Shopping

Known as one of Western Europe’s least expensive capital, looking around the traditional characterless shops is a very refreshing experience. But, if you want to look around for designer fashions and high end antiques. Lisbon can very well provide you with a wide array of choices.

Bairro Alto

A traditional zone of the city, it is also popular with the alternative fashion set, with club and street wear shops. Here you can find shops of antique and modern decoration, famous Portuguese designers and trendy clothing. For those who like original clothing, Rua do Norte is the best.

Chiado

CHIADO is an elegant, sophisticated district of theaters, bookshops, old-style cafes, art nouveau jewelry shops, luxurious international names such as Hermes, and local treasures such as the opulently gilded Tavares Rico Restaurant opened in 1784, the fine porcelain shop Vista Alegre, or one of Portugal’s international fashion designers, Ana Salazar.

Avenida da Liberdade

If you’re looking for high fashion and well known international brands head down to Lisbon’s main avenue, Avenida da Liberdade,. This boulevard, built in the 19th century in the style of the Champs-Elysees in Paris, is the main avenue of the city. The avenue is also the site of the city’s grander hotels, banks, airline offices, and designer shops, including names like Louis Vuitton, D&G, Tods, Burberry, among others.

Centro Colombo

In the Luz district, this vast complex is the biggest shopping center on the Iberian peninsula. Its array of merchandise is stunning, a dazzling showcase of the capitalistic system, with more than 420 stores. There’s everything here from an indoor amusement park to a health club, even 10 screens showing different movies. For your dining selection, you face a bewildering choice of 60 restaurants, ranging from a pizza parlor to a Chinese eatery to Burger King.

Address: Avenida Lusíada,

Transportation Metro: Colégio Militar

Phone 21/711-36-36

You can also look around for antique and contemporary hand-painted tiles, distinctive regional ceramics and textiles such as tablecloths and embroidery, handmade goods which are some of the best bargains and make excellent souvenirs.

A Arte da Terra

Genuine Portuguese crafts, from hand-painted tiles to carpets in a beautifully renovated space. Address: Rua Augusto Rosa, 40, Alfama Website: www.aartedaterra.pt

Antiga Casa do Castelo It’s owned by an American but all the handicrafts are Portuguese, including ceramics, embroidery, linen, tiles, and soaps. Address: Rua Santa Cruz do Castelo, 15, Alfama

With the wide array of choices for shopping here in Lisbon you can surely enjoy your time looking around, and shop till you drop.