Lisbon

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Lisbon (Lisboa in Portuguese) is the capital of Portugal, the westernmost capital of continental Europe.

Transport

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Don't throw away your green public transport ticket — it's worth 50c and you can recharge it either with trips or with money.

Black riding

Black riding metros, buses and trams is easy and even commune trains are fairly easy if you manage to avoid conductors.

Chose the "zapping" card (so you can use the same for most transports), have it charged with 2euros, and just don't validate it each time and act the tourist if facing a control.

Read more in section Black-riding in "Nomads guide to Lisbon" by Micael Salton.

Companies

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Accommodation

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Food

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  • RDA social center has daily vegan dinners for 3 euro. Sunday is a pizza day in real wood oven ! And wine for 0,6€ ! R. Regueirão dos Anjos 69.
  • Gaia social centre near Alfama district, have usually a free price vegan dinner on thursdays.
  • ArtCasa - social space / project run by bunch of Italians. Bar and food. You need to pay entrance card.
  • TAO - Vegan food buffee, you can get good sized lunch for 4euro.
  • Primo Basilico - Cool simple restaurant selling pizza slices for 2.90e or 3.50 with a drink. Mostly vegetarian, some meaty.
  • In Mouraria district (around metro station Martim Moniz) there are many very cheap illegal chinese restaurants. Ask around from people there and you'll eventually find one. Usually you need to write numbers from menu to a paper there, because workers don't really speak anything else but chinese.

-- September 2016: checked RDA for the vegan dinner, but they were just renovating. So it seems to be a good idea, to check the websites of the mentioned options here, don't know how hold this information is. Anyway, after this I've walked around a bit and found a Nepal culture center, were I got a starter (which was even big as a main dish) and a main dish for 3,5€! They have also some vegan (labeled as vegetarian) dishes. Quite spicy!


Internet connectivity

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Busking

Busking can be done without a permit, try in Bairro alto or Rua Augusta. You can earn enough to survive but rarely more than that.


Travel destinations

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In general Alfama and Mouraria (around metro station Martim Moniz) districts are really cool in Lisbon if you're looking for a place to live or cheap restaurants. Many bars and cafes are in Bairro alto.

Social centers

  • RDA has daily vegan dinners for 3 euro. They also arrange events, bicycle repair workshops etc. Generally a cool place to meet people.
  • Gaia social centre near Alfama district.
  • Mob social centre in Intendente.


Gentrification

Lisbon is going through a hardcore gentrification process fuelled by mass tourism. 70% of the working class neighbourhood of Alfama is already taken for tourists' consumption (bnb apartments, hostels...), for example. A recent renting law change has made many old rents to sky-raise, forcing long term habitants and small business to shut their doors forever. Malls and hotels and mcdonalds take their place. Lisbon and Sintra are beautiful, but keep the eyes open during the 40min train ride between them. That's the real 3 million inhabitants Lisbon, suburb dormitories where most working class people are pushed to. The risk is no different from elsewhere: tourism turning the city into nothing but a dead commodity, the pleasure of wealthier people at the expense of habitants' lives. Here, like elsewhere, keeping your money with real people rather then giving it to tourist and big businesses is an act that shapes the city. For info on gentrification and the right to the city check Habita collective, which is based in Mob social centre.

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