In the cosmopolitan city of Lisbon, everything is just a stone’s throw away.
To the people of Lisbon, Baixa (downtown) has always been the place par excellence for shopping. And even the big international brands like to have their space in this area. Avenida da Liberdade is one of the city’s main thoroughfares, with hundred year old trees that offer some welcome shade. It’s very pleasant to stroll down and a prime location in terms of real estate, where the most expensive commercial space in Lisbon is to be found. There are also boutique and 5* hotels, reputable brands, luxury shops, restaurants and terraces.
Downtown, in Baixa, the more traditional shops are found side by side with fashionable and avant-garde clothing stores. Always enchanting are shops that are hundreds of years old, like Casa das Velas do Loreto, Chapelaria Azevedo and Luvaria Ulisses (for candles, hats and gloves, respectively). It’s the same in the old bookshops, Bertrand, Sá da Costa and Aillaud & Lellos, where time flies by as you browse through the latest literary releases. And with the haberdashers on Rua da Conceição, which still retain the original furniture where a multitude of buttons and thread are kept.
Between Chiado and Bairro Alto, among the ruins of the Carmo Convent, the Chiado Museum and the Church of São Roque, you can also stay abreast of the latest creations by Portuguese fashion designers like Ana Salazar, Fátima Lopes, the Manuel Alves/José Gonçalves duo, José António Tenente, Filipe Faísca, Miguel Vieira and Storytailors, amongst others. They are all key figures in Portuguese fashion.