Celebrated Portuguese artists Abel Grade runs his own gallery where he exhibits and sells works based on his award-winning hand-painted ceramic tiles, all of which are also available as individually produced digitally recreated paintings. Using Lisbon and Portugal as inspiration, the artist draws on places (especially cities) as subject matter and combines a unique style of watercolour and acrylic to produce flowing, dreamlike snapshots of everyday life. The human form is an important element and sketch-like figures feature prominently in his art. Playing on light and shadow, the Lisbon scenes are especially evocative and make unusual and collectible souvenirs of any visit to the Portuguese capital.
A pop-in shop specialising in African and Portuguese handicraft, this modest store is easy on the eye and the pocket. The little African trinkets for sale are a delight, and make wonderful decorative pieces. The aromas drifting around the shop permeate from the collection of perfumed soaps for sale. These are available in colourful retro wrapping as single bars or in boxed sets. The store has a selection of glassware and ceramics – plates, cups, bowels and suchlike – based on designs created by Bordallo Pinheiro. Otherwise this is a perfect place to shop for posters, postcards, calendars and other "wish you were here" mementos.
The chaotic, jumble-sale atmosphere of Lisbon's largest and liveliest flea market is just part of its appeal. But the real draw is that you can snap up a genuine antique if you've an eagle eye, and a bargain at that if you're prepared to haggle. The name translates as "Thieves' Market", such is the extraordinary array of curious, trinkets and bric-a-brac for sale, anything from coins, postcards and theatre programmes to posters, ceramics, toys and other vintage tat. There are stalls that specialise in period furniture, antique militaria and clothing, electrical items and photography. You'll probably find a kitchen sink if you look hard enough! Indeed, this is certainly the quirkiest shopping experience to be had in the Portuguese capital.
Located near the Baixa (downtown) district of Lisbon, a leisurely half-hour walk from Santa Apolonia, this wonderful handicrafts store is a veritable Aladdin's cave, crammed full of artisan goodies and deli-style foodstuffs. It's housed in a former cordage workshop and has been trading since the early 20th century. Shoppers can ponder an imaginative range of gifts that reflects Portugal's age-old folklore traditions. For example, look out for the sturdy wicker baskets and a variety of cork products like bags, purses and belts. Farmhouse kitchenware is well represented, and there's plenty to fill the larder back home including marvellous cheeses and pots of homemade jams.
The "Treasures of Portugal", as the name translates, not only works as a gift store, it's a tapas and wine bar too. This interesting hospitality combination means you can browse for a souvenir while sampling some of the best wines in Portugal, or indeed, sip liquor or try one of their artisan beers. The shopping extends to traditional foodstuffs including various jams, honey, condiments like sea salt and olive oil and sweet, crunchy biscuits. "Treasures" also means some fine jewellery and fado music CDs. In addition, there's a range of cork handbags and traditional ceramics for sale and of course a fine selection of wines.
A contemporary styled gourmet delicatessen stocked full of traditional Portuguese delicacies, Menina Sardinha literally means "Sardine Girl" but it's also a term of endearment ¬and refers to a young with a freckly face. Sardines are among the foodstuffs for sale here, tinned and wrapped in attractive retro packaging. But there's plenty more to temp the shopper looking for a bit of Portugal to take home with them, items such as cakes, puddings, biscuits, chocolates, olive oil and a great selection of wines, including port wine. Everything here has won an award for either its flavour or the ingredients used, recognition for the originality of the product.
Situated right next door to Santa Apolonia cruise terminal, this snazzy gourmet delicatessen is the nearest retail outlet for any passenger wishing to purchase an authentic souvenir of Portugal. The product of choice here is wine. There are hundreds of different labels to choose from, mostly originating in Portugal, but other countries are well represented. Complimenting this vast cellar is a range of Portuguese delicacies, foodstuffs such as cured hams, spicy sausage and lots of different cheeses. Condiments such as sea salt, olive oil, herbs and spices complement the produce. And for those with a sweet tooth, there are plenty of cakes, sweets, jams and honeys to choose from.
Promoted as a port wine tavern, this rustic bar in fact has over 70 different Portuguese reds and whites to choose from, outstanding labels from around the country – and they are all for sale! As well as functioning as a wine bar, Tábuas works as a delicatessen of sorts. Complementing the wines is a selection of traditional foodstuffs on offer including hams, cheeses and a huge variety of tinned fish – sardine, tuna and even smoked trout. They also have a range of delicacies, treats like wild boar and venison pate, pickled partridge and stuffed squid. These make up some of the ingredients of their petiscos, or snacks offer. But they can be purchased by the casual shopper and are ideal for picnic hampers or as original souvenir ideas.
Beautiful jewellery handcrafted to traditional ethnic designs is the hallmark of this colourful and offbeat boutique. Drawing on the artisanal culture and heritage of places like Thailand, Nepal and India, Bababobo showcases a collection of rings, necklaces and bracelets made in sterling silver and decorated with an assortment of precious gemstones like amethyst, onyx and lapis lazuli. Clothing is also stocked, items such as shawls and sarees, and accessories to mix and match. Home decoration ideas include intricately carved wooden masks, hanging lamps and mirrors. There are also plenty of traditional Portuguese handicrafts for sale in case you're after a gift with a local flavour.
The "Got the T-shirt" gag is a running joke in the souvenir industry but at this colourful and quirky handicraft store you really can bag a lovely memento of your visit. Portuguese designer Vera Gama makes the T-shirts on sale here as well as goodies like prints, ceramics and tableware. The stencilled patterns and logos are bright and bold and represent iconic symbols of Lisbon and Portugal – the city's yellow streetcar, the ubiquitous sardine, a fado singer and even a taxi are just some of the designs. Other products include key fobs, fridge magnets, coffee mugs, postcards and various dolls. The robust graphic design signature of Gama's contemporary collections is complemented by a selection of more traditional handicrafts from southern Portugal.