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A Vida Portuguesa
Type: Local Picks, Specialty Shops
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... 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 inventory lists some of the nation's most cherished goods. There are fragrant soaps from Brito/Claus Porto (Oprah raved about them on her show) displayed in colourful and stylish retro wrapping paper, and Benamor Cream boxed in similarly eye-catching designs. For the kitchen, look out for the aromatic vinegars from Moura Alves and gourmet sea salt (Flor de Sal) from the Algarve. There are also toiletries, stationary, books, toys and even jewellery, all uniquely Portuguese and with a provenance that stretches back centuries.
- Best Shopping: "Look out for the reproduction ceramic swallows (andorinhas) by Rafael Bordelo Pinheiro, made to original designs by Portugal's leading ceramic artists."
- Christmas Shopping: "Look out for the special Christmas boxes where a selection of favourite products have been carefully wrapped as a Yuletide presentation gift."
- Recommended as Best Shopping Because: The goods on sale here are from genuine Portuguese manufacturers, and the store is helping to maintain a proud cultural and commercial homestyle tradition.
- Best for Christmas Shopping Because: Ably promoting homegrown Portuguese art, craft and enterprise, A Vida Portuguesa evokes a yesteryear Portugal and a retro shopping experience.