Located just behind Camões Square, the Santa Catarina viewing point is an intersection that separates Bairro Alto from the neighborhoods of Principe Real and Santa Catarina. This area is full of pastel painted houses and international and local restaurants and bars. But, it is mostly famous for its viewing platform, which faces the terrace and the River Tagus. The platform has some cafés and restaurants, which should be visited at sunset, where you can order a bottle or a glass of an excellent Portuguese wine to accompany the marvellous views of Lisbon.
Facto has been a hotspot for all the fashionistas and trendsetters of Lisbon. Opened by the creative director Antony Millard in 1999, and located in a preserved 17th-century building, Facto has an extensive and friendly team of professional stylists who aim to provide a good quality service and a memorable experience for every single customer. Facto’s unique philosophy of hair care in a short time has brought them a diverse range of clients, and won them the first place in several national and international competitions, among which was the prestigious Wella Trend Vision Award.
Rua do Norte, 40-42, Bairro Alto, Lisbon, +354 213 478 821
Once the biggest church in Lisbon, founded in 1389 and built in a Gothic architectural style, today Carmo Convent is a site of the ancient ruins that commemorate and remind us of the devastating consequences of the 1755 earthquake. Located on a hill overlooking Rossio Square, the interior features a nave with three aisles and an apse with five chapels. The roof had been severely damaged during the earthquake and was never rebuilt. However, its former space and the area under the altar is now occupied by a tiny museum with archaeological evidence of the earthquake and a collection of tombs, ceramics and mosaics.
Small and unremarkable at first glance, Bica district is the world famous location of the Bica funicular railway that connects Calçada do Combro, Rua do Loreto and Rua de Sao Paulo. The neighborhood goes down the hill, and is located right next to the sophisticated Principe Real district and below the famous viewing platform of Santa Catarina. Iconic of Lisbon, a refurbished yellow funicular was re-opened in 1992, presenting a desire to preserve late 19th century transport history. The original yellow funicular was constructed by the engineer Raul Ponsard and operated from 1892 to the beginning of the 20th century.
The church and Museum of Sao Roque were refurbished in 1905 on the site of the former 17th century Jesuit building. The building of the church is plain outside, with minimum décor. But upon entering this magnificent masterpiece of European art, you’re greeted with an incredibly rich Baroque interior built using some of the most costly materials, including ivory, agate, lapis lazuli and gold. An adjoining Museum of Sacred Art presents a rich collection of 16th century Portuguese religious sculptures and paintings, a display of vestments and jewellery, and Flemish tapestries. All pieces have been carefully preserved and are presented in dark rooms under charming dim lights.
Largo Trindade Coelho, Bairro Alto, Lisbon, +354 213 235 065
A Vida Portuguesa is the creation of the journalist Catarina Portas. The shop specialises on traditional and vintage Portuguese products, which are carefully wrapped in thematic and unique colorful boxes. The most popular items include Brito and Trust soaps, Viarco pencils, Emilio Braga notebooks and others. The project is interesting, as it combines many items from brands that have been associated with the souvenir and tourist industries in Portugal, as well as careful research, design and an excellent choice of brands to help promote Portuguese production beyond the country’s borders.
Rua Anchieta, 11, Lisbon,+354 213 465 073
Bairro Alto has a high concentration of restaurants and bars so heading to one after a long and tiresome day is a must. 100 Maneiras is a sophisticated dining venue with a minimalist black and white interior. It was the first restaurant that implemented the groundbreaking concept of providing a tasting menu only, without a traditional à la carte menu. This is the second time 100 Maneiras has opened its doors to customers. The new owner, a Serb by birth, started to serve Yugoslavian regional plates such as meat rolls and cheese and spinach pita in addition to traditional Portuguese cuisine. 100 Maneiras is a very small space which accommodates 30 guests at a time and does not invite for long dining evenings, however, the intimate setting facilitates conversation between two people.
Rua do Teixeira 35, Lisbon, + 351 910 307 575