If you’re craving a kaleidoscopic adventure through history, culture, and sheer excitement, then join me as we unravel the treasures of Lisbon’s Chiado District. Nestled in the beating heart of the city, this vibrant blend of the historic and chic Chiado neighborhoods is a playground for the curious traveler.
Basilica of Our Lady of the Martyrs
Dedicated to the martyrs who participated in the 1147 reconquest of Lisbon from the Moors, this basilica was built after the 1755 earthquake on the site of a collapsed 12th-century church. The basilica is best known for having been where poet Fernando Pessoa was baptized. It was completed in 1784 in baroque and neoclassical styles, with a beautiful ceiling painted by Pedro Alexandrino de Carvalho. Inside is a magnificent organ from 1780, considered one of the best in the country.
- Hours: Monday to Friday: from 9:00 – 19:00; Saturday: 10:00 – 19:00; Sunday: 10:00 – 19:45
- Admission: Free
Café A Brasileira
Craving a caffeine fix? Brasileira is your go-to spot, a historic café that has caffeinated Lisbon’s literary minds since 1905. Sip your coffee amidst the echoes of Pessoa and feel the creative energy.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Loreto (Church of Our Lady of the Loreto of the Italians)
The Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Loreto stands as a sublime testament to Baroque architecture and spiritual serenity. Dating back to the 16th century, this enchanting church is adorned with ornate details, from its intricately carved facade to the delicate frescoes that grace its interior.
Tous Jewelry is a haven for jewelry enthusiasts seeking exquisite craftsmanship and innovative design. With a commitment to quality and a nod to individual expression, Tous Jewelry is not just a store—it’s an immersive experience, where each piece tells a story of style, luxury, and a touch of playfulness.
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Across the street from Café Brasileira is Bertrand Bookstore. Founded by two French brothers in 1732, it is the world’s oldest bookstore, as confirmed by a certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records at the door. It’s located on the main street, Rua Garrett, and is a mandatory stop, offering the latest bestsellers and the classics on wooden floor-to-ceiling shelves.
- Hours: 9:00 – 22:00
- Note: When you purchase a book in the store, they will stamp it with their signature logo.
A great place to purchase that souvenir or do some window shopping is to stroll Rua Garrett. The main shopping street in Chiado is lined with a mix of international and local designer stores, as well as cafes and theaters.
Teatro Nacional de São Carlos
Experience the cultural heartbeat of Lisbon at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, a stunning opera house that has enchanted audiences since 1793. It still presents operas throughout the year and has a good restaurant with tables outside nearby on the square. Sometimes you will find in this area free classical music concerts on the summer nights. Check the schedule for a magical night of music and drama.
Ceramicas na Linha
Ceramicas na Linha is a haven for admirers of exquisite pottery, offering a mesmerizing array of handcrafted ceramics that reflect Portugal’s artistic legacy.
A Vida Portuguesa
A Vida Portuguesa is a captivating voyage through Portugal’s cultural heritage, where every shelf holds carefully curated items that embody the essence of the country’s traditions.
Convento do Carmo
Next on our list is the hauntingly beautiful 14-century Convento do Carmo, a roofless convent that stands as a silent witness to the devastating earthquake of 1755. Explore its Gothic architecture and the treasures within the archaeological museum.
Praça Luís de Camões
Praça Luís de Camões is one of Lisbon’s most-adored squares; it separates Baixa and Bairro Alto from Chiado. Luís de Camões, whom the park is named after, is the national poet of Portugal. He is the Shakespeare of the Portuguese language. Here is also Lisbon’s oldest café, a tourist office, and a museum telling the history of the city.
Sapataria do Carmo (Shoe Store)
Sapataria do Carmo is a shoe lover’s paradise, offering a curated collection that seamlessly blends style and comfort. With a commitment to craftsmanship and quality, this boutique invites patrons to explore an array of footwear.
São Roque Church
Marvel at the opulence of São Roque Church, adorned with breathtaking 1618 Baroque-style artwork. On the outside, it is plain and simple but inside is the best-decorated church in Lisbon. It is also considered one of the most expensive churches in Portugal.
It is one of the world’s earliest Jesuit churches and the first one in Portugal or its colonies. The church was built in a non-traditional auditorium style and also has an unusual flat wooden ceiling.
- Hours: Open daily from 9:30 to 17:00; Mass held on Tuesday to Sunday at 12:30
- Admission: Free; Museum of Sacred Treasure €2.50
Manteigaria Pastry Shop
Manteigaria in Lisbon stands as a sweet haven, enticing locals and visitors alike with its divine Portuguese pastries. Renowned for their heavenly custard tarts, or “pastéis de nata,” Manteigaria crafts each golden pastry with precision, delivering a crispy, flaky delight that captures the essence of Portugal’s rich culinary heritage.
Dallas Burger Joint
If you are hungry for an American-style burger, then hop on over to Dallas Burger Joint. Our juicy burger and hot fries hit the spot after a day of sightseeing.
- Note this location is near Pink Street, an Instagram hotspot!
Time Out Market Lisboa
The iconic Time Out Market is a gastronomic haven that beckons both locals and travelers alike. Housed in a historic market hall, this vibrant space brings together the city’s top chefs, artisans, and purveyors under one roof. With an array of gourmet delights ranging from delectable pastries to savory seafood, Time Out Market offers a feast for the senses.
- Hours: 10:00 – 24:00
In the tapestry of Lisbon’s Chiado District, every corner unfolds a story, and every experience becomes a brushstroke in the vibrant portrait of this cultural haven. Chiado captivates with its blend of tradition and modernity—a place where art, history, and contemporary life converge, inviting visitors to savor the richness of Lisbon’s culture in every step taken through its cobblestone streets.
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