While shopping was, of course, not the primary focus during my trip to Lisbon, I did check out a number of food and clothing shops during my explorations. Lisbon seems to be full of hybrid businesses–a grocery and a cafe in one, or multiple stores under the same roof–each more delightful than the last.
Clothing, Homewares & Accessories
Though we barely scraped the retail surface, I found many of the stores truly innovative. One of my favorites, which sells gorgeous women’s clothing and accessories, in addition to retail for baby and home was Mini by Luna:While their wares are definitely on the pricier end, the designs are very chic and the store has a lofty, ethereal feel to it.
I also enjoyed shopping around the Embaixada, a mall housed in a renovated 17th century neo-Moorish building. Walking down the block a bit, we came to 21pr Concept Store, home to a number of mini-stores within. I dabbled largely in the women’s clothing section, but they had some lovely ornate jewelry pieces, a small chocolate counter, menswear, and a home goods area. I particularly liked these fluffy and eggy (?) pieces of decor:
Groceries and Snacks
Within Meracdo da Ribeira, and adjacent to the massive food court I described earlier , is a large grocery section selling fresh fish and meats, produce, and in some cases more…esoteric items:We steered clear of the horse meat, and admired the glittering displays of freshly caught fish. I particularly liked how many of these stalls were run by women.Of course, we spotted some bacalhau:
While the fish were the most captivating, we also dabbled in other areas: and I was presented a crown of herbs which, while initially advertised as free, were in fact not, and promptly returned to the proprietress in question.
Canned seafood is like a date: when it’s bad, it’s really bad, and when it’s good, you don’t feel disgusted…ok maybe this analogy doesn’t work. Anyway, I happen to love good quality canned sardines, and anyone with similar proclivities will be much satiated in Lisbon.We visited the renowned, historic canned fish shop: Conserveira de Lisboa and were thrilled with our findings. Wrapped in vintage-looking multi-colored paper were a variety of canned goods, including stuffed octopus, sardines with all kinds of sauces, mussels, and more. And who doesn’t love an old school cash till? In my list of food indulgences, candy does not rate particularly highly. Yes, I can demolish a bag of Haribo Coca-Cola bottles at a startling rate, but I’d always prefer chocolate or pastries to a piece of fruity candy. However, trundling drown the streets of Lisbon, my mother and I spotted papabubble. [For the record, I’m aware of the awkwardness of the picture below. I thought I got some better ones but apparently not…]Although the brand originated in New York, I strangely hadn’t encountered it (or don’t remember doing so), and was entranced by their mini-candy factory and the gorgeous sparkling edibles they churn out. I found Lisbon such a walkable city, and seemingly boundless. Strolling aimlessly always managed to turn up interesting new neighborhoods full of character and the enchanting scenes of habitual life in another city. Near the Assembleia de República, we were looking for a respite from walking, and found ourselves at Saloia Mercearia, a charming grocery store/cafe. And thus concludes my Lisbon guide! Now, I just need to plan my next visit…
Mini by Luna
R. Dom Pedro V 56 (Principe Real Neighborhood)
Praça do Príncipe Real 26
21pr Concept Store
Praça do Príncipe Real 21
Mercado da Ribeira
Avenida 24 de Julho 50
Conserveira de Lisboa
R. dos Bacalhoeiros 34
Rua da Conceição 117
Rua de S.Bento 102