Lisbon is a charming city, with beautiful architecture and delicious food, but also a fantastic shopping destination. The city has both luxury and fashion boutiques, as well as artisanal shops, and historic, family-run brands.
Whether you’re looking for souvenirs to remind yourself (and your friends!) of the special moments spent in Lisbon or one-of-a-kind accessories and more, Lisbon doesn’t disappoint.
In this blog post, I’m sharing my favourite shops that offer fantastic finds no matter what type of shopper you are. So let’s check out some great places where you can take home amazing pieces from Lisbon!
The most popular shopping area in Lisbon
One of the most popular spots for shopping in Lisbon is Rossio Square. Here you can find a variety of shops, from souvenir stores to luxury designer boutiques. You can also purchase traditional Portuguese handicrafts such as ceramics and textiles.
Another very popular spot is Rua Garett in Chiado. This pedestrian street is lined with beautiful boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Here you can find everything from trendy clothing to local handicrafts, as well as typical tourist shops.
Unique Shopping Experiences in Lisbon
A Vida Portuguesa, for authentic Portuguese products
For something truly unique, visit A Vida Portuguesa. This specialized store offers a variety of traditional Portuguese items ranging from scented soaps and cork handbags to crockery and tableware. Here you’ll find beautiful pieces that make the perfect souvenirs or gifts for friends and family back home.
The knowledgeable staff will also be happy to provide you with tips on how to make the most of your Portuguese shopping experience. So, if you want to bring home something truly special from Lisbon, A Vida Portuguesa is a great place to visit.
Lx Factory, for creative souls
Lx Factory in Lisbon is a unique place to visit for shopping. The former industrial zone has been transformed into an innovative and creative hub that houses over 40 stores, including vintage clothing outlets, art galleries, bookshops, record stores, and more. It also boasts numerous restaurants, cafes and bars, allowing visitors to take a break from shopping while enjoying some of the best food and drinks in the city.
Whether you’re looking for a unique piece of clothing, a one-of-a-kind art piece or just something interesting to take home with you, Lx Factory has it all. With its vibrant atmosphere and creative merchants, it is definitely worth visiting if you are shopping in Lisbon!
Embaixada Concept Store
Embaixada Concept Store is a great place to shop in Lisbon. This multi-brand store stocks clothing, accessories and lifestyle products from all over the world. Here you can find unique items that are perfect for gifts or as mementos of your trip. Even food!
In contrast to Lx Factory’s more “hipster” vibe, at Embaixada you’ll find more artistic, timeless items. This ultra-chic store is located in Principe Real, one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Lisbon. Even the building itself is one-of-a-kind. Specifically, Embaixada is housed in a 20th-century palace of neo-Arab architecture with beautiful architectural features.
Embaixada also runs events (such as art exhibitions, music events, and fashion shows), so it’s worth checking their website for updates.
Livraria Bertrand, the oldest bookshop in the world
First opened in 1732, Livraria Bertrand holds the Guinness record for the oldest bookstore (in operation) in the world. That said, today’s bookshop location in Chiado isn’t the original. Unfortunately, the 1755 earthquake that devasted central Lisbon also destroyed the original shop. Consequently, the owners had to rebuild it elsewhere.
Nowadays, the brand has 50 shops throughout Portugal and their shop in Chiado is a must-visit. Even if you’re not a book-lover (how could you?), the beautiful azulejos tiles facade will take your breath away.
Secret tip: don’t forget to buy a book and ask to have it stamped at the teller. This stamp is your proof that you’ve been to the “oldest bookshop in the world”!
Benamôr 1925 – Portugal’s historic natural beauty products
Founded in 1925, Benamôr is a natural beauty brand that harmoniously blends tradition with modernity. I first experienced their quality at my hotel, as it had bathroom amenities by this brand (namely the Gordissimo collection). It was love at first smell!
