Bairro Alto, an historical neighborhood laid out in 1513, is a place that truly changes from night to day. In daylight this bohemian district is a sleepy place, hungover from the previous night, with not much going on except for the shops down Rua do Norte. When the sun sets a new life begins, with restaurants opening their doors, and crowds showing up to spend their bar-hopping night.
The bars are small, forcing everyone to spill out onto the streets and creating a street party atmosphere. Rua da Atalaia, Rua do Diário de Noticias and Rua da Barroca become filled with caipirinha-sipping crowds, most under 40, but mixing different urban tribes, straight and gay. It’s a place inhabited by old ladies and young artsy hipsters, giving it a vibe that is simultaneously old-fashioned and avant-garde, a shabby-chic neighborhood that really needs no name. It’s simply the “bairro,” the neighborhood where everything happens — at night.
Crossing the street (Calçada do Combro) you step into the small Bica neighborhood, known for its famous funicular. This is another picturesque neighborhood that goes down the hill, together with neighboring Santa Catarina which is known for its lookout terrace.
Top 5 Attractions
São Pedro de Alcântara’s Viewpoint
The garden that’s the most romantic viewpoint in Lisbon, looking out to the castle.
São Roques’s Church
“The world’s most expensive chapel,” built in Rome with the most precious materials, to be assembled in this impressive church.
Park – Rooftop Bar
A bar at the top of a parking garage, for get-togethers in the afternoon or at night, looking out to 25 de Abril Bridge.
100 Maneiras Restaurant
One of the most original and creative restaurants in town.
Cork & Co.
Design and fashion accessories made of cork, the very Portuguese and eco-friendly material.
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