The Ultimate Lisbon Shopping Guide
Going shopping in Lisbon is not only about spending money. It is the opportunity to discover young designers, concept stores, artisans, workshops, unique items, colors-filled stores, and so much more! In today’s article, I want to share with you the ultimate Lisbon shopping guide! It will hopefully allow you to know where to find the best neighborhoods for shopping while in Lisbon!
Shopping in Lisbon is an original way to discover the city! In Lisbon, you will find many neighborhoods which are different from one another, but also very close to one another! While walking through the areas of Lisbon, you will be able to experience different atmospheres, styles, periods of time whitout even noticing you’ve come to another neighborhood!
The Pombaline Baixa neighborhood is one of the most traditional areas for shopping! A few stores are almost three centuries old! If you pay attention to the streets names of the Baixa, you will see that they make reference to the artisans that used to work there, such as the Gold Street “Rua do Ouro” and the Silver Street “Rua da Prata”. You will find perfect gift ideas for the families in this area of Lisbon!
If you walk a little further up, you will reach the Chiado neighborhood! In this area, fashion and art are mixed together. Between art galleries, avant-garde stores and the best Portuguese desginers ateliers, you will thoroughly enjoy Chiado!
The Príncipe Real is also a great area for shopping in Lisbon, with its numerous innovative brands stores and handcrafted projects! Then, if you’re looking for luxurious and the most prestigious international brands, head to the Avenida da Liberdade. In the shade of the trees, walk this 2.5 kilometer long avenue while having a look at the geometry and design of the traditional calçada portuguesa. At Avenida da Liberdade, your shopping will be luxurious, sophisticated and elegant!
Now that you’ve been introduced to some of the best areas for shopping in Lisbon, read on this ultimate Lisbon shopping guide!
For shopping second-handed items
If you love to shop vintage clothes, antique objects, items that are filled with history, you need to go to the Feira da Ladra in Alfama! “Feira da Ladra” means “the thief’s flea market” in English. There, you will find all kinds of different objects! The prices can also vary a lot! From restored Portuguese antique objects to vintage t-shirts, you will get to see so many charming treasures! The atmosphere and the great variety of objects will enchant you. If you enjoy shopping unique items and try to bargain, this is the perfect place for you!
However, note that the Feira da Ladra only happens on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from 9 am to 6 pm. Walk up early to have a chance to acquire the best items ever!
For shopping chic and elegant items
Go to the Rua Augusta, which is the main street of the Baixa neighborhood! In this street, you will find centuries old stores so typically Portuguese, but also several international brands as well.
Head to the Chiado neighborhood and get to the Avenida da Liberdade, which is usually compared to the Avenue Champs Elysées in Paris! If you’re into international brands and luxurious stores, you will find what you’re looking for on this avenue!
Two places that also are in the neighborhood and that I recommend you to check are the Conserveira de Lisboa and the A Vida Portuguesa store. The first one is a cannery that opened in 1930. The sardines cans stacking are definitely Instagram material! As you walk through Lisbon, you will understand the importance of sardines in Portugal culture and history, especially if you come during the month of June!
Then, you can visit the A Vida Portuguesa store, which pays tribute to all the past greatest Portuguese brands, from soaps, tin cans, posters and other vintage objects!
For traditional and handmade in Portugal items
For experiencing the most bohemian and creative aspects of Lisbon, I suggest you to go shopping in Bairro Alto neighborhood. You will find several young designers stores, art galleries, ceramists, artisans, artists. If you go shopping in Bairro Alto, you can be sure you will be buying handmade in Portugal items!
If you want to buy original souvenirs, check the Fábrica Sant’Anna for traditional azulejos. In this factory, each azulejo is handmade and unique, which means you won’t be able to find two that are the same! How cool is that?
Another suggestion I can give you is to go to Cork & Co. Located at Rua das Salgadeiras, 10, this institution recycles and produces fashionable objects made out of cork! Because, if you didn’t know Portugual is one of the greatest producers of cork in the world.
For shopping in malls
As you can expect from any capital, there are plenty of malls to shop at! But in Lisbon, you will find one that is pretty amazing, the Embaixada which is located in the Príncipe Real neighborhood. This shopping mall happens to be hosted in the stunning Ribeiro da Cunha Palace which is Neo-Moorish inspired.
Another shopping mall you need to visit the Armazéns do Chiado. Located in one of the most beautiful and visited neighborhoods of the city, this shopping mal is part of a great architecture project that revitalised the Chiado neighborhood after the fire it suffered from in 1988. Unfortunately, the fire destroyed many eighteenth century buildings… Today, the Armazéns do Chiado is a three-storey mall, filled with many stores for all tastes and interests. From beauty products, fashion boutiques, cultural and electronic products stores, this shopping mall has it all.
The Amoreiras, Centro Vasco da Gama and Colombo are other shopping malls you will find while in Lisbon. There are so many options!
If you want a more urban experience, go to the LX Factory, which is considered to be a shopping mall but also a coworking space and a gallery as well. This mall identifies itself as an “experience factory“. From young designers boutiques, libraries, ateliers, to restaurants and cafés, I’m sure you will spend a great time there and you will also find original items to offer to your relatives and friends back home!
This ultimate Lisbon shopping guide is now over! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it and that it has been useful to you. Now you know where are the best places to go shopping while in the city of Lisbon. From antique items shopping to traditional shopping in malls, you can have it all in the Portuguese capital! If you need further information about anything, feel free to contact us. See you soon in one of our tours!