If the dream holiday for you includes wandering around and getting lost in the streets, Principal Real is the right address indeed. After walking along Rua da Escola Politècnica and enjoying the view from there, you’ll see why this district must be on your list. One of the best advantages of the district is that it preserves its local atmosphere to the day and gives you a chance to breathe in the Lisbon’s local life. It is also a great place to do shopping. From the best antiques to the latest fashion, you can find a variety of items in the boutiques located around the town.
Where to visit in Principal Real?
1.The Jardim do Príncipe Real
Jardim do Príncipe Real, the city garden, can be the ideal place for you to start your detour around the district. It is located at a central point in Principal Real. You can’t miss the 100-year-old tree at the center, cooling down under its shade alongside with locals can be a unique experience.
If you are there on a weekend, you can visit the water museum “Patriarchal Reservoir” and the farmer’s market. Also, on the last Saturday of every month, you can see the antique and craft fair on the same location.
2.The Reservatório da Patriarcal
Below the lake and fountains in Jardim do Príncipe Real, you can find “The Reservatório da Patriarchal”. The reservoir was constructed in 1864 to feed Lisbon. You can only visit it during the weekend and it is for free.
3.Shopping in Embaixada
Even if you are not in on the shopping part, you must visit “Embaxiada”, a concept store which was previously a neo-Moorish styled palace. You can find here the high-end products of Portuguese artists and designers. Though being possibly not the perfect choice for your budget, it will be a perfect experience for your eyes.
Where to Eat in Principal Real?
1. The Kiosks in Jardim do Príncipe Real
The kiosks in Jardim do Príncipe Real is the perfect destination to enjoy the local atmosphere alongside with the fresh air.
2. O Prego da Peixera
This place is specialized in “prego”, in other words, steak sandwich. You should give it a visit if you like steak prego and seafood varieties.
3. Bettina & Niccolò Corallo Chocolate & Café
If you’re passionate about chocolate, you should not miss this spot. They sell special products that come from their family plantation in São Tomé and Príncipe islands in Africa.
4. Frangasqueira Nacional
If you want to enjoy delicious barbeque chicken, you can try Frangasqueira. It is cheap too!
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