Lisbon Shopping

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 same can’t be said of the antiques shops that abound in the Rato and Bairro Alto. Many are 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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Queijaria Nacional

  • Food/Candy

This store is a showcase for Portugal's wealth of cheeses, and other fine products to complement them. You can sample the wares while...

Saldanha Residence

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

The selection of shops here is good and includes Hugo Boss and Lanidor, an upmarket Portuguese women's label. They're open 10–10 daily.

Sapataria Bandarra

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Not only is this shoe store reliable, it also has a good range of sizes. Shoes here are also both stylish and practical. ...

Sarmento

  • Jewelry/Accessories

One of the city's oldest goldsmiths (since 1870), Sarmento produces characteristic Portuguese gold- and silver-filigree work. ...

Solar

  • Antiques/Collectibles

One of Lisbon's best-known antiques shops, Solar specializes in azulejo panels and also stocks 16th- to 18th-century Portuguese furniture...

Storytailors

  • Clothing

For some fairy-tale shopping, brows the racks here filled with fantastical frocks, capes, and more. Madonna is whispered to be among...

Trem Azul

  • Music Stores

Jazz aficionados should make sure to stop by Trem Azul, a music store that also stages experimental concerts and is the home of world-renowned...

Vista Alegre

  • Ceramics/Glassware

Portugal's most famous porcelain producer, Vista Alegre, established its factory in 1824. A visit to the flagship store is a must even...

Viúva Lamego

  • Ceramics/Glassware

The prices at Lisbon's largest purveyor of vintage tiles and pottery are competitive. You may arrange to visit the factory, out at Sintra.

Wine O'Clock

  • Wine/Spirits

Even though the sleek, modern interior and sophisticated lighting make it seem more like a nightclub than a shop, Wine O'Clock has one...

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