Our Top 10 Favourite Shops in the Neighbourhood

The Lumiares is within walking distance of some of the best (and coolest!) shops in Lisbon. Our area of Chiado, Bairro Alto, and Principe Real has the perfect mix of old-time Lisbon institutions, modern concept shops, small boutiques, and your standard big box stores.  Here we’ve collected some of our favourite local shops that truly feel special and one of a kind.  Of course, there are many more we love and have featured on the blog! We haven’t mentioned Claus Porto here, for instance, although their gorgeous new shop is only a few yards down the road and their Banho range is our soap of choice at The Lumiares.  But you already know we love Claus Porto  (The easiest decision we had to make…) and this post is a chance to highlight some old favourites that we haven’t had a chance to talk about up to now.  So, without further ado, here is our current cream of the crop:

This jewel box of a shop features speciality tea blends using tea from around the world including Portugal’s own tea plantation, located in The Azores islands, and Europe’s only operating tea plantation. Companhia Portuguesa da Cha feels incredibly special, with the upmost detail being taken for packaging so each box makes a truly memorable gift. They recently expanded and the dark walled shop is chock full of exotic teas, speciality tea pots, filters, and tea-related books and gifts. You really can’t leave Lisbon without picking up one of their specialty tea blends!

 

Photo courtesy of Kasutera.

Kasutera  is on the same street as the tea shop and features one product (in two flavours): the sponge cake that the Portuguese brought to Japan in the 16th century. The Japanese have since made it their own, calling it Castella.  Now, the Portuguese are revisiting this delicious concoction baking it in wooden molds, and presenting it in flawless, and classically hip packaging in their lovely shop on the Poco dos Negroes, recently named one of the hippest streets in the world to visit  by Lonely Planet. The cake will last for 8 days once purchased, just long enough to enjoy in your room with some tea! Choose from original or green tea…

Sourcing their chocolates from South America, but creating all products by hand here in Portugal, Chocolateria Equador is a must visit, and literally steps from the hotel! Each chocolate bar comes wrapped in vintage inspired, Portuguese paper, making a perfect gift. There’s even a chocolate cafe at the back of the shop if you want to indulge right there and then in hot chocolate, truffles, and more. Bonus: Equador chocolate forms part of the complimentary welcome pack for guests checking in to The Lumiares so you can try it in your room first before heading down to the shop!
This Lisbon institution is all about indulgence and luxury, presenting the most gorgeous Portuguese, Italian, and European lifestyle products under one imaginative roof.  A wall of flowers is the focal point, normally overseen by a floral designer who is ready and waiting to create an extravagantly beautiful, scented bouquet for you!  From Italian lotions to Portuguese ceramics and textiles, this shop is a one-stop shop for your special souvenirs that will last a lifetime.