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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.

Popular Activities at Commerce Square

There's no place anywhere quite like Commerce Square. To make the most of your visit, we've created a list of some of the leading things to do:

For even more activities, check out our Lisbon things to do page.


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easyHotel Lisbon ¥8,089
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R. de Santa Marta 60, Lisbon
     
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Santa Justa Elevator, Lisbon Cathedral (Se), and Castle of Sao Jorge. Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery are also within 6 mi (10 km). Marques de Pombal Station is 9 minutes by foot and Avenida Station is 9 minutes.

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    VIP Executive Picoas Hotel

    VIP Executive Picoas Hotel

    Rua Filipe Folque, 12, Lisbon
       
      4.0 out of 5.0

      This hotel is located in Lisbon (Lisbon Old Town), close to El Corte Ingles Mall, Gulbenkian Museum, and Marquis of Pombal Square. Also nearby are Lisbon Zoo and Rossio Square.

      Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel ¥31,165
      Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel

      Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel

      Largo do Corpo Santo, 25, Lisbon
         
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mercado da Ribeira and Commerce Square. Santa Justa Elevator and Lisbon Cathedral (Se) are also within 15 minutes. Cais do Sodre Metro Station is only a 5-minute walk and Baixa-Chiado Station is 9 minutes.

        Avenida Palace ¥29,772
        Avenida Palace

        Avenida Palace

        Rua 1 De Dezembro 123, Lisbon
           
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps from Liberty Avenue and Rossio Square. Santa Justa Elevator and Martim Moniz Square are also within 10 minutes. Restauradores Station and Lisbon Rossio Station are within a 2-minute walk.

          EXE Liberdade ¥20,696
          EXE Liberdade

          EXE Liberdade

          Avenida Duque de Loule 124, Lisbon
             
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Liberty Avenue and Marquis of Pombal Square. Amoreiras Shopping Center and Botanical Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km). Marques de Pombal Station is 5 minutes by foot and Parque Station is 9 minutes.

            Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa ¥31,078
            Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa

            Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa

            Rua dos Correeiros, 204, Lisbon
               
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps from Figueira Square, Rossio Square, and Santa Justa Elevator. Commerce Square and Lisbon Cathedral (Se) are also within 10 minutes. Rossio Metro Station and Baixa-Chiado Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Vincci Baixa ¥22,996
              Vincci Baixa

              Vincci Baixa

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

                Located in Lisbon Old Town, this romantic hotel is steps from Rua Augusta Arch and Commerce Square. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Lisbon City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Terreiro do Paco Station is only a 5-minute walk and Baixa-Chiado Station is 6 minutes.

                Pousada de Lisboa, Praça do Comércio - Monument Hotel ¥38,134
                Pousada de Lisboa, Praça do Comércio - Monument Hotel

                Pousada de Lisboa, Praça do Comércio - Monument Hotel

                Praça do Comércio, 31-34, Lisbon
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury pousada is steps from Rua Augusta Arch, Commerce Square, and Lisbon City Hall. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 10 minutes. Baixa-Chiado Station is only a 5-minute walk and Terreiro do Paco Station is 6 minutes.