Bairro Alto
Bairro Alto
4.5
About
Home to art galleries and a historic monastery (Convento do Carmo), Bairro Alto is one of the busiest districts of Lisbon after dark. Locals and travelers pack its narrow streets to hang out outside the area’s countless bars. Try ginjinha, a local liqueur, as you listen to live fado music. During the day, you can stroll through the neighborhood's narrow streets and check out the quaint boutiques and cafes. To get to Bairro Alto, take the eye-catching Glória Funicular at Liberdade Avenue. It’ll drop you off at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, where you'll get commanding views of the city. – Tripadvisor
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The area
Neighbourhood: 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 • 6 min walk
  • Rossio • 8 min walk
See what travellers are saying
  • Michael K
    San Jose, California1,103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great neighborhood with lots of things to see
    This place is hilly with many things to see, such as Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Igreja de Sao Roque, the viewdeck at the top of Elevador de Santa Justa, etc. The best way is to take one of two funiculars to the top and walk downhill. One is Ascensor da Gloria near the Restauradores metro station. The other is Elevador da Bica near Rua Sao Paulo.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China1,73,427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming area of Lisbon
    Bairro Alto is a lovely area of Lisbon up on a hillside to the west of Baixa and Avenida. It is charmingly connected to the downtown area by winding streets and quint elavadors and includes several really nice miradouros with sweeping panaromic viewpoints of eastern parts of Lisbon and the Tangus River to the south. There are interesting neighbourhoods like Chiado that are situated at Bairro Alto, loads of small neighbourhood restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Small squares also dot the area with fountains, monuments and kiosks and trees providing shade for those who want to enjoy a rest while spending time in the area. There are nice sightseeing opportunities in the area as well including the impressive Sao Roque church and monastery as well as the ruins of Carmo Church where you also find an interesting archeological museum as well. It is a charming area of the city, worth spending time while visiting the city. We visited on several days at various points of our trip to Lisbon and will gladly do so again the next time around.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • rayraysworld
    Warwick, United Kingdom1,960 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    yeah....it's good
    the area is worth checking out. you will see it anyway of you have an itinerary of things to do. i don't understand many of the photos on here. i thought this was for reviewing the district, not lots of self indulgent people putting pics of themselves on. those pics could be anywhere but whatever.... nice streets some of which are hard work. churches, statues, restaurants, trams, go see it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia2,623 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous place to wander aimlessly.
    This is a fascinating part of Lisbon with its narrow streets, wonderful old buildings, street cafes, and wall art. It's fun just to wander as the mood takes you. We went early and found that many little shops etc didn't open until later in the day. All good fun.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 August 2023
  • antonio blvs
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    good place to get lost
    a good place to wander, walking around. a loot of pubs, bars and minimarkets. people are friendly and thats a feeling of security, although some streets are empty and silent. be prepared to valleys and uphills
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Lori L
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great area to soak up the culture!
    This historical area is a great place to stay in. Around every corner you will find cool shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, and buskers. Lots of up and down streets so bring your walking shoes!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 September 2023
  • dan j
    Port Coquitlam, Canada810 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can’t Wait to Return
    This is a great neighborhood in the city with many restaurants, cafes, bars and pastries to explore. We arrived by cruise ship and got a Metro day pass right away and headed up to Martim Moniz to catch the #28 Tram that runs through all the neighborhoods. It saved a lot of uphill climbing and allowed us to see so much of the city in just one day.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • goodguyjas
    London, United Kingdom1,160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mega area for food and drink and shops plus super souvenir shops and great wandering about
    Vibe is the word. I loved the many up hill and down hill streets. For the most part horizontal and vertical. At times a maze to navigate filled with shops, restaurants, souvenir shops and bars that cater for all interests. The atmosphere felt friendly and safe, especially at night. It was so much fun to wander the narrow cobbled avenues and find places to eat and drink at every corner. No hard sell and no intimidation. Some fun street acts at times and sellers. The whole area is a magnet for a good time. Don’t miss this area.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 November 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,444 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Explore the History
    I did a long walk through this area on a rainy day, ducked into a nice cafe for some coffee. Lots of history here, narrow streets lined with bars and restaurants, especially bars. Good place to find somewhere where Fado is sung. Narrow houses where the real people used to live, now full of tourists. Worth a long exploration.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Roland G
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'd go again in a heartbeat.
    Bairro Alto is an iconic Lisbon neighborhood with lots of winding cobbled streets, viewpoints over the city, vibrant street life, and lovely places to stay. We rented an air b'n'b (never understood that term - what's the air a reference to and where's the breakfast?) There are main streets that connect you to the commercial areas and it's very close to the city centre. I'd go again in a heartbeat.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 December 2023
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Deborah
Huizen, The Netherlands47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was our first time in Lissabon. We stayed in hotel Borges Chiado which is very central between Chiado and Alfama and the tram 28 E and the metro pass directly. But we have walked most of the time. We loved the atmosphere and the people! The narrow streets in Alfama going up and down are lovely and there are tiles everywhere and not only in the museu de azulejos though we visited this too and was really nice. There are many places with live music and lovely food in the many, many restaurants. The weather was okay, but not really warm enough to sit on a terrace.
Written 8 June 2024
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weekak
Edinburgh, UK1,831 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We only saw a very small part of barrio alto which is a shame as it seemed more lively than the places we’d been and had a great and fun atmosphere. If I had the chance I’d have spent less time in Alfama and more in Barrio Alto.
Written 4 June 2024
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Steve D
Divonne-les-Bains, France818 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Such places need time to explore and find all the interesting aspects of such a place.
It’s better walking down than up.
Being a maze of options you need luck to find all it has to offer.

We went there by number 28 Tram and once we had finished had quite a Challenge getting a taxi.
Note it’s best visit here start of your day so you have some energy left.
Written 3 June 2024
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abmilw
Milwaukee, WI687 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
One of the areas you want to visit. Maybe approach the area from the side (walk to it from a different area to get to the top), then walk down hill to visit/see this area. Walking straight up this area, seems very steep. Your reward is Time Out Market is at the bottom of the hill.
Written 26 May 2024
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Mak G
San Francisco, CA74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Love love love. Restaurants, galleries, shops, markets. Theres so much to do, see and eat! If youre in lisbon you must walk through this neighborhood and enjoy all it has to offer.
Written 23 May 2024
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Dana N
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This area is fun during the day and night.

It is lively and energetic.

There a lot of options for restaurants and bars.

Walk around and enjoy the energy
Written 29 March 2024
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John G
Southport2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The joint was jumping on St Patrick’s night. Despite that, the staff really looked after us two oldies, first providing a seat, then grabbing us a table as soon as vacated.
Only downside, they haven’t yet caught up with Guinness 0.0%.
Written 18 March 2024
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mrsoverall2001
Addingham, UK762 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great place wandering and checking out the little shops/bars/restaurants.
We came at night time to a restaurant I had booked....found it to be super alive at night ....be prepared for someone to try to get you dancing in the street 😍...great fun.
Written 16 March 2024
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Carmen M
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We really enjoyed staying in this neighbourhood. It is central to everything and nice for wandering about. We stayed in a quiet street to avoid being disturbed at night.
Written 14 March 2024
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steve i
Newbury, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Don't queue for hours for a tram or tourist bus! Get out on foot and see Lisbon. The Metro is easy to navigate and ticket machines have English instructions. Second tip get out early for the main sites like the St George Castle which is a great walk up from Rossio. Bairo Alto won't disappoint for a classic insight into this wonderful old city. Again best seen on foot.
Written 10 March 2024
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