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DIY Tour Lisbon

As DIY lovers, we are always happy to share new tips and addresses with you. In this edition of the DIY Tour, with the help of @sophiamolen, we take you on a journey through the colorful streets of the Portuguese capital Lisbon to discover the best places for handmade goods.

Lisbon DIY Tour

Why this city?

For this edition of the DIY tour, we’re taking you where the sun is! To fit the nautical vibe of this issue, what better than the beautiful city of Lisbon, surrounded by the Atlantic ocean. With its seven hills and cobblestoned steep streets, the portuguese city is sure to make you sweat, but we promise you, it’s worth it! Crossed by the Tagus river from one end to the other, Lisbon offers you the most beautiful landscapes, that you can watch from one of the city’s many Miradouros (pro tip : with a sangria in hand, it’s even better). The colorful buildings and vibrant atmosphere will not fail to move you : if good mood was a place, it would be Lisbon! Knowing our love for DIY and everything handmade, we had to get you the best addresses in town. With the help of Sophia (@sophiamolen), we are taking you on a tour of the city’s best spots and iconic neighborhoods.


Let’s  start with the beautiful area of Alfama. With its small and narrow streets, Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest and most characterful district. If you are looking for authentic architecture and typical Portuguese cuisine, this area is exactly where you should head to. While strolling there at night, chances are you will hear Fado – a traditional Portuguese singing, echoing through the steep winding streets.


Ceramica S. Vicente

The Azulejos tiles are what makes the facades of Lisbon so recognizable. They are painted tin-glazed ceramic tiles, the most common ones are blue and white, but you can find them in a variety of different colors. At the Cerâmica S. Vicente, you can take part in a workshop and make them yourself! A great way to discover the traditional Portuguese know-how, and leave with a great personalized souvenir.


Arts & Crafts

For some inspiration or artsy paintings and images, you can check out Arts and Crafts. You can also find some handmade jewelry  there!



If you‘ve always dreamed of making your own ceramic creations, check out Caulino. They offer classes almost everyday, and you can even do full weeks or monthly workshops. 


Flea Market

Every Tuesday and Saturday, you can have a stroll through the Feira da Ladra. It’s a big flea market with many different products. There you can find jewelry, tableware, vintage vinyls, and mostly a lot of second hand clothes. You can get really good things for very interesting prices, so watch out for the hidden gems!


Santos is probably Lisbon’s most vibrant neighborhood : creative, lively and fun-loving, this area is perfect if you want to experience some of the city’s nightlife. A lot of restaurants, fun bars and cafes are to be found there. It is also adjacent to the Bairro Alto district, which is, as we could call it, the heart of the party.



If you’re looking for any type of creative work supplies, you can find them at Loja das maquetas. Canvases, paint or brushes, you can get all of that from this small store in the heart of the city.


Principe Real

With unique trendy shops, fun atmosphere and amazing views, Principe Real is one of the capital’s most en-vogue neighborhoods. If you want to experience a breathtaking sunset view of the entire city, you have to try the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.


Papelaria Fernandes

Founded in 1891, the Papelaria Fernandes is an iconic reference in terms of technical painting supplies. There, you can find a range of 20 000 items for affordable prices.


Unbox Colors

For the most aesthetically pleasing and largest range of paint, try out Unbox Colors on Rua Cecílio de Sousa.


Martim Moniz

Martim Moniz is without hesitation the most culturally diverse district of the capital. It’s a very dynamic area, and definitely where you could try the best Chinese restaurants of your life.


Lily Biju

If you’re into DIY and love to make your own jewelry, you will love Lily Biju. There you can find beads of all sorts, threads, and a lot of different ribbons.


Feira Dos Tecidos

Calling all sewing enthusiasts : if you want to use our new sisterMAG Patterns collections but don’t have the supplies yet, you can get your colorful fabrics from Feira dos Tecidos : a large choice of materials and designs for a super affordable price!


We hope you enjoyed our little trip through Lisbon. Once again, you can find the complete map with destinations on Google Maps. You can easily view it as a map, save it yourself or save it to Google Maps. We are looking forward to the next destination that we can explore with you in the spirit of do-it-yourself! Do you live in a city that we should definitely explore with you? Then let us know and write to! 


If you want to have a look at our tours of the last issues: London, Berlin and Edinburgh