If you like being in the center of things, Chiado is a good option, it is the Fifth Avenue of Lisbon. You can walk many of the most touristic Lisbon destinations such as Principe Real, Baixa, and Cais do Sodre. For the rest, you can easily take the tram or metro from Chiado.
Staying in Chiado is not only good for its proximity to other neighborhoods, but Chiado itself has loads to offer: You can have your morning coffee in the iconic café “Café A Brasileira”. If you are a fan of contemporary art, “The National Museum of Contemporary Art” is located here. There are also several other art galleries and an archeological museum in Chiado.
If you want some quiet place for your accommodation but don’t want to miss out on being in the center, Principe Real is the best choice for you. This neighbor has a beautiful garden where you can have your morning detours. It also offers a beautiful view of the city and the river if you go to Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. Principe Real is also the host of some of the best restaurants and cafes of Lisbon.
Baixa is close to the Chiado neighborhood. Contrary to Principe Real, Baixa is often quite loud and busy, however, while your stay in Baixa, you can just walk around the center without needing any transportation. Due to its centrality, you’ll find many attractions around you: Praça do Comércio, Santa Justa elevator, Lisbon Story Centre, Rua Augusta archway, Rossio square.
Alfama and Graça
Alfama is the perfect location to stay if you are up for a local experience. It is the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon and its narrow streets will make you feel that you are walking through history. Alfama is also the perfect place to try local food and listen to Fado music.
Bairro Alto is the ideal place for night-owls as it is the place for night-life. If you don’t mind noise and crowd and want to party and mix with the locals. Bairro Alto is the right fit. It is also possible to find small and authentic venues to listen to some great Fado around here. Bairro Alto is also really close to Cais do Sodre station where you can quickly travel to the attractions like Belem.
Campo de Ourique
If you are traveling with your family and love to have some peace around instead of the busy night-life, you should consider staying in Campo de Ourique. In Campo de Ourique, you can try quality and local tastes for reasonable prices. Being a tourist is great but it can sometimes mean rip-off and staying in Campo de Ourique will make you feel less touristy when it comes to your spendings. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit Basilica de Estrela on the edge of the Jardim de Estrela. If the weather is good, consider having a picnic in the Jardim. The only downside is that it is a little far from the center compared to the other locations on our list.