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Commerce Square

People-watch in this historic square while you enjoy a coffee and pastry in the café where the city’s literati once gathered.

Commerce Square, or the Praça do Comércio, is a meeting place for locals and a great spot to bask in the sun along the riverfront. This was the site of the royal palace for many centuries, until the Great Earthquake of 1755. The palace was remodeled into an elaborate stone monument that marks the point of entry to the city. Today the square offers many places to sit and relax in between visits to the surrounding sites of the central Baixa district.

There are many photo opportunities in this picturesque square. Photograph the triumphal arch on the north side and a towering statue of King Jose on horseback in the center. The king, who is wearing his emperor’s mantle, stands nearly 46 feet (14 meters) tall. 

Near the arch is one of Lisbon’s best-known cafes, Café Martinho da Arcada. Back in the late 1700s, this was a frequent haunt of Lisbon’s literati.

The Lisbon Tourism Office is housed in a historic building on the west side of the square. Visit to get information about city tours, day trips, restaurants and entertainment to fill your Lisbon itinerary. There’s also a souvenir shop selling traditional Portuguese arts and crafts. 

Most of the government offices that once surrounded the square have been remodeled into cafés with outdoor tables, making this a great lunchtime option. Make a stop at the Lisboa Story Centre, an interactive museum that tells the history of the city through an audio guide and dramatic reenactments. The 1-hour tour covers the events that changed Lisbon from its earliest days to the present.

Commerce Square is located on the River Tagus in the central Baixa district. The area is accessible by public transportation and within easy walking distance of many tourist attractions. The square is accessible at all hours.


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Varandas de Lisboa

Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 8, Lisbon, Lisboa
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lisbon Old Town, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Lisbon Cathedral (Se), Commerce Square and Castle of Sao Jorge. Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square are also within 15 minutes. Terreiro do Paco Station is only a 4-minute walk and Baixa-Chiado Station is 9 minutes.

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    TURIM Terreiro do Paço Hotel

    TURIM Terreiro do Paço Hotel

    Rua do Comércio, 9, Lisbon
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Rua Augusta Arch and Lisbon Cathedral (Se). Commerce Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 10 minutes. Terreiro do Paco Station is only a 4-minute walk and Baixa-Chiado Station is 6 minutes.

      Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa £160
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      Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa

      Rua dos Correeiros, 204, Lisbon
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Figueira Square, Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Commerce Square are also within 10 minutes. Rossio Metro Station and Baixa-Chiado Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        behotelisboa £108
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        behotelisboa

        Rua dos Correeiros, 136, Lisbon
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Commerce Square are also within 10 minutes. Baixa-Chiado Station and Rossio Metro Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Hotel Mundial £116
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          Hotel Mundial

          Praça Martim Moniz, 2, Lisbon
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Martim Moniz Square and Rossio Square. Santa Justa Elevator and Lisbon Cathedral (Se) are also within 10 minutes. Martim Moniz Station and Rossio Metro Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Browns Central Hotel £523
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            Browns Central Hotel

            Rua da Assuncao, nº75, Lisbon
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Lisbon Old Town, this boutique hotel is steps away from Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square. Commerce Square and Castle of Sao Jorge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Baixa-Chiado Station is only a 2-minute walk and Rossio Metro Station is 3 minutes.

              Hotel da Baixa £140
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              Hotel da Baixa

              231 Rua da Prata, Lisbon
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Figueira Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Rossio Square and Lisbon Cathedral (Se) are also within 10 minutes. Rossio Metro Station and Baixa-Chiado Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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                Lisbon Serviced Apartments Baixa Castelo

                Rua dos Fanqueiros, 136, Lisbon
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lisbon Cathedral (Se), Santa Justa Elevator, and Rossio Square. Commerce Square and Lisbon City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Baixa-Chiado Station is only a 4-minute walk and Terreiro do Paco Station is 6 minutes.