São Vicente


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Okay cost of living.

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This neighborhood has a good amount of places to work outside the house.

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Up in the hills of Lisbon, the old suburb Graça has one of the best views of the city, as its famous Miradouro de Santa Graça demonstrates. It is a brisk walk away from Alfama, the oldest and most picturesque area of Lisbon, so the neighborhood keeps the historic charm⁠ going. Instead of tourists, you’ll find locals and nomads frequenting the trendy bars, dinky cafes, and under-the-radar restaurants. In terms of coworking, Graça has some of the best offerings. Just east of São Vicente, Collective Ha-us is an incredibly slick, stylish space with the feel of a private members club. Whereas, design-led Heden Coworking is welcoming, light-filled, and spacious. If you are after a quiet laptop-friendly cafe, with delicious work-fuel snacks, try Café da Garagem, Maria Limão, or the art-gallery cafe Curva

Good eateries are plentiful in this area. Tazza in Giro is a brilliant Brazilian joint doing fantastic things with tapioca and Damas is a hipsterish kitchen in an industrial-feel building with a huge range of smaller plates.  A Taberna do Mar is also a must-try for serious foodies, offering delectable Japanese-Portuguese fusion dishes. Walking towards Alfama, O Velho Eurico does meaty Portuguese cooking like nobody else. 

For drinking spots with a historical edge, the eclectic Botequim da Graça was once the hangout of Portuguese intelligentsia. Natural wine bar Vino Vero, and atmospheric Graça do Vinho, pair worldly wines and local tapas. The low-lit Tejo Bar, around the corner in neighboring Alfama, is led by Cape Verdean musicians. And further toward Santa Apolónia station, Lux Frágil, the super club, is not far away for the late-night party people. If you love knick-knacks, you can visit the treasure-hunters paradise Feira da Ladra flea market each weekend or for a more curated selection, try the concept store Somewhere A Process

Graça is also a sure-bet for the art-loving types with experimental programming, talks, and exhibitions from artist-led spaces like Hangar Gallery and Mono. If you’d rather get your hands dirty, Caulino Ceramics is a brilliant option to try your hand at pottery and Graça also has a lot of street art, from the likes of Vhils, Add/Fuel, and Shepard Fairey. The latter’s Revolutionary Woman can be seen on Rua Natália Correia, while more artists are jammed into the steps of Caracol da Graça. To learn more about the art scene, call on Lisbon Street Art Tours to show you the rest of Lisbon’s talent.

Ellie Howard
November 7, 2022
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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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