craft beer breweries, coffee shops, restaurants, and Fábrica Braço de Prata, a building used for concerts, talks, and art exhibitions. It’s also a neighbourhood with great street art. 

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Beato: Following in the footsteps on Marvila, Beato is quickly gentrifying. It’s not quite as cool as Mavila, but it’s getting there. 

Village underground (Alcântara): A very cool and Instagram-deserving coworking spot and destination for pop-ups and other creative events (the entire place is made from shipping containers and old busses). It’s located near the LX Factory, so you can easily visit both in one go.

Village Underground
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Principe Real: One of Lisbon’s most upmarket areas with lots of great restaurants, bars, and art galleries.

Shop in Principe Real
© Portugalist – A boutique shop in Principe Real

Chiado: Although Chiado is right in the city centre, and home to many large multinational shops, it’s also home to several smaller boutiques and specialist shops including Luvaria Ulisses (the shop that makes the handmade gloves).

Bairro Alto: The Bairro Alto is Lisbon’s main bar and going out area, and it’s always a fun place to go out at night. Although it’s fairly empty during the day, you’ll find a few small boutique shops here as well. 

(Heading to Porto and the Algarve as well? Don’t forget to read the hipster guide to Porto and the Algarve.)

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James Cave is the founder of Portugalist and the author of the bestselling book, Moving to Portugal Made Simple. He has visited just about every part of Portugal, including Madeira and all nine islands of the Azores, and lived in several parts of Portugal including Lisbon, the Algarve, and Northern Portugal.