Shopping centers and malls, Lisbon
I've never come across a large department store that is open till midnight, including all the eateries, like the one in Lisbon - Colombo. At the end of the day we just went there looking for an item that was not available in the same shop downtown. The department store is huge - it has over 50 smaller shops, 20 fast food eateries as wella several restaurants and large grocery as well as DYI store. There is also some children entertainment, bowling etc.
What to buy: You can buy anything you would find in other shops in town, just there it's in one place. Of course it does not include merchendise from small boutiqes of Bairro Alto.
This shopping centre contains a lot of luxurious shops with clothes, perfume, interior, leathergoods and theres even a cinema with 10 halls.
Because it's situated outside the citycentre it's not overcrowded with tourists.
What to buy: Luxerious clothes
too many shops covering almost all the different tastes and wallets,also great selection of restaurants covering from fast foods,casual restaurants,fine dining.
What to buy: clothes,shoes from bata store!
What to pay: for food around 10-20 euro/person,for clothes anywhere from 50-350 euro or more!
Colombo,Amoreiras, and Almada forum are the 4 biggest commercial spaces in Lisbon, (an also in Iberian Peninsula), u can find almost everything there, from clothes, to food, Home stuff, gym, cinema, entertainement, coffes, Art etc..
Its not a touristical place but u can find souvenirs there too.
wen its bad weather this comercial centers get totally full, and often Portugueses spend their winter free time in this coffees, cinema and shopping.
Vasco da Gama is my favourite comercial center of Lisbon, not cause of being the biggest but cause its the one that was made with more estetical taste. SO this shopping center at morning can actually be relaxing, the roofs are all in glass (its special made with water, like an aquarium) all thei center was inspired in water, ocean and Portuguese discoverys (thats why also its name) so in some places of the center u have also big walls with aquariums, also the bathrooms have fun sea deco.
In this shopping center u can also do everything since buy clothes, to buy food, to dinner in restaurants go to cinema or simply walk.
Most of restaurants in this center have a beautifull view over Parque das Nações and the river.
What to buy: Buy whatever u need or just walk.
What to pay: depends on shops u go and what u want
The Baixa quarter is where most of the tradicional shops are located. Small shops with a personal service make your shopping experience even more pleasant, but the Baixa is also home to some large music stores. Other traditional shopping areas are Avenida de Roma, Alvalade and Campo de Ourique.
On Avenida da Liberdade and in the Chiado you will find many national and international designer stores.
Lisbon's antique shops are generally concentrated in Rua Dom Pedro V, Rua do Alecrim and Rua de São Bento.
First off, let me say I just despise this place because it is incessantly huge and overwhelming (let me state that I am an atypical female and despise shopping in general)....but if you're looking for a good mall I'd recommend Colombo. It is the largest mall in Iberia. Used to be the largest in Europe, but times have changed.
Aside from more than 400 stores, there is an indoor/outdoor amusement park, a supermarket (called Continente), cinema, health club, and a variety of international restaurants.
You can probably find anything you're looking for here.
Open daily 10am to 12pm
What to buy: anything and everything
The Vasco da Gama is a multi-story shopping centre located just at the Parque das Nacoes. To get here you jump on the red metro line to Oriente, which is the last stop. When you exit the station you can either walk through the underpass straight into the centre or leave via the stunning street level station exit and cross the road to the shopping centre.
Inside the Vasco da Gama there are around 200 stores selling a full range of products. There is also a large food hall where we had lunch - there was all the usual type of outlets and plenty of seating.
There is also a cinema as part of the complex….so why not deposit the kids in a movie while you do some shopping!
This shopping centre is the biggest in Portugal :)
It is north of Lisbon, in the suburb of Benfica.
Basically, it has most of the main European brand stores like Sephora, Zara etc, but you can find some good local clothes and shoes too.
One thing I found when clothes-shopping in Lisbon that it was practically impossible to find something to cater to a UK size 12-14... my experience was that clothes were either for skinny little women or big obese ladies, it was very frustrating for me as I don't fall into either category.
Amoreiras was Lisbon's first big shopping mall, opened in the 1980s. Now it has been surpassed in size and popularity by Colombo and Vasco da Gama malls, but this is an alternative to those looking for the typical shops from United Colors of Benetton to Hugo Boss, but with lesser crowds. The main reason for a visit however, is for the post-modern architecture of these towers that shocked the locals when it opened.
Although this is not the largest of even the best shopping mall in the city, it does have the best food court of all of them. Here you won't find McDonald's or Pizza Hut, but rather healthier fast food (not an oxymoron) consisting of salads and soups.
What to buy: I highly recommend Go Natural, with all sorts of salads and self-service pre-prepared food from soups to sushi! It is mostly Mediterranean and Oriental -- pumpkin soup with almonds, shrimp wrap with Thai sauce, aloe vera yogurt with cereals are just some examples. See their website at www.gonatural.pt (only in Portuguese).
Also good is Vitaminas & Co., with excellent salads and fresh 100% juice.
actually you go through the Sopping to go to the park.
Vasco da Gama it is very well located because it is just adjacent to the Gar do Oriente where the train, metro, buses and taxis stop.
You will find there many shops, bars, restaurants and a supermarket.
We were told, that the Portuguese (or maybe just the people on Lisbon) really LOVED their shopping centers - and so you can find those centers all over the place! And there are even more centers to be opened in the future!!!
The huge shopping mall in the picture is in Parque das Nacoes, the Ex-EXPO-area.
The shopping centre of Vasco Da Gama is just outside Oriente subway station. You'll immediately discover the modern, futuristic atmosphere of this neighbourhood, Parque das Naçoes. The shopping centre contains more than 150 shops and more than 30 restaurants! The interior is bright and there's plenty of space.
Check out the toilets, the wash basins and toilet seats are beautifully decorated with the fishes and ocean prints!
From the terrace, you have a nice overview of Parque das Naçoes!
The shopping mall Armazéns do Chiado is a good place for tourists to visit. Aside from its central location and proximity to Baixa-Chiado, it has a variety of shops and restaurants that will appeal to tourists of all countries.
The most noteable store here is FNAC, a huge music, books, and electronic store. Come here and peruse the lusophone and english book selection, or listen to a fado CD.
Eat a typical portuguese meal at one of the restaurants here, or opt for the easy way out with the everso notorious golden arches.
Browse the rest of the stores to find fashionable Portuguese shoes, clothing, and accessories.
There is also a large sporting goods store within the mall.
There was a fire that destroyed much of Chiado in 1988 and it started in the mall. Since then, much renovation has taken place to restore the neighborhood.
What to pay: average costs
open between 10:00-22:00
restaurants stay open till 23:00