Really close to Chiado and Príncipe Real, Bairro Alto is an old and picturesque neighborhood, with narrow, stone paved streets and centenary buildings. Built in the 16th-century was once the home to charcoal yards, sailor's bars, and prostitution houses. Those days are gone! Since the 80's became mostly known for its bars and restaurants, along with more traditional Fado establishments.
If you walk around Bairro Alto by day, you will find calm streets and maybe some old ladies hanging the laundry out their windows (great photos!). By night, the Bairro awakes and becomes a meeting point for people of all ages, cultures and nationalities.
Contrasting with the calm somnolence of the day, the vibrant, bohemian nights of Bairro Alto surely attract all that love to hang out with friends, enjoying music and a good drink.
No matter if you prefer it by day or by night, Bairro Alto is one of the emblematic neighborhoods in the city and deserves a visit. The same is truth for the small Bica neighborhood, just across Calçada do Combro. You can get the funicular or walk down the steep street to look around this colorful part of Lisbon.