Portugal’s shopping scene is rooted in history and displays some of Europe’s most creative designs. In Lisbon, shoppers can find both locally made, artisanal wares as well as sleek, cutting-edge fashions and furnishings. The city has many neighborhoods, but the majority of Indagare’s favorite shops are concentrated in the historic quarter of Bairro Alto, with a few in old-world Alfama and elegant Baixa.
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Indagare Picks // Alfama
Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon, with narrow cobblestoned streets, preserved architecture and fado bars where traditional Portuguese music (“fado”) is played. Here, local artisans create handmade products, like beautiful wools in a variety of designs.
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- Chi Coracao: These 100% wool designs are all completely handcrafted and made in Portugal. The blankets, scarves and shawls, available in a rainbow of colors, are ubiquitous around the country, and the ladies capes, in particular, are stunning, cozy and reasonably priced.
- Alves/Gonçalves: Two of Portugal’s top style visionaries have come together to create Alves/Goncalves, a fashion house of exquisite design. With splashes of bright colors and the use of luxe materials like silks and plush wools, the duo of designers have created flowy, sophisticated pieces for women.
Indagare Picks //Bairro Alto
Bairro Alto is the most popular shopping area in the city, with myriad shops that range from concept stores to Portuguese handicraft ateliers.
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- Embaixada is housed inside a grand, 16th-century Moorish style palace and hosts a variety of shops that sell items ranging from baby clothes to leather goods, many of which are made and designed in Portugal.
- Luvaria Ulisses is a sliver of a shop that sells only gorgeous leather gloves.
- Loja do Museo Arroz is a beach-chic boutique that stocks kaftans, leather slippers from Senegal and breezy linens, as well as charming antiques and artisanal crockery.
- Loja do Burel, a two-floor storefront, exhibits beautifully patterned wool scarves, blankets and woven bags, as well as local jams and pesto.
- Nuno Gama: A pioneer of Portuguese style, Nuno Gama’s elegant menswear is steeped in culture and tradition, incorporating luxe materials like velvets, cashmere and leather. The sleek shop exhibits his exquisitely tailored suits, shirts, jackets and pants, designed with subtle hues and slimming lines.
- AR-PAB: This shop displays colonial treasures from the 18th and 19th century in an artful way, such as hanging wooden dining chairs from the ceiling.
- Republica das Flores: Republica is a delightful den of interesting Asian-inspired treasures including fashions, furniture and flowers.
- Solar Antiques: From wall-sized tiled murals to individual azulejos, the specialty at this treasure-filed emporium in Principe Real is antique Portuguese tiles.
- Sal Concept: Chic concept store that showcases pieces from the locally made Branco Sobre Branco furniture brand, as well as little treasures like teas, candles, soaps, stylish wicker clutches and bohemian blouses.
- 21 PR Concept Store: This spacious concept shop mostly stocks Portuguese products, such as tiles, soaps, clothing and home accessories
- A Vida Portuguesa is tucked inside a beautiful historical building adorned with gorgeous Portuguese tiles. You’ll find all sorts of made-in-Portugal goodies, from chocolates to beer to wine to soaps to lotions.
- Comur is not your normal souvenir shop. It sells 24 varieties of canned Portuguese fish, from sardines to tuna to octopus, all in colorful tins. It’s a great place to find an unusual souvenir for fish-loving friends.
Indagare Picks // Baixa
Baixa is the elegant central district with wide streets arranged in a grid-like pattern. Here, there are some lovely boutiques that offer products made in Portugal, such as linens, clothing and homewares.
Fashion & Accessories
- Cante is a lovely bathing suit atelier with swimwear (made on site) that features joyful motifs, vibrant colors and creative cuts for women and children.
- Fashion Clinic: This trendy boutique has multiple locations in Portugal, all popular for their glamorous interiors with dark wooden shelves and dramatic chandeliers. It also stocks some of the biggest names in fashion from sky-high heels by Jimmy Choo, patterned trousers by Kenzo and accessories in the most supple of leather from Saint Laurent.
- d’Orey Tiles: Just next to Palacio Chiado, this shop specializes in antique tiles. You can find single tiles, as well as full wall sections. Mixed in with the tiles are various antique objects, as well as the work of contemporary Portuguese ceramicists.
- Fabrica Sant’anna: The Fabrica Sant’Anna tile factory is based in Belem but the store is located across the street from Palacio do Chiado. Offering everything from loose tiles to serving dishes, both antique and modern, the shop is a treasure trove of the perfect Portuguese souvenirs.
- Paris em Lisboa sells beautiful linens and towels, as well as beautifully packaged bath products like artisanal soaps and natural sponges.
- Teresa Alecrim has a lovely selection of embroidered pillows, linen napkins and tablecloths, tailored sheets, soft cotton bathrobes and baby linens.
Indagare Picks // Off the Beaten Path
Outside of the main neighborhoods of Lisbon lie some hidden gems, such as the LX Factory, a series of restored factories that now house cool shops and trendy restaurants.
- LX Factory is a former mid-19th-century complex of factories and manufacturing outlets that now houses cool restaurants, cafés, shops and markets.
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- Pedemeia stocks high-quality socks in a delightful rainbow of colors, from cozy basics to sports socks and hosiery.
- Casa do Passadiço: This stunning showroom features the style of internationally known interior designers Catarina Rosas and her daughters, Claudia and Catarina Soares Pereira. The family trio have created memorable residences and retail shops (all of the Aquazurra boutiques), and here they display their fabulous ability to mix eras and styles.
- Principe Real Enxovais: This family-run linen shop has been the trusted linen source of Portugal’s noble families, as well as many of Europe’s top interior designers and most discerning shoppers (Princess Grace of Monaco and Lee Radziwill, among others), for decades. You can choose from gorgeous traditional patterns with lace and cutwork designed by the proprietor Maria Christina Castro, or you can custom order.