The Bairro Alto

The Bairro Alto is a picturesque historical neighbourhood in the centre of Lisbon, enveloping narrow and cobbled streets, centuries old residences, traditional retail outlets, restaurants and night clubs. Built according to an orthogonal layout from the 16th century onwards, the district was originally known as Vila Nova de Andrade.

Ever since the 1980s, this has been the best-known facet of the Lisbon nightlight with numerous bars and restaurants as well as various fado houses. This was also the location, through to the 1970s-80s, of numerous newspapers. Ever since, the neighbourhood has evolved its very own and character lifestyle, which interweaves different generations in the search for evening pleasure and enjoyment.
Over time, this also became a sought after place to live with its population having undergone a rejuvenating renovation.

In Bairro Alto, there are a whole series of typical and traditional restaurants such as Cocheira Alentejana, with this zone of the city hosting various of the restaurants and bars that make up part of the habits of the Portuguese and are a reference point to all who come and visit.