The modern business and residential epicenter of Lisbon
Once you leave the tree-lined Avenida da Liberdade behind you and pass though the majestic Marques de Pombal roundabout, you step into Lisbon’s Avenidas Novas – a modern northern part of the city. Ever since Lisbon has started expanding and transforming into a metropolitan city since the 1920s, it has been into the direction of the north. Avenidas Novas or simply “The New Avenues” represent the mixture of old and new, contemporary and historical. This area is known as Lisbon’s business district, where major national and international companies have their offices. Business-driven infrastructure is complemented by many hotels, some of them being famous chains of Marriott, The Ritz, Sheraton, Inter-Continental, but also many exceptional boutique hotels. Big shopping malls such as El Corte Ingles or Colombo, as well as smaller ones – Saldanha Residence or Monumental, contribute to the high-frequency landscape of the area. Many local and fine-dine restaurants, cafes, pastry shops like the famed Versailles or the recently added Choupana Café are often frequented and crowded by workers around lunch time, making it a business epicenter of Lisbon.
However, Avenidas Novas also prides itself with old palaces and solid monumental bourgeoise buildings and mansions. Some of the finest art-deco architectural landmarks are situated here, some of them being Palacio Jose Maria Marques, Prat House, Casa dos Viscondes do Valmor and many more. Neighborhoods like Alameda, Bairro Azul, São Sebastião, Campo Pequeno are only few of the calm, elegant and notably more spacious residential spots, compared to the downtown Lisbon. Some of the finest and most expensive development projects can be found here.
To this end, Lisbon’s uptown is famed for its cultural landmarks, only some of them being the wonderful Gulbenkian Foundation, featuring its serene gardens, The Central Mosque, Palacio Fronteira, Park Eduardo VII, including hot and cold greenhouses, Museum of Anastacio Goncalves, Campo Pequeno Bullring, and many more.
Avenidas Novas benefit from easy and immediate access to city´s main roadways, intricate public transportation connections and a 15-minute drive from or to Lisbon´s international airport located within the city limits.