Thanks to its proximity to Lisbon’s Port and Old Ship Yard, Santos was historically an industrial area with very few residential options. Yet since being dubbed the Santos Design District in 2005, the riverside neighborhood has evolved into a beacon for art enthusiasts and designers, who live and work side-by-side.
In recent years, the shabby-chic area has stepped into the spotlight as Lisbon’s epicenter of cool and is playing a pivotal part in the city’s regeneration story. Home to a kaleidoscope of artists, designers, architects - check out Paris-Sete, AR interiores, Re-Use and Roche Bobois - it is a playground for work and play for the city’s creatives. Its emergence on the residential property scene is also recent, offering a provocative combination of old-world charm and forward-thinking new builds, such as Santos Design project. A predominantly middle class area, the streets bustle with creativity and commerce by day and trendy partygoers by night.
An epicentre for galleries, studios, design outlets, restaurants and bars, Santo is home to IADE, ETIC and UAL, Lisbon’s leading design colleges, as well as number of other large advertising and design businesses. Despite very limited public transport in this small neighbourhood, the majority of places are accessible on foot and connected to the rest of the city by a strong network of buses and trams. 30 minutes to the beach, 30 minutes to the airport, Santos is well located next to the River Tagus, which makes for a perfect for an early morning run along its banks.