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Night Life

Night Life

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Night Life: Chiado, Príncipe Real, Bairro Alto and Chiado
Lisbon's most elegant and trendy neighborhood,
Chiado
, is whereeveryone meets for coffee, shopping, or before dinner and a night outin
.Most of the buildings are from the 18th century (many of themrenovated in the 1990s by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira after theirdestruction by a devastating fire in 1988) but the neighborhood is aflashback to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the "BelleÉpoque" when writers such as Fernando Pessoa and Eça de Queirozused to write at the now-historic cafés.This is also the neighborhood of theaters, charming old bookshops,local fashion designers and major international brands, giving it alively cosmopolitan ambience at any time of the day
Bairro Alto
is a place that truly changes from night to day. Indaylight this bohemian district is a sleepy place, hungover from theprevious night, with not much going on except for the trendy shopsdown Rua do Norte. When the sun sets a new life begins, withrestaurants opening their doors and crowds showing up to spend theirbar-hopping night.The bars are small, forcing everyone to spill out onto the streets andcreating a street party atmosphere.Rua da Atalaia, Rua do Diário de Noticias, and Rua da Barrocabecome filled with caipirinha-sipping crowds, most under 40, butmixing preppies with rockers and goths, gay and straight.It's a place inhabited by old ladies and young artsy hipsters, giving ita vibe that is simultaneously old-fashioned and avant-garde, ashabby-chic neighborhood that really needs no name. It's simply the"bairro," the neighborhood where everything happens -- at night.T
 
his attractive neighborhood (named "Royal Prince",
Príncipe Real
,in honor of Queen Maria II's first born) extends north of 
and although it was once only known for its antique shops andgay bars, it's now slowly becoming a serious shopping area.Despite that, it remains essentially a residential district, filled withgardens, a couple of the city's most tranquil squares, and colorfulmansions.The abundant charm has turned it into one of the most sought-afterareas to live in the city, and real estate companies have takennotice.Old buildings are being renovated, a young population is moving in,and there's talk of gentrification similar to that of Georgetown inWashington DC after the company that turned that district into theAmerican capital's hippest began acquiring buildings here.Down the hill is the small neighborhood of São Bento, known for theneoclassical Parliament building and more antique shops down Rua deSão Bento.

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