Belém is Lisbon’s museum district, since it comprises most of the city’s museums, as well as its grand, historic monuments. It is also known for its close interaction and proximity with the river and its beautiful waterfront, that invites to long walks and bicycle rides.
It is home to the famous Pastéis de Belém and its bridge landscape is the presentation card of the neighborhood, one of the most expensive and exclusive areas in the city. Here you find beautiful buildings with attention to the details, a residential area that combines culture with a slow lifestyle.
Here residents and visitors enjoy the serenity of early morning walks or a run along the Tagus.
The main monuments and points of interest are the Torre de Belém, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, the MAAT Museum and the Belém Cultural Center.
When talking about Belém you cannot miss the food: here you find the world-famous house of Pastéis de Belém, the most typical Portuguese pastry, and also Pastelaria O Careca, which is precisely in Restelo and makes the most delicious sugary croissants in the entire city. Be careful with these ones: besides making you want to eat more than one, it is highly probable that you’ll find a huge line of people before being able to try these delicacies. So make sure you save some time on your trip along Belém for the delicious food.
Belém in pictures
Living and breathing in the margins of the imponent Tagus River, this is a huge part of Belém’s essence: a neighborhood facing the river, with mesmerizing views to Almada and its Cristo Rei. Also, the historic docks and harbor, from where renowned explorers once took off to the Portuguese expeditions, are now a place to have a meal, drink a coffee or go out at night.
The amazing thing in Belém is that you can enjoy its modernity and all it has to offer while feeling its historic past at the same time.in Belém Neighborhood: the past and the future combined