Chiado and Bairro Alto offer some of the best streets for shopping in Lisbon. The Chiado is considered a somewhat conventional shopping area. Shops is the Bairro Alto are thought to be more eclectic and independent.
Wander up and down the street on Rua Garrett and the nearby Rua do Carmo, where you will find a pedestrian area over the Elevador de Santa Justa. These are two of Lisbon’s best shopping streets, home to big brands such as Apple, Nespresso, Zara, among others.
There is also the Armazéns do Chiado, over metro station Baixa-Chiado, a popular shopping mall in the historic centre of Lisbon that has risen from the Chiado’s fire of 1988. It has some top-floor eateries, a large Fnac store and several fashion and cosmetics stores.
Since the fire, Lisbon’s century-old establishments have been disappearing, but you will still find a few historic stores in the Chiado.
You can also visit Vista Alegre Atlantis at Largo do Carmo 20-23, a store selling the best Portuguese porcelain and crystal pieces. Established in 1824, Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory was the first industrial unit producing porcelain in Portugal. Recently, in 2001, a merger between Vista Alegre Group and Atlantis Group that produced crystal pieces resulted in the largest tableware group in Portugal.
You can look for azulejos (hand-painted tiles) in Fábrica Sant’Anna on Rua do Alecrim, 58. Established in 1741, Fábrica Sant’Anna is the last big factory of tiles and pottery craft in Europe. It has been producing ceramics and tile pieces by hand using the same process since it first opened.
If you’re looking for a bag made of recycled plastic, that special t-shirt or a different restaurant, you will most likely find what you’re looking for on Rua do Norte in Bairro Alto, where several alternative stores have opened in the last years.
Cork & Co on Rua das Salgadeiras, 10 is another store in Bairro Alto with an innovative concept offering design pieces, including bags, jewellery, furniture, all made in cork, a totally natural and recyclable material.
The Bairro Alto is also one of Lisbon’s most fashionable neighbourhoods. Recently, several fashion designer stores have opened in the area. If you love clothes and fashion, check out Espaço Fátima Lopes on Rua da Atalaia, 36 for the latest trends.