My love for the Príncipe Real neighbourhood is strong, very strong. So strong that it’s hard to write about it without losing myself in my passion for this district. Big words, I know. Hear me out.
If you want to experience Lisbon like Lisbon was before the invasion of mass tourism, go check out this neighbourhood.
The atmosphere in Príncipe Real is relaxed but lively, which makes it one of our favorite neighbourhoods. It’s been traditionally inhabited by workers, bohemians, writers and artists.
Previously you’d find mainly antique shop and gay bars in this district, but nowadays the area is very popular with entrepreneurs and Príncipe Real has become the home of many independent designers.
Príncipe Real is slowly but surely becoming one of the trendiest districts in Lisbon.
Charming with a royal edge
Príncipe Real is located north of Bairro Alto and owes its name – royal prince – to the first son of Queen Mary II.
The reason that we like to come to Príncipe Real is not just the relaxed atmosphere, but also the charm that this neighbourhood radiates. The greens, the exotic trees, the coloured houses and especially the locals make this an extremely pleasant place to be.
Heart of Príncipe Real
There are many attractions in this neighbourhood, like Jardim do Príncipe Real. This park is the heart of the neighbourhood with Rua da Escola Politécnica as an important main road through the neighbourhood with many shops and eateries.
Here too, the view over the city is magnificent, especially when you look towards the west, where you can easily see the Basílica da Estrela. There is something for every type of traveler in this district and believe me, you’ll feel at home very quickly.
Places of interest in Príncipe Real
Jardim do Príncipe Real
The city park Jardim do Príncipe Real is very nice to escape from the busy city center. Just a 10-minute walk from Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara you will find this city park where locals like to play a game of chess.
Within reach from Jardim do Príncipe Real you will find Jardim Botânico – the botanical garden of Lisbon. There are 18.000 different plant species. This park is part of the University of Lisbon.
Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência
Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, or the National Natural History Museum, offers an interactive program for young and old. For example, the dinosaurs exhibition is fun for all ages. There are English instructions for the activities.
Reservatório da Patriarcal
The old water network Reservatório da Patriarcal is still located under a large part of Lisbon. Below Jardim do Príncipe Real is a part that you can visit with a tour. A must if you ask us! Enjoy Lisbon in a completely different way. Note that a reservation is mandatory!
Embaixada – concept store
In this beautiful building with Moorish influences in front of Jardim do Príncipe Real you can find the alternative shopping Walhalla of Lisbon. Embaixada is a concept store with many (pop-up) stores. If you want to combine culture with shopping, don’t miss a visit to Embaixada.
The people behind Lisbonlovers have an unconditional love for the city – they are passionate about Lisbon and that is reflected in their shop.
Solar Antiques describes itself as the oldest and largest antique shop in Portugal and the world’s largest distributor of antique azulejos (Portuguese tiles).
Food & drinks
Quiosque do Jardim do Príncipe Real
This pink quiosque(kiosk), on the edge of the park Jardim Príncipe Real, can not be overlooked. It’s a nice place to have breakfast or a quick lunch. But it’s also suitable before you go to the organic market on the edge of the park on Saturday morning, or just to sit down and have a coffee. In short, this quiosque is for every occasion.
Bettina & Niccolò Corallo Chocolate & Café
This coffee shop, Bettina & Niccolò Corallo Chocolate & Café, can best be described as the best of both worlds. Because Bettina & Niccolò not only make great coffee, they also have a passion for chocolate and they know how to combine those two flavors.
Even though Príncipe Real is on its way to become one of the trendiest districts of Lisbon, there is certainly room for tradition. On the other side of Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência you will find Pastelaria Cister. This pastelaria was founded in 1838. Once inside you’ll realise that some things will never change, and that’s a good thing too!
Pastelaria–Padaria São Roque
It is worth to step inside this pastelaria, Pastelaria-Padaria São Roque, if only it were because of the beautiful Art Nouveau interior! But trust us, if you do take a look inside, do not forget to order a delicious pastel de nata.
Hub New Lisbon Hostel: The hostel offers accommodation in private double rooms and dormitories. Mixed dormitories and separate dormitories for men and women are available. The Chiado district is a 10-minute walk away. An overnight stay in a dormitory costs 14 GBP.
1869 Principe Real: Most double rooms have a balcony. Breakfast is served every day. The location is a 20-minute walk to Avenida Liberdade. An overnight stay costs 122 GBP per night.
Casa Oliver Boutique B&B: is located in a renovated, historic building on the Praça do Príncipe Real square. It is a 10-minute walk to Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara. The suite has a private bathroom and you can eat breakfast in the shared kitchen. One night for two persons is 150 GBP.