Burgeoning design district

One of Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods, Santos is one of the most vibrant corners of the city today, increasingly viewed as Lisbon’s design district with cute and independently-run shops, cafés and restaurants adorning its streets. Just on and off Rua Poço dos Negros alone sits 5 specialty coffee shops. So it’s not a surprise that young creatives & independent professionals from France, US, UK and other countries choose this neighbourhood to call home. A lot of apartment buildings here don’t have garages, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem to the international community as everything is easily accessible, with the Santos train station to Cascais is just a few steps away.

Start-up base

A lot of new restaurants, cafés, wellness and lifestyle concepts are set up in Santos by foreigners who decide to turn in their glitzy lifestyles in London, New York, Paris or Hong Kong for a much calmer pace of life. With Collective Haus, a cool co-working space sitting just in the middle of this neighbourhood, it’s easy to mix business and pleasure here.

Local highlights

Dear Breakfast – An architectural highlight in the neighbourhood, this all-day café strives to extend and elevate mornings through their extensive menu of breakfast foods and natural drinks. An ideal place to relax and enjoy a good meal, Dear Breakfast offers a great start to the morning.

The Mill – This small Nordic-style café offers endless brunch options and even sells its own ceramics. Diners can choose anything from fresh fruit salads with yougurt to spicy bowls of ragout of red beans, peppers and baked tomatoes. For lunch and dinner, The Mill serves light meals and also operates as a wine bar.

Hello, Kristof – A popular coffee shop along Rua Poço dos Negros run by a French-Thai couple, visitors can expect a fantastic latte and to see many young workers on their MacBooks. Offering an extensive magazine selection and a Nordic-style menu, this is a lovely place to stop for a mid-afternoon break.

Santos Collective  A weekly farmers market on Saturday mornings with local produce, products and concepts run by artisans.

Mercearia Gourmet Poço dos Negros  A very small but well curated gourmet shop with a delicious assortment of cheese, cold cuts, artisan bread, pasta, wine and seasonings.

Portuguese Tea Company – Don’t be surprised if you smell this shop long before you see it. With innumerable tea pots full of aromatic tea blends, come visit for a unique souvenir and to learn more about the history of tea from the knowledgeable staff.

Mila  Both a cafe and deli, Mila is a popular spot to get specialty coffee, fresh pastries and other high-quality food items and is particularly a meeting point for those living in the neighbourhood.

Collective Haus São Bento  Refined and dynamic, Collective Haus is a multi-layered workspace with a lounge, break out area, library, cafeteria, boardroom, mezzanine floating area, private booths, meeting room, screening room, kitchen, patio and a greenhouse on the rooftop.