Shopping and Eating in Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is one of the largest cities in the country of Portugal.
Shopping in Lisbon
Shopping in Lisbon defined by AbbreviationFinder is both exciting and fun. You will find elegant shops along the main streets, huge shopping malls and markets. The streets of the Baixa area along with the Chiado district have long been considered Lisbon’s most important shopping district.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal described on Countryaah has three major shopping centers in the city center. And several less. In the centers you will find all kinds of shops, from the most elegant design shops to chains like H&M, ZARA and Marks & Spencer. Price levels vary, but expect prices to be 10-25% lower than in Norway.
Imported products are more expensive than Portuguese. Shoes and leather goods are especially affordable, and the selection is large. If you want to buy something special and typical Portuguese, we recommend ceramics. The Portuguese porcelain Vista Allegre is also a bargain, as is the Atlantis brand crystal. Tablecloths and embroideries are also popular. In the wine shops in the city center you can buy the country’s best wines and port wines.
In downtown, ie the Baixa area, you will also find lots of shops, as is the Chiado area. Here you will find H&M, Zara and design stores such as Armani and Luis Vuitton. There are also many shoe shops and also shops with very ordinary (reasonable) prices. Rua do Ouro (the gold street) has many jewelers and jewel shops.
On Rua da Prata (the silver street) you will find beautiful silver works. It is here, in Lisbon’s heart, that you may experience the most exciting shopping.
Lisbon’s largest shopping malls
The center is very central in the district of Amoreiras, a few kilometers from Marques de Pombal and Avenida Liberade. The address is Avenida Eng. D. Pacheo. The Amoreira Shopping Center has approx. 350 shops, 50 restaurants, cinemas, beauty salons, hairdressers etc. The center is open daily at. From 1000 to 2300.
Vasco da Gama Shopping
The center is located in Parque dos Nacoes, the area of the Expo 98 world exhibition. There are 160 shops and 35 restaurants. It is open daily at 1000 to 2400. The address is Avenida Dom João II 40.
The center is located in the district of Benfica, approx. 20 minutes from downtown. This is the largest and most spectacular shopping center in Lisbon, with its 437 shops and 70 restaurants. It is easiest to get to Colombo Shopping with the Linha Azul (Blue Line) subway. Get off at Colegio Militar station and follow the signs. Open from 0900 to 2400 every day of the week.
Outlet shopping near Lisbon
Freeport Design Outlet is approx. 30 minutes by car from the center of Lisbon, in Alcochete south of the river Tejo. It is also possible to come here by public transport. Take the ferry from Praca do Commercio to Barreiro (about 20 minutes) and continue from Barreiro by bus 410 to Alcochete. The trip takes a total of approx. one hour. This is one of the largest freeport Design Outlet in Europe. The center has more than 200 stores selling well-known brands at greatly discounted prices. You don’t have to starve here either, as there are several restaurants to choose from in the center.
Read more at www.freeport.pt. Open almost every day from 1000 to 2200.
Markets in and near Lisbon
The street markets offer some groceries along with fake (and some real) branded clothes, books, antiques and the like. Of many potential markets, we recommend these:
Feira da Ladra has almost every day except Sundays and Mondays in Alfama. The address is Campo de Santa Clara and opening hours are usually from 0900 – 1800.
At Praca do Commercio you will find on Sundays a slightly more special market offering old coins, banknotes and books. And this market square is nevertheless nice to visit with cafes and bars all around.
Several fixed markets are being organized in the areas around Lisbon. Some selected markets outside Lisbon can be found in:
- Carcavelos is 12 kilometers from the city center and the market is open on Thursdays.
- Cascais is 22 kilometers from the city center and the market is open on Wednesdays.
- Sintra is 30 kilometers from the city center and the market is open
on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month.
