Caza das Vellas Loreto
Type: Gift Stores, Local Picks, Specialty Shops
One of the oldest stores in the city is the wonderfully understated Caza das Vellas Loreto. Trading since 1789, this wood-paneled architectural gem is a candle shop, and its appearance has changed... Read More
One of the oldest stores in the city is the wonderfully understated Caza das Vellas Loreto. Trading since 1789, this wood-paneled architectural gem is a candle shop, and its appearance has changed little in over 200 years. Ecclesiastical candles in all shapes and forms are patiently handmade in a workshop at the rear of the premises before being displayed in handsome wood-framed glass cabinets set either side of a polished teak counter. Other handcrafted styles include tapered dinner service candles, chunky pillars and dainty tea lights. Less traditional are those sculptured to resemble fruit, various birds and even cupcakes. Many are scented, and customers are greeted with a lovely perfume as they browse the collection.
Rua do Loreto 53/5
- Best Shopping: "For something special, ask to see the beeswax candles that are embellished with beautiful filigree decoration."
- Christmas Shopping: "Christmas and Easter are good times to shop when the workshop produces limited editions of especially sweet-smelling candles."
- Recommended as Best Shopping Because: Caza das Vellas Loreto is one of the most famous stores in Portugal, where some of the very best candles are made and sold.
- Best for Christmas Shopping Because: The store, one of the most historic in the city, is renowned throughout Portugal for its ecclesiastical candles.