Principe Real is now Lisbonâ€™s trendiest shopping area together with Chiado. And it all happens down one long street, Rua Dom Pedro V which then turns into Rua da Escola PolitÃ©cnica. It is popular with locals and tourists, who find some of the most original spaces and buys in the city, mostly by local designers. Here are the five shops you canâ€™t miss:
PraÃ§a do PrÃncipe Real, 26
This would be worth a stop even if it were empty. Itâ€™s a neo-Moorish mansion from the 1800s across from the neighborhood park and is now one of the cityâ€™s main shopping destinations. Its rooms are now shops specializing in design and creativity, mostly by Portuguese designers and brands.
21PR CONCEPT STORE
PraÃ§a do PrÃncipe Real, 21
This concept store is just a couple of doors down from Embaixada and also offers â€œMade in Portugalâ€ products. The best buy here is the famous luxury soaps Claus Porto that are now among Portugalâ€™s most popular gifts, but there is also fashion and accessories.
Rua Dom Pedro V, 68-70
Itâ€™s one of the oldest shops in the neighborhood and still one of the most interesting. More than a shop, itâ€™s a cultural attraction, as a treasure trove of centuries-old tiles that you see in almost every Lisbon church and palace. In business since 1956, it offers pieces from the 1600s to the present, in different styles and at different prices.
Rua Dom Pedro V, 77
Portuguese designer Alexandra Moura shows off her creativity at this boutique full of cutting-edge fashions. She also has a shoe line, beautifully presented in the small mirrored interior.
Rua da Escola PolitÃ©cnica, 46
Nuno Gama is one of Portugalâ€™s best known fashion designers and all of his creations are inspired by Portuguese culture. At this shop he offers his latest menswear collections, including underwear, footwear, and accessories.