Shopping in Lisbon is an original way to discover the city. With completely different areas relatively close to each other you can change atmosphere, shops and at times century almost without noticing.
The Baixa Pombalina is the traditional shopping area par excellence. Some shops are so old they have seen 3 centuries come and go and even the names of the streets denote the old commercial activities which used to be conducted there. Rua dos Bacalhoeiros (Bacalhau St.), Rua dos Fanqueiros (Draper’s St.), Rua do Ouro (Gold St.), Rua da Prata (Silver St.) and Rua dos Correeiros (Saddler’s St.) are just a few examples of the original street names. This is the place to find traditional gifts for all the family.
Climbing a little further up, Chiado is a select area where fashion and art come together amid the galleries and more avant-garde shops and classic studios of the best Portuguese designers. If you continue going up, you come to Príncipe Real, the latest shopping area in Lisbon, which is full of small innovative labels and artisanal and gourmet projects.
Finally, if you want to shop seriously and find the finest international labels, go to Avenida da Liberdade and get ready to walk more than 2.5 km without noticing under the shade of the acacias and palm trees and following the patterns on the cobbled pavements. Luxurious, sophisticated and elegant, here you’ll find a different kind of Lisbon.
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