Bairro Alto is located next to Chiado and is a picturesque working class quarter dating from the 16th century that has traditionally been the city’s bohemian haunt of artists and writers. Its grid of streets is quiet during the day, but is transformed at night into the citys vibrant nightlife quarter. Behind colorful and graffiti-ridden facades is a variety of traditional and international restaurants, tourist-packed Fado houses and a multitude of bars and alternative shops that stay open until late at night. Especially on weekends you’ll find people of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles bar-hopping through the cobbled lanes or standing outside with a drink in hand enjoying the city’s usual mild nights.
Don’t miss the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, a garden-terrace with a panoramic view over the city, and two of the city’s most interesting churches: São Roque and Carmo Church. The colorful funiculairs of Gloria and Bica are fun ways to reach Bairro Alto.