Shopping centers and malls, Lisbon
The first big mall in Lisbon and the most central of them all, (though having been over sized by the newest ones), this mall continues to be one of the favorite shopping centers of Lisbon. Furthermore, its "risky" architecture still feeds many discussions among the specialists.
Its weakest point is the great distance to the closest Metro station.
Is the shopping mall part of the train station, or is it exactly the opposite? I think that neither one answer nor the other.
They are two independent structures, conceived to work together as good neighbours. And they do, in an absolute harmony, sharing the leadership of Expo 98 most frequented place.
One single question: Why do they forbid pictures inside?
The biggest Spanish chain conquered Lisbon. With the best accessibility among all the greater shopping malls (central location and Metro) this is an easy place to shop.
Prices are not very cheap, but diversity in quality and brands, and the integration of space are the stronggest arguments. I must confess that, till now, I was forced to spend there 0.35%* of my life. And Fernanda is not giving up!
* Raised to 0.38% in 2013
The old bullring in Lisbon was completely renewed, being today a shopping mall and a large show business center.
Bullfights still take place there, but... it has much more, carefully preserving the old architecture.
I visit Lisbon (7 times, May 2013) purely to shop for ladies clothes, shoes and handbags. I found the best place (apart from the various shops in center of town) for this is the HUGE Colombo shopping centre north west of the city. It's super easy to get to: it's on the blue Metro line, station Estação Colégio Militar.
The station is under the shopping mall, there are signposts for it as soon as you get out of the Metro. Or just follow the crowd!
Up the stairs from the metro, go through the ticket gates, turn RIGHT, walk to the end of the tunnel, go up the stairs to the LEFT, top of the stairs keep walking straight until you come to a fountain. Take the escalators up from the left side of the fountain. At the top turn RIGHT, walk through the outdoor cafe to the left and enter the shopping mall. You are now at the West end of it.
It has 420 shops and 64 restaurants (on the top floor.) It's open every day from 9 in the morning till midnight. If possible avoid going on Saturday and Sunday though as it's a very popular family outing destination for the locals and it gets very very very busy!
It's easy to navigate, there are plenty of info points. Also it feels very safe as there are loads of security guards everywhere.
Colombo shops directory - ladies clothes under Vestuário, Calçado e Acessórios
I also visit AMOREIRAS shopping centre, see my review here
I've also visited the El Corte Ingles department store in Saldanha as well but found it to be very expensive. El Corte is like Harrods, loads of stuff you can buy everywhere else a lot cheaper. Good example: I bought perfume there only to find it was ten Euros cheaper in Colombo!
So for great shopping under one roof head for Colombo!
I visit Lisbon (been 7 times, May 2013) to shop for ladies clothes, shoes and accessories.
See my review of COLOMBO shopping centre here: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1836e1
I also visit the AMOREIRAS shopping centre
It has http://www.amoreiras.com/en/about
6 anchor stores
It also has
2 Beauty centres
Situated at the top of the hill from Marques De Pombal at the top end of Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco it's easy to get to: all of the buses from around the Marques roundabout go there!
I usually catch bus 783 (on some of the websites the buses don't have the 7 on the front of the number, ie. the bus' number is 83 - they have a added the 7 in front of each number this year)
from this stop
Amoreiras is the last stop of this line, the bus stop is situated just before the mall
Also all of the buses coming back leave from outside Amoreiras and drive down the hill and stop at the Marques De Pombal metro station. For some reason 783 has been removed from this stop but all of the others go to Pombal.
Stores at Amoreiras
I go to Lisbon to shop mainly for clothes and accessories. I've been there so far 7 times (EDIT: May 2013) and visited both Colombo and Amoreiras shopping centres. This time I was going to Parque das Nações (huge park near the river Tagus in the north-east of the city) anyway so I decided to visit the Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre which is there.
It's got 156 shops and 35 restaurants. But clothes shops wise it's a bit boring and Colombo which is another big centre has all the same ones only bigger and better plus some that Vasco doesn't even have.
So my advise: for serious shopping go to Colombo, if you're visiting the park pop into Vasco. Vasco does have a huge Continente supermarket as well which is handy for all sorts.
NOTE: Taking photos is not permitted in any of the malls, the security guards will come and tell you off if you get your camera out.
My Colombo review: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1836e1
This is the biggest Portuguese commercial centre and one of the biggest in Europe. With over 440 stores, 60 restaurants, a health club, an amusement park and a movie theatre with 10 screens. It has an outstanding architecture, inspired in the Age of Discoveries.
