Up-and-coming neighborhood Beato is shedding its vacant image and is proving to be a diamond-in-the-rough. For those who want trendy breweries, low-rent, and a location close to the banks of the Tagus, the area is a good bet. Although far from the maddening tourist crowd, public transportation connections aren’t there yet, so it's not suited to everyone. But as more buildings and warehouses are being renovated every day, the neighborhood is changing fast.
In terms of coworking, NOW Beato is a unique, three-story warehouse with wooden beams and exposed walls. Startups established companies, and freelancers alike have set up in its cozy atmosphere. Taking a minimalist aesthetic Lisbon WorkHub's vast space even offers company file storage. Fabrica Moderna is coworking for creative industries, with ceramic studios and sewing workshops on offer.
Good eating in Beato is scarce, but that just makes the gems really shine. O Grilo Beato has been working on its extensive gardens while selling fresh produce and planning live music events. Inexpensive Adega da Tia Rosa has old-world charm, good food, and sometimes fado if you’re lucky enough to show up on the right day. While A Casa do Bacalhau is a top-notch choice for those seeking out the Portuguese salted cod specialty. Café com Calma, in neighboring Marvila, does exceptional baking in a classic tiled Portuguese building and if you like beer, Beato is a beer lover's haven, with family-run brewery Dois Corvos offering everything from IPAs to big barrel-aged stouts, and experimental ales from their taproom, and Musa Brew is another craft-beer specialist just around the corner.
If you want to find a unique souvenir, Cantinho do Vintage is a warehouse full of stylish, and rare pieces of furniture and home decor, and Galeria Filomena Soares is frequently given the title of the best gallery in Lisbon. As a trendier, up-and-coming neighborhood you’ll find a younger set head to Arroz Estúdios for jam sessions and to join artist residencies events. While big club nights are held at Nada Temple, a grimy space that goes on very late—or early in some cases.
A Lisbon-based writer and researcher with her work featured in BBC Travel and SUITCASE Magazine. She never leaves a city without visiting a flea market first.
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