Christmas Shopping in Lisbon for Festive Gifts and Presents.

Christmas shopping in Lisbon rewards the visitor with a Santa’s list of Xmas present options for all the family. With the city glowing under a blanket of sparkling decoration, the city’s shops, stores and boutiques entice shoppers with the Yuletide spirit and some wonderful seasonal gift ideas. You can’t miss O Mundo Fantástico da Sardinha Portuguesa with its glittering Christmas façade. Shop here for sardines packed in tins that will surprise you. For wines and spirits take a look inside the well-stocked Garrafeira Nacional, which has it’s own in-store cellar museum. Gift ideas abound at Lojoa Aldeias do Xisto, quirky presents that include ceramic bells shaped as cats. One of the city’s most attractive delicatessens is Manuel Tavares. The shop always puts on a special display during the festive season and this is the place to shop for traditional Portuguese food and wine. The old style Embaixada mall comprises a series of trendy salons housed in a former palace building. This is the place to browse independent fashion boutiques and upmarket handicraft – great stocking fillers! Similarly, Amar Lisboa is where you can buy colourful and contemporary handicraft, some of it fashioned by one of Portugal’s most respected designers. Christmas shoppers should also make a point of visiting A Vida Portuguesa, a highly respected craft and hardware store specializing in retro wares and merchandise, all of it made in Portugal. For festive and ecclesiastical candles it has to be Caza das Vellas Loreto, a beautiful store dating from 1789. Jewellery is always appreciated at Christmas and for some truly exquisite pieces pop into Tous, which also dazzles with its 18th-century interior. And finally, if you’re looking for Christmas decoration ideas than spend some time in Nickolaus, a veritable Santa’s grotto of yuletide décor. 

The festive season sees this homes and gardens stockist transformed into a veritable Santa's grotto of yuletide gifts and decorations. Baubles and lights for Christmas trees, candles, winged angels, wrapping paper and all sorts of Biblical...  Read More

Upscale Spanish design house Tous has a Lisbon presence at the former Ourivesaria Alianca, one of the city's most historic jewellers. The building is pure Louis XV – all filigree gilded woodwork, Venetian mirrors and glass cabinets set under a...  Read More

This wood-panelled shop has been selling candles since 1789, and its appearance has changed little since. The cosy interior exudes a delightful yesteryear ambiance, a mood accentuated by the refreshing lack of modernity, even the cashier's till...  Read More

If you're after an original souvenir of Portugal, this absorbing handicraft-hardware store is probably where you'll find it. Items on sale here are represented by brands that have been manufactured in the country for generations, and the...  Read More

Santa Apolonia

Portuguese designer Vera Gama lends her name to this colourful collection of gifts, mementos and souvenirs, all of which make ideal presents for special occasions. The eye-catching T-shirts carrying vivid patterns and bold logos of famous Lisbon...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

Set in a former 18th-century neo-Moorish palace replete with onion dome turrets, this alluring mall is a wonderful place to shop. Salons set over two floors have been transformed into chic boutiques. Many are open-plan, with interconnecting...  Read More

The astonishing variety of traditional goodies stocked in this gem of a shop lures foodies far and wide such is the quality of the goods. One of Lisbon's oldest stores, dating to 1860, this wood-fronted emporium is especially vibrant during the...  Read More


Sited on the road leading up from the cathedral to the castle, this delightful little boutique stocks all sorts of handicraft goodies, each exclusively made by local artists. Items for sale range from ceramic bells shaped as plump cats to...  Read More

Established in 1927, this is one of Portugal's leading specialists in wine and spirits. Of the three outlets located in Portugal, it's the premises in Rua de Santa Justa that offers the most engaging shopping experience. For the connoisseur...  Read More

The humble sardine is a favourite seafood staple, and ubiquitous across Portugal. Available freshly caught this delicious fish is also sold in tins. At the "Fantastic World of the Portuguese Sardine" however, they've come up with a novel...  Read More


Meet Paul Bernhardt

Paul Bernhardt cut his teeth as a press photographer in England before leaving the UK to settle in Portugal, where he has lived for over a decade, and where he started to focus on more...  More About Paul
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