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Best Part of the City to stay in Lisbon

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Best Part of the City to stay in Lisbon

What is the best part of the city to stay in if you want to be able to walk out your hotel and easily find restaurants and safe lively nigh life? During the day we usually leave the hotel area anyway to explore and sightsee, but we like to stay close to the hotel in the evening but still go out to eat and stroll around interesting neighborhoods.

The guide books indicate that Bairro Alto has a great night life with lots of restaurants, but most sites I've visited don't recommend it as a place to stay, why is that?

Any input is appreciated, thanks!

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I returned from Lisbon yesterday.

Bairro Alto is also known as the high district and is the trendiest part of the town packed with exclusive boutiques and cafes. Even though this has a good location the best location for the restaurants is along the Avenue da Liberdade which leads into the main restaurant areas and onto Rossie. Hope this helps, enjoy your trip.

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That's very helpful, thank you!

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Bairro Alto is in fact the trendy place at night, but is mostly based on restaurants, small bars and shops. It is perfect for this, but bear in mind that it is not the place for clubs, which are distributed along the river and concentrated on areas such as Parque das Nações, Sta Apolónia, Cais do Sodré, Av. 24 Julho, Santos, Alcântara. Lodging in Bairro Alto is not abundant, maybe because it is not associated as a resting place (going out there means you'll hop from bar to bar and spend a lot of time on the street socializing while drinking a drink bought in the bar next door). Hotels are abundant and recomended all the way from Rossio to Marquês de Pombal (very central), Praça de Espanha (10 min metro ride from centre) and around Oriente station. There are also lots of small well run hotels full of character spread around the city, some with amazing city and river views.

As for eating, the streets around Av. Liberdade are a good option, but be aware that the restaurante around Rossio are very touristy and although good they will not give you a genuine feeling of eating out in Lisbon. Bairro Alto and Alfama are the best choices for this. Alcântara has its share of good places where locals go to (not the ones by the river).

About safety: Lisbon is a big city and as any other big city in the world good sence should be exercized at all times, as crime does exist. However, it is a very safe city when compared to many others, and specially by United States standards. If you are not alone you can walk safely around most of the city at any time of the day or night, including Bairro Alto. Obviously avoid deserted areas at night, specially if you're alone. So if you stay at Marques de Pombal for instance, you can safely walk to Bairro Alto without any problems.

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Bairro Alto is perfect for what you want. I have no idea why the sites don't recommed it as a place to stay. I think it sure is a place to stay if you don't have a car (because parking is difficult). If you find one place to stay that pleases you, go for it!

Have fun!


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