Where to Shop in Lisbon’s Chiado Neighborhood
Strolling the streets of Lisbon’s Chiado neighborhood is a bit like traveling back in time. Its narrow alleyways and 18th-century buildings are incredibly atmospheric and remain largely as you’d imagine they were in the 1700s. It also happens to be the city’s premier neighborhood for shopping, with a dense concentration of boutiques and stores offering only-in-Portugal items, from handmade ceramics and decorative tiles to handbags and shoes made with Portuguese wool. For the perfect shopping day, head to Chiado and stop by the six places listed here—and don’t forget to stop for a coffee at the neighborhood’s legendary Cafe A Brasileira.
This closet-sized shop specializes in one-of-a-kind gloves and has been a mainstay of Chiado for decades. Owner Carlos Carvalho is meticulous in his creations, measuring fingers down to the last millimeter for perfectly-fitting leather gloves, which come in colors ranging from powder blue to canary yellow, embellished according to your wishes with anything from white piping or contrast stitching to leopard-print cuffs.
There’s no place better for made-in-Portugal design than this one-stop shop from owner Catarina Portas, who carries such original items as ceramic swallows made from Caldas da Rainha's original molds, exquisite retro cosmetics from old-school Portuguese designers, carefully curated gourmet products from Lisbon and the Azores, and all types of ceramics.
Touted as the oldest bookstore in the world (opened in 1732) still in operation, Bertrand has had a long reputation as a gathering place for Lisbon’s writers and intellectual community. But recent renovations have updated the 18th-century building, adding a cafe and space for author events and lectures. Bonus: it’s next door to famed Cafe A Brasileira, the famed hangout for Lisbon’s literati.
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It's an impressive feat to stay in business since 1741, and this classic handmade azulejo (Portuguese decorative tile) dealer has done it by fiercely following ancient techniques and traditions. You can browse their epic inventory, commission your own, pop in for some restorative measures, or take a tour.
Reception can be gruff, but don't be turned off.
Loja da Burel
This shop focuses on exquisite handbags, shoes, and homewares fashioned from burel—a Portuguese black wool ignored by all but the highland-dwelling shepherds of the Serra da Estrela mountains. Local designers like Sara Lamurias and Eliana Tomaz contribute creations that are fashioned using 19th-century looms rescued from a dilapidated wool factory and colored with eco-friendly dyes.