The Bairro Alto and Chiado are the main centres for alternative designer clothes and crafts, while international designer names cluster along Avenida da Liberdade. Antique shops are concentrated along Rua do Alecrim in Chiado, Rua Dom Pedro V in the Bairro Alto, and along Rua de São Bento, between Rato and São Bento. As well as all these areas, don’t miss the city’s markets and major shopping centres or the Feira da Ladra flea market in the Alfama. Traditional shopping hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am to 7pm or 8pm (some shops close for an hour at lunch), Saturday 9am to 1pm. However, many of the Bairro Alto shops are open afternoons and evenings only, usually 2pm to 9pm or so. Many larger shops, especially in shopping centres, open all day until 11pm or midnight, some even on Sundays. Unless otherwise stated, the shops listed below are closed Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, though the shopping centres are all open daily.
Other than traditional ceramics and carpets, perhaps the most Portuguese of items to take home is a bottle of port: check out the vintages at the Solar do Vinho do Porto, where you can also sample the stuff. Alternatively, you can buy port or the increasingly respected Portuguese wines from any delicatessen or supermarket.Read More