Shopping in Portugal
Shopping in Portugal is to buy into its many neighbourhoods. The couture crowd will be rewarded with rich pickings along glitzy Avenida da Liberdade where designer stockists include Prada, Louis Vuitton and Boss.
The elegant Chiado district is noted for its beautiful 18th-century veneer and period charm. On Rua do Carmo the tiny boutique Luvaria Ulisses sells exquisite handmade gloves. Nearby, A Vida Portuguesa is where to shop for authentic souvenirs in retro wrapping.
Vintage rules in Bairro Alto. This sassy bohemian enclave is home to the odd, the alternative and the outrageous. Check out El Dorado for hand-me-down attire and heaps of accessories, or Sneakers Delight for colourful gym shoes.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and at Feira da Ladra in Alfama you can sometimes walk away with a genuine bargain. This animated flea market jumps into action on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Be prepared to haggle!
The gourmet food hall in El Corte Inglés is reason enough to visit this stylish department store located at the top of Parque Eduardo VII. But for all the trimmings, the Vasco da Gama shopping mall in Parque das Nações delivers with its futuristic architecture and riverfront location.
Embaixada is located in Ribeiro da Cunha Palace, one of the most iconic building in the trendy neighbourhood of Príncipe Real. This XIX century new-Arabian Palace was turned into an innovative shopping gallery that hosts a series of national brands and artists focused on Portuguese design, craftsmanship, fashion, gastronomy and culture.
The site of Armazéns do Chiado has a long and glorious history. With foundations dating from the 12th century, the building represents the culmination of various successive constructions. Armazéns do Chiado opens its doors and aims to restore the glamour of previous eras by offering the public an high quality space with an intensive cultural life.
The Colombo Centre (Centro Colombo in Portuguese) is a shopping centre located in the parish of Carnide. It is very famous in Portugal and attracts a lot of visitors. It is situated next to the Lusíada avenue and the Segunda Circular; there is a bus terminal next to the building and the metropolitan station Colégio Militar allows visitors easy access to the place. It has shoe shining, clothing stores, food stores, stationery stores, a chapel, and a supermarket.