Things to Do in Portugal

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The sound system is extra powerful and the crowd is scruffy-cute—intentionally so. Frequented by intellectuals and people from the arts, theater,... Read More

A delicious array of rainbow-colored, fashion-forward dresses, skirts, and tops hangs from meat hooks in this converted butcher shop. Read More

The Portuguese society set shops here for sensual but practical ready-to-wear suits and couture gowns designed by a two-man team that's on its way to... Read More

Located next to the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belém Cultural Center (Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém, or CCB, to natives)... Read More

The late Armenian oil tycoon's exhaustive collection, housed in a former estate, is considered by many to be the finest private art collection in the... Read More

Fado, a melancholic style of acoustic Portuguese music dating back to the 1820's, is still an intricate part of the culture. It's mostly found at late... Read More

This Art Nouveau jewelbox in the center of Chiado is the place for chocolates, fine coffee, and other gourmet treats.... Read More

For a taste of the past, step into this shop that has been producing handmade beeswax candles in more or less the same fashion since 1789. There are... Read More

One of America's most significant retail exports is the mega mall, so it's fitting that Lisbon's version is named after the New-World explorer. You can... Read More

Clube de Fado is one of the top hot spots to hear Portugal's folk music and owner and guitarist Mario Pacheco has assembled a strong roster of... Read More

Pasteis de Belém, the city’s famous custard tart, is sold in a lot of places, but the freshest come from this small confectionery near the... Read More

The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 left behind very little but rubble, but this resilient Carmelite convent, founded in 1389, somehow managed to escape... Read More

Fine foods and wines (assemble a case to ship home some of the local vintages). Read More

Don’t let the seemingly shady surroundings deter you from an evening visit. The 1908 arms factory is home to a cultural center consisting of... Read More

In 1992, "bad-girl designer" Fatima Lopes opened her self-named shop and started her own brand of clothing in Bairro Alto. Lopes drew the fashion world... Read More

This 11 years-old Santos pioneer is local Paula Crespo’s temple to contemporary jewelry design. Read More

Snag one of the 18 wooden stools at this diminutive Bairro Alto boîte, where you can savor a singular Chardonnay from the emerging Alentejo region... Read More

Ginjinha, the pungent morello-cherry liquor—a national icon—is best enjoyed at this venerable, peanut-size bar, near the National Theatre. Read More

The shop's collection of well-priced vintage jewelry includes some excellent pieces from the forties and fifties.... Read More

The elaborate neo-Gothic façade of this former library barely hints at the opulence inside: carved wood, gilded pillars, ornamented ceilings, and... Read More

Though you're unlikely to schlep home a Knoll chair, don't miss a trip to Manuel Reis's design-furniture boutique, a stone's throw from Bica do Sapato. Read More

The butter-soft lambskin and leather gloves rival anything you'll find in Paris, but at bargain prices. Read More

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