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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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The One Palácio da Anunciada £101
The One Palácio da Anunciada

The One Palácio da Anunciada

Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, 112-134, Lisbon
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Liberty Avenue and Restauradores Square. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 10 minutes. Largo da Anunciada Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Restauradores Station is 3 minutes.

    TURIM Terreiro do Paço Hotel £78
    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 within a 10-minute walk of Lisbon Cathedral (Se), Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square. Castle of Sao Jorge and Gulbenkian Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Igreja Sta. Maria Madalena Stop and Rua da Conceição Stop (12E) are within a 2-minute walk.

      Lisbon Arsenal Suites £33
      Lisbon Arsenal Suites

      Lisbon Arsenal Suites

      Rua do Arsenal, 60, Lisbon
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Chiado, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Commerce Square, Mercado da Ribeira and Rossio Square. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Castle of Sao Jorge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Corpo Santo Stop and Praça do Comércio Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

        Iberostar Selection Lisboa £102
        Iberostar Selection Lisboa

        Iberostar Selection Lisboa

        Rua Castilho 64, Lisbon
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Liberty Avenue and Marquis of Pombal Square. Rossio Square and Amoreiras Shopping Center are also within 1 mile (2 km). Marques de Pombal Station is only a 4-minute walk and Rato Station is 7 minutes.

          Hotel Borges Chiado £42
          Hotel Borges Chiado

          Hotel Borges Chiado

          Rua Garrett, 108-110, Lisbon
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Chiado, this hotel is steps away from Fernando Pessoa Statue and Carmo Convent. Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 10 minutes. Chiado Stop and Praça Luís de Camões Stop are within a 2-minute walk.

            Pestana CR7 Lisboa £67
            Pestana CR7 Lisboa

            Pestana CR7 Lisboa

            Rua do Comércio 54, Lisbon
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Rua Augusta Arch and Commerce Square. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Lisbon City Hall are also within 5 minutes. Rua da Conceição Stop (12E) and Praça do Comércio Stop are within a 2-minute walk.

              Vincci Baixa £69
              Vincci Baixa

              Vincci Baixa

              Rua Do Comercio 32-38, Lisbon
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Lisbon Old Town, this romantic hotel is steps away from Rua Augusta Arch and Commerce Square. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Rossio Square are also within 10 minutes. Rua da Conceição Stop (12E) and Igreja Sta. Maria Madalena Stop are within a 2-minute walk.

                Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa £51
                Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa

                Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa

                42 RUA DA MADALENA, Lisbon
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lisbon Cathedral (Se), Commerce Square and Rossio Square. Castle of Sao Jorge and Lisbon City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Igreja Sta. Maria Madalena Stop and Rua da Conceição Stop (12E) are within a 2-minute walk.