These are the 5 most interesting areas in Lisbon to discover walking:
1. Bairro Alto and Chiado
It is a very nice area in the old town with a lot of local commerce as well, where you’ll find plenty cool shops. I recommend visiting there the Museu do Chiado and taste the delicious croissants of the Pastelaria Benard (right next to the exit of the Chiado metro station)
It is the lower part of the city, just between Chiado and Alfama. Here you will find the beautiful plazas of Rossio and Figueira. Worth walking down the Rua Augusta, which is main pedestrian street, and ends at the Augusta Arch that gives access to the Praça do Comercio, right in front of the river Tejo.
3. Alfama and Mouraria
It is the oldest area of Lisbon, where you’ll find the Castelo de São Jorge. It is definitely worth spending a couple of hours lost in its streets, alleys and stairs. Of course you should visit the castle. And not to be missed, below the castle, a bar/restaurant/circus school called Chapitô (Costa do Castelo, 1) with an incredible view over the river and Lisbon. It is also a classic to catch the tram 28 to go from Praça da Figueira up to Alfama. But I prefer to walk! 😉
You can go there by tram as well. There are trams leaving from Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodre, headed to Belem. In Belem you will find the delicious Pastéis of Belém (look for the official pastry shop). In the area you can also visit the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower. And for modern art exhibitions you have the CCB (Centro Cultural de Belem).
5. Parque das Nações
It is the modern area that was recovered after the 1998 World Expo. It is nice because it is also next to the river. It’s a good place to take a walk and discover a more modern side of Lisbon, see the Oriente railway station by architect Calatrava and also visit the Oceanario that is a spectacular aquarium.