One of the most interesting places we visited in Lisbon had to be the Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa on Rua de O Século 79, Bairro Alto. We were quite lucky as it was a ten minute walk from our Airbnb.
Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa is set in an amazing space housed in Pombal Palace, a sixteenth century building by Sebastião de Carvalho e Melo, which was the home of the Pombal family until the earthquake of 1755, after which they moved to Ajuga.
The building, present day, is rustic, beautiful and under constant maintenance whilst still being a living breathing space for art, events, classes, talks, demonstrations along side having a cute cafe with wonderful homemade lemonade.
Passing through the cool space, in contrast to the heat and the bustle outside, one finds a hidden garden, overgrown and in much need of repair, but it is an absolute gem of a find.
Built in benches surround the circumference of the walled garden, weather worn but impressive, with tradition blue and white late eighteen century tiles.
And just below the stair case a few tables sit in the shade of a large tree, perfect to sit beneath, while pondering on stories and dreams.
I could have sat there for the whole afternoon in peace.
Carpe Diem, opens from a Wednesday through to Saturday 1 – 7 pm and I would definitely recommend a visit if you are planning a trip to Lisbon.
For further details visit their website http://www.carpe.pt/en