Where to stay in Lisbon

If you are planning to visit Lisbon, you are probably wondering where should you get a place to stay and which traditional neighborhood suits you the best.

According to locals, these are the characteristic of each Lisbon’s districts:

1. Bairro Alto, Bica, Chiado and Cais do Sodré

Good for:
– Places to eat (from small business to top restaurants)
– People who are looking for party
– Viewpoints and landscapes
– Shopping (there are no big shopping malls but have a lot of streets with great national and international brands)
– Culture (theaters, museums, cinema, art galleries, workshops)
– Being at the city center (you can walk everywhere and it has also great access to public transports, especially if you want to explore Lisbon’s surroundings)

Not as good if:
– You are seeking to relax

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Bica

2. Alfama, Graça and Mouraria

Good for:
– Eating local food at traditional restaurants (with live Fado music)
– People who’d like to get to know and hear Fado
– Being at the center of the old districts, so it’s very easy to walk from one neighborhood to another (even to visit Saint George Castle)
– It’s viewpoints: in Alfama and Graça you can get great views over the city and the Tagus river

Not as good for:
– Less access to public transports

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Alfama

3. Príncipe Real and Rato

Good for:
– Eating at small local restaurants
– People who enjoy architecture and glamour
– People who like to party but want to rest once the night is over
– Trendy shops
– Gardens
– Culture (museums and art galleries)
– Being at the city center (you can walk everywhere and it has also great access to public transports)

Not as good for:
– Accommodation and restaurants can be a little over priced

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São Pedro de Alcântara Viewpoint (Príncipe Real) Photo @Blanca Valbuena

4. Alameda, Arroios, Intendente and Martim Moniz

Good for:
– Eating world food (traditional Chinese, Indian, Brazilian, African)
– Its multicultural background
– Themed parties (from Indian to Brazilian and African dances)
– Shops with goods from all over the world
– Being at the city center (it has great access to public transports)

Not as good for:
– The streets can be quite noisy
– Less traditional Portuguese food and culture

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Alameda

5. Estrela and Campo de Ourique

Good for:
– Eating at traditional Portuguese restaurants and great local pastry shops
– Family neighborhoods
– Local shops (clothes and home-decor)

Not as good for:
– It’s still city center but it’s more up in the hills, so the bus and the tram are the only public transports available

Lisboa - Estrela

Estrela

6. Alcântara and Belém

Good for:
– Eating (from small business to top restaurants)
– Open spaces by the river
– Trendy shops
– Culture (monuments, theatres, museums, cinema, art galleries, workshops)
– Easy access to public transports

Not as good for:
– Restaurant prices can be a bit expensive

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Belém

7. Parque das Nações

Good for:
– Eating (from small business to top world food restaurants)
– Water gardens and open spaces by the river
– New and renovated buildings (it’s a recent part of Lisbon regarding the traditional neighborhoods)
– Shopping (big shopping malls)
– Culture (exhibitions, concerts, museums, cinema, art galleries)
– Easy access to public transports (especially if you want to explore outside Lisbon)

Not as good for:
– Less traditional Portuguese food and culture

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Parque das Nações