This post is a guide for where to stay in Lisbon, Portugal. This post touches on the 4 best neighborhoods in Lisbon to choose from.
Lisbon has been on the top of our list of cities to visit for YEARS and we finally made it in August. We expected a lot and it still blew us away! Between the delicious food, beautiful city and super nice people it was everything and more. We actually started our trip with a few days in Lisbon and ended our trip with a couple more nights in LIsbon!
Each neighborhood throughout Lisbon has its own vibe. You can see it as you make your way through them especially with spotting the different architecture.
Obviously one of the biggest benefits of visiting Lisbon is that it is a BARGAIN! Compared to other major cities throughout Europe, we haven't really found prices this low for food, stays and public transport.
Another amazing thing we found during our stay is that almost everyone speaks perfect English. It really saves a headache as for us Portuguese wasn't the easiest to learn but we did try! It does go a long way to try and at least greet locals in Portuguese. But make sure you DO NOT SPEAK SPANISH, that is something that is not appreciated. We heard that from locals so make sure to remember that!
Overall, our stay in Lisbon was AMAZING. Lisbon is now one of our favorite cities and we're excited to breakdown the different neighborhoods and help you plan your trip. Let's go!
Where did we stay in Lisbon, Portugal?
To start, we stayed in the neighborhood of Graça for both of our stays in Lisbon. Graça isn't one of the main neighborhoods in Lisbon. It's more residential and seems more family orientated. There aren't as many restaurants or bars with many more locals in the area. This was exactly what we were going for!
Although there wasn't as many restaurants near us, we were still just a ten minute walk from many choices of restaurants and bars. Graça borders the neighborhoods of Alfama and Baixa so you're near the heart of everything!
If you're looking for a peaceful nights sleep but still walking distance from everything, we'd recommend staying in Graça. It was quiet and most important - SAFE!
We stayed in two different Airbnbs in Graça. Our second stay is one of the nicest and cheapest we've stayed in! We'd recommend everyone to stay there. You can check out the listing HERE.
Main Neighborhoods in Lisbon:
This was probably our favorite neighborhood throughout Lisbon! If this is your first time in Lisbon this is the best place to stay. I'd recommend this area to anyone from singles to families traveling. It had a lot of character with the old town vibe. Plus, there was an amazing restaurant selection with a lot to do!
- Old Town vibe with modern touches
- Great restaurants like Beco a Serio
- Many activities like Castelo de São Jorge
- Quiet for the most part
- Depending on where you stay can be touristy
2. Cais do Sodre
This is where the train station is to go to Cascais and other areas. HERE is a post on spending a day in Cascais. We walked through this area many times to get to the station, LX Factory and most importantly - Time Out Market! Being near a train station at night is not the best, but Lisbon is a super safe city so not much to worry about it.
- Easy access to train station
- Time Out Market
- Near Green Street and Pink Street
- Plenty of places for happy hour drinks
- Very touristy
- Loud at night
3. Baixa de Lisboa
This is right in the heart of everything Lisbon. Take note, it is very touristy, but that's not a bad thing! This is where you'll find all your shopping needs. Also, it's full of hotels and hostels. The cobblestone streets are beautiful especially as you're walking down Rua Augusta to see the Arch! If you're looking for somewhere to stay in Lisbon to be in the center and near both major train stations I'd recommend staying here.
- Easy access to Cais do Sodre and Rossio train stations
- Plenty of hotels and hostels
- In the center of all the main neighborhoods
- Many sites to see like Arco da Rua Augusta
- Not the best quality restaurants
- Not much going on in the evening - just a lot of hotels/hostels
4. Bairro Alto
If you're looking for nightlife in Lisbon, this is your spot! Full of different bars and restaurants this is where people go to experience all that Lisbon has to offer for a night out. This was definitely full of more of a younger crowd so be prepared for that. If you are traveling solo or with a group of friends, this might be an area to consider!
- Great nightlife
- Many bars and restaurants
- Natural Lisbon charm during the day
- Near Rossio train station
- Noisy through the night
Frequently Asked Questions
The best place to stay in Lisbon is Alfama. The old school charm was unbeatable. Plus, it's full of restaurants, scenic spots and popular attractions.
Avoid staying in Cais do Sodre and Rossio. They're both near major train stations which can feel uncomfortable at night.
If you're looking for a night out, then you have to get to Bairro Alto! It's full of local bars and eateries. This is the area to check out for the best of Lisbon nightlife.
If you're staying with a family in Lisbon, stay in Baixa de Lisboa. This is in the center of Lisbon and you would be in between both main train stations. This would be best because it's an easy access point to the rest of Lisbon.
There is a neighborhood for everyone throughout Lisbon! I genuinely don't think you can go wrong with any of them. As I said before though, they each have their own character. No matter what neighborhood you end up in, you will find delicious food, a spots to share drinks at sunset, and meet really nice locals!
If you're interested in a free Lagos and Lisbon travel guide, check out this MAP!
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