So, you want to get that special someone a lovely momento of Portugal, but really, a refrigerator magnet of a cockrell, or a T-shirt with a picture of Cristiano Ronaldo, just isn’t what you are thinking? Step inside a unique shop filled with original and traditional Portuguese products.
We have devoted many pages at Portugal Confidential to the amazing products made in Portugal, and enjoyed by so many native Portuguese and visitors to the country. Yet, if you’re looking for something a little different, say something more North American, perhaps you want to step inside one of the Liberty American Stores in Lisbon, Porto and the Azores.
Traditional art and crafts enthusiasts, and contemporary design aficionados, can finally shop together. In the Porto specialty store Lobo Taste, interior designer extraordinaire Paulo Lobo takes traditional products made in Portugal, and reinterprets them for modern times. This unique shop is located in the Palácio das Artes on Largo de S. Domingos.
In Lisbon, Fashion Clinic has two shops on the tres-fashionable Avenida da Liberdade. A shop for women is in the Tivoli Forum. A companion men’s shop is at No. 192. Not wanting to forget the stylistas in Porto, Fashion Clinic has a space on the fancy Avenida da Boavista.
The goal is “to create unique experiences for our customers.” With that in mind, the team behind Wrong Weather has built one of the most exciting menswear shops in Porto. It is a perfect fusion of fashion, art and design for the contemporary man.
Just a five-minute walk from Porto’s city center is one of the most magnificent book shops one can imagine, the Livraria Lello. The building first opened in 1906 and is designed by architect Xavier Esteves. The façade is a beautiful example of neo-gothic design, with just a hint of art nouveau.