Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto, Lisbon: Address, Phone Number, Bairro Alto Reviews: 4.5/5

Bairro Alto
4.5
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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 • 7 min walk
  • Rossio • 9 min walk
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Nieck
Terneuzen, The Netherlands52 contributions
Beautifull place to go to
Sep 2021
There are a lot of things to see in this neighbourhood. With nice cosy streets, the trams and the locals you will meet portugues traditions in a nice way.
Written 16 October 2021
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Joric M
Lisbon, Portugal166 contributions
Perfect for parties, but it is a crowded area
Sep 2021
Many of the best bars are in Barrio Alto. We love going there but I think people should realize some streets get packed late at night. You will meet many people and hear music coming from every corner, but it can be really cramped when trying to find a table, or even standing outside.
Written 30 September 2021
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Kim M
Stephentown, NY382 contributions
Great Neighborhood
Sep 2021
Tons of restaurants for every budget, beautiful architecture, and lots of activity all around - a very fun place to wander.
Written 27 September 2021
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maserk
Colorado Springs, CO1,367 contributions
Neat area of the city to stay
Sep 2021
Our AirBnB was located in this district, which we found to be very interesting. Many of the streets seem typical "old" European style with the cobblestones, narrow streets, wrought iron outside the windows, big old wooden doors, laundry hanging outside ... some of the things you picture in your mind when you think of old European cities.

One of the things that amazed me most about this area is how it was constantly either steeply uphill or downhill, and sometimes up and then down and then up again all within just a few blocks, depending on if you were one block closer or further away. It's hard to explain, but the hills seemed different than other hilly cities like San Francisco.

There are little shops, pasteleria (bakeries), cafes and restaurants. We were a couple blocks from the Principe Real and Rua de O Seculo. Our top floor apartment had a balcony with a nice view. We did not find it to be noisy at night, but perhaps we were a couple of blocks from the main nightlight. We found many of the popular sites to be walking distance (as long as you don't mind walking several miles over the course of the day.)
Written 25 September 2021
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Klaus C
Greenhithe, UK353 contributions
Nice Old Part of the City
Sep 2021
We stayed in a roof apartment in this area. very quiet during the day but come the evening the place just comes alive and is full of young locals and tourist. Food is expensive in some of the small restaurants and sitting on wobbly tables on cobbles little fun.

If you do want to stay there it can be very noise until very late on a Saturday night, mainly as noise travels in these small alleyways.
Written 10 September 2021
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Fotobear
Tavira, Portugal139 contributions
This ISN’T Lisbon
May 2021
This isn’t the real Lisbon, not any more. This is a historic façade for tourists who like to get drunk or high and have their wallets taken. If you want to know why Portugal’s covid infection rates are high (after having been really low in spring after three months of lockdown) then come here, where none of the Dutch, French, German etc tourists wear masks and where they think it is fine to urinate or vomit at some other person’s doorstep. I really pity the few people who still live here or who try to keep their small businesses alive.
Written 3 September 2021
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Jessica Blum
Berlin, Germany3 contributions
Nightlife
Aug 2021
This is the nightlife neighborhood of Lisbon.
Many cool and typical restaurants and a lot of bars.
Pretty quiet during the day
Written 1 September 2021
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,075 contributions
From mediocre to bad to worst!
Aug 2021
In TA’s category of Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodré, this review covers only Bica and Cais do Sodré

Starting at the top of R. Bica Duarte Belo and working all the way down to the Cais do Sodré area:

The Bica Funicular wasn’t operating when I was there (August 2021), although a funicular car was parked at the very top end of the track. However, no problem. To me, walking is always the most interesting route to take anyway.

In this case, ‘interesting’ maybe. Mediocre for sure - and that’s a generous assessment. Unlike the Calçada da Glória with its delightful street art, the R. Bica Duarte Belo is plastered with incredibly ugly graffiti! Even the Bica Funicular car parked at the top was infected with graffiti!

Reach the bottom end of R. Bica Duarte Belo, and come to the conclusion, the whole street actually borders on being outright ugly!

Proceed to the Dom Luís Park (opposite the Time Out Market), which from a distance looks like a very inviting oasis. However, drawing ever closer, I feel my nasal passages starting to burn from the stench of urine. I also feel my feet wading through rolling bottles and broken glass. Cigarette butts strewn all over the place. What an absolute dump!!! This I’d rate as ‘bad’. (Don’t even think of taking kids there!)

Well, remaining ever the optimist, I meander over to the other side of the Time Out Market and head towards the Praça de São Paulo and surrounding area.

OMG! Pig-sty would be an under-statement. Beer bottles - whole, cracked, completely broken everywhere! Some bottles empty; some half full - with what remains a mystery.

Again, the stench of urine evaporating in the morning sun is enough to trigger a vomit reflex! Conclusion: bad, bad, bad!

Then as I continue my quest for something a bit more appealing I come across a rather peculiar scene. A young woman and a young man are leaning on the front of someone’s car. She sounds as if she’s nagging him about something - so much for the peace and quiet of an early Sunday morning.

I pass by and head down to Pink Street, still as pristine clean as every other time I’ve been there and still among my favourite places in Lisbon. Enjoy the sight, then reverse direction and head towards Travessa da Ribeiro Nova.

The young woman and the young man - previously bickering with each other - have by now moved between two parked cars. There’s a hint that the young woman may be a ‘professional’, and on a bright, sunny Sunday morning she appears to be ‘servicing’ a client who is lodged between the boot of one car and the bonnet of the other. It occurred to me that perhaps the nagging that I’d perceived earlier was actually some form of ‘price negotiation’.

As I walked by, I wondered what a parent with young kids passing by would answer were the kids to ask, ‘Daddy, what are they doing!?’
Assessment: the worst. [Didn’t take any pictures of this particular section of my walkathon. :-)))]
Written 22 August 2021
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Fafa1
Boston, MA54 contributions
It is a party
Aug 2021 • Couples
Bairro Alto is a great place to hang out for a good food, drinks and good music like fado. Very good vibes and a lot of places to go.
Written 18 August 2021
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Grendy
14 contributions
loved this neighborhood near Chiado
Jun 2021
So fun at night with all the little bars and people spilling out onto the streets. Due to covid restrictions the bars closed early which was a shame but we had a great time at Copacobana and Kamasutra.
Written 3 July 2021
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