Best Shopping Malls and Centers in Lisbon

Capital Retail Therapy: Lisbon's Shopping Malls and Centers

The choice of shopping and what to buy in Lisbon is enhanced by some excellent shopping centers and malls situated in and around the city – shops, boutiques, supermarkets and department stores all found under one roof. Probably the most conveniently placed shopping mall for visitors is the centrally located Armazens do Chiado, set in the heart of Lisbon’s elegant Chiado district. That said, one of the most attractive places to shop is the Centro Vasco da Gama, located at Parque das Nações east of the city center. Similarly, the eye-catching Campo Pequeno Food Hall and Shopping Mall housed within the Portuguese capital’s historic bullring is a pleasure to browse. Incidentally, the building also doubles up as a concert venue. The biggest shopping center in Lisbon is Colombo Shopping over in Benfica. In fact, this is one of the largest malls in the Iberian Peninsula. You can shop here till you drop! More conveniently situated for shopping in Lisbon is the upmarket El Corte Inglés, positioned near Parque Eduardo VII. Arguably the quirkiest shopping destination in Lisbon is Embaixada, set in a beautiful former palace building in Principe Real. The postmodernist styled Amoreiras Shopping Centre is the grand dame of Lisbon shopping centers and has been catering for customers since the mid-‘80s. If you’re staying in and around the city’s Saldanha area, Atrium Saldanha is a useful place to shop for branded items, and there’s also a convenient lunchtime food hall. But if you’re exploring out of town near Paço de Arcos, Oeiras Parque will meet all your shopping needs. Likewise, if you’ve based yourself along the Lisbon coast at Cascais, you can stock up with all you need at the sprawling CascaiShopping, located inland from the resort. 


Outside the City

Set west of the city center near the coastal resort of Cascais, this sprawling mall serves Lisbon's Estoril coast and even Sintra, such is its convenient inland location. It's a favourite out-of-town meeting place and very popular at weekends, especially during evenings when families gather for dinner in any one of the dozens of restaurants lining the Food Hall perhaps before heading for the multiplex cinema (all films are screened in their original language). Just about everything the average shopper needs is available here: furniture, home decoration, fashion and accessories, toys, presents and gifts, jewelry and watches, books, stationery, telecommunications and computers. Anchor stores include a huge hypermarket, the FNAC store (cameras, tablets, CDs etc) and a Portuguese version of the UK's C&A store.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The sprawling Cascais Shopping complex serves the Estoril, Cascais and Sintra areas, and is useful for anyone staying on the Lisbon coast.

Paul's expert tip: The easiest way to get there is to hail a cab from Cascais railway station. There's also a taxi stand outside the mall.

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Outside the City

The huge Continente hypermarket provides one of the anchors for the 162 retail outlets housed within this modern and attractive mall. Located outside the city in the suburb of Oeiras, the shopping center is set over two floors, with the 2nd floor featuring an 11-screen cinema complex. Stores devoted to home decoration and health and beauty sit alongside fashion boutiques, TV and telecom outlets, bookstores, jewelers, and other dedicated stores, such is the diversity of the shopping experience. A food hall serves up a mixed menu of fast food and local delicacies, and there are plenty of coffee shops to unwind in. Special play areas provide anti-boredom facilities for kids. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the building, and there are excellent facilities for shoppers with mobility issues. The underground car park has free space for 2500 vehicles.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Oeiras Parque is ideal for anyone staying in the Paço de Arcos area needing to shop or who wants to catch a film.

Paul's expert tip: The shopping center is located near Parque dos Poetas (Poets' Park), a green space decorated with sculpture.

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A smart, modern facility situated in the heart of Lisbon's business district, the Atrium is perhaps better known as an office complex â€" the business suites occupy the top nine floors of the building. The shopping gallery, located on the first three floors, comprises 78 stores and restaurants. The retail experience is limited â€" this is more a lunchtime drop-in for browsing perfumes, cosmetics etc. and picking up prescriptions from the pharmacy. The real draw is the Food Hall, where several restaurants and cafes do a roaring trade, again especially during lunch hour when executives from the offices above and beyond take their 60 minutes over plates of regional cuisine, fast food burgers or oriental sushi. Afternoon tea is accompanied by live piano music!

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: A very useful retail and dining option if you're staying in the city's business and financial area east of Marquês de Pombal.

Paul's expert tip: This is a good place to shop if your mobility is challenged â€" there's ready access and privileged and reserved parking for citizens with special needs.

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Inaugurated in 1985, this is one of Lisbon's most iconic shopping complexes. Its distinctive architecture remains the antithesis of sleek â€" blocks of chunky, ungainly post-modernist towers of steel and glass set over a two-tier arcade comprising 238 shops, stores and boutiques, six banks, a post office and a multiplex cinema. There are also two beauty centers and 50 restaurants. And all this set over a car park for 900 vehicles! Anchor stores include the Jumbo-Pão de Açúcar hypermarket, FNAC music and bookstore, and sports and outdoor clothing brand Sportzone. Among the upscale fashion brands represented are Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss. If you're shopping for kids there's plenty of choices, with shops like Imaginarium and Lanidor Kids catering for youngsters. And this is also a good place to browse for TV and telecom solutions: Vodafone has a store here as does Bang and Olufsen.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Amoreiras set the scene for Lisbon shopping centres and while looking rather dated is still regarded for its choice of stores and cinema complex.

Paul's expert tip: The ticket-only Amoreiras 360° Panoramic View on the top floor provides visitors with a grand panorama of the Lisbon skyline.

