Lisbon city breaks: Ten shops you need to see to believe

lisbon's most unusual shops for an affordable shopping break

Lisbon is Europe's most affordable city break destination and it's no wonder that you will want to hit the shops while visiting the Portuguese capital.

Autumn is a great time for a shopping city break in Lisbon - and we're not just talking cheap flights and mild weather. After the shops shut down in the summer, the city is full of activity in the autumn months. But don't just hit the large shopping malls as there a quaint and quirky boutiques that are worth a browse...

From the country's oldest music store to a shop selling gloves of all styles, these unusual shops embrace Lisbon's culture and colourful shopping scene:

Manuel Tavares – founded in 1860, this charismatic shop specialises in Portuguese delicatessen and is one of the oldest in Lisbon. A wide range of wines, fine charcuterie, dried fruits and cheeses from all Portuguese regions can be found in the central store.

Feira da Ladra – this famous flea market is held every Tuesday and Saturday in Alfama from dusk till dawn and sells a rich mix of new and antique goods, from clothing, books to furniture.

Feira da Ladra flea market

A Vida Portuguesa – take a step back in time in this stunning shop in Chiado, which sells original soaps, books, blankets, tiles and gourmet products in original retro packaging.

Pelcor – this contemporary fashion brand has a store in the heart of Baixa selling sustainable accessories in cork skin only, including handbags, belts, purses and wallets.

CNM Companhia Nacional de Musica – the oldest music store in the country is a meeting place for music lovers, musicians, intellectuals and tourists seeking a slice of genuine Portuguese culture.

Caza das Vellas Loreto – this quirky shop has produced handmade candles since 1789, using the same technique two centuries later. Decorative, scented, organic and altar candles are some of the popular varieties available.

Outra Face da Lua – a fabulous vintage clothing and accessories store in Baixa with an adjoining tea room selling cakes, snacks and light lunches.

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Garrafeira Nacional – open since 1927, this rustic downtown Lisbon wine shop offers over 4,000 Portuguese wines, including ports which the staff can arrange to be shipped anywhere in the world.

Luvaria Ulisses – founded in 1925 and located in Chiado, this is the only shop in Portugal dedicated to the sale of all styles of gloves for all occasions.

Conserveira de Lisboa – this old fashioned Baixa shop from the 1930s sells one product only: canned fish. The tuna, squid and sardines come from Portugal's Atlantic waters and are known for their quality and are packaged in high decorative vintage-inspired cans which make wonderful gifts.

First timers to Lisbon's shopping scene should navigate the shopping areas by district. Chiado is the stylish commercial and cultural hub of the city, where you will find contemporary high street fashion stores located near ancient book stores, coffee houses, old Portuguese tile and porcelain shops and seemingly unknown historic monuments.

Baixa is the main pedestrianized shopping and banking district and runs from the river Tagus waterfront to the Avenida da Liberdade, with streets named after shopkeepers and craftsmen who traded in the area. Avenida da Liberdade is a long tree-lined boulevard, completed in the 19th century in the style of the Champs-Elysees in Paris; and is now home to all the major luxury brands including, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Burberry.

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And don't miss Lisbon's hippest district, Bairro Alto, or the 'upper district,' a picturesque neighbourhood with a wide range of alternative shops, including stores owned by local designers and those selling second-hand clothes, interior decorations and music. By day it is peaceful, but by night Bairro Alto becomes the epicentre of Lisbon's nightlife, with buzzing bars and traditional fado houses spilling out on to the cobbled streets.

For a step back to Moorish times, Alfama, the city's oldest and quaintest quarter is a labyrinthine of alleyways, stairwells and tiny squares with village-like grocery stores and shops selling more traditional souvenirs and gifts.

Whatever your budget, you can find direct flights to Lisbon from London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Bristol with TAP Portugal, British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair.

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