Avenida da Liberdade | Everything you need to know

Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon

Originally a park for Lisbon’s wealthy, today Avenida da Liberdade is one of the best walks in the city. It features mansions, theatres, embassies, great landscaping, high-end shopping, plenty of dining options, and highly-recommended hotels.

It is in one of Lisbon’s flattest and most central neighborhoods. Here is everything you need to know.

Where is Avenida da Liberdade?

18th-century mansions line Libon's Avenida da Liberdade

Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue) is Lisbon’s most central thoroughfare. It is located on flat ground in central Lisbon, with the hillside Bairro Alto neighborhood to the west and the Castelo de São Jorge standing on the hilltop to the east.

At the north end of the street are Praça Marquês de Pombal and beyond that, Parque Eduardo VII.

Praça dos Restauradores lies at the southern end of the street, closest to the river. Here it should be easy find an ice cream, a hamburger, or an ATM machine. There are several banks near the Rossio Train Station and the Dona Maria National Theatre.

On the east side of the avenue, you will see the old Condes Theatre, which now houses the Hard Rock Cafe. Behind that, you can take Lisbon’s oldest funicular, the Ascensor do Lavra up to the hidden Jardim do Torel viewpoint.

On the western side of Liberdade, you will find the Rossio Train Station and attached to it, the grand Hotel Avenida Palace.

Beyond that, you will see the long, steep Calçada da Glória, a hill that goes up to the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, and beyond that the Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real neighborhoods. You must explore these areas.

Don’t do the hill on foot though. Ride the Gloria Funicular.

The blue line of Lisbon’s subway system runs under the street, and there are three metro stations on Avenida da Liberdade. To learn more about Lisbon’s subway system, read my Lisbon Metro: A helpful guide to the Lisbon subway

At the south end is the Restauradores metro station, in the middle is the Avenida metro station, and at the north end is the Marquês de Pombal station. At this station, you can also connect with the yellow line of the metro system.

Black and white cobblestone mosaics run along the central plaza of Lisbon's Avenida da Liberdade

The median of the street is a wide plaza paved with black and white cobblestones, landscaped with fountains, trees, flower gardens, and even a small waterfall.

At 1100 meters in length (not quite half a mile) this is a very pleasant place for a walk. And it’s all flat.

As you walk, you are surrounded by shade trees, 18th-century mansions, foreign embassies, and boutique shops.

Black and white tiled mosaic sidewalk (known as calçada portuguesa) on the beautiful tree-lined Avenida da Liberdade in Lisbon

Lisbon is famous for its quiosques, or kiosks, that provide outdoor seating and sell refreshments such as coffee, beer, wine, and small plates. There are several on Avenida da Liberdade. This one is by the Avenida metro station.

Quiosque Ribadouro kiosk selling wine, beer, sangria, coffee, and snacks at their kiosk and terrace in the middle of Libon's Avenida da Liberdade
Cervejaria Ribadouro runs this kiosk near the Avenida metro station. There is a covered terrace for diners near the kiosk.

Shopping on Avenida da Liberdade

Rolex watch on display at Libon's Boutique Rolex | Torres Joalheiros, Avenida da Liberdade, 159
Rolex watch on display at Boutique Rolex | Torres Joalheiros, Avenida da Liberdade, 159

What shops are on Avenida da Liberdade?

The following brands have shops on Avenida da Liberdade:

  • Rolex
  • Pinko
  • Luis Onofre
  • Terzihan Jewellers
  • Lacoste
  • Tony Miranda
  • Omega
  • Roca Lisboa Gallery
  • Rituals
  • Amour Glamour
  • Daniela Birg Jewellery
  • Tods
  • Guess
  • Timberland
  • Burberry
  • Prada
  • Boss
  • Armani
  • Ermenegildo Zegna
  • Loewe
  • Maximo Dutti
  • Max Mara
  • Olhar de Prata
  • Dolce and Gabbana
  • Versace
  • Bulgari
  • Cartier
  • Luis Vuitton
  • Longchamp
  • Fontecruz
  • Michael Kors
  • Stivali
  • Gant
Louis Vuitton, Avenida da Liberdade, 190, Lisbon
Louis Vuitton, Avenida da Liberdade, 190, Lisbon

Tivoli Forum Shopping Center

Gucci Boutique Store at Lisbon's Tivoli Forum Shopping Center on Avenida da Liberdade
Gucci is one of the stores in the upscale Tivoli Forum Shopping Center

Address: Avenida da Liberdade 180

Metro: Avenida metro station (Blue line)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/TivoliForum

Hours: 10 am – 9 pm

Tivoli Forum opened across the street from the Avenida metro station in 1999.

In this unique, open-air luxury shopping center you will find the only food court on Avenida da Liberdade. You will also find the following brands:

  • Gucci
  • D&G
  • Machado Joalheiro (Jewellery)
  • BeCode
  • OtroPerfume
  • Fashion Clinic
  • Andre Opticas
  • Oui Mais Non
  • Hanami
  • Delta Cafes
  • Arcadia
  • Cucina
  • Kafeine
  • Voraz
  • Vitaminas
  • Riscos e Rabiscos

Eating on Avenida da Liberdade

Jncquoi Asia

Avenida da Liberdade, 182, 184

A beautiful space with plenty of natural lighting, they serve Indian, Thai, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine.

