Green; Romantic; Antiques; Design
This attractive neighborhood (named "Royal Prince" in honor of Queen Maria II's first born) extends north of Bairro Alto and although it was once only known for its antique shops and gay bars, it's now slowly becoming a serious shopping area.
Despite that, it remains essentially a residential district, filled with gardens, a couple of the city's most tranquil squares, and colorful mansions.
The abundant charm has turned it into one of the most sought-after areas to live in the city, and real estate companies have taken notice.
Old buildings are being renovated, a young population is moving in, and there's talk of gentrification similar to that of Georgetown in Washington DC after the company that turned that district into the American capital's hippest began acquiring buildings here.
Down the hill is the small neighborhood of São Bento, known for the neoclassical Parliament building and more antique shops down Rua de São Bento.
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