The 10 Best Restaurants In Baixa, Lisbon

View of Baixa from the Elevador de Sta Justa
View of Baixa from the Elevador de Sta Justa | © islandjoe / Flickr
Max Leak

Situated within the area known as the Pombaline Lower Town, after 18th-century Portuguese statesman the Marquês de Pombal, the Baixa district is one of Lisbon’s most charming and popular areas. Filled with restaurant, cafés and beautiful buildings, there is an abundance of things to see and do. Here we explore the best restaurants that the area has to offer.

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1. Fábulas

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Cafe, Portuguese

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Located at a busy meeting point between Baixa and the neighbouring Chiado district, Fábulas is a classy restaurant, café and wine bar with a central position in the tourist district. Founded in 2007 in what used to be a liquor warehouse, the establishment has a classy décor which manages to be traditional without becoming fusty, and the walls are bedecked with a judicious selection of Portuguese artwork. An extensive menu combining Portuguese classics with all-purpose favourites makes this a welcoming option for those concluding a frenetic day’s sight-seeing.

2. Sacramento

Restaurant, Contemporary, Portuguese

Located in a historic building on the Calçada Sacramento, this fashionable restaurant draws inspiration from its own architectural history. Like many notable Lisbon structures, an ancient university institution on the site was destroyed in the devastating Lisbon earthquake of 1755, only to be resurrected as part of a municipal palace. Sacramento draws on the varied history of its own location to reflect the epitome of Lisbon culture and history. The menu is varied and reasonably-priced, and Sacramento comes highly recommended for a range of occasions, from large formal events to small family dinners.

3. A Brasileira

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Portuguese

Cafe A Brasileira
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Open since 1905, A Brasileira has become one of Lisbon’s most evocative cafés. In a country fixated by coffee, the café has a proud history as a pioneer of authentic Brazilian coffee beans in the early 20th century. Guests can also enjoy the seating area, which is adorned with a seated statue of Modernist poet Fernando Pessoa. Legend has it that in the decades following the installation, older housewives could often be seen discussing their woes and grievances with this most patient and least argumentative of listeners.

To.B

To Burger Or Not To Burger, to give its full name, is a zanier outfit altogether and is found on Rua Capelo, conveniently around the corner from the Baixa/Chiado metro station and the Largo de Camões. A quality burger restaurant, To.B commits serious effort to providing an uncommonly broad variety of products and condiments, indeed, it is one of a very few Portuguese establishments where you might be able to track down a veggie burger. A wide selection of sauces and delicious chips rounds off the experience at this unique and refreshing restaurant.

Address: Rua Capelo, 24, Chiado, Lisbon, +351 21 347 1046

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4. A Minhota da Prata

Restaurant, Cafe, Pastelaria, Portuguese, Pastries

A Minhota da Prata is a good old-fashioned Portuguese café-restaurant and pastelaria, preparing local favourites at excellent prices. Situated at the heart of the district, a short way along from Baixa’s grand central avenue the Rua Augusta, it is well-situated for tourists who fancy straying a little from the beaten track, and also conveniently close to one of the city’s numerous tramlines. A Minhota da Prata may be one of Lisbon’s best kept secrets, for a real local lunch, visitors can do no better.

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