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A Lisbon Christmas Shopping List: 10 Shops for Your Gifts

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Pelcor, Lisbon shopWhether you’re visiting Portugal around the holidays and are looking for an “only in Lisbon” gift to take back home, or live in the city and going through the stressful Christmas shopping sprees, you’ll want to check out some of Lisbon’s most authentic shops. While 3 out of every 4 Christmas gifts are either a book, DVD, music, or clothing, there are countless other more imaginative choices. In Lisbon, these are ten places to go for something different:

Antes e Depois
Travessa da Espera, 47 (Bairro Alto)
Phone: 934 305 562
This time capsule of a shop in Bairro Alto offers traditional Portuguese toys from the days before video games. Perfect for finding gifts for children or the child in every adult, the colorful objects come in retro-pop packagings and offer hours of playtime — or can even be used as a decorative piece!

Casa Havaneza
Largo do Chiado, 25 (Chiado)
Phone: 213 420 340
Buying gifts for men is usually a little more difficult than for women. To avoid getting a tie that just may end up not being to his taste, visit this classic Lisbon shop which was first known as a cigar store in the 19th century. The exclusive cigars are still there, but there are also some other rather luxurious gifts available such as pens and special bottles of liquor.

Claudio Corallo
Rua Cecilio da Sousa, 85 (Principe Real)
Phone: 213 862 158
Specializing in chocolate and coffee from Portugal’s former African colony of São Tomé and Principe, this shop offers the perfect gift for the more gourmet-oriented or sweet-toothed member of your family.

Jimmy Portuguese Styleshop
Rua das Flores, 100 (Chiado)
Phone: 918 984 695
For 100% Portuguese design pieces in a variety of shapes and colors, visit this shop around the corner from the Bairro Alto Hotel in Chiado. It includes fashion accessories and contemporary versions of classic Portuguese icons.

Rua Dom Pedro V, 111 (Principe Real)
Phone: 213 467 011
As one of Lisbon’s best gourmet shops, Moy guarantees that you’ll find a variety of Portuguese and international products. From cheeses to caviar, to Brazilian and Angolan coffees, you’ll be able to create the most appetizing gift basket in Lisbon.

Rua da Misericórdia, 100 (Chiado)
Phone: 213 472 293
This recent shop in Chiado specializes in 100% Portuguese cowhide handbags, all handmade in a factory in Sintra. They come in rather large sizes, making them perfect for those women who must carry their entire life inside their bags and who prefer exclusive items.

Rua das Pedras Negras, 32 (Baixa)
Phone: 213 049 727
Cork is one of Portugal’s most exported goods (in fact, the country is the world’s largest exporter of it), so there’s nothing more Portuguese than a cork product. That’s what may have inspired Pelcor to offer a large variety of products completely made of cork, from handbags to footwear, to even a few housewares.

UPDATE: This shop has closed.
Travessa da Espera, 17 (Bairro Alto)
Phone: 211 560 148
Finding creations from top Portuguese fashion designers has become easier since the opening of Porconceito. This Bairro Alto shop offers stylish sunglasses, purses, perfumes, and fashion accessories at quite reasonable prices, considering their origin.

Tom Tom Shop
Rua de O Século, 4A (Bairro Alto)
Phone: 213 479 733
You won’t have more fun shopping at any other store in Lisbon. By the entrance are a few humorous gifts while towards the back are all kinds of very original houseware pieces. From lighting to clocks, to kitchen utensils, you won’t resist buying something for yourself and plenty of other people on your list.

The Wrong Shop
UPDATE: This shop has closed.
Calçada do Sacramento, 25 (Chiado)
Phone: 213 433 197
While Christmas may be a time for peace and spreading love around, it’s also time to be completely honest. So for that there’s an “I Hate You” gift at The Wrong Shop in Chiado! Known for its quirky gifts and souvenirs, it’s now showcasing items for everyone, whether you love them or hate them! It can be a merry Christmas indeed!

Lisbon: From Fado to Fashion

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Lisboa - El Pais

Spain is naturally one of the countries that most visits Lisbon, as it’s just across a border that’s essentially imaginary, with the open borders policy set by the European Union’s Schengen agreement. At around Christmas time, New Year’s, and Easter, it’s quite common to hear as much Castilian in Lisbon’s Chiado as Portuguese. So perhaps anticipating a large Spanish migration to Lisbon at this time of the year, Spain’s “El Pais” just published a 24-hour guide to the Portuguese capital.
Entitled “From Fado to Fashion,” the article focuses on the city’s trendier side, from its alternative shops in the Principe Real and Bairro Alto districts, to the new Design and Fashion Museum. That’s not the only recent museum to get special mention, as the Orient Museum and Berardo Museum are also considered unmissable.
Overall, this is a list of recommendations that show how Lisbon has become much more of a globalized city while also managing to reinvent itself as a continuously authentic place.
You may read the entire article at the El País website. It’s in Spanish but you may always use the Google translator to read it in your native language: Del Fado a lo ‘Fashion’

“Papabubble” – Lisbon’s Sweetest New Shop

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Papabubble shop, Lisbon

Lisbon’s sweetest new shop just opened last week in Baixa, just around the corner from the pedestrian Rua Augusta and the Design and Fashion Museum. Follow the tram 28 tracks down Rua da Conceição and you’ll see the renovated façade of a centuries-old shop now showcasing all kinds of colorful candy. It’s called “Papabubble,” a new shop that’s also opened in Barcelona, New York, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. Everything is chemical-free and handmade on the premises, offering over thirty fruity flavors. They come in a variety of shapes, and can be molded into anything that the client wishes. All it takes is water, glucose, sugar, and some flavors, and you can have personalized candy to enjoy yourself or to share at a party. Prices range from 2.50 to 30 euros depending on the size.
The shop is open every day except Sundays, from 10:30AM to 7:30PM. The exact address is Rua da Conceição, 117-119.

Lisbon’s Most Charming Shop Now Also in Porto

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Loja A Vida Portuguesa, Porto
Photo: Filipe Paiva, “i

Lisbon’s “A Vida Portuguesa” became a favorite of every Lisbon travel guide soon after it opened and is now a shop that no tourist misses. However, its success is also in large part due to the Lisboetas themselves who nostalgically go there looking for the authentic Portuguese products from the past and present that are difficult to find elsewhere. Its popularity inevitably would lead to the opening of a second shop, and the city of Porto was the most obvious choice. It has been reported that owner Catarina Portas took more than two years to find the perfect place in Portugal’s second city, and has finally done it in the downtown district. It just opened on the corner of Rua Galeria de Paris and Rua das Carmelitas, in a former textiles shop, on the first floor (second floor in American terms), as there is another shop on the ground level. It will soon take over the floor above that, which will make Porto’s shop bigger than Lisbon’s.
Just like in Lisbon, most of the products are straight out of the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s, ranging from toothpaste to soaps, pencils, and coffee. Their retro packaging is what attracts most shoppers and make practically every product the perfect gift for those already familiar with Portuguese culture and those just curious about it.

Address: Rua Galeria de Paris, 20 (Porto).
Tel. 222 022 105.
Open every day except Sundays; 10AM-8PM

“Amatudo” – You’ll Love Everything at this Gift Shop of Portuguese Products

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Amatudo, Gift and Souvenir Shop in Lisbon

On your way to the Castle of St. George from downtown Lisbon, you’ll pass by Rua da Madalena whether you’re doing it on tram 28 or walking. If you pay attention to the shops on that street along the way, you’ll find Amatudo, a gift shop selling unique Portuguese products that are alternatives to the kitschy souvenirs at most of the other gift shops in the city. Many of those other shops sell exactly the same items you’ll find in any other city except that instead of the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben you’ll see the Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, or the Discoveries Monument pictured on them.
So for something more truly unique to Lisbon you’ll have to look for those shops offering more authentic local products. An already hugely popular shop is A Vida Portuguesa in Chiado, but there are now others worth being discovered.
At Amatudo you’ll also love practically everything you see, from the attractive packagings to the distinctive designs. Everything is Portuguese-made, straight out of the hands of Portuguese designers and artisans, and ranges from the increasingly-famous Portuguese soaps to Ginjinha bottles to traditional Portuguese jams and honey. There is also space for jewelry and ceramics, including images of local icons such as Saint Anthony and poet Fernano Pessoa with alternative looks and made of different materials, often to humorous effect.
This is therefore a shop that appeals not just to tourists, but also to locals or any Lisbonphile. Check it out.

Address: Rua da Madalena 76/78
Phone: 218 862 631

Amatudo, Gift and Souvenir Shop in Lisbon

Amatudo, Gift and Souvenir Shop in Lisbon

Amatudo, Gift and Souvenir Shop in Lisbon

Lisbon Was Reborn Ten Years Ago Today: The 10th Anniversary of the New “Armazéns do Chiado”

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Armazens do Chiado, Lisbon

Today is the 10th anniversary of the opening of the new “Armazéns do Chiado.” In a previous incarnation it was Lisbon’s version of the grand Parisian department stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, featuring a grand palatial interior (see photo below) and advertising itself in 1894 as the largest store in Portugal and with the best prices. That all came to an end in the great fire of 1988 that devastated much of the Chiado district, and the only thing left standing of “Armazéns” was its façade. The building had to be completely rebuilt and reopened eleven years later not as a department store, but as a shopping mall. Those who knew how it once was, were saddened to see an ordinary-looking modern mall interior take over such a legendary space of the city, but the truth is that this mall is responsible for the renovation of all of Chiado which is today Lisbon’s most vibrant and dynamic neighborhood of the whole historical center.
Its big draw is FNAC, the French megastore that’s the Portuguese favorite for music, books, and electronics. Because it also occasionally hosts cultural events, FNAC has also become a meeting place, and brought much-needed young blood to the center of the city.
What the new “Armazéns” has not lost from the past are the views from its top floor (now a food court), from where visitors can see directly towards the castle on one side, and up the popular Rua Garrett shopping street from the other.
In another part of the building (designed by world-renowned architect Siza Vieira) is Hotel do Chiado, one of the most recommended in the city, if only for its breathtaking views and terrace bar.

