Avenidas Novas, the testimony of progressive urbanism in Lisbon
In this district you will find interesting architecture, good restaurants and shopping centers
When Lisbon expanded in the twentieth century, it did expand to the north, moving away from the Tagus river, which resulted in residential and commercial areas along the wide avenues, which are known as Avenidas Novas till today. Many of these have important names of the Liberal Revolution in 1820: Saldanha and Fontes Pereira de Melo, among many others. This district area consists of flat paved avenues, wide traditional sidewalks and formal architecture. Despite the disorganized zone planning, in this area you will find some interesting architectural constructions, good restaurants and shopping centers.
The palaces that still exist along these avenues keep alive the memory of what they were many years ago. Currently, many of the beautiful palaces that existed here, have been replaced by modern buildings and today the New Avenues are the city's business center. The streets are filled with executives at lunchtime. This is a busy area where you can always see people walking, streets with an active trade, leisure and culture areas and cozy cafés.
In this area you will find small shopping centers such as: Monumental, Campo Pequeno Shopping Center and Saldanha Residence. Next to the characteristic Blue Quarter, a residential area of 1930s with Art Deco buildings, stands the unmissable Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - a cultural center where you can visit the temporary exhibitions, enjoy the Gulbenkian Orchestra or stroll in the garden. If you want to shop, this area also locates El Corte Inglés - the only department store in the city, ideal for those looking for prestigious brands and quality products.