Lisbon Shopping Districts

Nuno Caetano

Licensed Broker

Lisbon Shopping Districts

Feel the Atmosphere of this vibrant city


Shopping street in ChiadoCHIADO
The biggest shopping district in town used to be home to the most exclusive local stores, but they’re now mostly international names like Zara and H&M. The main streets are Rua do Carmo and Rua Garrett, where you’ll also find the world’s oldest bookstore (Bertrand) and the city’s most beautiful jewelry shop (Tous – Ourivesaria Aliança).

This has become the most interesting shopping district, down one long street (Rua Dom Pedro V which eventually becomes Rua da Escola Politécnica). There are galleries, independent boutiques and design shops for the city’s hippest crowds, as well as the most beautiful and appealing shoppling gallery in a palace from the 1800s called Embaixada.

Think of this as the local Champs-Elysées, a long tree-filled boulevard that’s home to the major luxury brands. There’s Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci, but also some of the best local jewelry and shoe stores.

This is a mix of tourist kitsch “Made in China” and more genuine local souvenir shops, international chains stores, and archaic-but-charming shops like haberdashers surviving on low rents. The main pedestrian shopping street in town, Rua Augusta, offers both local and international brands.

Bairro Alto is no longer the alternative shopping district but a few interesting shops do survive, especially on Rua do Norte, Rua das Salgadeiras, Rua da Atalaia, and Rua da Rosa.

Lisbon and surroundings has some of the biggest shopping malls in Europe and most are very accessible from the center. The biggest in the city is Colombo, although the most pleasant may be the light-filled Centro Vasco da Gama on the waterfront with its food court terraces. The very first one was Amoreiras, today smaller but more upmarket and a favorite of those who prefer smaller crowds. In the heart of the central Chiado district is the small but very popular Armazéns do Chiado, often used as a meeting point for more shopping in the neighborhood.
Lisbon’s grand department stores burned down in the great Chiado fire of 1988, but today there’s the large Spanish “El Corte Inglés” uptown.

BY: Nuno Caetano