Lisbon isn’t one of Europe’s great shopping capitals, however the few shops that you will find are clustered together within a small area, making shopping experiences easy and accessible. It’s also a good city to find bargains. The few international brands available in Lisbon are generally sold at cheaper prices than in the rest of Europe.
Lisbon’s city centre is the obvious place to start. Here you’ll find decent quality leather goods of varying price and quality. I always do a little present shopping in one of the many garrafeiras (wine merchants) and delis that you’ll find around here.
There are a fair few traditional craft shops in Baixa, which are worth a look if only for their wonderfully ornate façades. The Old World feel inside many of the haberdasheries and fabric stores, which overflow with colourful beads and accessories, are a real treat for lovers of antiquated crafts and shops.
The nearest you’ll find to a mainstream high street experience is either in Chiado or Avenida da Liberdade. Here you’ll see names such as Zara and Mango, where garments are sold at much cheaper prices than in many other major cities. You’ll also find the odd international high-end label around here.
Local fledgling designers often open up boutiques around the backstreets of Bairro Alto, where you’ll unearth more quirky and interesting clothes and jewellery. Shops tend to open around 10am and close about 7-8pm.