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Discover the vibrant allure of Chiado, Lisbon's cosmopolitan heart, with MADABOUTLISBON.COM as your guide. Uncover the best attractions, activities, and reasons why Chiado is the perfect location for your stay in Lisbon, along with top hotel recommendations. Additionally, explore restaurant reviews to enhance your dining experience.

Dating back to Roman times, Chiado has evolved into a bustling district, especially after the reconquest of Lisbon in the Middle Ages. Despite facing devastation in August 1988 due to a fire that destroyed 18 buildings, Chiado rose from the ashes like a legendary phoenix. The subsequent restorations meticulously preserved its historic charm.

Today, Chiado stands as one of Lisbon's most affluent quarters, boasting fashionable shops, quaint café tearooms along Rua Garrett, and iconic spots like the renowned A Brasileira café, frequented by students, artists, and poets. Dive into Chiado's cultural scene, featuring art galleries, theatres, pottery workshops, and bookshops, making it a must-visit destination for travellers seeking an authentic Lisbon experience.

Top Attractions

Miradouro de Santa Caterina

The cosmopolitan heart of Lisbon where everyone wants to be and be seen.

Carmo Convent

The impressive Gothic ruins of the Carmo Convent which overlooks the Baixa.


The National Museum of Contemporary Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea - MNAC)

Largo do Carmo

Largo do Carmo

Chafariz do Carmo - a baroque fountain

This small square has tranquillity which betrays its turbulent past. Its Pombaline buildings and the 18th-century fountain were built to replace the devastated buildings which crumbled during the 1755 earthquake. Left unrestored as a monument to the tragedy, the ruins of the Carmo Convent is located on the north side. In the heart of the square is the delightful fountain of (Chafariz do) Carmo. It was erected here in 1796. The Jacarandas trees occupying the perimeter come from South America. During May and June, they bathe the square in beautiful purple blossoms.

Quiosque do Carmo
The kiosk in the square has an extensive café and bar menu. The star of the menu is the nicely cooked seafood risotto, octopus and cod. The desserts are great to share, such as the parfait, pudding and gâteau. The Quiosque do Carmo is also a great location to start an evening with a delicious sangria, glass of port, beer or wine.

Daily: 11h00 – 02h00
1 Largo do Carmo, 1200-092 Lisboa, Portugal. | 38° 42' 41.9" N | 09° 08' 26.2" W
+351 916 348 056

Republican National Guard Museum

Located in Largo do Carmo, the museum is a prominent landmark easily recognisable by the ceremonial guards standing sentinel at the entrance. Housed within the ruins of the Carmo Convent and Church, which were repurposed as a military base following the devastating 1755 earthquake, it now serves as the headquarters of the National Republican Guard.

Trace the rich history of this military-run police force from its inception in 1911 to the present day at the museum, which opened its doors in 2014 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 'Carnation Revolution.' Discover fascinating artefacts and exhibits, including motorcycles, uniforms, weapons, and memorabilia, showcasing the evolution of the organisation.

Experience a poignant reminder of the 'Carnation Revolution' as you view iconic images of army troops with flowers in their gun barrels, symbolising the bloodless overthrow of the right-wing dictatorship on April 25, 1974. Explore the pivotal role played by the Republican National Guard headquarters during this historic moment, including the capture of the last prime minister of the dictatorship regime, amidst the bustling square outside.
Monday - Saturday: 10h00 - 18h00, Sunday: CLOSED | €2.00

Getting to the Republican National Guard Museum

758 | Tram #28+Elevator Santa Justa
Baixa-Chiado station on the Blue & Green Lines
27 Largo do Carmo, 1200-090, Lisbon, Portugal.
38° 42' 44.1" N | 09° 08' 27.5"W | +351 213462 465 |  Website
Republican National Guard Museum

A sentry outside the Republican Guard Museum


Rua Garrett

A Brasileira café

A Vida Portuguesa

A Vida Portuguesa shop

Indulge in a captivating shopping experience amidst the cultural tapestry of Lisbon's Chiado district, a vibrant hub nestled in the heart of the city. Renowned for its eclectic mix of trendy boutiques, designer stores, and traditional shops, Chiado offers a myriad of delights for discerning shoppers.


