Lisbon’s most elegant and trendy neighborhood is where everyone meets for coffee, shopping, or before dinner and a night out in neighboring Bairro Alto.
Most of the buildings are from the 1700s (many of them renovated in the 1990s by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira after their destruction by a devastating fire in 1988), but the neighborhood is a flashback to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the “Belle Époque” when writers such as Fernando Pessoa and Eça de Queiroz used to write at the now-historic cafés.
This is also the neighborhood of theaters, of charming old bookshops, local fashion designers and major international brands, giving it a lively cosmopolitan ambience at any time of the day.
Top 5 Attractions
Aliança’s Jewelry Shop
The former “Aliança’s Jewelry’s shop ” now belongs to an international brand, but maintains the monumental interior of 1909, which makes it one of the most beautiful shops in the city.
Portugal’s oldest restaurant, with a dining room that looks straight out of Versailles.
The world’s oldest bookstore, confirmed by a Guinness certificate on the wall.
The bar for nights of cocktails, overlooking Lisbon.
National Museum of Contemporary Art
A former convent now houses works of contemporary art, the greatest national artists of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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