Baixa-Chiado is the heart of Lisbon’s downtown and is the most tourist-friendly part of the city. Entirely rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake, the Baixa-Chiado neighborhood is full of the grandeur of the former Portuguese empire.
Baixa is incredibly well connected to the rest of the city. Baixa-Chiado metro station connects to the rest of Lisbon from the green and blue metro lines. Take the blue line two stops to Santa Apolonia to catch trains heading to other cities, like Porto or Evora. Grab the green line for one stop to Cais do Sodré for the trains to Cascais. The famous E28 Tram also passes through Baixa-Chiado, in addition to numerous buses that will connect you to elsewhere in the city.
Highlights: To see
- Praça do Comércio: Check out the heart of Lisbon in this impressive square along the Tagus river
- Arco da Rua Augusta: Go up to the top of the impressive arch over Praça do Comércio to appreciate views of Lisbon. It was built to commemorate the rebuilding of Lisbon after the 1
- Praça Luís de Camões: Come for the people watching, live music, and meetups often happening in this popular plaza
Highlights: To experience
- Elevador de Santa Justa: Hop on this cast-iron elevator from 1902 Lisbon to avoid breaking a sweat getting to Bairro Alto
- Livraria Bertrand: Visit the world's oldest bookstore (according to the Guinness Book of Records) opened in 1753
- Museu Do Design E Da Moda: Explore one of the best collections of 20th Century European fashion at this free museum
- Brasileira café: Sip coffee in one of the oldest and most famous cafes in the city, a spot where writers, artists, and intellects began gathering when it opened in 1905
- Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea: Experience Portuguese art from the mid-19th century to today
- Manteigaria: Eat pasteis de nata (and see how they are made) at this quaint shop near Praça Luís de Camões - it is popular for delicious reasons!