A welcoming creative enclave where collaborations, cultural curiosities and local concepts come alive - Marvila has everything you need to set up a home base on the fringes of the Portuguese capital. Here’s a quick guide on what to do there.
Low-key co-working and creativity
Remote workers, students, entrepreneurs and artists - when it comes to low-key coworking Marvila has something for everyone. The recently launched Hub Creativo do Beato, an innovative open hub where work, culture and leisure collide offers a variety of solutions for founders, freelancers, startups, scaleups or large companies in partnership with Factory Lisbon and Casao do Capitao. A former warehouse spread across three vast floors, NOW coworking Beato also has everything you need to get in a productive day of work on the go, with desks and studios available for rent.
Seeking the simplicity of a quiet corner and a good coffee? Cafe com Calma is an intimate and inviting cafe ideal for introverts. Find your spot, read your book, or just take five minutes to close your computer and mingle with the locals.
A breath of fresh air
Calm wide streets lined with leafy trees that are free from pesky tram lines have made Marvila one of the more ideal zones for scooters, bikes and skateboards. A stone’s throw from the Tejo makes it ideal for afternoon walks, long bike rides or simply sitting by the river with a book. The serene riverside promenade towards the Vasco da Gama bridge has plenty of space for everyone to stroll or scoot the promenade. Stop for a drink close to the Parque das Naçoes Marina or one of the cafes and bars that dot the walkway before soaking up a hazy Lisbon sunset.
Community and culture
Once you’ve ticked Lisbon’s major museums off your list, you’ll be pleased to find even more cultural gems scattered throughout Marvila. Underdogs, a cultural art platform with a fearless curatorial eye for multidisciplinary work from international and domestic artists has long been a Marvila hallmark. Arroz Studios, a non-profit multicultural organisation nestled in Beato hosts various residencies to support emerging artists and offers music workshops and live events throughout the year.
Finally, a cultural space housed in the former Fábrica do Material de Guerra with one of the richest agendas in Lisbon - the iconic Fabrica Braço de Prato schedules regular music performances, art exhibitions, cinema screenings, poetry readings, philosophy discussions, workshops and much more. With a bookstore, restaurant and bar all under one roof, it is one of the most vibrant independent cultural centres in Lisbon.
Eating and drinking
For home-cooked Italian food that exudes soul, you can’t miss the cooking of Erica Porru’s Clube de Video, a true Cantina Italiana. A nod to her past in the film industry, the restaurant is decked out with pop-art references and old movie posters. Fresh pasta, desserts and Italian delicacies are rustled up daily using seasonal ingredients for dishes that are a true *chef’s kiss*. For fresh and organic food, the Grilo do Beato cafe, restaurant and market promises a perfect slice of farm-to-table freshness with daily specials in a laid-back and charming atmosphere.
Finally - no matter the weather, round out your day with a vegan, sugar-free, lactose-free and gluten-free ice cream selection from Gato Gelados ice cream parlour. We recommend a scoop of their Requeijão apple crumble, Açorean pineapple or Rosemary infused Pomegranate.
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