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 Vida Portuguesa

    Chiado

    The former storeroom of an old perfumery has become one of Lisbon’s most beloved stores. This is the flagship store of a brand that sells traditional Portuguese products that have been passed on from generation to generation. Those include luxurious soaps and colorful Bordallo Pinheiro pottery—all displayed in beautifully restored antique glass cases.

    Rua Anchieta 11, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1200-023, Portugal
    213 465 073
  • 2. A Vida Portuguesa

    Intendente

    It's been described by local press as "the prettiest store in the city," and few would argue with that description. The large, beautifully styled emporium stocks finely packaged traditional Portuguese goods at every price point, ranging from soaps and shaving cream to glassware, ceramics, textiles, notebooks, food, and olive oils. Airy and spacious, the contemporary shop is a must-visit for gifts and mementos that truly capture Portuguese life. There are branches in Chiado and at Time Out Market, but the Intendente store is a tourist attraction in itself.

    Largo do Intendente Pina Manique 23, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1100-285, Portugal
    211 974 512
  • 3. Armazéns do Chiado

    Chiado

    It calls itself “Lisbon’s meeting point” for a reason. This chic, storied department store is where people of all ages meet before a night out on the town. Inside are 50 national and international chain stores offering everything you could need to look and feel fabulous, and there are 15 restaurants in the smart food court on the top floor, offering views of Chiado. The building itself is worth a visit, having been painstakingly restored after a fire consumed much of the centuries-old building in 1988. The smart Hotel do Chiado today occupies the lower floors.

    Rua do Carmo 2, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1200-094, Portugal
    213 210 600
  • 4. Conserveira de Lisboa

    Baixa

    There's a feast for the eyes at this shop, whose walls are lined with colorful tins of sardines and other seafood, as well as fruit preserves and other delicacies. The staff serves you from behind an antique wooden counter.

    Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 34, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1100-071, Portugal
    218 864 009
  • 5. Cortiço & Netos

    Intendente

    The Portuguese love affair with azulejo tiles is evident on buildings across the country, but taking home a tile as a memento has implications, as many of those for sale have been stolen from historic buildings. For a more ethical option, Cortiço & Netos sells distinct and beautiful discontinued tiles from the 1950s onward. You can buy just one tile or by the square meter.

    Rua Maria Andrade 37D, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1170-215, Portugal
    919 703 705
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  • 6. Discoteca Amália

    Baixa

    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 music by Amália Rodrigues and other leading fadistas.

    Rua Áurea 272, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1100-065, Portugal
  • 7. Embaixada

    Príncipe Real

    Shopping doesn't get any more stylish than at this grand 18th-century mansion, which has been transformed into a gallery showcasing some of the best of Portuguese design and even a few international brands. The bar and restaurant in the inner Moorish-style courtyard is an attractive place for a meal or a gin drink.

    Praça do Príncipe Real 26, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1250-184, Portugal
    965 309 154
  • 8. Fabrica Features

    Chiado

    Overlooking the the busiest part of Chiado, this shop has a particularly Instagram-worthy view of the cobblestone pavement from above. The collection of bags, stationery, ceramics, and other products designed in Portugal and abroad are worth considering for more than just a photograph.

    Rua Garrett 83, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1200-203, Portugal
    213 420 596
  • 9. Fábrica Sant'Anna

    Chiado

    Established in 1741, this workshop and store uses century-old techniques, including painting and glazing entirely by hand, to create contemporary designs and reproductions of antique tiles.

    Rua do Alecrim 95, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1200-015, Portugal
    213 422 537
  • 10. Feira da Ladra

    The so-called "thieves" market (it used to be said that stolen items invariably ended up here) is now the most famous flea market in Portugal. You'll need a few hours to browse all the stalls selling everything from vintage clothes to antique furnishings, with plenty of colorful treasures in between. Running until about 2 pm on Tuesday and a little later into the afternoon on Saturday, it's a memorable shopping experience. The market attracts serious collectors as well as casual browsers, so dedicated bargain hunters should be prepared to arrive early to grab the best deals.

