Rossio Square is situated in the heart of Lisbon and hosts a myriad of restaurants, bars, theatres, and even an opera house!
Located in the Pombaline downtown area of Lisbon, Rossio Square is a hugely popular tourist and social area surrounded by many historical buildings. Century-old coffee shops and theatres by the famous architects surround this place from all the sides.
In the centre of the square a monumen of Pedro IV, the King of Portugal surrounded by a very beautiful bronze fountain shipped over from France. It was initially known as the Pedro IV square in the middle age as an honor to the king, which later got the now used name of Rossio.
I am a regular here, if only to pass through on my way somewhere else. It is an impressive square, made evermore-so by the yellow and black snakeskin tile pattern that is unique to Lisbon. Beauty aside, it is a tourist trap, everything is more expensive and various bandits line the street trying to sell you things you really don’t want.
If you are wondering what to do on your visit to Lisbon, Rossio Square will make a great addition to your itinerary!
Best Things To Do When You Are At Rossio Square:
You might need a unique itinerary while you are at Rossio Square. Here are some exciting places to visit in Lisbon in and around Rossio Square.
- Igreja de São Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina): One of the famous churches that are magnificent from inside, despite being 700 years old.
- Café Nicola: It is the oldest café in the locality serving authentic Portugal food. Pastelaria Suíça is a nice alternative if you want to relax at a century-old café in the downtown.
- A Ginjinha: The authentic liquor of Portugal – Ginja (a cherry brandy) is available in good quality at this age-old spot.
- Santa Justa Lift: The lift connecting Baixa to Bairro district is not just a mode of transportation, but a popular Lisbon attraction. This will be a good alternative to the cab service if you are planning to go uptown!