Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops, Lisbon (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave Lisbon without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Lisbon, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit. Take this tour to explore Alfama and Baixa districts souvenir shops.
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Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops Map

Guide Name: Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops
Guide Location: Portugal » Lisbon (See other walking tours in Lisbon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: Daniel
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Ponto LX

1) Ponto LX

What to buy here: Roosters and Sardines (not the real kind). The rooster is one of the national symbols of Portugal, and sardines are very big too, as can been witnessed during the Festival of Santo Antonio in Lisbon every June. It’s a celebration of the patron saint of the capital, Santo Antonio, and the beginning of the sardine season. Miles upon miles of streets overflow with people drinking beer and wine and eating grilled sardines, bought from vendors at roadside stalls.

You can pick up colorful, and artfully made roosters and sardines all over town. Some are of the ceramic variety, while others are made of cloth, wood, stone and even cork. One of best places to pick up these fun (and perhaps a little kitschy) items is in the historic district of Alfama. The tiny shop, Ponto LX, on Rua Augusto Rosa 23, produces and sells some of the coolest handcrafted roosters and sardines in Lisbon. If you manage to duck beneath the low door and squeezed inside, you’ll be able to browse this store’s very playful collection. You can spend as little as a few Euros for a ceramic sardine magnet, 10 EUR for a mid-sized rooster, and more than 40 EUR for a giant, human-sized sardine.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00.
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Pelcor Lisboa

2) Pelcor Lisboa

What to buy here: Cork Handbags, Hats and Wallets.

Cork can be used for a lot more than sealing wine bottles. Portugal is one of the largest producers of cork in the world. Cork trees are mainly grown in the southern region of the Algarve. With such an overabundance of cork, local artisans decided to make use of this spongy wood in a variety of fun and stylish products. Cork handbags and shoulder bags are some of the most popular items available. They come in a variety of designs, and because they’re made from cork, you can rest assured that they’re waterproof. In addition to bags, you’ll also be able to find cork wallets, hats and shoes.

Pelcor Lisboa, located at Rua das Pedras Negras 32 downtown in the district of Baixa specializes in all things cork. You’ll find plenty of gorgeous bags, accessories, footwear and even goods for the home and kitchen, all made out of cork. Wallets usually start around 20 EUR, while bags, depending on the size and quality, will run you from 80 EUR on up. If you’re in the market for a unique and playful gift, then you should give cork a try.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00.
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Amatudo

3) Amatudo

What to buy here: Traditional Portuguese Jams and Honey.

Amatudo, located on Rua da Madalena 76/78, is a shop that offers its customers Portuguese mementos and products of a high caliber. You’ll find a decent selection of jams and honey inside, all in very pretty jars and packaging. These tasty preserves are artfully packaged in appealing jars and come in a variety of flavors. You can purchases traditional berry jams, as well as some other enticing choices and mixes, including: almond, muscatel, pumpkin, Port wine and African chocolate. If you’re looking for a present with a bit of local flair, a few jars of gourmet Portuguese jam or honey just might fit the bill. A jar will generally cost you about 3-6 EUR. The producers use all natural ingredients, ensuring the best quality and taste.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00
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Napoleão Wine Shop

4) Napoleão Wine Shop

What to buy here: Port Wine.

Vinho do Porto, also know as Port wine, is a dessert wine that comes from Porto, Portugal, but is consumed all over the country, and the world. Depending on your budget, you can pick up a nice bottle of Port wine for 10-20 EUR, but if you really want to impress, several more options are available. You can try Late Bottle Vintage (LBV) Port wine, which comes from a single grape harvest. If you want something more unusual, try a bottle of Vintage Port. Vintage Port comes from only the best grape harvests, and can be aged for up to one hundred years. A bottle of the good stuff will set you back at least 120 EUR, or more.

One of the best places to browse, buy and learn about Port wine is the Napoleão Wine Shop. This establishment has been in business for more than 30 years, and the employees really know Port and Portuguese wines. Napoleão operates nine shops in the city, with the most central branch located at 70 Rua Fanqueiros downtown, not too far away from the river.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00.
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Garrafeira Nacional

5) Garrafeira Nacional

What to buy here: Moscatel de Setúbal.

Portuguese muscatel comes from the region of Setubal, just to the south of Lisbon. The wine grapes come from the nearby Arrábida Hills. The winemakers add grape brandy to the mixture in order to stop the fermentation process, which makes Moscatel de Setúbal taste like no other muscatel wine in the world. This flavorful wine is always a good gift choice for a wine lover. You can pick up a very decent bottle of three-year-old Bacalhôa or José Maria da Fonseca muscatel for as little as 12 EUR. Of course, there are more expensive varieties for sale, which can cost as much as 50 EUR. In addition to muscatel, most wine stores also stocks an abundance of premium vintages and tasty liquors

Garrafeira Nacional, on Rua de Santa Justa 18, was established in 1927. The friendly staff of this excellent wine store can speak to you in English, Spanish, French and of course Portuguese. They’ll be able to answer all of your questions about muscatel, vintage, or any other kind of wine for that matter, in a very clear and concise manner.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00.
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Arte

6) Arte

What to buy here: Leather Shoes and Belts.

