The best stores and shopping streets
Lisbon remains Western Europe's least expensive capital, and wandering
around the traditional and specialist shops in Baixa (downtown) is a
refreshing experience for those used to characterless shopping centers.
shops are even worth going into for their distinctive decoration alone such
as Luvaria Ulisses and Casa das Velas
Some of the best bargains are handmade goods which also make excellent souvenirs. Look for antique and contemporary hand-painted tiles, the luxurious soaps, distinctive regional ceramics and textiles such as tablecloths and embroidery, and don't forget that all gold sold in Portugal is at least 19.2 karats and is one of the best buys in the country.
For high fashion head to Avenida da Liberdade, home to well-known international names (from Prada to Louis Vuitton), while Portuguese designers are based in Bairro Alto, Chiado and Principe Real.
In the Chiado quarter you will also find international brands and popular modern retailers like Zara and H&M together with some quaint traditional old shops and bookstores, including the world's oldest, Bertrand.
Further up the hill in the Principe Real district is a number of interior design shops, some focusing exclusively on Portuguese design and others mixing products by local and international designers.
Bairro Alto is also popular with the alternative fashion set, with a couple of club and streetwear shops. Most of those only open in mid-afternoon and continue well into the night.
Fresh produce and regional specialties and found in the colorful Ribeira Market that also has a fascinating fish hall, while the atmospheric Feira da Ladra in Alfama is the city's flea market and where you'll find nearly everything you can imagine for sale on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
Be sure to also check out the local gastronomic delights by putting together your own gourmet basket.
If you're looking for shopping malls, Lisbon has some of the largest in Europe. The biggest and most popular is Colombo, while the largest department store is the Spanish El Corte Ingles.
We've listed the main shopping malls and selected some of the best shops you may want to look into for fashion, handicrafts, design, music, and more. Please check out the menu on the left for more Lisbon shopping information.
See also this list of Lisbon's 10 most beautiful shops.