If you are planning your next trip and the final destination turns out to be Lisbon, the underground culture is all around. Street art, hippie associations and alternative cafés & bars are a must see during your stay. One of the places that could take you back in the years with its atmosphere and spirit are some of the non-profit organisations – RDA 69, Zona Franca Nos Anjos and Disgraça. All of them are non-profit organisations united by the common interests and views of the participants. Therefore, all the people who run the place and take part in the events are volunteers and art ambassadors. Such places are uniting people in everyday activities such as cooking, enjoying a meal together while sharing a common space full of artistic performances from music to exhibitions of freelancers. Let’s dive into the unknown:
Regueirão dos Anjos – 69
The first place that is worth a visit is RDA – 69. It is located in the neighborhood of Anjos, one of the main areas of Lisbon. The association opened in 2010 and is considered as the most dynamic entity in the city. The place is also known among locals as ‘’the garage’’ and you can pass by to repair your bike or laptop, play foosball with friends while enjoying a beer or have a vegan-friendly dinner prepared by the Communal Kitchen Collective every day. Moreover, the place is a host for some local bands and artists who have the chance to exhibit their work while being surrounded by like-minded people.
Address: Regueirão dos Anjos, 69 Lisbon, Portugal
Let’s try one of their dirty vegan burgers and donate for the future development and maintenance of this alternative space. The place was a warehouse, renovated by a bunch of friends. It has 4 floors of amazing activities from sweaty music concerts to a chill-out place for a book or two. They describe themselves as ‘’a home to an anarchist info/bookshop, the 12 years old anti-technological library BOESG (Biblioteca dos Estragos da Sociedade Globalizada), a vegan canteen, a cinema room, a concert room/venue, a rehearsal room (run by the bands who use it), a screen-printing room and two workshop spaces.’’. Disgraça encourages the DIY spirit and support all anti-forms of the society with daily struggles being accepted such as anti-racism, anti-sexism and anti-capitalism.
Address: Rua da Penha de França nº217A/B, Lisbon, Portugal
Zona Franca nos Anjos
Wanna play with your senses and feelings by having a meal at Zona Franca nos Anjos? This association is more famous for its food than events, but they do organize interesting gatherings. Their community kitchen offers variety of vegetarian dishes, but not excluding the meat lovers. Give it a try and enjoy a peaceful and tasty meal.
Address: Rua de Moçambique, 42, 1170-247 Lisbon, Portugal
The last one that we will pay attention to is Anjos 70.
Anjos 70 is more of a space for artist to exhibit their work and there are monthly events organized in this artistic space such as the vintage clothes market in the beginning of each month.
Once you enter, the vibes of freedom and art hit you and you are ready to explore and appreciate artists’ work. Moreover, you can be part of the variety of workshops, concerts, lectures, dance classes and yoga that are happening at this alternative space. Passing by Anjos 70, do not forget to check out RDA – 69 which is only a few meters away.
Address: Regueirão Dos Anjos 70
All in all, Lisbon is a city full of hippie vibes & freedom is being expressed at every corner – from Street Art to non-profit organizations which are gaining more and more popularity among the people who want to spend their spare time socializing while enjoying a beer or two. Being in Lisbon for a few days or weeks make sure to pass by one of the mentioned community spaces.