Baixa, Alfama, Chiado and Belém are perhaps the four strong districts in Lisbon.
Baixa is main location is the Lisbon downtown, full of shops, banking services, restaurants, coffee-shops. It is a district that ends or starts at the riverfront till the main avenue called Avenida da Liberdade.
After 1755 Earthquake, Rossio Square was rebuilt with neoclassical buildings. Most of the buildings are well preserved.
At Baixa, you will find elegant squares, pedestrianized streets, old tramcars, street performers, huge diversity of tiled Art Deco shopfronts, street vendors trying to sell from souvenirs to flowers and street performers.
Praça do Comércio ( Commerce Square) is perhaps the most magestic square from Lisbon. The symmetrical buildings of square were filled with government bureaus.
In the centre of Comércio you will be able to find a wonderful piece of bronze, an equestrian statue of the portuguese King José I.
The statue was inaugurated in 1775 and was designed by Joaquim Machado de Castro, Portugal´s foremost sculptor from 18th century.
On the North side you will find the triumphal arch of Rua Augusta (pedestrian street that connects Rossio square to Comércio square). It is possible to get the lift / elevator till the top.
If you are searching for a place to stay in the centre, Baixa is the best option.
Short List of Lisbon´s Hotels in Baixa
- Browns Central Hotel (4 stars)
- International Design Hotel (5 stars)
- Hotel Altis (5 stars)
- Hotel Lisboa Tejo (3 stars)
- Hotel Mundial (4 stars)
- The Beautique Hotel (5 stars)
At Lisbon downtown you will find also several hostels and apartments that you can rent for a bed or room on several web platforms.
Cooking Lisbon is located at Anjos, near Baixa. You can get the subway (green line) and leave at Anjos Metro Station.