10 Things to Eat in Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto: Lisbon’s hub of ancient alleyways, jam packed bars and clubs, and a plethora of restaurants catering to every cuisine imaginable.

One never forgets their first encounter with Bairro Alto. It creeps up on you, as there is no distinct start and end to the neighborhood. One minute you’re strolling the uniform streets of Chiado and the next you’re in the middle of a colorful grid of streets with ribbons and flags draped between buildings.

Bairro Alto – by Sandra Vallaure – Wikimedia Commons

Picking a restaurant out of the hundreds in the cluster is overwhelming to say the least. Here are ten things to eat in Bairro Alto divided into their respective cuisines/dining experiences.

1. Traditional Portuguese: Bairrices in Bairro Alto

Authentic Portuguese dining reigns supreme in Bairro Alto, most of the restaurants cater to this cuisine and include all the delicacies on their menu as well.

Bairrices has great street seating which is why I eat here when I’m craving Portuguese food. Bairro Alto has a lot of street performers that come by throughout the evening and it’s beautiful to hear the performances while eating. The food is great, too!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 6pm to 10pm
ADDRESS: R. da Barroca 110, 1200-051 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

Bairrices in Bairro Alto – by Bairrices – Uploaded by them

2. Thai: Sukhothai in Bairro Alto

I was initially laughed at when I said I would find pad thai in Bairro Alto; this is the last neighborhood anyone would think to look for Thai cuisine.

Alas, Sukhothai is probably some of the best Thai food in all of Lisbon, right in the heart of Bairro Alto. The dishes are authentic and dining is affordable too.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 12pm to 4pm // 7pm to 12pm
ADDRESS: R. da Atalaia 77, 1200-038 Bairro Alto, Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

3. Moroccan: Flor da Laranja in Bairro Alto

If I could find pad thai in Bairro Alto, I could defiantly find African tajine.

Flor da Laranja is a Moroccan gem also in the heart of the neighborhood. It’s an ambient space that has been decorated to theme. Don’t arrive without a reservation, they are booked out throughout the week and calling in advance is the only way in.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday – 7pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: R. da Rosa 206, 1200-348 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

4. Pizza: Simplesmente Pizza Bar in Bairro Alto

There is a lot of pizza dining on offer in Bairro Alto, as you walk the stress and glance at the plates of diners at street tables you’ll see more often than not even the local restaurants put some sort of pizza on their menu .

Simplesmente Pizza Bar is speciality pizza in Bairro Alto. It’s a great family restaurant that caters well to children, which is rare in this area.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 7pm to 12am
ADDRESS: R. da Atalaia nº108, 1200-043 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

Simplesmente Pizza Bar in Bairro Alto – by Simplesmente Pizza Bar – Uploaded by them

5. Tapas: Leve Leve in Bairro Alto

Delicious variety tapas; the best restaurant in Bairro Alto for shared dining, hands down. Dining here with 5 or 6 people would be a suitable way to eat through the entire menu.

Leve Leve do wonderful sangria as accompaniment to their dishes. 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 6pm to 1am
ADDRESS: Tv. da Boa Hora N 39, 1200-063 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

Leve Leve in Bairro Alto – by Leve Leve – Uploaded by them

6. Italian: Casanostra in Bairro Alto

I mentioned there to be a lot of pizza on offer in Bairro Alto, this is also true to Italian restaurants which usually go hand in hand.

Casanostra is authentic Italian dining, offering fresh made pasta and thin base pizza. A great dining spot when you’re craving home comfort food as a traveler.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 8pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: Tv. do Poço da Cidade 60, 1200-043 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

7. Rooftop/Romantic: The Insólito Bairro Alto

A lot of free guided walking tours start at the northern corner of Bairro Alto and work their way down toward the Tagus. The Insólito is a rooftop restaurant that offers a panoramic view over this same route through to the water on the coast.

It’s a beautifully decorated space; resembling something out of a Wes Anderson film. Bookings on weekends are essential.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 6pm to 1am
ADDRESS: R. de São Pedro de Alcântara 83, 1250-238 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

The Insólito Bairro Alto – by The Insólito – Sourced from their Facebook

8. Seafood: Marisqueira M in Bairro Alto

Most of Portuguese cuisine involves seafood of some kind, so picking the best place to eat it in Bairro Alto is like choosing your favorite cloud in the sky.

That being said, Marisqueira M remains the favorite spot for prawns, octopus and other specialty seafood dishes that aren’t centered around codfish.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 6pm to 1am
ADDRESS: R. do Norte 100, 1200-334 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

9. Peruvian: A Cevicheria in Bairro Alto

Dining Peruvian while in the Portuguese capital? Why not.

A Cevicheria does authentic Peruvian dishes while also preparing an array of fresh ceviche by the order. Their menu is clearly marked for gluten free eaters as well.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 12pm to 12am
ADDRESS: R. Dom Pedro V 129, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

A Cevicheria in Bairro Alto – bu A Cevicheria – Sourced from their Facebook

10. Falafel: Tantura in Bairro Alto

There’s a few falafel options to choose from in Bairro Alto, there are even late-night kebab kiosks that have falafel as a shwarma option.

Tantura makes the best in house falafel. Their menu is Middle Eastern cuisine with a focus on Israeli flavors. Middle Eastern dining in Lisbon is great as it is inclusive to vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters — with a lot of naturally gluten free dishes as well. 

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Sunday – 6:30pm to 12am
ADDRESS: R. do Trombeta 1 D, 1200-471 Lisboa, Portugal
METRO STATION: Rossio-Lisboa

Tantura in Lisbon – by Tantura – Uploaded by them