In peaceful pastel colours, Lisbon rolls out its ancient streets and endows you with easy enjoyment, letting you wander its beautiful limestone cobbled streets to discover the in and outs of the city. It is both effortlessly beautiful and warmly welcoming, holding its history with pride while modernizing consciously to create a serene and inspiring sentiment which sits palpably on the breeze.

In my opinion, it's the most charming capital city on the continent, and while it's beauty is indeed a blessing, for locals its a curse, with its heavy footprint of tourism threatening to destroy the environment and cultural identities of the locals.

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Alarmingly, each year, over 12.7 million tourists overpower the 500,000 locals who live(d) here.⁣ The influx has cause infrastructure prices to increase at a rate which pushes residents out of the city. At least 74% of Airbnb properties in Lisbon charge an average daily rate of 84€ a night, meaning renting a flat out to tourists is significantly more profitable for property owners than renting to locals.⁣ ⁣The national minimum wage in Portugal is 676€ per month, leaving the average local unable to afford to live in their own capital city anymore.

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This phenomenon has a name: " terramotourism ” ... a tourism earthquake which shakes the culture from the city streets as gentrification runs wild and free ... so rather than directing you to the best expat owned vegan-friendly organic bobo spots (of which there are many), I've tried to instead focus on the best conscious, locally owned, places I came across. Because if tourism to this city is going to be sustained, it's locals who our travel funds should benefit most.

If you're interested in additional ways to be a sustainable tourist, click HERE.

STAY

STORY GUESTHOUSE
ADDRESS: Largo São Domingos 18
WEBSITE: lisbonstoryguesthouse.com
SOCIAL: @lisbonstoryguesthouse
Conveniently located in the centre part of the city, this affordable guesthouse is utterly charming and cozy, with beautifully decorated common rooms and lots of natural light. Their prices include a free all-you-can-eat breakfast served until late in the afternoon and they have invested in a range of environmental practices to reduce their carbon footprint while engaging in philanthropic activities in aid of Lisbon's homeless.

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THE DORM
ADDRESS: Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103
WEBSITE: thedorm.pt
SOCIAL: @thedormhostel
This new age hostel offers an affordable stay with luxury touches that will swiftly replace gap year memories of accommodations sharing the same name. The suite beds are comfortable and cozy,  decorated with curtains for privacy. The dorms are paired with beautifully designed shared bathrooms, sun-filled common spaces, and creative design details which reflect the artsy complex it is housed in.   

EAT

DONA FLORA
Vegetarian
SOCIAL: @donaflora
With a menu made up of fresh, local, seasonal and organic products, this cafe is a cozy place to pass a quiet lunch away from the tumble of tourists that haunt Lisbon's streets.

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JARDIM DAS CEREJAS
Vegan 
This place is perfect for people on a budget, for 7,50€ you can eat as much as you want from the buffet made up of delicious organic Indian food.

AO 26 
Vegan
ADDRESS: R. Vítor Cordon 26, 1200-484
WEBSITE: fb.com
SOCIAL: @ao26veganfoodproject
The crew from locally based online sustainable shop, Klow, took us to dinner at Ao 26 - the vegan food project, which has a fresh and creative menu of vegan food sure to please the pallet.

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MANTEIGARIA 
Vegetarian
ADDRESS: Rua do Loreto 2
WEBSITE: manteigarialisboa.com
SOCIAL: @manteigarialisboa
While this isn't a shop that is specifically eco-friendly, it is, in my extremely humble opinion, the best place in Lisbon for Pastel De Nata, which, if you're there for the cultural experience should be tried at least once. Though the originator is the charming and tourist tackled Pastels de Belem (located next to the 16th century Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon's Belém, where these tasty treats were born), at this Mateigaria location you get the delicate puff pastry with its creamy cream filling, direct to your mouth from the oven ... a comforting companion on a rare rainy day in the city.

SHOP

A OUTRA FACE DA LUA
Vintage Shop
ADDRESS: Rua da Assunção 22
WEB: aoutrafacedalua.com
SOCIAL: @aoutrafacedalua
Awesome ethical fashion boutique with green beauty bits as well. It's located in a stunning building and has an aesthetic collection of European sustainable brands.

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WORKSHOP POP UP
Local Artisan Creations
With an ever-changing curated collection of products by local makers and a kitchen studio to take part in cooking classes, each visit to this shop offers something new. They have a mix of products ranging from food to fashion to homeware.

ICON
Vintage / 2Hand
ADDRESS: Rua Nova da Trindade 6B
WEB: iconshop.pt
SOCIAL: @icon_shop.pt
A collection of beautifully curated products created by Portuguese artists, each epically and aesthetically created to offer a sweet selection of sustainable souvenirs made by locals themselves.

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FEIRA DA LANDRA
Flea Market
ADDRESS: Campo de Santa Clara
WEB: cm-lisboa.pt
Every Tuesday and Saturday Lisbon's famous market, Feira da Landra, rolls out offering an awesome selection of antiques, secondhand and vintage clothing, handicrafts, and other lovely knick-knacks. You'll also find André Saraivas wall art featuring 50.000+ tiles in colourful arrays and designs.

A VIDA PORTUGUESA
Traditional Portugese Products
ADDRESS: Rua Anchieta 11 
WEB: avidaportuguesa.com
SOCIAL: @avidaportuguesa
Gathering products which reflect the contexts of Portuguese culture in united identity, A Vida Portuguesa offers a curated selection of products which reflect the heart and history of this stunning country.

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ÁS DE ESPADAS
Vintage Shop
ADDRESS: Calçada do Carmo 42
WEB: fb.com
SOCIAL: @as.de.espadas
Cool collection of Vintage clothing curated with quality, arguably one of the best vintage shops in the city.

LX FACTORY
Conscious Creative Community
Situated in Alcântara, LX Factory If you only had a day in Lisbon, this spot will happily fill any adventures you might wish to have with a collection of conscious locally owned establishments like t
Fav Spots To Eat / Drink: Cantina, Café na Fábrica, The TherapistRio Maravilha, Landeau  
Fav Spots To Shop: Ler Devagar (beautiful and unique bookshop) Organii,  the outdoor flea market (Sundays only).
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