Not only they are fantastic products, but they are also ethically made by hand, using natural and fresh ingredients. In particular, the body lotions and hand creams have a fine, delicate texture and lovely fragrance, all the while being effective products. Not to mention, they are also cruelty-free, dermatologically tested, without bad things like parabens, while also following sustainable practices. Most are also vegan.
They have several boutiques throughout Lisbon (including one in LxFactory), but they also ship internationally via their e-shop. Their gorgeous fragrances take me back to my Lisbon trip, every time I take a bath at home. Especially their Jacaranda collection, the signature flower of Lisbon!
This historical shop in R. de Carmo in Chiado was founded in 1925 and sells custom-fit leather gloves for men and women. The gloves are still made by hand and the shop is the last of its kind in Portugal. The storefront is a mere 4 square meters and can hold only one customer at a time.
Luvaria Ulisses took its name from Greek mythology, from the legendary hero of Homer’s Iliad by the same name. The shop’s premise is for customers to get gloves that fit perfectly and have them crafted by hand, just for them. A truly special gift or souvenir!
Flea Market Shopping in Lisbon
Feira da Ladra
If you’re looking for unique finds, head to the Feira da Ladra flea market located in the charming Alfama neighborhood. This bustling market is a treasure trove of antiques, vintage clothing, handmade crafts, and so much more. As you browse through the stalls, you’ll be captivated by the variety of goods on offer, from traditional Portuguese ceramics to retro vinyl records.
The market is a feast for all your senses – the sound of vendors haggling, the smell of freshly cooked street food, and the sight of colorful textiles swaying in the breeze.
Feira do Rológio
Not known to most tourists, Feira do Rológio is the largest in Lisbon and also the most authentic. It takes place every Sunday in the Chelas district of Lisbon. The Feira do Rologio market is a busy, noisy place, with two rows of shopping stalls that extend over 1 km. As a result, it attracts scores of bargain hunters.
On the downside, being so busy means visitors have to pay extra care to keep their valuables safe. The place is rife with pickpockets. So, here you’ll see an authentic side of Lisbon, but mind your wallet!
Shopping in Lisbon: Designer & Luxury
If you’re looking for designer brands, head to Avenida Liberdade. This beautiful avenue is Lisbon’s most prestigious shopping street and home to high-end stores like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Gucci. Here you’ll find the latest fashion trends as well as exclusive souvenirs from top luxury brands.
In addition, in Avenida Liberdade, you’ll find many luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants. But even if you’re not that much into luxury shopping, the avenue is so beautiful that it’s worth a visit anyway. Lined with lush green trees and elegant 19th-century buildings, Avenida Liberdade is a must-visit while in Lisbon.
Best foodie shopping in Lisbon
Looking for traditional Portuguese food products? You’ll find them and much more at Time Out Market, in Cais do Sodre. Here you’ll also find food samples and tastings of local delicacies like olive oil, wine, and cheese.
Moreover, many famous chefs and restaurants have food stalls in this market. They typically serve their signature dishes at friendly prices. As a result, you can sample the best of Lisbon’s cuisine without breaking your budget.
You can also find a wide range of gourmet food products to take home with you. So, whether you’re a local or a tourist, Time Out Market is a must-visit spot to soak up the flavors of Portugal.
Shopping malls in Lisbon
Like any other modern European capital, Lisbon has no shortage of shopping malls. If this is the kind of shopping experience you’re after while in Lisbon, Centro Vasco de Gama is the place to go. It is a modern shopping centre in the futuristic Parque de Nações district.
This is also a good opportunity to do some sightseeing. Situated on the northern side of the Tejo River estuary, the Parque de Nações district is home to Lisbon’s most modern architecture. In addition, here you’ll find an aquarium, the city’s only casino, and many restaurants.
Summing things up
Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, designer items, or unique finds, Lisbon has something special to offer every shopper. With its vibrant markets and chic designer boutiques, shopping in Lisbon is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. So take some time to explore the city’s many shops and find that perfect item to take home with you!
Happy Shopping! 😀