This short stroll takes you from one of Lisbon's most emblematic cafés in Chiado to a square packed with history and on to the trendy Principe Real district. On the way, you'll be able to admire spectacular views of Lisbon from various points, including the Santa Justa elevator. You'll learn about some of the key moments in Lisbon's rich history and see a range of Portuguese ceramics in bakeries, a former convent-turned-beer factory-turned restaurant and an extremely ornate church. Within Principe Real, you'll discover a collector's dream come true, a magnificent tree and underground reservoir and a palace that is now a shopping centre. End the tour in a small residential square, lined with an array of tempting foodie offers.
Largo do Carmo, Santa Justa Elevator, São Roque church, São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, Prinicipe Real, Praça das Flores
Rua Garrett 120, Largo do Chiado, Lisbon. Take the metro (blue or green line) to Baixa/Chiado and use the Largo do Chiado exit. Turn around as you get to the top of the steps and you'll see Café A Brasileira in front of you.
Places to stop along the way:
Largo do Carmo, Carmo Museum, Cervejaria Trindade, São Roque church, São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, Pavilhão Chinês, Principe Real Gardens, Embaixada, Coralla coffee and chocolate store, Entre Tanto Urban Market, Praça das Flores
Best time of day:
You can do this walk at any time of day but given opening times of sights and venues on the route, afternoon is probably best unless it's baking hot. If you intend to visit the Carmo Museum, it is open from 10am to 6pm daily except Sundays. São Roque church is open from 10am to 6pm daily, except Mondays when it opens at 2pm. Embaixada and Entre Tanto open from noon to 8pm and Pavilhão Chinês is open from 6pm to 2am.
As in any city, you should keep an eye on your belongings as pickpockets tend to target tourists in crowded areas. You will also be going to some quieter spots but it's always best to take simple precautions.
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