Situated in Parque das Nações, the modern “city within a city” located on the riverfront east of the Portuguese capital, this ultramodern shopping centre is noted for its striking contemporary architecture and the 164 retail outlets, including 36 restaurants, that sit under a remarkable glass roof that arches over the mall’s three floors.
The modern Centro Vasco da Gama shopping mall — Photo courtesy of Paul Bernhardt
Shopaholics are spoilt for choice. Familiar international clothing brands like Timberland, Levis, Massimo Dutti and Lacoste share the floor with respected Portuguese companies like Vista Alegra, one of the country’s finest purveyors of crystal and porcelain decoration. Refined jeweller Swarovski has a store here. So too does much-loved natural and environmentally minded cosmetic retailer The Body Shop. Lovers of music and all things digital and electrical can browse FNAC, a cavernous department store brimming with the very latest gadgets from the world of entertainment.
Retail therapy often works up an appetite, which is probably why the third floor is a dedicated food hall. They are all here – bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Fast food favourites McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken rule the roost but are nevertheless given a run for their money by home grown eateries such as Loja das Sopas (fantastic soups) and Sr Frango da Guia (succulent grilled chicken).
A comfortable multiplex movie theatre featuring no less than 10 cinemas screens the latest films from mid-morning right through midnight. And hey, there’s no annoying dubbing of dialogue in Portugal. All releases are shown in their original language, except feature length animations.
Many stores tempt custom with special weekly promotions and discounts, so window shoppers beware!