Wander along the charming cobblestone streets of Rua Garrett the beating heart of the Chiado. This main artery is where you will find some of the city's most fashionable shops, and prestigious brands and where. Discover high-end fashion brands, including local designers and international labels, nestled alongside artisanal craft shops and stylish galleries. At one end is the Armazéns do Chiado shopping centre and the Largo do Chiado square on the other. Along the way, you will encounter the Bertrand bookshop that first opened its doors in 1732 and thus considered the oldest in the world. Housed inside the beautiful Art Nouveau façade is the beautiful Tous - Ourivesaria Aliança jewellery shop whose French Baroque interior is reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles. It is on Rua Garrett you will also find the iconic A Brasileira coffee shop. It is here the "Bica" - Portugal's short expresso type of coffee was first served. Once a draw for Portugal's intellectuals, writers and poets, the café now is a popular tourist attraction, a place worth visiting if you don't mind the inflated prices.

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Uncover unique treasures at A Vida Portuguesa, a boutique celebrating Portuguese craftsmanship and heritage. A curiosity shop that contains typical Portuguese products from yesteryear. For the locals, A Vida Portuguesa offers an experience of nostalgia and for the visitor an opportunity to marvel at the retro packaging and discover a souvenir a little different from the norm. The range of products on sale is vast ranging from Bordallo Pinheiro tableware to Couto toothpaste, Viarco Pencils, Coração metal cleaner, Ach Brito soaps, regional sweets and delicacies, schoolbooks, Sancho and Lona shoes, among many other brands of which fly the flag for Portuguese quality manufacture. Originally A Vida Portuguesa was the brainchild of Catarina Portas, whose aim was to champion Portuguese manufacture and has become so popular there are now two shops in the Chiado: one at 11 Rua Anchieta and a larger space at 2 Rua Ivens.  Website.

Whether you're seeking the latest fashion trends, exquisite souvenirs, or culinary delights, Chiado promises a memorable shopping experience infused with Lisbon's vibrant spirit and cultural charm. Immerse yourself in the allure of Chiado and uncover treasures to cherish long after your visit to Lisbon.

Igreja dos Mártires

Cradled amidst the enchanting streets of the Chiado district, lies the historic gem of Igreja dos Mártires, inviting travellers to discover its timeless beauty and rich heritage. Dating back to the 18th century, this Baroque-style church stands as a testament to Lisbon's architectural splendour.

Step inside to admire the church's exquisite interior, adorned with intricate marble altars, ornate wooden carvings, and stunning frescoes depicting scenes from religious history. As you explore the tranquil atmosphere, take a moment to admire the impressive Baroque organ, a masterpiece of craftsmanship.

Igreja dos Mártires holds significance not only for its architectural magnificence but also for its historical importance. Dedicated to the Martyrs of Marocco, the church serves as a poignant reminder of Portugal's maritime past and its connections with North Africa.

Whether you're a history enthusiast, an architecture lover, or simply seeking a moment of serenity, a visit to this charming church promises to be a memorable experience during your exploration of Chiado.

Rua Serpa Pinto, 10D, 1200-445 Lisbon, Portugal.
38° 42' 38.2" N | 09° 08' 29.8" W | +351 213 462 465 |  Website

Igreja dos Mártires - Interior

Igreja dos Mártires - Interior


Lisboa Carmo Hotel

Lisboa Carmo Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★

Located in the heart of the city Lisboa Carmo Hotel features luxury rooms with classic and contemporary décor. The upper floors of the hotel offer views of the Tagus River and Lisbon's old town. The popular Bairro Alto district is three minutes away. The stylish rooms have pastel-coloured walls. Each is equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar and a private bathroom with toiletries. Some rooms have Saint Jorge Castle, city and Tagus River views. In-room breakfast is available. A buffet breakfast is served daily. Guest can enjoy contemporary-style dining at the Maria do Carmo Restaurant. The bar serves a variety of beverages and wines. Lisboa Carmo Hotel is a five minutes walk from several restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. Historical sites and museums such as Lisbon Cathedral, Igreja de São Roque and the Chiado Museum are within a ten-minute walk away.

1-3 Rua da Oliveira ao Carmo 1-3, Santa Maria Maior, 1200-307 Lisbon, Portugal.
38º 42" 44.0' N | 09º 08" 28.9' W

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Lisboa Pessoa Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★

Inspired by the life and work of Fernando Pessoa, Lisboa Pessoa Hotel is located in the centre of Lisbon, 200 yards from Chiado. The hotel features a restaurant with panoramic views, a SPA and fitness centre, meeting facilities and a library. Free WiFi and paid private parking are available. Lisboa Pessoa Hotel offers a variety of rooms, including interconnecting rooms, rooms with a terrace and stunning views of Lisbon. All rooms have air conditioning, a safe and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Each bathroom includes toiletries and a walk-in shower. The reception is available 24 hours. The hotel has free Wi-Fi. Restaurante Mensagem provides an intimate atmosphere with eight niches with a private window and two terraces with views of the Portuguese capital. The products are carefully selected by Chef Manuel Ferreira and the dishes are inspired by Portuguese tradition.

