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Rua Augusta and the Baixa streets

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Rua Augusta and the Baixa streets.

Rua Augusta and the Baixa streets features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Lisbon City Guide3-day Lisbon City Guide5-day Lisbon City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Lisbon's lively pedestrian street
  • Mosaic pavements and outdoor cafés

Time required: 60 minutes

Public transport:

  • Metro Line Blue: Baixa-Chiado station

Address: Rua Augusta, 1100 Lisbon

Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: yaili

Things you need to know:

  • Baixa is a neoclassical neighborhood in Lisbon with grid-like streets. It was developed after the 1755 eathquake devastated the area
  • Before 1755 opulent palaces stood here. Now simple and uniform buildings, built for tradesmen and merchants, occupy the area
  • The neighborhood starts at Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square). The square was once the city's trade center with finance ministries and port authorities
  • The Baixa's streets retain their original names. The names match the trades of the people that once worked here: ouro (gold), prata (silver), sapateiros (cobblers)
  • The area's main street is called Rua Augusta that connects Praça do Comércio and Praça de Pedro IV (a.k.a. Rossio)
  • This is a buzzing pedestrian street with street sellers, artists, restaurants, outdoor cafés and shops

What to do there:

  • Explore the streets from Commerce Sqaure to Rossio Square and watch life go by
  • Follow Rua Augusta all the way to Praça de Pedro V (Rossio), or zigzag through the side streets
  • Do some shopping

Tips & Insights:

  • You will find great restaurants all along the street

Rua Augusta and the Baixa streets features in these preplanned City Guides: