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 centres and malls sited in and around the city – shops, boutiques, supermarkets and department stores all found under one roof. One of the most attractive places to shop is the Centro Vasco da Gama, located at Parque das Nações east of the city centre. The biggest shopping centre in Lisbon is Colombo Shopping over in Benfica. In fact, this is one of the largest malls in the Iberian Peninsula. More conveniently situated for shopping in Lisbon is the upmarket El Corte Inglés, positioned near Parque Eduardo VII. The eye-catching Campo Pequeno Food Hall and Shopping Mall is housed within the Portuguese capital’s historic bullring, which also doubles up as a concert venue. Another quirky mall destination is Embaixada, set in a former palace building in Principe Real. The postmodernist styled Amoreiras Shopping Centre is the grand dame of Lisbon shopping centres and has been catering for customers since the mid-‘80s. Probably the most conveniently placed shopping mall for visitors is the centrally located Armazens do Chiado, located in the heart of Lisbon’s elegant Chiado district. 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 centre near the coastal resort of Cascais, this sprawling mall serves Lisbon's Estoril coast and even Sintra, such is its inland location. It's a favourite out-of-town meeting place and very popular at weekends, especially...  Read More

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 centre is set over two floors, with the 2nd...  Read More



A smart, modern facility situated in the heart of Lisbon's business district, the Atrium is perhaps better know as an office complex – the business suites occupy the top nine floors of the building. The shopping gallery, located on the first...  Read More



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 54 shops, and there are 12 restaurants...  Read More



Inaugurated in 1985, this is one of Lisbon's most iconic shopping complexes. Its distinctive architecture remains the antithesis of sleek – blocks of chunky, ungainly post-modernist towers of steel and glass set over a two-tier arcade...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real


The 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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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....  Read More

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 centre, the centre features 164 stores and boutiques, including 36 restaurants. A...  Read More


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