Baixa is considered one of the most central districts in Lisbon. Its main street separates Praça do Comércio from the Rossio. A fantastic monument that you won’t be able to miss is Baixa’s Triumphal Arch, which leads to Rua Augusta, a street lined with clothing stores. You can also ride the Santa Justa Lift in Baixa, to avoid walking up Carmo Hill, and to get a beautiful view of the city.
Chiado, Lisbon’s shopping district, is home to the world’s oldest bookstore, the Bertrand Bookshop, theaters, restaurants, and a great boutique called Vista Alegre, where visitors can buy porcelain and china.
To the west of Chiado is where you’ll find the hilltop neighborhood of Bairro Alto. This is THE place for nightlife in Lisbon, so if you are looking to party while in the capital, this is a great place to stay. Its infamous pink street is where visitors and locals gather to stay out all night. Otherwise, you can consider Campo de Ourique, which is more residential and family-oriented. Another residential area that you could stay in would be Principe Real. It is Lisbon’s most LGBTQ friendly area, and has a great park and plenty of fashion boutiques.
If you’re on a quest for more nightlife, consider Cais do Sodré, an area known for being a public transportation hub. From Cais do Sodré, you can access Lisbon’s neighboring beaches and cities, as well as take a ferry ride that crosses the Rio Tejo. If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, consider stopping at the TimeOut Market where you can find not only Portuguese specialties, but also world food.
Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood, is where you can get access to the Castelo São Jorge, although prepare yourself for a steep climb. It is also known for its Fado houses, so it would be a great idea for you to experience a dinner and traditional Fado singing in this area of the city. We recommend Clube de Fado, or, if you’d like to go more local A Baîuca, a small restaurant where locals come in to sing in front of guests. Also, look around for colorful azulejos in Alfama, and possibly visit Casa dos Bicos, a 16th century house whose façade is covered with diamond-shaped stones.
Between the center of Lisbon and Belém is the area of Alcântra, which is Lisbon’s up-and-coming, trendy neighborhood. It features a strip of factories that have been transformed into restaurants and bars, so if you’re looking for hipster vibes, this is the place to go!
On your way to the beaches of Estoril, to the west of Lisbon’s center, is where you’ll find Belém. Many of Lisbon’s monuments and museums can be found here, including the Jeronimos Monastery, and the National Coach Museum. You can also get a breathtaking view of the Rio Tejo in Belém, as it is where the river meets the sea. Be sure to visit the Tower of Belém, the Ages of Discovery monument, and grab a pastéis de nata from Pastéis de Belém before leaving Lisbon!