Neighbourhood of Príncipe Real
The bustling Bairro Alto extends its bohemian and modern philosophy beyond its limits, heading north, in an area known as Principe Real, which is also the name of one of the most charming gardens in the city. A centennial cedar presides over the gardens, especially pleasant on Saturday mornings when you can also visit an organic food market. Having breakfast on the terrace of the kiosk in the square and reading the newspaper are the favourite activities of those who visit this area.
Príncipe Real can also be reached by lift, notably the Elevator of the Glory rising from Restauradores Square near Baixa. In the evening, a few meters up Rua D. Pedro V, stop at the famous Pavilhâo Chinês, a bar where you can also play billiards or engage in pleasant conversation cocktail in hand, surrounded by hundreds of antique pieces and original decorative objects. A whole museum.
Or, to relax completely, you can also visit the Botanical Garden, founded in 1878, where you can find up to 1,500 different plant species, including numerous palm trees, giving it a tropical air. The romantic Praça das Flores is also not to be missed, as well as some delicious treats offered by pastry shops like Pão de Canela.