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Bairro Alto/Principe Real

The high-ceiling salons in the 18th-century neo-Moorish palace located in the city's trendy Principe Real district have been transformed into a series of attractive pop up boutiques, over a dozen in fact, each selling a different range of independent fashion, eco-friendly cosmetics, handmade jewelry and chic interior décor, most of it created by Portuguese designers. The former palace building, now known as Embaixada ("Embassy" in English), has been completely refurbished and the gallery occupies two floors. Access is gained via a grand marble staircase and much of the Art Nouveau detail has been carefully preserved. Temporary art exhibitions are held here on a regular basis to add even more vibrancy to an already creative environment.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The gallery brings together some of Portugal's most original and creative design talent, and the building is a real eye-opener.

Paul's expert tip: You can pop in during the day and enjoy lunch at the lovely Gin Lovers and LESS bar-restaurant on the ground floor. It's also open at night until 2 am.

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Upscale Spanish-owned department store El Corte Inglés is renowned for its choice of leading designer fashion, with exclusive brands such as Carolina Herrera, Hugo Boss, Escada, Ralph Lauren and Burberry, among others labels, attracting the more discerning customer. Besides clothing and home decoration, the store is known for its bespoke range of accessories, items such as watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre and TAG Heuer, handbags made by Loewe, Michael Kors, Longchamp, Bimba & Lola, and Bvlgari, and jewelry from Versace, Pasquale Bruni and Gucci. Shoppers can also browse for cosmetics from Dior, Chanel, La Prairie, Lancôme, and other top-brand names. Another alluring feature of El Corte Inglés is its Club del Gourmet, an entire floor stocked with ample and varied selections of homemade delicacies, vintage wines, whiskeys and champagnes, and other goodies organized in association with some of Portugal's top chefs.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: A department store where luxury designer goods and gourmet food can be purchased together under the same roof.

Paul's expert tip: Showcooking and food launches take place in-store on a regular basis. Check their website for schedules.

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Sete Rios/Benfica

One of the biggest shopping malls on the Iberian Peninsula, Colombo features over 370 stores offering an incredible variety of choice for the shopper. Among the most frequented retails outlets is the Disney Store, a big hit with the kids. But there's also French retailer FNAC for books, CDs and everything electrical, including the latest computers and smartphones, among other tech treats. Primark is the discount clothes store crowd pleaser. A huge hypermarket anchors the centre, and nearly 70 restaurants are on hand to provide hungry customers with anything from burgers and fries to authentic Portuguese gastronomy. Leisure facilities extend to a multiplex cinema (all films are sub-titled, never dubbed, unless it's an animated feature) which includes an IMEX. A bowling alley and roof-top garden serve as other time-out distractions. There are also numerous customer service points and several ATMs located over three floors. There is plenty of underground parking.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The largest and busiest shopping mall in Portugal is also one of the biggest on the entire Iberian Peninsula.

Paul's expert tip: Connecting downtown Lisbon with Colombo is Colégio Militar/Luz metro station, located right outside the mall.

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Certainly one of the more unusual destinations to shop, the subterranean food court and mall at Campo Pequeno lies under the city's bullring, a Lisbon landmark and an architectural gem that dates back to 1892. Built in a Moorish style and characterized by the onion-top cupolas crowning its four towers, the eye-catching building is also a concert venue, replete with retractable ceiling, that can accommodate 9,000 spectators. Hidden away is a supermarket, an attractive mall lined with shops and boutiques, and several restaurants serving anything from sushi and pasta to burgers and crepes. An unusual feature is a museum dedicated to the history of Campo Pequeno's bullring and Portuguese bullfighting. A multiplex cinema screens the latest Hollywood blockbusters in their original language. There's also parking space for 1,200 vehicles.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Despite the obvious link with bullfighting, which many people have issues with, Campo Pequeno is worth exploring simply for its history and harmonious design.

Paul's expert tip: During the summer's bullfighting season parking is almost impossible and the mall can get seriously claustrophobic.

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Parque das Nações

The maritime-themed Vasco da Gama Centre is one of the most modern and eye-catching of Lisbon's shopping malls. Located in Parque das Nacoes east of the city center, Vasco da Gama features 164 stores and boutiques, including 36 restaurants. A multiplex movie theatre with 10 cinema screens and a health club provide further distraction for the discerning shopper. Well-known international chains mingle with Portuguese retail outlets, and the choice is what you'd expect from one of the biggest and most popular malls in the capital. A huge hypermarket on the ground floor acts as a suitable anchor. Visually, the building is stunning, particularly at night when cleverly placed lighting illuminates the facade and the three-story interior. For non-shoppers, a table on one of the upstairs cafe terraces offers respite and a fine view of the immediate vicinity and the river beyond.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The retail centerpiece of the former Expo 98 site, Centro Vasco da Gama is named in homage to Portugal's greatest maritime explorer.

Paul's expert tip: Glance up at the ceiling. Water flows over the arched glass roof in a display of affinity with the ocean.

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The Armazens do Chiado, literally, the "Chiado Warehouses", is the collective name for Lisbon's boutique shopping mall in Chiado, one of the city's most elegant neighbourhoods. The commercial centre houses 55 shops, and there are 15 restaurants (open till 11pm) gathered together on the top floor food hall. Also incorporated into the building is the four-star Hotel do Chiado. The anchor department store is photography, sound and video retailer FNAC. Books of all kinds are also for sale here, and users of Mac computers have their own dedicated sales area. A desk near the entrance sells concert and theatre tickets and is a good place to find out what kind of live entertainment the city is hosting. Ladies' and men's high-street fashion is well represented by several boutiques, and there are plenty of perfume and cosmetic stores and clothes shops to browse.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Armazens do Chiado is a centrally located upscale mall with a lovely boutique hotel on site.

Paul's expert tip: The FNAC cafe hosts regular live music performances and photographic exhibitions.

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