A definite go to place if you happen to be in Lisbon is the LX Factory, Alan (the hubby) had it at the top of his “to visit” list, so after settling in we he headed there. At this point I should suggest that A. it is a destination point and B. don’t walk there, what started out as a quick jaunt out by the river turned into a small cranky argument, quite a bit of sun burn and if it wasn’t for Apple maps we may never have found it.
All that being said it was definitely worth it. Designers, artists, restaurants, architects and so much more are all housed side by side in this creative island. The 23.000 m2 industrial site was originally the home of the “Companhia de Fiação e Decides Lisbonense” from 1846 before it transformed into Industrial Units and then again into what it is today.
The space stays true to the original buildings, making used of their quirky spaces. An example being the inclusion of a gigantic printing press into the restaurant Malaca too and adjacent bookshop. The restaurant fits itself around the now silent machines, we couldn’t resist eating there and just imagining what it was like when these printing monsters were were at full steam. The food was absolutely fab, and thankfully a few vegetarian option were available, I even had a desert, whipped cream cheese with a chestnut topping and it was just wonderful.
The bookstore next door houses the front section of the printing press and has an impressive Escher inspired set of staircases, crowned with a flying bicycle, sadly I didn’t get any pictures because I was too busy rooting through all the books, mind you though I did only leave with one The Cave by Jose Saramago which I am reading right now.
One striking aspect to the space is the large graffitied sections surrounding the buildings, juxtaposed against the bluest of blue skies, framed by the massive 24th of April bridge that spans the Tagus, industrial design at its peak and most visually impressive.