Portuguese craftspeople excel at the art of leatherwork. These days, Portuguese goods have been crowded out of the market by an influx of leather goods coming from Asia, but there is still a lot of quality merchandise on offer. If you’d like a pair of designer, well-built shoes (for men and women), or a very sleek leather belt, you’ve come to the right city. Prices vary, but 40-150 EUR should put you in a pair of elegant shoes, and the chances of someone having the exact same pair at home are slim to none.

The pedestrian street downtown, Rua Augusta, is Lisbon’s ‘shoe central.’ Arte, on Rua Augusta 242 carries men and women’s shoes, perfect for work or a night out on the town. Some of the best-known Portuguese brands are Armando Silva (men’s) and Sofia Costa (women’s). The interior of Arte is quite stylish, laid out so the attentive staff can take good care of you. You can choose from Portuguese-made footwear, as well as some imported Italian designs.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00.
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Arte Rustica

7) Arte Rustica

What to buy here: Portuguese Ceramics.

Portuguese manufacturers have been making ceramic good for centuries. You can purchase classic pieces that have much in common, thanks to the former Portuguese global empire, with the ceramic work coming out of China and Indian in the past. Chinese designs were popular throughout Europe, and you can still see those influences in Lisbon’s ceramic shops, woven through artistic motifs found in the bowls, dishes and plates. In addition to the more ‘rustic’ ceramics on offer, you can also pick up some very modern goods that are colorful and sleek, made in a variety of patterns.

Arte Rustica, on Rua Augusta 193, sells a wide range of ceramic dishware and tea sets. Many of the items have an Asian aesthetic to them. The prices are reasonable, and depending on what you want, you can spend as little as 15 EUR, and as much as a few hundred.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 19:00.
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Sports Zone

8) Sports Zone

What to buy here: Football (soccer) Jerseys and Scarves.

Lisbon, and Portugal in general, is a place where people go mad over soccer. This is the national sport, and the Portuguese are very good at it. Everyone has his or her favorite local team, and of course there’s also the national team to root for. In the capital, you have a choice between two football clubs. Some people support Benfica while others stand behind Sporting. When the two teams meet in competition, the city usually goes wild.

Sports jerseys and scarves with team logos on them are popular items in Lisbon, especially around game time. If you have a favorite team, the choice is simple. If not, you can go by color or design. For those of you who are unsure, local vendors will steer you in the right direction (probably toward a team they favor).

There are many places where you can buy sports paraphernalia. Some of the best are on Rua Augusta and near it, like Sports Zone, on Rua do Crucfixo 119. Depending on the quality, sports jerseys and scarves will run you about 5-20 EUR.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00.
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Bertrand

9) Bertrand

What to buy here: books by local writers.

One of the best places to buy books in Lisbon is Bertrand, located on Rua Garrett 73-75 in the district of Chiado. Bertrand is one of the oldest books shops in the world. The store was first opened in 1732, and then was reopened at a new location in 1755, after the original store was leveled in Lisbon’s massive earthquake of the same year. The bookseller has been going strong ever since. In addition to books in Portuguese, Bertrand also has a large collection of English language books. Finding just the right gift for the reader on your list should be a pinch here.

A good choice would be a book by the famous Fernando Pessoa, the quintessential Portuguese writer associated with Lisbon. He was a poet, writer and translator who live during the first part of the last century. He wrote under his own name, as well as more than 70 pen-names. Some of the most famous names he worked under, such as Alberto Caeiro, Álvaro de Campos and Ricardo Reis, had their own distinct biography and writing style. Pessoa, responsible in large part for bringing modernism to Portuguese writing, lived a fairly quite and humble life in Lisbon. An edition of his work(s) or a biography about the man himself would make a great gift for those who like to read.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00
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Luvaria Ulisses

10) Luvaria Ulisses

What to buy here: Portuguese Leather Gloves.

The Portuguese have been making fine leather products for hundreds of years. The quality and designs of their leather bags and gloves are simply outstanding. One of the coolest places to shop for women’s gloves is the store Luvaria Ulisses on Rua do Carmo 87-A. This art-deco glove shop is probably one of the smallest shops in the world. Even though there isn’t a lot of elbowroom inside, the service you’ll get from the staff is outstanding. These people really know leather gloves. One glance at your hand and they’ll bring out the perfect fit. All you have to do is browse the store’s showcase and indicate the style that tickles your fancy the most. You can choose from gloves with fur lining, or without, all coming in a myriad of styles and colors. If you’re buying for a friend, make sure you have some idea about the size of her hand, as these gloves fit, well, ‘glove tight.’

