Cidade Baixa
Cidade Baixa
4.5
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Located between Rossio and Praça do Comercio, this section is a shopper's paradise with several pedestrian streets. Location within walking distance of many of the must-see in Lisbon center. Public transports, including the famous tram 28 at the door.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!
How to get there
  • Baixa/Chiado • 3 min walk
  • Rossio • 3 min walk
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California17,035 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Strolling
    A great place for a stroll, this lower part of the city was laid out after the 1755 earthquake destroyed so much of the city. The new design rationalized it all, created a grid with some open plazas. Today it is ground zero for tourism so be prepared for crowds.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 5 May 2023
  • Michael K
    995 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mostly flat neighborhood in Lisbon with many attractions
    Unlike other hilly parts of Lisbon, this area is mostly flat making it less exhausting to walk around. One might not find miradouros here, but there are many worthwhile attractions like pracas with statues of kings and Arco do Triunfo. It is definitely worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2023
  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China1,60,032 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The flat, downtown area between Rossio and Praca do Comercio
    Baixa is the interesting downtown area of Lisbon roughly between Rossio Square and Praca do Comercio. There is a grid street layout with fairly uniform buildings and streets lined with cafes, food shops, coffee shops and bars including some pedestrian streets like Rua Augusta. There are hotels, retail shopping and souvenir shops as well as some nice sightseeing in this area as well including the iconic Elevador de Santa Justa, historic churches and squares. It is a neat area of the city that most tourists will end up spending some time during visits to the city. You might find yourself crossing Baixa several times as well while making way between Alfama and Chiado in the Bairro Alto area for example.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California17,035 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the Middle of Your Walking Tours
    You will definitely want to explore this very old part of the city, re-built after the earthquake with a grid pattern. Lots of shops here, some very practical. Also lots of tourist restaurants, some good, some basic. You will find a lot of crowds, but not a big problem.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 November 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,035 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
You will definitely want to explore this very old part of the city, re-built after the earthquake with a grid pattern. Lots of shops here, some very practical. Also lots of tourist restaurants, some good, some basic. You will find a lot of crowds, but not a big problem.
Written 20 November 2023
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Every corner has at least one souvenir shop where blue and white products made mainly in Asia are the stock. Many streets are filled with restaurants shouldering each others and waiters calling for customers. Old residential buildings are renovated into expensive tourist accomodations. Most of the original local specialist shops have already closed down.
Written 14 November 2023
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rayraysworld
Warwick, UK1,990 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
oh yes. shops. so much food. and it's flat. no tiring hills here. statues and squares. anything you need is here.
Written 10 August 2023
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China1,60,032 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Baixa is the interesting downtown area of Lisbon roughly between Rossio Square and Praca do Comercio. There is a grid street layout with fairly uniform buildings and streets lined with cafes, food shops, coffee shops and bars including some pedestrian streets like Rua Augusta. There are hotels, retail shopping and souvenir shops as well as some nice sightseeing in this area as well including the iconic Elevador de Santa Justa, historic churches and squares.

It is a neat area of the city that most tourists will end up spending some time during visits to the city. You might find yourself crossing Baixa several times as well while making way between Alfama and Chiado in the Bairro Alto area for example.
Written 3 July 2023
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IAN D
Wigan, UK19,699 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The Baixia is the flat area of Lisbon city centre. It starts at the archway and runs up the streets to Rossio square. Mecca for shopping and restaurants
Written 30 June 2023
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Michael K
995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Unlike other hilly parts of Lisbon, this area is mostly flat making it less exhausting to walk around. One might not find miradouros here, but there are many worthwhile attractions like pracas with statues of kings and Arco do Triunfo. It is definitely worth a visit.
Written 20 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,035 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
A great place for a stroll, this lower part of the city was laid out after the 1755 earthquake destroyed so much of the city. The new design rationalized it all, created a grid with some open plazas. Today it is ground zero for tourism so be prepared for crowds.
Written 5 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,635 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We just loved Lisbon and stayed 5 nights. Baixa has the best of Lisbon’s grand plazas, sculpture and statues and Pombaline architecture, as well as shopping . The main highlights for us were:
i) Praca do Commercio – a beautiful large square on the waterfront which was rebuilt after the devastation of the 1755 earthquake and tsunami
ii) watching the sun set across the Tagus River from the Cais das Colunas
iii) the crazy, wavy paving at Rossio Square. Wave after wave of traditional black and white, limestone and basalt paving almost made you feel woozy if you looked at it for too long. It’s fabulous.
iv) Arco da Rua Augusta
v) Santa Justa elevator – this is a very striking structure, esp when lit up at night and the views from the top platform down over Baixa and towards the castle are just stunning but (and its a big but) the line to get on the lift can be frustratingly long and it's not really worth waiting.
Written 9 February 2021
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Malgorzata
12,113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Lisbon is a beautiful city with a unique charm. Baixa is its the most central part. It was completely destroyed after the earthquake in the eighteenth century. Rebuilt by the Marquis of Pombal . The district has large classical avenues flanked by houses covered in tiles, in typical Lisbon style. There are many shops and restaurants in Baixa. This neighbourhood houses the capital’s most emblematic squares and streets. Nice area for a walk. Every tourist should visit it.
Written 30 November 2020
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June A
Surrey, UK2,694 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I din't spent a great deal of time here but from what I saw this is a lively and thriving neighbourhood close to the city centre with lots of shops and restaurants.
Written 25 October 2020
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