São Bento – political heart

Just west of the Bairro Alto lies the district São Bento. This neighbourhood is the beating political heart of Portugal. Dominated by Assembleia da República, the parliament of Portugal, housed in Palácio de São Bento from which the district took its name.Sao bento wijken

São Bento is enclosed between the districts of Amoreiras, Estrela, Príncipe Real and Bairro Alto. The large streets around the district are the main arterial roads as well as through roads. The side streets of the district are quiet, with little traffic because they are only accessible to residents.Sao bento wijk It is a nice area to walk around in. There are many small restaurants and shops. This neighbourhood attracts a lot of young people and families to live there. In the streets you can see many renovations going on, making all older buildings as new for these young families.

Squares and streets

Praça das Flores

Praca das Flores pleintje I find Praça das Flores an extremely romantic little square. It exudes something I can't get enough of. Every time I come here I take dozens of pictures and often they all look the same, the only difference being that it's a different time of year.

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Eating and Drinking


Lichtbak Tease cupcakes, LissabonNothing about Tease is Portuguese, except for the many locals who visit the place and that this café is located in Lisbon. If you've had enough of the Portuguese sweetness but you're in the mood for a cake, Tease is a nice place to go.

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Nannarella ingang The ice cream shop Nannarella opened up shop in the São Bento district in 2013. It doesn't matter when you arrive, there are always locals waiting in line for their turn to order a delicious ice cream.

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Terra eten Most vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon don't serve traditional Portuguese food, but Terra does!

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Overnight stay

LisbonRooms4U: If you don't need a lot of luxury then this is the perfect place to stay the night. You share kitchen and bathroom with other guests. The location is less than 20 minutes from the Chiado. If you have difficulty walking, remember that the apartment is on the second floor. One night will cost you around €25, or £22.

Appartement Praça Das Flores: This one bedroom apartment is located directly on the charming Praça Das Flores square. Close to the apartment are restaurants, (coffee) bars and a supermarket. Rossio is 2.2 km from the apartment. There is a minimum stay of 2 nights and a maximum capacity of 4 persons. One night is around €145 euros (£125).

Luxurious Apartment heart of Príncipe Real: Contrary to what the name suggests, the apartment is located in the São Bento district. It‘s been on the renting market since the end of 2018 and has no reviews on Booking.com (May 2019). The location is very good, it is a 10-minute walk to the Bairro Alto district. The maximum capacity is 4 people. One night is around €160, or £143.

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