Get to know Lisbon’s Baixa and its top tourist attractions. Follow our guide to the Baixa in central Lisbon: a neighbourhood that contains everything, from a long pedestrianized shopping street down to a historic square facing the River Tejo and an eccentric wrought-iron street lift.
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The Baixa is Lisbon’s downtown, and one of the most important sightseeing districts. It contains everything, from historic squares to an eccentric wrought-iron street lift, to museums, to shops, historic cafés and restaurants.
For fans of cakes and confectionery, the Confeitaria Nacional near Rossio is a Portuguese institution. Their specialties are Bolo Rei (King’s Cake) and pastel de nata.
A pedestrianized street known for its seafood restaurants, Rua das Portas de Santo Antão has a unique atmosphere in the heart of Lisbon.
Ascensor do Lavra is the oldest, and least touristy, of all three funiculars still operating in Lisbon. It climbs up Calçada do Lavra in two minutes. At the top, the viewpoint of the tiny park Jardim do Torel is just a short walk away.
The Saint Dominic’s Church, dating from 1241, survived the great earthquake of 1755 and a fire in 1959 that completely destroyed it. Don’t miss a visit to its unique interior, so different from the idea one makes of it from the outside.
In between the adjacent Rossio and Martim Moniz, Praça da Figueira is home to Confeitaria Nacional, the oldest patisserie in Lisbon, founded in 1829. This historic square also has a number of hotels, stores and cafés.
Visit the iconic Rossio and admire its fountains and architecture. Be amazed by the grand neoclassical Teatro Nacional D. Maria II on the north side of the square.
Founded in 1846, Teatro Dona Maria II is located in a grand neoclassical building on the north side of the Rossio. The National Theatre was created for the purpose of developing and promoting the performing arts in Portugal.
With beautiful eighteenth century symmetrical buildings and arcades facing the River Tejo, the Terreiro do Paço is one of the most important squares in Lisbon.
The large open space, mostly pedestrian, is a must-see destination for visitors to Lisbon.
Discover a hidden and fascinating archaeological museum beneath the streets of the Baixa. Take a guided tour that goes through the cramped tunnels and distinct layers that uncover several periods of Lisbon’s occupation. Admission is free.
Pedestrianised since the 1980s with Portuguese calçada, Rua Augusta is the main commercial street in the Baixa. For panoramic views of the Baixa grid, the Terreiro do Paço and the River Tejo, take the lift to the terrace of the prominent arch of Rua Augusta.