The Chiado is a multi facet neighbourhood : at the same time historical with nice and elegant houses, shopping area with chic boutiques in rua Garrett and cultural centre of Lisbon with theatres, the São Carlos opera house and many historical cafes. Chiado spreads out from the Bairro Alto, next to Luis Camões Square or Largo do Carmo and goes downhill to reach the banks of the Tagus river or towards the Rossio Square in the lower part of the city. In other words, you are here at the very centre of the city, a district entirely rebuilt at the end of the 18th century after the earthquake and more recently after a huge fire in 1988. But the place is mostly known as a shopping area, go down the Garrett street towards Baica and Rossio Square. If you simply look for restaurants, bars, night clubs or fado houses in the Bairro Alto, you only have to climb the stairs, or if you prefer take the Gloria Funicular or even the 19th century Santa Justa elevator to the top of the hill. On the south slope, the Chiado goes down to the banks of the river called “Mar de Palha” (straw sea), next to the metro and train station of “Cais do Sodré” which will allow you to reach the beaches along the coast of Estoril or Cascais in about 45 minutes, unless you prefer to cross the Tagus using one of those typical boats called “Cacilheiro” from the Maritim Station. For food shopping, you’ll enjoy the market across the street with fresh fish coming right from the Setubal harbor, juicy fruits and fresh vegetables.