Chiado is an elegant shopping and residential district, which enjoyed its truly golden period in the 19th century. It became the preferred meeting place of intellectuals and artists, such as Fernando Pessoa, Almada Negreiros or Eça de Queirós, and even today it is still frequented by art students.
While you enjoy a "bica", the traditional Portuguese black coffee, perhaps in the company of Fernando Pessoa, on the terrace of "A Brasileira", one of the district’s most famous cafés, take advantage of your position to admire the post-earthquake Pombaline architecture and the baroque churches of Igreja do Loreto and Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, which are well worth visiting if only to see their remarkable interior decoration.
Particularly impressive are the paintings and decorative azulejo panels that line the walls.
Make sure to spend some time shopping. You’ll find countless clothes shops, others selling objects for the home, bookshops and florists... everything you could possibly need.
You may also like to pay a visit to the theatre, one of the great Chiado traditions. The opera programmes of the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and the Teatro São Luís are important landmarks in Lisbon cultural life. In the same district, make sure to visit the Chiado Contemporary Art Museum, where you will be able to see interesting temporary exhibitions of some of the most important works in Portuguese modern art.