Bairro Alto is a lovely district located in the centre of Lisbon included in the neighbourhood of the Carmo Convent and the Chiado area. It was built in the 16th century when the commercial development of Lisbon was flourishing which caused growth in the population and the expansion of the city itself. The area of Bairro Alto - in translation "Upper District" is characterized by its hills, by the cobblestone streets which have lovely façades with interesting graffiti art, old and coquette houses and small shops which make this district one of the most picturesque areas of the city. It is famous for being often visited and inhabited by the city’s artists and writers. The most popular of Bairro Alto’s commercial streets are Rua do Norte, Rua da Atalaia, and Rua do Diario de Noticias, where you can find a large variety of traditional Portuguese restaurants and bars including famous fado houses as well as a lot of shops and restaurants belonging to international branches. Some of the buildings in Barrio Alto have been or are being renovated to keep track with the original view, while the others were completely rebuilt with the installation of new commercial spaces. Additionally, from there we can easily get to a couple of Lisbon’s famous tourist attractions like the garden-terrace Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara which offers an amazing panoramic view over the city or to São Roque church where you can admire its impressive baroque decorations and the mysterious Gothic ruins of Carmo Church. Bairro Alto also has this amazing feature that it changes from a calm and quiet place during the day into the city’s most vibrant area in the evening. District with countless bars and restaurants, Fado Houses is the most famous for its active nightlife. Because the bars are usually small it forces guests to stand outside with a drink creating a street party atmosphere, which makes Bairro Alto the most excentric district of the city.