    Campo de Santa Clara, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1100-470, Portugal
  • 11. Garrafeira Nacional

    Baixa

    There are now several branches of this respected wine merchant in Lisbon, but the Sant Justa elevator location has been in business for almost a century, and the knowledgeable English-speaking staff will let you know everything about the vintage you've selected. Bottles are stacked from floor to ceiling and packed in glass vitrines like museum displays. Garrafeira Nacional is also known for its selection of Portuguese spirits and fortified wines.

    Rua Santa Justa 18, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1100-485, Portugal
    218 879 080
  • 12. GLEBA -- Moagem e Padaria

    Alcântara

    Sourdough loaves made by talented and passionate young baker Diogo Amorim attract carb-craving Lisboetas from across the city. Amorim learned his trade in the some of the world's top kitchens, and here he perfects the art, using flour prepared in an on-site stone mill. There are now several branches of GLEBA in and around Lisbon, but this is where it all began.

    Prior do Crato 16, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1350-261, Portugal
    966 064 697

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  • 13. Luvaria Ulisses

    Chiado

    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 Portugal where you can get these exclusive gloves, and it's recognized as one of the best stores of its kind in Europe. The well-preserved neoclassical interior fits two customers at a time, who go through the process of trying on the different sizes and colors by placing their elbows on a small cushion and letting the fitter make the perfect adjustments.

    Rua do Carmo 87 A, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1200-093, Portugal
    213 420 295
  • 14. Prado Mercearia

    Intendente

    With tiled floors and vintage fittings, this beautifully designed grocery store and wine bar is run by the team behind the acclaimed Prado restaurant. Its shelves are stocked with seasonal, often organic, locally sourced products including cheeses, tinned fish, bread, fruits and vegetables, and dry goods. The adjoining bistro serves delicious small plates and a range of Portuguese natural and organic wines to complement them.

    Rua Pedras Negras 35, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1100-404, Portugal
    210 534 652
  • 15. Storytailors

    Chiado

    For some fairy-tale shopping, browse the racks here filled with fantastical frocks, capes, and more. Madonna is whispered to be among the celeb customers to have done so.

    Calçada do Ferragial 8, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1200-184, Portugal
    213 432 306
  • 16. W. A. Sarmento

    Baixa

    One of the city's oldest goldsmiths, W. A. Sarmento first opened its doors in 1870 and remains famous for its characteristic Portuguese gold and silver filigree work. Beautifully crafted pieces from six generations are displayed in an on-site jewelry museum.

    Rua Áurea 251, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1100-062, Portugal
    213 426 774
  • 17. A Fábrica dos Chapéus

    Bairro Alto

    The stylish proprietor of this funky store stocks a huge range of hats for men, women, and children, and also makes exclusive designs to order.

    Rua da Rosa 118, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1200-389, Portugal
    917 178 919
  • 18. A Outra Face da Lua

    Baixa

    This surprisingly spacious shop is about as unconventional as it gets in Lisbon. Prepare to be completely engaged by the eclectic mix of vintage clothes, needlepoint purses, and boxes of costume jewelry—you name it, really. Another major selling point is the retro-chic café and cocktail bar in the middle.

    Rua da Assunção 22, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1100-044, Portugal
    218 863 430
  • 19. Arte Periférica

    Belém

    This gallery and arts store at the Centro Cultural de Belém is a good source of contemporary art, particularly by emerging young talent.

    Praça do Imperio, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1449-003, Portugal
    213 617 100
  • 20. Baco Alto

    Bairro Alto

    At this Bairro Alto favorite, you can sample wines and fine foods from around Portugal before buying. The knowledgeable staff will recommend the right bottle for you.

    Rua do Norte 33, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1200-283, Portugal
    912 456 066

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