Príncipe Real Shops
39A Rua Alexandre Herculano, Príncipe Real
What we love about 39a is that it's much more shop-able than your average concept store. Owner Raquel Prates covers the walls with art installations (there's always a cool temporary exhibition on display), and the racks are always filled with hard-to-find designers, but everything is relatable enough for regular wear. Win-win.
26 Praça do Príncipe Real, Príncipe Real
One of Lisbon's most impressive developments, Embaixada is a series of shops that form a gallery inside a neo-Moorish palace. All of the vendors are local, so the entire shopping experience feels like a celebration of Portuguese design and craftsmanship. The range of shops is huge—come here for everything from swimsuits to antique clothing to gifts and accessories.
20 Praça do Príncipe Real, Príncipe Real
This adorable shop in Príncipe Real is a go-to for European (and often handmade) kids' brands, featuring everything from beautifully painted wooden blocks, to sleekly designed teething toys, to the teeniest little espadrilles. The buyers also have a few beachy homewares around for mom—baskets, oversized totes, and Turkish towels are scattered throughout the space.
70 Rua Dom Pedro V, Príncipe Real
This shop is decorated from floor to ceiling in stunning, intricate, and mostly blue-and-white antique tiles from every era of Portuguese history. Collectors who know what they're looking for will have a field day here, but it's just as pleasurable an outing for naive tourists (some small tiles come in at a price range that's reasonable enough for a souvenir).
This & That
3 Rua Ferragial, Príncipe Real
We love Branca Lagarto and Natacha Tavares Pinto's narrow, light-filled shop for unique, accessible Portuguese design pieces. The walls are hung with sweetly designed graphic prints, and the shelves are stocked with little sculptures and homewares, like star-shaped cutting boards, artful ceramics, and jewelry from local designers. Souvenir-wise, they've got a selection of quirky giftables like ornate craft scissors in the shape of a peacock, oversized erasers, and an old-school boomerang. Don't miss the kids' section.
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