8 Rua da Oliveira ao Carmo, Santa Maria Maior, 1200-309 Lisbon, Portugal.
38º 42" 45.3' N | 09º 08" 29.5' W

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Dear Lisbon - Palace Chiado Suites

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Dear Lisbon - Palace is situated in Lisbon, 200 yards from Chiado. It is is located in a historic, protected and renovated building from the 19th century, which has a reception on the ground floor with all nine suites on the first floor. All of the elegantly-decorated suites include a flat-screen cable TV, as well as a mini bar and a safety deposit box. Some units have a seating area where you can relax. Guests can enjoy views over Lisbon or over São Jorge Castle. All suites are equipped with a Nespresso coffee machine (with some complimentary capsules) and an electric kettle. The private bathroom includes bathrobes and slippers.

35 Rua Ivens, Santa Maria Maior, 1200-226 Lisbon, Portugal.
38º 43" 00.1' N | 09º 07" 59.8' W

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By The Wine – José Maria da Fonseca

By The Wine – José Maria da Fonseca

Portugal's oldest wine label has this cosy and distinguished establishment to not only highlight their great wines but also to accompany them with amazing regional and national dishes. Among the different gastronomical options, you can find the bread from the Algarve, ham of Bellota and cold meats from Guijuelo (Salamanva area), various cheeses (notably the famous Azeitão cheese), oysters from the Sado estuary, mussels salad, salmon ceviche, carpaccio and different desserts accompanied by the Moscatel de Setúbal wines. This flagship stores is used for wine tastings and new product launches and offers a relaxed environment for food and wine lovers, in the heart of Lisbon.

Tuesday-Sunday: 12h00 - 00h00, Monday: 18h00 - 00h00
41-43 Rua das Flores, 1200-193, Lisbon, Portugal.
38º 42' 32.5" N | 09º 08' 37.2" W | +351 213 420 319 | Website

Restaurante Belcanto

Restaurante Belcanto

The restaurant first opened in 1958 however since distinguished Portuguese chef José Avillez's Belcanto took over the reins in 2012 it has gained two Michelin stars. In fact, in 2015 it was added to the world's 100 best restaurants. Although Belcanto has several other restaurants around Lisbon and Porto it is here where he presents his haute cuisine, reinventing Portuguese and international flavours and adds a playful twist to traditional fare. His youthful and playful nature produces such gems on the menu as a seafood starter called 'wave breaking' and a sea bass plate named 'dip in the sea'. There's a seven-course 'Lisbon' tasting menu that is expensive which comes in at €165.00, boy oh boy is it worth it. The relaxed atmosphere and fine decor add to the draw of this restaurant and bookings should be weeks if not months in advance.

Tuesday-Saturday: 12h30 - 15.00/19:30h00 - 23h00, Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
10 Largo de São Carlos, 11200-410, Lisbon, Portugal.
38º 42' 35.7" N | 09º 08' 29.2" W | +351 213 420 607 | Website

Restaurante Tavares

Restaurante Tavares

The Tavares restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Europe and Portugal's oldest. It first opened its doors in 1784 and still retains the name of the Tavares brothers, who took over the business in 1823. Over the centuries it has gained and retained an excellent reputation. It is THE place for foodies and gastronomic critics from all around the world. In 1861, the businessman Vicente Caldeira endured to make the restaurant "the most luxurious place in Lisbon' and his efforts are self-evident. Its opulent guilted baroque and rococo interior is breathtaking. The chefs may have changed over the years, but the Tavares restaurant remains one of the best, most exquisite and historic restaurants in Lisbon.

Monday - Saturday: 19h00 - 22h30, Sunday: CLOSED
37 Rua da Misericórdia, 1200-270, Lisbon, Portugal.
38º 42' 40.9" N | 09º 08' 34.9" W | +351 213 421 112 | Website

Only 6.5 miles (10.2km) south of Lisbon Portela Airport Website

Take the Av. Berlim south to the river front and head west on the Av. Infante Dom Henrique
Latitude - 34º 42' 44.1" | Longitude - 09º 08' 27.5"


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The closest train station is at Cais do Sodré which runs urban train services (comboios urbanos) on the Cascais line:
• Cascais/Cais do Sodré line Timetable

Trains of Portugal Website
The Blue line (Linha Azul) runs northwest-southeast to Baixa-Chiado: Website
The Green line (Linha Verde) runs North-South to Baixa-Chiado: Website
• Carris bus routes to Belém from various areas around the city: Carris Website

• 758 - Cais Sodré train station to Portas Benfica: Timetable

• 28E: Praça Martim Moniz - Campo Ourique (Prazeres): Timetable