The city that lives with its lights and colours.
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Doing shopping in Lisbon is a very pleasant experience. You can find anything you want, from the most traditional shops to the big shopping malls, from the Portuguese brands to the international labels.
In the city center you will find different possibilities for different tastes. If you want to start from the most traditional shops, there’s nothing better than to visit the Baixa, with its singular trade which, in some cases, has remained unchanged for decades. Here you will find centuries-old and picturesque shops that mantain the traces of the Pombal architecture and some ruins of the previous occupations. Going up to the Chiado you will find a more glamorous and diversified offer, with design stores, bookshops, and a specificity that you will hardly find anywhere else. On Avenida da Liberdade, the major international brands, especially high fashion, guarantee the variety and quality that only a great European capital can assure. At Bairro Alto, the offer is especially alternative, with clothing shops, fashion designers and second-hand clothing, together with furniture, design or music shops. A great number of designer shops is located in Santos, in large spaces that always offer an alternative view of objects and furnishings.
Lisbon boasts some of the largest shopping malls in Europe. As an example Amoreiras Shopping Centre (Avenida Eng. Duarte Pacheco) is the oldest in the city, besides offering a huge number of shops where you can enjoy Christmas shopping, it also hosts a series of shows and entertainment events during the Advent period. Colombo (Avenida Lusiada) is a shopping and entertainment centre which hosts dozens of restaurants, a bowling alley, a spa, a multiplex cinema, a funfair with rides including roller coasters, and a go-cart track. Ideal for those who are looking for a bit of fun, in addition to shopping. Vasco da Gama shopping Centre (Av. Dom João II), is symbol of the redevelopment of the eastern part of Lisbon. It hosts, on an area of 46000 square meters, 170 shops, visited every year by 15 million people.
There’s nothing better than visit a market to know the most authentic soul of th city.
Mercado da Ribeira – Avenida 24 de Julho
Maybe the most famous market, with its huge exhibition area is in the historical centre of Lisbon. The current building was built towards the end of the nineteenth century and, despite a fire and the passing of time, is today the center of the social and cultural life of the Portuguese capital. Born as a wholesale market, since 2000 it has become a real retail. On the ground floor there are flowers, vegetables and traditional Portuguese products, on the first floor a restaurant, a handicraft shop with books and wines promotion, and an area where you can listen to music and sip a good glass of Port wine.
Feira da Ladra – São Vicente de Fora
It is considered that this flea market exists since the 12th century, even if the evidence of its activity dates back only to the seventeenth. The market is located behind Santa Engracia church and can be easily reached by tram number 28. The exhibition is held every Thursday and Saturday, with a huge number of small counters full of second-hand items including books, vinyls, CDs, clothes, handicrafts, banknotes and coins that will surely attract your attention.
Natalis – Avenida da Índia
If you are looking for exclusively Christmas markets, during the month of December some exhibitions throughout the city are planned. Natalis, exhibition organized for the first time in 2005 by the Association of Industrialists and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lisbon, is recognized as the largest Christmas market of Portugal. The market has turned its attention to the support of the institutions of social solidarity and to support the most disadvantaged people.
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