Experiencing the best shopping in Lisbon is to combine some of the city's most traditional shops and boutiques with the Portuguese capital's swankiest malls and retail centres. For authentic souvenirs made exclusively in Portugal head for A Vida Portuguesa, a great place to get hold of the “genuine article”. Similarly, the Arabesque-styled Embaixada mall bills itself as a “conceptual Shopping Gallery” where some of Portugal’s most talented brand ambassadors have set up boutiques in an abandoned 200-year-old mansion. For a retro retail experience with added flavour pop along to Conserveira da Lisboa where they sell tinned seafood wrapped in colourful retro packaging. The quirkiest Lisbon shopping expedition has to be browsing the antiques and bric-a-brac at Feira da Ladra, the so-called “Thieves’ Market”. Arrive early to bag a bargain! Some of the country’s best wines are stocked at Deli Delux, a smart little delicatessen sited near the city’s Santa Apolonia cruise port. Back in Lisbon’s Chiado district you can find one of Portugal’s tiniest stores, the delightful Luvaria Ulisses, a bespoke glove shop. Another unique place to shop is the venerable Caza das Vellas Loreto. This beautiful candle shop was founded in 1789 making it one of the oldest retails outlets in Portugal. For the greenest shopping, browse the cork products at eco-friendly Pelcor. They even sell umbrellas made from this most versatile of natural products. The wonderfully named Menina Sardinha sells hamper loads of award-winning gourmet goodies such as homemade jams, different types of honey, wines and cheeses. And for a convenient shop under one roof, if you’re seeking an all-in-one shopping expedition, nip over to Parque das Nacoes and the impressive, eye-catching Vasco da Gama shopping mall.
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