What to buy: It's surely a place where you can find anything you're looking for.
We aren´t so much shopping-kind of people,so we are wrong people to say if this was food shopping-centre or not.Shops were little too typical for us.Nothing so personal.
There is also lots of snack-food places there.My husband who loves ice-cream,loved the place selling crepes with ice-cream.It was upstairs,close to KFC,Mc Donalds and other ones.
What to buy: clothes?Check the web-site,so you´ll know what they have.
Colombo shopping mall in Lisbon is the largest in all of Europe. So you can start here.
Then there's Amoeiras shopping mall in the Estrella neighborhood (beyond Bairro Alto).
There's also the mega complex El Corte Engles, the Spanish-franchised stores located at the top of Parque Eduardo IV (best approached from the Avenida da Liberdade).
If you like smaller boutique-style shops, the Chiado area (next to the Baixa, the lower part of Lisbon)is the Armazen do Chiado a mall comprising many small shops as are the areas especially on Rua Garrett full of interesting and hip stores.
Walk a few steps down to the Baixa and you have a gamut of little shops/stores especializing in leather goods, ceramics, carpets, wines, jewellery and of course more clothing.
Lisbon is a good shopping city. Besides the link give below to Vasco da Gama shopping, have a look at the VT pages about Lisbon - shopping. It lists various huge shopping centers. The biggest one is most likely "Colombo" close to the Benfica stadium.
Across the Tejo river is the Freeport outlet center in the town of Alcochete. Have a look at the Freeport web site (http://www.freeport.pt/como-chegar-ao-freeport.php). It states that there are busses from Oriental train station in Lisbon to the center. By car it is approx. 30 min from the city center. The price level there is lower than in town (-30%) and many shops offer special sales, which makes it very attractive. We bought a lot of stuff there.
Enjoy your trip!
What to buy: Clothes, shoes
This shop provides large enough selection of local food and drink with affordable prices. If you don't want to go to El Cortes Ingles, this is a good and central alternative.
What to buy: dried bacalhau, they will cut it to fit in baggage
small selection of portwines
There are two main outlets in the outskirts of Lisbon. What you have to have in mind about these is that they are a bit far away and so if you don't have a lot of time in Lisbon it will be a nonsense going there. The second thing is that often the outlet shopping is not much cheaper than the shopping in a normal mall store. Third Lisbon itself has wonderful and huge malls such as Colombo, El Corte Inglès, Vasco da Gama, Amoreiras, etc.
Freeport Outlet - Alcochete (http://www.freeport.pt/)
How to get here: By car cross the Vasco da Gama Bridge and follow in direction of Alcochete (about 35 Kms from city center). By bus 431, 432, 437 buses from TST from Gare do Oriente (trip takes 25 minutes but there aren't many buses throughout the day so beware).
How is the mall: It is the biggest outlet shopping centre in Europe with 75.000 sqm more than 140 stores, cinemas, bars and an exposition centre. The mall is not closed so in rainy days avoid coming here. The construction is under suspicion by both portuguese and british authorities and the scandal apparently might affect the portuguese prime minister, José Socrates. The financial situation of the mall is precarious (which is partly due to the bad location of the shopping centre) and bankrupcy has been spoken.
Opening Hours: 10h-22h (Sunday-Thursday, except July, August, November and December); 10h-24h (Friday-Saturday-day before bank holiday-July-August-November-December)
Campera - Carregado (www.campera.com)
How to get here: By car follow A1 highway north (direction Porto), exit to Carregado and follow the directions (about 40 kms from city centre). You can get a train of Azambuja train line to Castanheira do Ribatejo (1,80€/each way from Oriente or Santa Apolónia Stations, takes 30 minutes) and then there are free buses to the shopping centre (9:25, 11:40, 15:40, 19:40; return: 12:30, 16:30, 20:30, 22:30).
How is the mall: Has 25.000 sqm more than 120 stores and is an open air city with looks like a traditional portuguese village. The mall is not closed so in rainy days avoid coming here.
Opening Hours: 10h-22h
At Amoreiras Shopping Center there are lots of shops, a supermarket, several restaurants, cafes and cinemas.
It is open until late in the evening, and also on sundays.
What to buy: There you can buy almost everything you need or like.
El Corte Ingles is a large Spanish department store and there is a huge branch in Lisbon. The store takes up 9 floors which includes goods from books, household goods, electronics and designer clothing. There is also café’s, restaurants and a supermarket. Within the complex there is also a 14 screen movie centre.