What and Where to Buy
You'll find the international retailers you're familiar with (Zara, H&M, Mango, etc.) down
Rua de Santa Catarina, where you'll also see the Via Catarina shopping mall which is a convenient shopping mecca. Big labels are also found down Avenida da Boavista,
while Rua do Almada is the street for alternative shops relating to music and urban culture.
Design and style-conscious shoppers go down Rua Miguel Bombarda which is known for its art galleries and CCB - Centro Comercial Bombarda, a not-your-typical-shopping-mall clustering art and design shops.
The following are the most original or outstanding shops in Porto:
LELLO & IRMÃO
Rua das Carmelitas, 144
Tel. (+351) 22 200 2037
We're not exaggerating when we say this is one of the most beautiful book shops in the world. You'll confirm that yourself as you go up its beautiful staircase and take a look at its stained glass ceiling. Naturally most books are in Portuguese, but there is also a selection of English and other language publications.
66 AVENIDA BRASIL
Avenida do Brasil, 66
Tel. (+351) 222 426 388
This is one of the most sophisticated shops in Porto, presenting high fashions, perfumes, cosmetics, art publications, CDs, and gourmet products, in addition to doubling as a cafe serving an excellent Sunday brunch. It's found in a beautifully restored old building in the seaside district of Foz, and includes a terrace where you can enjoy the cafe's light meals, teas, or breakfast.
Rua Marechal Saldanha, 69
Tel. (+351) 226 109 300
This is a men's concept store in the Foz district. It's a boutique, a cafe, and magazine shop with a sophisticated selection of fashion and accessories from major labels, as well as books, music, and fragrances. The cafe serves good teas and homemade pastries.
Avenida da Boavista 971
Tel. (+351) 22 600 02 11
Some of the best international labels are available at this men's concept store, which in addition to fashion also offers perfumes, accessories, limited-edition sneakers, and magazines. The windows' and the interior's displays and designs are very tastefully presented, to further attract the local and visiting metrosexual.
CCB - CENTRO COMERCIAL BOMBARDA
Rua de Miguel Bombarda, 285
This is not the regular shopping mall. It's much smaller and with specialty stores related to art and fashion. Look for Portuguese design, organic cosmetics, or contemporary jewelry, and then head to the galleries down the street.
Rua Miguel Bombarda, 462
Tel. (+351) 225 107 447
High quality design from local and international designers is found at this shop in Porto's most stylish street, Rua Miguel Bombarda.
Rua Sra. da Luz 128
Tel. (+351) 93 354 4557
This shop offers original fashion and interior design items of several brands, so whether you're looking for something different to wear or take back home, this is a place to check out. It's found by the Foz district, so during your oceanfront stroll stop by to look for your perfect dress, pants, pillow, or chair...
Rua José Falcão, 122
Tel. (+351) 222 012 776
The showroom of one of Portugal's best-known designers is found in downtown Porto. He presents his couture and ready-to-wear collections in a renovated industrial space from the 19th century.
Rua do Rosário, 294
Tel. (+351) 22 201 1833
Original pieces by Portuguese designers, fashion, and gourmet products -- that's all part of Muuda, a space for some sophisticated and original shopping. It also often hosts art and photography exhibitions, fashion shows, and workshops, but it's mostly the place for design and fashion.
Avenida da Boavista, 856
Tel. (+351) 226 054 982
Fashion designer Nuno Baltazar's elegant ready-to-wear collections are available at this shop just steps from Casa da Musica.
Rua Adolfo Casais Monteiro, 101
Tel. (+351) 226 092 063
Local fashion designer Nuno Gama has created looks for Portuguese rock stars and company uniforms, and has a flagship menswear store in Porto's trendy galleries district.
Avenida da Boavista, 754
Tel. (+351) 22 605 3928
Found on Porto's main avenue just steps from the landmark Casa da Musica, this shop offers international brands such as Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto, as well as its own line of men's fashions and accessories. More than a shop it is also an exhibition space, showcasing emerging visual artists relating to the fashion world.
Rua Miguel Bombarda, 463
Trendy brands is the specialty at this urban fashion shop which also offers music accessories and doubles as a gallery space for cultural exhibitions and activities.
A VIDA PORTUGUESA
Rua Galeria de Paris, 20
Tel. (+351) 220 022 105
One of Lisbon's most popular shops also has a home in Porto, offering classic Portuguese products to tourists and locals. The main attraction is the retro packaging of each piece, displayed throughout this 19th-century space that used to be a textiles shop. The items to get are the local Claus Porto soaps which were made even more famous when Oprah said they were one of her favorite things.
Rua Miguel Bombarda, 285 (CCB, Loja 4)
Tel. (+351) 968 237 139
Looking for unique objects or original Portuguese design? This is the place for it. From a minimalist Barcelos cockerel to colorful ceramics, you won't find many of these pieces anywhere else.
Largo de S. Domingos, 20
Tel. (+351) 222 017 102
Interior designer Pedro Lobo presents his personal selections of contemporary crafts at this shop in a palatial building downtown. Each piece found over two floors blends tradition with modernity, originality and innovation. It's therefore a place where you'll find wonderful souvenirs.
MARIA VAI COM AS OUTRAS
Rua do Almada, 443
Tel. (+351) 22 016 7379
Film buffs and artsy types go to this shop every time they look for a relaxing atmosphere as they browse through books, magazines, and crafts, or listen to one of the space's regular cultural events. It's essentially a meeting place where you can also have some tea, a glass of wine, and relax late in the afternoon or at night.
Rua da Almada, 63
Tel. (+351) 222 001 518
Porto's Arcadia chocolates are classics all over Portugal and you may get them at this shop in the city center. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavors, all handmade using natural products. They come in attractive packages which also make them wonderful gifts.
PÉROLA DO BOLHÃO
Rua Formosa, 279
Tel. (+351) 222 004 009
A historical landmark, this Belle Epoque shop offers all kinds of Portuguese delicacies. It of course includes Port Wine, but also cheeses, bread and other products from the region and all over Portugal, although its original specialty was Asian spices.
Rua do Almada, 544
Tel. (+351) 222 010 089
This shop offers vintage furnishings and decorative pieces in a variety of shapes, materials, and colors.
Rua do Almada, 446
Tel. (+351) 222 011 994
Lovers of vinyl are in heaven at this shop but it's also a place for T-shirts of the most popular international bands and for music-related magazines.
Rua do Almada, 307
Tel. (+351) 22 201 0384
Those looking for a hard-to-find record will probably discover it here. It's a music shop focusing on less-commercial sounds, and with a good selection of vinyl and second-hand CDs. Everything is inexpensive and you may also see a musical DVD that is no longer found at your usual music shop.
Rua do Almada, 448
Tel. (+351) 22 201 1027
Would you like to record your own vinyl? You may do so at this shop which aspiring DJs will love. It also offers a large selection of old recordings, as well as DJ equipment and musical instruments.