Lisbon Mixes Old & New to Great Effect

Mon 30 May 2016

Yesterday's Irish Independent's article, Lisbon like a local: The best of old and new in Portugal's hipster capital, asks whether Lisbon has become too hip for its own good?

Reporter Lorraine Courtney argues that Lisbon has all the characteristics of a hipster town,"[it] is a haven for fixie bikes, beards and some of the deepest V's on the continent." She notes that the city is full of visitors and perhaps this influx of new eyes onto and energy into the city are sprouting new ideas, businesses and style.

However, Lisbon, the oldest established city in Europe, is still full of history, much of which can be found in antique markets and vintage shops that are cropping up around the city.

"Cafés and obscure bookstores line the cobbled streets; second-hand shops bustle with snappy dressers looking to up their vintage sock game. Throngs of people flock to the waterfront for flea markets and giant food bazaars during the summer.

With its artsy scene and abundance of quirky shops, Bairro Alto is basically the Brooklyn of central Lisbon; but the entire city is thronging with visitors bearing pleasantly baffled expressions that seem to say: "Who knew?""

Courtney continues that there is plenty of great free art to enjoy; there is street and public art by Portugal's famous Vhils and Joana Vasconcelos and an array of marvellous galleries. It seems the only thing about Lisbon the writer is not so keen on is Fado, Portugal's melancholic and controversial folk music. "It has Unesco World Heritage status, but nothing kills a mood faster than being trapped in a restaurant listening to a fado singer in full remorse mode."


An insider's tip is that in Lisbon, people love to eat tinned fish, and there are some delicious tuna, sardine and codfish options at the 1930s Conserveira de Lisboa. Perhaps no-one told Courtney that June is the perfect time to visit Lisbon as it is Festas Juninas time when the city streets are filled with people, music and freshly grilled sardines.


Read Lorraine Courtney's full article here.

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