Sun, shopping and longing – a short trip through Lisbon PART II
A sweet sin for in-between
Pastél de Nata a small Portugese pastry offered by every portugese bakery was first made in a monastery, where nuns used egg whites to strengthen their clothing and as a result were left with tons of egg yolk.
The idea for the Pastél de Nata was born!
The small cakes can be found everywhere in Portugal! The Portugese eat them at any time during the day: for breakfast, as a small snack or as a dessert after dinner. The secret, original recipe although is only available in the Confeitaria de Belém in Belém, a part of Lisbon. (The treat can also be called Pastéis de Belém due to its origin.)
The sweet sin, made of egg yolk, sugar and puff pastry is a must try! The original bakery is definetly worth a visit it is however possible to taste good Pastéis de Nata in other bakeries. Numerous cafes and bakeries offer good quality Pastél de Nata.
Forget the calories and eat your way through the Pastéis de Nata of Lisbon
The special shopping center
The Embaixada, a renovated villa reminiscent of a museum from the outside, offers a place for many Portuguese brands - from clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, shoes, design to art, there is a wide range of products.
The Fair Bazaar is most certainly worth a visit! The shop offers sustainable and fair produced brands from around the world, with a focus on local production. In addition to handmade soaps and jewellery, the Fair Bazar offers women's and men's clothing as well as shoes.
After shopping till your heart is content, book an appointment at the Organic Spa Organii and relax!
Another shopping highlight is located in the Embaixada shopping center: Isto is the Portuguese Everlane and is characterized by a limited selection of basics. The brand produces Portugese clothing, is transparent about suppliers and production and works with sustainable materials. A T-shirt costs about 30 euros, definitely reasonably priced!
From a forgotten place to a hip neighborhood
A revival of the forgotten factory building with the hipest shops in the city: The LX Factory is a 23,000 square meter space with restaurants, cafés, design shops, a bookstore and great fair fashion stores!
In 2012, the old textile factory came back to life and now offers free space for creativity and innovation not far from Lisbons city center.
The Amazing Store is certainly a recommendation for tourists. The store is absolutely true to its name. Eco-fans, as well as stylish fashionistas get their money’s worth here! The store offers accessories made from sustainable materials such as wood or cork, cotton, leather or even stone. Among other things, there are sunglasses, mobile phone covers, bookmarks and watches.
Another highlight of the LX Factory is the Näz Concept store. It offers self-produced goods from Portugal and other sustainable labels from Portugal or Europe.
On Sundays you can stroll through the flea market. It takes place from 11 a. m. to 7 p. m. and offers a nice ambience for shopping records, handmade art by local artists or vintage clothing.
The LX Factory is open daily from 6 a. m. to 2 p. m. However, it is necessary to check the opening hours of certain stores before visiting the old factory building in order to avoid being disappointed by closed doors.
Address: R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 - 501 Lisboa
Lisbon is one of the up and coming European cities and impresses with its own flair! In addition to traditional companies, there are many sustainable brands that were founded in Portugal and continue to produce their goods locally. The Portuguese fashion style is as unique as their language, which at first glance resembles a Slavic one.
The feeling of saudade, the longing for something you love but have lost, is felt at the latest when it is time to return home. The cure: a trip back to beautiful Portugal!
Edited by Konstanze Pawlik
* First Photo: © FT / IG: flo.rentine_durel