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Shopping in Lisbon

Lisbon offers a variety of shops and shopping malls to suit all tastes from the cheaper brands to top international fashion brands in this city. Even if you are not interested in shopping you will be tempted to buy a couple of items due to the low prices. Being a non-European resident you can enjoy tax free shopping in Lisbon.

Bargain hunters should keep in mind that the winter sales start on or around December 26 and their summer equivalents on or around July 1. The best time to shop in Lisbon is probably the end of June and the end of December when you can buy all goods with up to 50% discount.

The big department stores such as El Corte Ingles and shopping malls like Colombo, Vasco de Gama and others open from 10 am through to 11 pm or midnight, Monday to Sunday, whereas, the smaller shops often close at 8 pm.

What to buy?

Shop for religious artefacts and ritual paraphernalia from Lisbon. It offers plenty of old ceramics, furniture, jewellery, paintings from past centuries, vintage clothing and much more.

You can also check out Lisbon’s flea market locally called the Feira da Ladra or “Thieves’ Market" (in the original Portuguese, it is a woman thief!). Located just to the north of the Panteao de Santa Engracia (National Pantheon) and the Igreja de Sao Vicente de Fora in Alfama, this market takes place twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. One can buys a variety of bric-a-brac ranging from the usual touristy stuff, souvenirs to clothes and antiques. The market also has a couple of interesting stalls with prints of old maps, old postcards and photos. It’s worth visiting this market for an unforgettable shopping experience.

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