Eating in Lisbon
To be a relatively small country, Portugal has a great variety of simple dishes from the different regions, from north to south. All are represented in Lisbon together with an international cuisine. Portuguese food is influenced by food traditions from Asia, South America, Africa and the rest of Europe. In addition, you will find American fast food chains.
The simplest local variety of eateries is called tasca. These have spartan décor, often no more than eight to ten tables and are often family run. The food is local and the places are often well visited by the locals. The restaurants are a bit more formal and are available in all varieties and sizes.
A marisquiera has shellfish as a specialty, but they also serve other foods. Snack bars serve coffee and drinks in addition to light meals and sandwiches. Most restaurants serve cheese, olives, ham, butter, bread and other goodies on the table. Here is the rule that you pay for what you start eating at.
Some food specialties in Lisbon
Pasteis de Bacalao (croquettes of bacalao), Caldo verde (kale soup), Søgo a Barirrada (pork from Bairrada), Frango a Piri Piri (grilled chicken with strong piri piri spices), Carne de Porco Alentejana (combination of meat, clams, deep fried potatoes, garlic and parsley)
Other specialties are the Acorda de Marisco, which consists of shellfish, bread, olive oil, garlic and coriander. The dish has an unusual porridge consistency, but it tastes great. Also try Bife a Portguesa, which is fried meat with a slice of smoked ham and fried egg on top. It is served with sliced, fried potato in ceramic form with roasting.
The bacalao national dish is available in hundreds of different varieties. The Portuguese eat it grilled with boiled potato and a salad.
Fresh grilled fish is simple and good. Many restaurants grill on the street. Grilled sardines are especially popular in the Alfama area.
Of the desserts can be mentioned Arroz Doce. This is rice pudding made from eggs and vanilla with cinnamon as a garnish. The country’s various regions make good cheeses. Quejo da Serra and Quejo de Azeitao are highly recommended.
The whole of Portugal’s favorite sweets is called Pasteis de Belem. It’s a round puff pastry filled with vanilla cream. Try this one at Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, a 19th-century pastry shop. The place has its own secret recipe for the cake. Enjoy it with a bica, the Portuguese espresso.
In Lisbon you will find plenty of restaurants serving fresh shellfish, shrimp, crab, lobster, scallops and the like.
Selection of Lisbon’s best (and most exclusive) restaurants
Restaurante Tavares, has Portuguese and international cuisine. The address is R. da Misericórdia 37 R / C in central Lisbon. Tavares is open from 1900 to 2230 every day except Sundays where it is closed.
Restaurante Clara, has Portuguese and international cuisine. Clara can be found in Campo Mártires da Pátria 49. It’s closed on Sundays. Otherwise, Restaurante Clara is open for both lunch and dinner.
Gambrinus, serves shellfish. The address is R. das Portas de Santo Antão 23, ie just off the Rossio station. Open from 1200 to over midnight every day of the week.
Casa da Comida, Portuguese-French restaurant located in Travessa das Amoreiras 1 northwest of downtown Lisbon. Closed Sundays. Otherwise open from 1900 until midnight.
Cheaper and local restaurants in Lisbon
Tia Matilde, at Praca de Espanha, has traditional dishes such as grilled lamb, chicken, rice, fish stew (caldeirada) and bacalao. Few tourists find their way here. Keeps open for both lunch and dinner, but is closed Sundays.
Espalha Brasas serves tapas and grilled meats. The restaurant is located in the Docas area, where there are a further twenty restaurants to choose from. The address is Rua de Entre Campos (north of Lisbon city center). Open from 1000 to 2200 every day.
Cervejaria Trinidad, located in Barrio Alto. It is Lisbon’s oldest tavern. Here there are atmospheric and a lot of people. Here you can stop by for a beer, light meal or full dinner. Here it is open until at least midnight of the week. The address is R. Nova da Trindade 20 C.
Travel Plan Tips!
The little taverns you pass on the road can be at least as good as the exclusive restaurants you find in the hotels. It is a good sign if the tavernas have many guests, especially from the locals.