On the tallest hill of the city of Lisbon lies Bairro da Graça, one of the oldest and most beautiful places in the capital. With a curious mix of cosmopolitanism and rurality, the area keeps a Portuguese authenticity with astonishing viewpoints to enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the city.

Graça is the kind of area where locals sit on the street to drink their coffee and store owners stand in doorways to talk with people. There are not many fancy restaurants in Graça, but this neighborhood has fantastic local cuisine. You can also find some new restaurants, amazing street art and a young population but the soul and tradition of a typical Lisbon neighbourhood is still there!

Local highlights

Viewpoint at Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte – The most beautiful and stunning viewpoint. It gives you a view of St George’s Castle, down to Baixa, across to Bairro Alto and back up into the main part of Lisbon.

Viewpoint at Miradouro da Graca – Beautiful viewpoint where it is nice to sit for a drink and have a rest.

Jardim da Cerca da Graça – Large garden with kiosk, a lovely way to have a coffee or a drink. Well known spot for locals around sunset hours who bring their own drinks and hang out here.

Best street art in Graça – There is street art all over Lisbon but Graca’s street art has some of the most famous pieces, including one of a woman holding a gun done by Shepard Fairey. He also worked on another artwork close by (painted half a face where the famous Portuguese artist Vhils carved the other half).

Restaurant Penalva Da Graça – Local restaurant focused mainly on seafood, open for lunch and dinner.

Restaurant Damas – The hipster vibe, live music and amazing food place.

Restaurant Pitéu da Graça – The continuous waiting line is a proof that it is one of the best restaurants in the area. The portions are generous in this typical Graça restaurant. Make sure you try typical codfish or traditional à Pitéu recipe.