The area of Rossio is one of the meeting places preferred by Lisbon’s citizens. Big, luminous and very chaotic, the square hosts two bars which are a real institution for the city: the Café Nicola, which is the historic literary café, and the Pastelaria Suiça, serving lunches and evening snacks. We recommend the breakfast: the choice is so wide and the portions so rich. Try to sit at the bar and have a conversation with the locals.
On the north-western corner of the square lies the wonderful Estaçao do Rossio, a train station with connections to Sintra and Alverça. The exit on the upper floor overlooks the Barrio Alto.
To reach it you can make use of the ascensór de Gloria, which is a sort of tram carriage climbing up the steep ascent from Praça do Rossio to Rua São Pedro de Alcântara, right next to the homonymous miradouro. In the middle of Praça dos Restauradores stands an obelisk reminding of the Restoration war of 1640.
The square continues toward north joining with the Avenida da Libertade, a huge boulevard flanked by trees with large pedestrian avenues, fountains and flower-beds.
The film museum is situated in one of these parallel streets. Going back toward Rossio, east of the square lies the open space of São Domingos.
In a little nearby shop called a Ginjinha, you can taste Lisbon’s famous sweet cherry distilled.
Further on lies the lively village of Santo Antão, very crowded at lunch and dinner time.
In this area are in fact concentrated the best tascas of Lisbon.
The majority of restaurants overlooking the main street, especially those nearer to Rossio and Largo de São Domingos are made for tourists, with menus written in 20 languages and attractive pictures of the dishes, but there are two tascas at the beginning of the street which are worthier: fresh fish, excellent meat and fast-food prices are the winning ingredients .
There are two theatres on the street: the Coliseu dos Recreios and Politeama.
The Politeama is especially known as the place where the famous fado singer Amália Rodrigues used to perform. And finally, Praça da Figueira, another crowded meeting place, with the equestrian statue of João I in the middle.