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Popular among expats

The most popular neighborhoods among expats and digital nomads are Estrela, Campo de Ourique and Santo António. You can read here about the survey and the analysis.

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Artistic neighborhoods

Do you want to be surrounded by artists? Have a look on Beato, Marvila and Arroios. These are also up-and-coming and affordable neighborhoods.

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Beato

The highest density of parks

It’s hard to find even a little park in some central areas of Lisbon. Are you looking for green neighborhoods? We analyzed what percentage of the surface of each neighborhood is covered by parks and these are the greenest ones: Benfica, Ajuda and Marvila.

benfica park
Benfica

Expat families

Expat families are looking for nice walkable neighborhoods with outdoor areas and good infrastructure (schools, hospitals, playgrounds). Based on the research in the Facebook group dedicated to parents, the most popular neighboods are Campo de Ourique, Parque das Nações and Santo António. However, most expat families choose to live outside of Lisbon - on the coast between the city and Cascais.

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Parque das Nações

For foodies

Are you looking for neighborhoods with a vibrant food scene? Alvalade is known for its local “tascas” and it's away from touristy areas. You can find “hipster” restaurants in Misericórdia and Arroios is a hub for international and Asian food.

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Alvalade, Misericórdia and Arroios are for foodies

Touristy areas

Not a fan of tourist traps? Then consider aviding Misericórdia, Santa Maria Maior and Belém. All the red dots on the map are the Airbnb apartments. Have a look how the Lisbon's tourism density score on Hoodpicker is calculated.

lisbon tourist map
Red dots are Airbnb listings

Noisy neighborhoods

Some neighborhoods serve almost like a pad for planes landing in Lisbon. Sounds crazy but this is how it is. You probably want to avoid certain neighbourhoods if you aren't a deep sleep person. Have a look on this noise map of Lisbon and decide by yourself.

🔴 Very noisy: 60+ dB(A)

🟢 Very little or no noise: >45 dB(A)

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The noise map of Lisbon

Direct train to the beach

You can live in the city while being able to hop on the comfortable coastal train and be on the beach in literally 20 minutes. Which neighborhoods have a train stop? Misericórdia, Estrela, Alcântara and Belém.

cascais beach train
The final destination: Cascais

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About Hoodpicker

If you’ve ever moved somewhere new, you’ve probably come across more than a few articles with catchy titles like “10 Trendiest Neighbourhoods in [name of a random city]”.

Perhaps you’ve started reading them only to realize there’s just a fancy picture, 2-3 sentences on each neighbourhood and nothing deeper.

By running the Lisbon Digital Nomads community I've seen many people ask about the best places to live in Lisbon over the years.

But what exactly defines a neighbourhood as being the best? Isn’t this subjective to the need’s of each individual?

The idea for this site came to me in April 2020 when I made a survey, asking nomads and expats in Lisbon to rate popular neighbourhoods. It created a lot of discussion.


Each person had different preferences about the best area to live based on their own lifestyle and budget.

For example, dog owners didn’t want to live in the city centre where they wouldn’t have access to any parks.

Surfers without cars were looking for neighbourhoods that had good connections to public transportation so they could reach the surf spots around Lisbon.

And other people were seeking calmer areas that allowed them to avoid tourist crowds.

So what if you’re a surfer with a dog who hates touristy areas? Well, finding the right neighbourhood in Lisbon gets all the more complicated 🙂

You also have to consider that there’s some sense of patriotism to the neighbourhoods people live in - people who live in objectively less appealing neighbourhoods often times are very vocal about their positive qualities, smashing anyone who has a different opinion.


I became quite passionate about this topic and started to gather more data, combining my findings in a spreadsheet. At some point, I realized that I might have enough insights to start visualizing them.

What you see now is version 1.0 of these findings.

I have some fun ideas to create more data points and ways I can combine them together in the future. I'm interested in trends and how the quality of neighbourhoods correlates with real estate prices.


Do you like Hoodpicker? You can support it by sharing this site with your friends or by buying a text ad on one of the neighbourhood pages.

Want to get in touch? You can find me on Linkedin or Twitter if you have any questions or feedback!

-Peter
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