Armazens do Chiado, Lisbon

Marc Jacobs Opens in Lisbon

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Marc Jacobs shop, Lisbon

American designer and Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs has just opened his own store in Lisbon, in one of the city’s most prestigious addresses. It is found across from the opera house (São Carlos Theater), in the building where poet Fernando Pessoa was born (a sculpture commemorating the writer stands by the entrance).

The shop is divided into two separate areas, a larger space for women’s fashions and accessories, and a much smaller area for men. The shop was designed by New York-based Stephan Jaklitsch Architects who also designed the Marc Jacobs store in Paris, and the plan is for it to also show temporary exhibits.

Right now what clearly stands out are the women’s handbags going for an average couple hundred of euros, while the most expensive piece in the men’s section seems to be a €509 jacket. Another curiosity are women’s galoshes which Jacobs apparently believes can be back in style, while another item to check out are the unisex perfumes.

Lisbon is Jacobs’ sixth European home, after having already opened stores in Paris, London, Madrid, Istanbul, and Athens.

Marc Jacobs store, Lisboa

What Lisbon Tourists Shop For

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Lisbon shoppingAccording to a study reported by Lisbon Tourism, what most tourists look for when shopping in Lisbon are crafts.  That’s the choice of nearly 70% of tourists, while close to 55% of them chose to take some of the city’s famous pastries.  Those are followed by postcards, which is a curious choice in the age of email, Facebook, and Flickr galleries.
Just over 40% purchase wines, while the distant fifth most popular choice is clothing at about 7%.  Books are bought by about 4% of tourists in the city, while about 2% like the shoes.  Everything else you can think of comes at less than 1%.
If you’re one of those 70% who look for crafts, here are a few suggestions at our Lisbon shopping guideHandicrafts and Textiles — and since almost everyone seems to love the pastries, take a look at our cafés section which also lists the best pastry shops. We recommend the most famous of all, of course, Antiga Confeitaria de Belém, but you should also check out Confeitaria Nacional downtown.

Portugal’s Most Famous Product You’ve Never Heard Of

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Claus Porto Soaps

Famous names such as Nicholas Cage, Kate Moss, and Oprah Winfrey have been reported to be fans of one of Portugal’s most famous products. If you’ve guessed Port Wine, you’re wrong. They all love CLAUS PORTO soaps, a natural, creamy, luxury soap that’s been made in the city of Porto since 1887. They’re now sold at luxury shops around the world, in a colorful Art Deco-design packaging. In Lisbon you may get them at special gift shops such as Meio da Praça which we just told you about, as well as at a couple of museum shops such as that of the Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. In Paris you may find them at the Galeries Lafayette department store, in London you may look for them at Harrods, and in New York you may see them available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
These soaps have become more popular than ever in the last couple of years since Oprah Winfrey named them one of her favorite things on her program. She was introduced to the Portuguese soaps by Lafco, a shop in New York that had been sending her products to try over time. She never really responded until one day when the shop got a call from one of her show’s producers requesting more samples of the Claus Porto soap. As soon as Oprah mentioned the product on her show, the shop’s phones started to ring off the hook, and even now, a couple of years later, they still get calls asking for “Oprah’s soap.”
In reality these soaps have been a favorite luxury item of European elites for some time, with fashion names such as Chanel having requested custom-crested versions.
The main quality of the soaps that make them so unique and special is that they’re all traditionally made, using manual milling and drying processes. They’re therefore much more expensive than the typical supermarket soap, going for as much as 15 euros.

A Lisbon Shop for Gifts “Made in Portugal”

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Meio da Praça shop, Lisbon

Since last March there is a new shop in downtown Lisbon offering only the most special products “made in Portugal.” Meio da Praça is found on Rua da Prata and has everything from quirky souvenirs to special gourmet products. You’ll see tshirts saying “Portugal is a country right next to Spain!” or the best of all Portuguese olive oils, and you’ll likely stay at the shop browsing for a while. Best of all is that everything is really inexpensive and you can find some traditional products that are disappearing from most other shops.
For some ideas of what you’ll find at “Meio da Praça,” see the shop’s website: