According to the New York Times' recent article Where to Go in Lisbon, people are favouring property in the recently renovated Intendente neighbourhood in central Lisbon. Largo de Intendente was left desolate for many years until a revitalization project transformed the area to become home to trendy cafes, unique boutiques and versatile cultural spaces that are thriving there today.
"A mile north of the Tagus River, this tuk-tuk-free district has undergone a dramatic makeover. Catarina Portas turned a 19th-century ceramics factory into the capital’s second outpost of A Vida Portuguesa, her stylish made-in-Portugal boutique. Little by little, she said, the venues are “helping transform the whole atmosphere.”
As well as A Vida Portuguesa, the NYT article profiles Casa Independente, the Largo Residencias (which also has a cafe, gallery and bike rentals), the Retrox Vintage Shop and the popular O das Joanas cafe and patio. Cafe owner, Joana Synek explains, "There are many typical restaurants, but few spaces like ours, where one can hang out on the terrace, surf the Internet, read the newspaper ... people can come for lunch or spend an afternoon here to talk."
More outdoor seating can also be found at Josephone Bistro-Bar and the Joana Vasconcelos' Kit Garden, winner of the 2003 Tabaqueira Prize for Public Art, which is installed in the centre of the largo.
There are still a number of renovation projects underway at Largo de Intendente and with the area attracting artists, locals and Lisbon newcomers alike the area is sure to rapidly appreciate in cultural and financial value.
Read the NYT article in full here.