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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
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 esta
Shopping in Lisbon is less about multinational chains and more about locally owned shops. Instead of the same-old mass-p

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. A Vida Portuguesa

    Chiado | Crafts

    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...Read More

  • 3. Conserveira de Lisboa

    Baixa | Food/Candy

    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...Read More

  • 4. Discoteca Amália

    Baixa | Music Stores

    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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Fabrica Features

    Chiado | Crafts

    Overlooking the the busiest part of Chiado, this shop has a particularly Instagram-worthy view of the cobblestone pavement from above. When...Read More

  • 7. Fábrica Sant'Anna

    Chiado | Ceramics/Glassware

    Established in 1741, this factory uses century-old techniques, including painting and glazing entirely by hand, to create contemporary designs...Read More

  • 8. Feira da Ladra

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    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...Read More

  • 9. Garrafeira Nacional

    Baixa | Wine/Spirits

    In business for almost a century, this low-pressure wine merchant has a knowledgeable English-speaking staff that will let you know everything...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Storytailors

    Chiado | Clothing

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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. W. A. Sarmento

    Baixa | Jewelry/Accessories

    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

  • 14. A Fábrica dos Chapéus

    Bairro Alto | Clothing

    The young proprietor of this funky store stocks a huge range of hats—more than 3,000—and also makes exclusive designs to order. ...Read More

  • 15. A Outra Face da Lua

    Baixa | Clothing

    This surprisingly spacious shop is about as unconventional as it gets in Lisbon. Prepare to be completely engaged by the eclectic mix of vintage...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Baco Alto

    Bairro Alto | Wine/Spirits

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

  • 18. Cantê

    Chiado | Clothing

    Exclusivity is guaranteed at this beachware store: it sells only its own inventive designs and stocks no more than eight of each model. Everything...Read More

  • 19. Casa Alegria

    Crafts

    Casa Alegria sells beautiful hand-painted azulejo tiles and can create personalized tiles based on photographs or drawings you supply. ...Read More

  • 20. 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

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