TOUS – OURIVESARIA ALIANÇA
This elaborate, gilded jewelry store seems to have come straight out of a royal palace, decorated in the style of Louis XV. A selection of silver and golden jewels actually looks like part of the décor.
CASA DAS VELAS DO LORETO
This wood-covered shop is decorated with the candles of various shapes, sizes, and colors that it sells since 1789.
A VIDA PORTUGUESA
Organizing Portugal’s traditional products (some of which had been long-forgotten) under one roof since 2004, this shop presents a series of wooden cabinets filled with attractive retro packagings that create an atmospheric world of nostalgia.
Quite possibly the world’s smallest shop, Luvaria Ulisses is an Art Deco gem. The specialty is hand-made leather gloves which it displays on the attractive façade.
A ARTE DA TERRA
It’s easy to mistake this for an ethnographic museum, but it’s a 12th-century stable that now carefully presents the arts and crafts from around Portugal. The country’s cultural heritage is displayed on the former stone mangers under graceful brick-and-stone arches, with individually-lit pieces standing on an uneven stone surface.
Pick up an appetizing box of biscuits or pastries at this confectionery shop to admire its mirrored ceiling, marble counter, and wooden staircase, all dating from 1829.
CHAPELARIA AZEVEDO RUA
Opened in 1886, this shop still features the original wooden cabinets where berets and all other kinds of hats are displayed. It looks like a stage for a Victorian or Belle Epoque production, complete with a display of canes.
This is just one of more than a handful of beautiful 19th-century pharmacies in Lisbon. This one opened in 1837 (when it manufactored the first sterilized products in the country) and is one of the best-preserved shops of that time in the city. It was renovated in 2005, maintaining the ornate stucco ceiling, dark wood cabinets, and an attractive bronze lamp. The back used to be a laboratory and is now part of the shop, with a large mirror reflecting the surrounding elegance.
Similar interiors are found just a few steps away, at Farmácia Barreto (Rua do Loreto, 24-30) and Farmácia Durão (Rua Garrett, 90-92).
CONSERVEIRA DE LISBOA
Even if you’re not a fan of fish, it’s hard to resist buying a can of tuna, sardines, or squid in a variety of sauces at this charming shop. Its old-fashioned interior is quite colorful thanks to the different vintage-designed packaged goods that cover the walls on wooden shelves. The museum feel is enhanced when you look at the decades-old cash register and at the 80-year-old signs.
When it opened in 1936, this was one of Lisbon’s most popular shops thanks to its Brazilian coffee sold by the kilo. It remains a charming attraction today, thanks to its Art Deco façade and mirrored decades-old interior which still features the old grinding machine.