Principe Real attracts tourists to its well-placed miradors, but that's not where its strength really lies. Locals and true Lisbon fans know the neighbourhood and the park with the same name for its unique vibe where everything seems to be in harmony. 19th Century mansions tower over you as students read their books in the park, the elders sit around playing domino and tell you that 'all roads in Principe Real lead to the same place'. Which is to say that, no matter where you start from, you are bound to end up there (and we think it would be a shame to miss it). Principe Real has lots of style too, with more and more alternative shops and experimental eateries opening every day – we recommend the olive oil ice-cream at Pascoalini.
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