Paris may have the Left Bank, but Lisbon has Chiado. The historic area of Lisbon that attracted writers, poets and artists is called Chiado. Chiado is filled with quaint streets and shops.
We stopped at A Brasileira (The Brazilian) for a coffee and a pastel de nata to begin our day in town.
We decided to eat at the counter…..which was an experience. There was a lot of shoving happening around me and it was quite difficult to get served. I would recommend having a seat at a table and getting table service instead. Especially if you don’t speak Portuguese.
From there we wandered a bit, until we got to the Praça do Comercio (Commercial Plaza).
Praça do Comercio is where the Royal family of Portugal used to live. In 1755, there was a terrible earthquake which caused a tsunami and a massive fire which lasted a week that destroyed virtually all of Lisbon. After the destruction, they decided to make this part of Lisbon more accessible to the people. Most government buildings are now located here and the square itself is open for people to come and hang out or for a concert venue.