Known predominantly for the best nightlife in the city, by day Bairro Alto is a typical Portuguese neighborhood, with laundry drying outside its windows. Home to hip and quirky bars, this neighborhood plays host to visitors and locals in search of a good night out.
Winding and hilly streets, plus the lack of a metro, mean you have to work to get here. The closest metro stops are Baixa-Chiado and Rossio. From there you can walk it or grab the E28 tram or the 758 bus, but those will only get you part of the way. Walking or a taxi is needed for getting into the heart of Bairro Alto.
Highlights: To see
- Igreja de São Roque: Marvel at the contrast between its minimalist exterior and the luxurious Baroque interior, including the altar. It’s one of the most expensive ever built; it even traveled to Rome and back just to receive the Pope’s blessing
- Miradouro de Santa Catarina: Experience the sunset from this lookout point where Lisbon stretches out in front of you
- Convento do Carmo: Wonder at this 14th-century Gothic relic of a convent that was never restored after the 1755 earthquake, but today remains standing
- Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara: Take in the view from this two-leveled, small garden where you can sip wine while keeping watch over the city
Highlights: To experience
- Elevador da Bica: Ride the iconic yellow funicular up the steep street and land right in the heart of Bairro Alto
- Park Bar: Sip cocktails while enjoying the city all lit up from this bar atop a parking garage
- Rua do Norte: Shop new styles and funky trends on Rua do Norte and its neighboring streets
- Friday or Saturday night: Relish Bairro Alto in all its glory by spending your night drinking in the streets with friends, just don't arrive before 11 pm!