Expect to spend $14-$45 For a plate of sushi, sashimi, or Tamaki. Dim Sum ranges from nine to $30. They also offer Curries, stir Fry’s, wagyu, noodle and rice dishes, robatas and tandooris.

Cervejaria Ribadouro

Avenida da Liberdade, 185

Dive in at this seafood restaurant that has been open since 1947.  You can choose live lobster from the tank. Go for giant stuffed crab, giant prawns, or choose the Portuguese classic clams bulhão pato (white wine, corriander) style.

Prices range from 12.75€ for shrimp salad to 185€ for a kilo of Langoustine. 

They also offer steak and gluten-free dishes.

The restaurant is open until 1:30 AM, and outdoor dining is available at their kiosk In the middle of the plaza.

For reservations:  213-459 411 or email cr.lisboa@cervejariaribadouro.pt

Os Tibetanos

Rua do Salitre, 117

There are so many options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free eaters add this Tibetan restaurant.  You can also eat here from $10-$21. Cash or local credit card only.

Hard Rock Lisboa

Hard Rock Cafe Lisboa, in the Historic Condes Theater builiding, Avenida da Liberdade, 2

Avenida da Liberdade, 2

An internationally known rock n’ roll-themed restaurant serving burgers and other American classics. Burgers, salads, and other entrées are in the range of €20.

Lodging on Avenida da Liberdade

Lisbon Destination Hostel

Lisbon Destination Hostel is located on the top floor of the beautiful Rossio Train Station. In spite of this, guests do not hear trains.

Each bed comes with a light, a locker, outlets, and a privacy curtain. Dorms have en suite bathrooms.

The Hostel has ping-pong, hammocks, a pool table, and the bar has buy one get one beer during happy hour every night. Pancake breakfast and other meals are available in the hostel.

Bluesock Hostel

Rua Manuel Jesus Coelho 1

The Bluesock Hostel was formerly a seven-story hotel but today offers attractive and bright 4, 6, and 8-bed dorms as well as private rooms. Breakfast is also available.  Beds in dorms each have a privacy curtain. The private rooms are quite large and comfortable.  The hostel has a rooftop bar, and the hotel is located one block east of the Avenida metro station.

Avani Avenida Liberdade

Rua Julio Caesar Machado, 7

Located just north of the Avenida metro station. A full bed or two twins can be had for around $157 during the high season. Rooms are air-conditioned and soundproof. The hotel offers a breakfast buffet and has a Japanese Restaurant on site – Geish by Olivier. The hotel has a pool, and guests have access to sister-hotel Tivoli Avenida’s SkyBar and spa.

To book: https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/avani-avenida-liberdade.en.html?aid=7930224&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2

Heritage Avenida Liberdade

Located at Avenida da Liberdade and Largo da Anunciada.

Four-star hotel In an 18th-century building restored in renovated by architect Miguel Câncio Martins. offering air-conditioned, soundproof rooms.  A double room can be had at around 326€  Breakfast is included.  The hotel has a pool, a Library, a fitness room, and a bar.

To book: https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/lisboaplaza.en.html?aid=7930224&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2

Avenida Palace Hotel

Always popular with diplomats and politicians, the Hotel Avenida Palace’s English-style pub and lobby were rumored to be a hotbed of espionage during World War II.

Today the five-star hotel offers large, quiet rooms in the center of the city. Guests say that staying in this hotel is one of the best things about visiting Lisbon.

A double room could run $240 per night.

To book: https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/avenida-palace.en.html?aid=7930224&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2

Sofitel Lisbon Liberdadeç

Avenida da Liberdade, 127

A 5 Star luxury hotel in Lisbon’s finest neighborhood, right by the Avenida metro station.

Some rooms have balconies overlooking Lisbon’s High Street. For around $250 a night you can enjoy a 215 square-foot soundproof room with air-conditioning, a private bathroom, a safe, and a minibar. Breakfast is included and you are also welcome to enjoy the Matiz Bar and Restaurant on site.

To book: https://www.booking.com/hotel/pt/sofitel-lisboa.en.html?aid=7930224&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2

What else is near Avenida da Liberdade?

Rossio Square (Praça Dom Pedro IV Read my Rossio Square – Praça Dom Pedro IV – What you need to know to learn more about this transportation hub and popular people-watching spot in Lisbon

Santa Justa Lift Elevador de Santa Justa | Everything you need to know about this wrought-iron elevator that has been carrying passengers since 1899 from the sea-level Baixa- District up to Largo do Carmo on the hilltop, providing access to the upper neighborhoods.

Rua Augusta and the Rua Augusta Arch What is the story behind Lisbon’s Rua Augusta Arch? Learn more about this gateway to the city.

Igreja do Carmo Church ruins Lisbon’s Convento do Carmo Ruins | Everything You Need to Know about this must-visit historical site. The church was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake, and the ruins were allowed to stand as a monument to the destruction and the more than 40,000 who died.

Igreja de São Roque Church São Roque Church in Lisbon – What to know before visiting this church with a humble exterior and a stunning interior.

Igreja de São Domingos Church São Domingos Church in Lisbon the seat of the Inquisition and the massacre of the city’s Jewish population, this church also suffered earthquakes and fires. Nonetheless, the damaged interior is still quite beautiful in a unique way.

Ginjinha Shops The two oldest are located near São Domingos Church. Your questions about Ginjinha answered here Try a shot of this unique local spirit for 1.25€

Jardim do Príncipe Real Jardim do Príncipe Real – one of Lisbon’s most beautiful parks

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