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Santa Catarina parish was born in 1559, in an area corresponding to the slope from Príncipe Real to Boavista. It can still be considered Chiado, Bairro Alto or São Bento. Yes, is is a bit of these. Santa Catarina is mainly a historic area.
Calçada do Combro, the axis cutting the neighbourhood, portrays old and rich façades. In Santa Catarina, we find palaces converted into art schools, churches, convents. The palaces are many. Pombal Palace (Rua do Século, 65-93), where today functions the Superior School of Dance, Braancamp Palace (Pátio do Tijolo, 25), Marim Olhão Palace (Calçada do Combro, corner of Rua do Século) are just a few examples. Notice Santa Catarina Church (Paulists), in Calçada do Combro and the old Caetanos Convent, current National Conservatoire, in Rua dos Caetanos. Here, you could probably hear classical music in the street, in the mornings. The classes at the Dance School of the National Dance Conservatoire (Rua João Pereira da Rosa, 22) float in the air. It is romantic, to say the least. There is no shortage of artists in Santa Catarina.
Take a funicular trip on Bica Lift. Since 1892, it goes up and down between S. Paulo and Calhariz. It is very useful if you want to have a closer look at the river. In terms of restaurants, the neighbourhood excels in variety. Traditional restaurants live side by side with trendy restaurants. Both will serve you well: "Príncipe do Calhariz" (Calçada do Combro, 28/30), "Adega das Mercês" (Travessa das Mercês, 2), both with typical Portuguese food and "Be Gold" the trendy restaurant (Rua da Rosa, 153). One of Lisbon's more original beauty salons, is situated in Santa Catarina, to be precise at 14D, Rua da Rosa.
At "Dress Up", the concept is "fast make-up", that is, in ten minutes (five euros) you do the hair and a make-up for a party. There are also clothes and shoes. At night, follow the example of those who now begin to exchange the Bairro Alto bustle for Bica. Funicular, where all waiters and DJs are actors and Bicaense (Rua Bica Duarte Belo, 44 and 42A, respectively) are just two of the most frequented places. And because the views are some of the best things in Lisbon, Santa Catarina belvedere (known as Adamastor), deserves a visit. Next to the belvedere, at Noobai Café, you will spend one of the best evenings of your life. The terrace is very pleasant and River Tagus looks like a movie setting. Try the salads, toasts and teas. On Fridays and Saturdays closing time is at midnight.