Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto, Lisbon: Address, Phone Number, Bairro Alto Reviews: 4.5/5

Bairro Alto
4.5
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The area
Neighborhood: Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodré
Enjoy a cocktail, discover a jazz club, hit the dance floor or simply grab a beer and catch up with your friends in the street: Bairro Alto, Bica and Cais do Sodré are the core of it all. Amazing rooftops, restaurants, cafes, bars, art galleries, museums and theaters abound. Start off by admiring the river from the Santa Catarina belvedere, have a cocktail at PARK's rooftop bar, try a typical Portuguese steak, or the fresh grilled fish, at Príncipe do Calhariz, and later explore the dozens of streets full of bars and clubs! Whether you're visiting for a day or a whole week, make sure you visit Bairro Alto and its surroundings.
How to get there
  • Restauradores • 7 min walk
  • Rossio • 9 min walk
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DeniseReaves
Durham, NC267 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Most of Lisbon is just a big city covered in graffiti but not this neighborhood. Wandering through the alley ways will take you back in time. This is also where you want to listen to Fado music. There are plenty of restaurants to have a delicious meal while listening to beautiful, heart wrenching Fado music. Some restaurants you will need reservations mostly the inexpensive ones but we were able to wander right in....
Written January 4, 2022
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Klaus C
Greenhithe, UK354 contributions
Sep 2021
We stayed in a roof apartment in this area. very quiet during the day but come the evening the place just comes alive and is full of young locals and tourist. Food is expensive in some of the small restaurants and sitting on wobbly tables on cobbles little fun.

If you do want to stay there it can be very noise until very late on a Saturday night, mainly as noise travels in these small alleyways.
Written September 10, 2021
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Erik S
Stockholm, Sweden828 contributions
Apr 2022
This part of the town is really a hot spot with lots of inviting cafés, bars and restaurants. Some of them maybe a bit touristy but still nice. I would say that if you like to feel the sense and atmosphere of a city and its´mix of people this is the place.
Written May 9, 2022
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June A
Surrey, UK2,365 contributions
Nov 2019
I loved this part of the city as it's just so full of life - in fact it's full of everything, like LIsbon in miniature. Close enough to the city centre to walk there if you want to, there is always something to do and see no matter what time of day and night - and perfectly safe for a woman to walk around on her own. Some of the best Fado venues are to be found here - with plenty of cafes and restaurants too. Every corner presents a different picture filled with colour and vibrancy.
Written October 21, 2020
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Malgorzata
11,025 contributions
Jul 2020
Bairro Alto is located right next to Chiado, Principe Real, Estrela and Cais do Sodre. It is an interesting point on the map of visiting the center of Lisbon. The origins of Bairro Alto date back to the 15th century, when it was a district of sailors and merchants, people who wanted to get rich on the geographical discoveries of Portugal. Over time, the district became a place where Lisbon's wealthy citizens and aristocracy would settle. In the 20th century Bairro started to decline, and the 1980s marked the beginning of the era of nightlife in this part of the city, which continues to this day. You can traverse the steep cobbled streets of the artistic Bairro Alto to take a ride on the da Bica funicular, visit the magnificent Church of St. Rocha and enjoy the views from the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara garden. Bairro Alto surprises with its atmosphere, calmness, colors and people. Both fans of atmospheric streets as well as good cocktails and colorful drinks will find something for themselves here. Many historic tenement houses are decorated with colorful murals. After dark, however, this district completely changes its face, becoming the center of nightlife in Lisbon. We can find here various types of bars, cafes, pubs, clubs, fado houses, restaurants, snack bars, bars with rock, latino and electro music, places for dancing and quietly enjoying a delicious drink. Original and traditional place, for fans of old and new Lisbon. For fans of tradition and modernity.
Written February 27, 2021
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GlobetrotterJ16
Seoul, South Korea1,790 contributions
Oct 2019
A beautiful neighborhood in Lisbon, feels like a time warp to a certain degree, small streets and alleys, very cozy and picturesque. lots of up and downs in terms of hills but absolutely worth it. Also great views of the city.
Written September 7, 2020
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MindfulVoyagers
New York City, NY45 contributions
Feb 2022
Definitely worth a walk one morning or evening. It is a lovely hilly neighborhood bustling with private shops, homes, art, and restaurants. It gets busy and loud late at night - primarily due to the plethora of bars and restaurants.
Written February 28, 2022
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George C
Edinburgh, UK269 contributions
Feb 2020
Lots to see and do here, street art, museums, churches, viewpoints. Could easily spend a full day or more exploring.

Even if you take an elevator, escalator, funicular or tram to reach some of it, there are still steep streets to climb.

Not perhaps so well known is that there is a free public escalator inside the Baixa-Chiado Metro station which can take you up or down. It is actually a series of escalators running from street level at Rua da Vitoria up to Praça Luís de Camões.

Rua da Vitoria is only a couple of minutes level walk from Praça do Rossio/ Praça de D. Pedro IV, and Praca da Figuera.

May be especially useful for anyone staying in this area and needing to travel up or down several times.

You can also walk the short blocks from/to the Metro on Rua da Vitoria to the Elevador do Castillo at the opposite end of Rua da Vitoria. Only three or four minutes walk between them.

Elevador do Castillo is actually two separate elevators. The first of the two elevators is located at the end of Rua Augusta, a couple of minutes walk from Placa da Figuera or Rua da Prata. It takes you up to Rua da Madalena a few steps from the large Pingo Doce supermarket.

At nearby Escadinhas de Sao Cristovao is a huge Fado street art mural.

At the entrance to the supermarket there is a second free elevator which rises to the Mirador outside the Zambeze Restaurant. If you only want the views, this saves a steep walk. From here an approx. 10 minute walk will take you to St George’s Castle, but it is a steep walk so you may want to take a bus or tram instead.

You can therefore easily come down from either Alfama or Bairro Alta or vice-versa, and go up the other very quickly with little effort and free of charge.
Written February 10, 2020
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Emma
Manchester, UK1,224 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
During the day this area is pretty charming, at night it turns into ‘stag do city’. Genuinely just full of drunk people in noisy bars and clubs spilling out onto the streets. If you’re on a couple or family holiday - I would avoid.
Written January 2, 2022
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Naila
Baku, Azerbaijan844 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Lisbon or Lisboa how it is called by locals, is very authentic place. Its unique atmosphere is very different from the rest of the european cities. One of the ways to admire this uniqueness is to have a slowly stroll around city streets. Bairro Alto is one of such districts near Praca da Commerce.
Written March 1, 2020
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