Lisbon

Shopping in Lisbon is less about multinational chains and more about locally owned shops. Instead of the same-old mass-produced goods, you’ll find ceramics and lace made by Portuguese craftspeople, foodstuffs and wine that impart the nation’s flavor, and clothes by established local designers.

Family-owned stores are still common in Lisbon, especially in Baixa, where a grid of streets from the Rossio to the Rio Tejo has many small shops selling jewelry, shoes, clothing, and foodstuffs. Trendy Bairro Alto is another district full of little crafts shops with stylish, contemporary ceramics, wooden sculpture, linen, and clothing; some open only in the afternoon and stay open—sometimes with their own resident DJ—until after the restaurants and bars around them have begun filling up.

Bairro Alto is also one of the shopping hubs of Lisbon’s flourishing fashion scene. The brightly lighted modern shops of local designers stand in stark contrast to the area's 16th-century layout and dark, narrow streets. The Principe Real area is home to one of the best spots in the city for boutique browsing at the grand Embaixada gallery. Many antiques stores can be found on a single long street that changes its name four times as it runs southward from Largo do Rato: Rua Escola Politécnica, Rua Dom Pedro V, Rua da Misericórdia, and Rua do Alecrim. Look on the nearby Rua de São Bento for more stores. There's also a cluster of antiques shops on Rua Augusto Rosa, between the Baixa and Alfama districts.

Chiado, Lisbon’s smartest shopping district, has a small shopping complex as well as many stores with considerable cachet, particularly on and around Rua Garrett. And Praça de Londres and Avenida de Roma—both in the Modern City—form one long run of haute-couture stores and fashion outlets. International luxury brands are also increasingly found on the city’s downtown axis, Avenida da Liberdade.

Several excellent shops in Baixa sell chocolates, marzipan, dried and crystallized fruits, pastries, and regional cheeses and wines—especially varieties of port, one of Portugal's major exports. Baixa is also a good place to look for jewelry. What is now called Rua Aurea was once Rua do Ouro (Gold Street), named for the goldsmiths' shops installed on it under Pombal's 18th-century city plan. The trade has flourished here ever since.

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  • 1. A Arte da Terra

    Alfama | Crafts

    In Lisbon Cathedral's former stables, A Arte da Terra uses the old stone mangers as display cases for traditional and modern crafts from around...Read More

  • 2. Discoteca Amália

    Baixa | Music

    You'll know you're close to this legendary record store when you hear tear-inducing fado tunes blasting out into the street. Come for soulful...Read More

  • 3. Embaixada

    Príncipe Real | Shopping Centers/Malls

    Shopping doesn't get any more stylish than at this grand 18th-century mansion, which has been transformed into a gallery showcasing some of...Read More

  • 4. Luvaria Ulisses

    Chiado | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Lisbon’s smallest shop is one of its most charming, selling nothing but custom-made, finely crafted gloves since 1925. It’s the last place in...Read More

  • 5. Viúva Lamego

    Intendente | Ceramics/Glassware

    The prices at Lisbon's largest purveyor of vintage tiles and pottery are competitive. It is possible to arrange a visit to the factory outside...Read More

  • 6. W. A. Sarmento

    Baixa | Jewelry & Watches

    One of the city's oldest goldsmiths, this shop that first opened its doors in 1870 produces characteristic Portuguese gold and silver filigree work. ...Read More

  • 7. Armazéns do Chiado

    Chiado | Shopping Centers/Malls

    It calls itself “Lisbon’s meeting point” for a reason. This former department store is where people of all ages meet before a night out on the...Read More

  • 8. Casa Pereira

    Chiado | Food/Candy

    Step into this charming old store with its original 1930s decor to buy exotic coffees, teas, and chocolates, mainly from former Portuguese colonies...Read More

  • 9. J. Andrade Antiguidades

    Príncipe Real | Antiques & Collectibles

    Museum curators are among the regulars poring over the unusual objects, paintings, sculptures, and furniture to be found in this store, run...Read More

  • 10. Manuel Tavares

    Baixa | Wine/Spirits

    Just off the Rossio, this enticing shop dating back to 1860 stocks cheeses, preserves, vintage port, and other fine Portuguese products. ...Read More

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