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.
Photo courtesy of Lojas Com Historica.
This historic shop is dedicated to gloves and has been operating in Chiado since 1925. Rumour has it they created gloves for royalty, and today they continue to make custom pairs of gloves. Even if you don’t need a pair of gloves, it’s worth visiting for the jewel-box charm and street appeal of the historic architecture. Either way, a hand-made pair of leather gloves from one of Lisbon’s most iconic shops, would certainly be an unforgettable take away from Lisbon!
This unmissable shop, with two locations right here in Chiado, is stocked with the best of Portuguese design. The shop on Rua Ivens is focused on home goods, while the shop on Rua Anchieta is a lifestyle store with food, paper goods, and a bookshop. Both  are must-sees. You’ll find everything from Portuguese glass ware for under two euros to the famous Birkin baskets, gorgeous handwoven rugs, lighting, and even sardines!
This historic shop still sells coffees and teas as it has since 1936! Though you’ll find the basic products – coffee mills and so on, so you can brew your own bica at home – you’ll also find coffee roasted right here in Lisbon in speciality blends and a shopkeeper who can tell you the entire history of the shop, products, and display cases! The art deco design is reason enough to visit.
Photo courtesy of Lojas Com Historica.
This special candle shop has been around since 1789, with candles made in the back of the shop, traditionally for the church. Choose from a rainbow of colours and designs. The shop itself is worth the visit, as the original woodwork and storefront are still in prime condition!
This concept shop features the best of Brazilian design, arts and crafts. It’s a must visit for a luxurious souvenir like herbal body products, speciality Brazilian chocolate, or cutting edge fashion pieces.
If you are a seamstress or a knitter, Retrosaria –  tucked away on a third floor in Chiado – is a mecca for Portuguese wool, sewing supplies, and handmade Portuguese accessories. It’s the perfect spot to pick up some skeins of Portuguese wool for yourself or your favourite knitting friend!  It’s just a few doors down from the library in Chiado, which , if you have time, is also a lovely place to wander…
Click through the shop names for full addresses and more details.  And , as always, pop down to the front desk at The Lumiares if you have any more questions on our favourite neighbourhood shops!
Bjs

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