Neighbourhood of Estrela
Jump on a tram 28 or 25 and get off in Estrela next to Basilica of Estrela. This is an area of Lisbon often forgotten by most tourists, and yet hides some of the best corners of the city. The streets of Estrela are lined by long rows of trees and full of cafes with small terraces where the locals take time away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Lisbon.
This quiet neighbourhood's central spot is the majestic Basilica of Estrela. Climb to the dome and enjoy unforgettable views of the city.
Walking through Estrela, appreciate the neoclassical mansions, houses dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that give us the clue to the bourgeois past of this neighbourhood.
Across the road from Basilica of Estrela is Jardim da Estrela, one of the most beautiful and peaceful gardens in the city. Sit, sunbathe, have a coffee, listen to the birds or just have ice cream and read a book.
Alcantara is a short walk down the hill from Estrela towards the river, and although it still retains a now very fashionable industrial look, it has become one of the most thriving neighbourhoods of Lisbon both culturally and for leisure purposes. The famous Docas de Alcantara consist of old warehouses converted in restaurants and discos overlooking the marina. The LX Factory is a textile factory transformed into a modern flea market where you can buy second-hand stuff, antiques and modern design objects while enjoying great food and drinks and simply chilling to the latest city music beats. Next door is the Tram Museum and close by is Pillar 7, a viewpoint over the river built on top of one of the pillars of the Golden Gate-like main bridge of Lisbon, Ponte 25 de Abril. If you are into Asian art and culture, go down the road to Museu de Oriente.