This elegant shop has been in business since the 1920’s, and it still retains some of the old world charm from that bygone era. If you’re a fan of custom-made gloves, then squeeze into this tiny shop, and squeeze into a pair of wonderful gloves. Prices begin at around 35 EUR and go up from there.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00.
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Joalharia do Carmo

11) Joalharia do Carmo

What to buy here: Gold and Silver Jewelry.

Portuguese artisans make some of the finest gold and silver jewelry around. The people employed in this craft have a long tradition behind them. Portugal amassed an enormous amount of gold and silver from its former colonial holdings. The country once had one of the largest gold reserves on the planet (that’s all gone now). With so much precious metal to work with, the smiths and artists gained a lot of experience.

Joalharia do Carmo, at Rua do Carmo 87B specializes in graceful gold and silver jewelry and silver filigree. It’s possible to purchase handmade works of art in the form of caravel sailing ships, animals, butterflies, hearts and other creative designs. A pendant can cost anywhere from 20-100 EUR. If you’d like to buy a filigree caravel sailing ship, then you’ll have to spend more than 1000 EUR. Any one of these pieces, often decorated with precious stones, would make a wonderful gift for any collector of fine jewelry.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00.
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A Ginjinha

12) A Ginjinha

What to buy here: Ginjinha is a famous Portuguese cherry liqueur, sold all over Lisbon. The young and old drink it alike, on the streets, at home and at night on the town after dinner, and in the bars. The bottles are very colorful, and you can see the sour cherries floating inside the glass. One of the best places to sample and buy a bottle or two of ginjinha is A Ginjinha, situated at Largo de São Domingos 8. You’ll probably notice groups of people hanging around the door of this small ginjinha shop. You can buy a small glass of ginjinha for 1 EUR, and take a bottle home with you for around 10 EUR. Some of the better stuff can cost as much as 20 EUR a bottle. If you like, you can munch on the cherries left in the glass after you’ve downed the liquid.

Ginjinha shops have long been used as meeting points where locals can gather. There’s a lot of Portuguese culture and tradition behind this sweet cherry drink. A bottle from one of these shops would make a fine gift for any alcohol enthusiast.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00

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Saving Money with City Passes


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Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Lisbon hotels that are conveniently located: Hotel O Artista, Rossio Boutique Hotel, Internacional Design Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Lisbon, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close, with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, as a guided tour of Lisbon typically costs from around US$35 up to US$80 per person:

- Explore Lisbon Highlights on a walking tour revealing the unique side of the Portuguese capital, be it a gorgeous building, historic event, colorful street, picturesque square, or a quaint little shop or cafe serving delicious local food and wine, or perhaps a spot with a breathtaking panorama of the city.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts around 2 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way up and down Lisbon's 7 hills on an electrical bike tour visiting the city’s best historic landmarks and hidden spots, learning about its curiosities, and reaching the highest spots for the most scenic views of the Portuguese capital. Definitely more than “just another bike tour”!

- Treat yourself to the most delicious experience on a food tour exploring the top delicacies of Lisbon - authentic local must-try bites and traditional drinks - visiting memorable spots for a perfect tasting and insight into the Portuguese lifestyle and eating habits.

- Immerse yourself in Lisbon’s heritage on a 7-hour driven tour around the city’s oldest quarter, Alfama, exploring the famous local monuments and discovering the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower. On this tour you will also get a chance to see modern Lisbon complete with a scenic cable car ride, plus indulge in a delicious local meal (optional). If you have little time in the city, this tour will make you feel like you've seen a lot!

- Sail around Lisbon for a different perspective of the city that very few people actually get to see, on a boat tour. Apart from enjoying spectacular views of Lisbon's famous seaside monuments, you will get a chance to do a bit of yachting (steering the boat) or just laze around on the deck enjoying champagne, homemade snacks and other refreshments, while hearing interesting historical facts about this fascinating city.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Lisbon, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Sintra, Évora, or a combo of Aveiro and Coimbra, or Mafra and Ericeira. For as little as US$100+ to US$250+ you will get a chance to visit some of the finest tourist attractions of Portugal including remarkable 19th century pieces of Romanticism architecture, one of Portugal’s most iconic villages (UNESCO World Heritage site), have a gondola ride in Portuguese “Venice”, and enjoy an authentic Portuguese lunch at restaurant (optional). All these trips start and end at your hotel and you'll be carried by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minivan, accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide.