By Annabel Parsons
CHIADO is an elegant metropolis of shops, cafes, book stores, restaurants, museums and bars. Most of the buildings in the area date back to the 1700s but this neigbourhood will transport you back to the romantic times of the “Belle Epoque”. An era of the 19th and early 20th century when Fernando Pessoa (Portuguese Hemingway of sorts) was penning some of his greatest poetry at the now historic art deco style cafe, BRASILEIRA.
Shop your little heart out in CHIADO ! I know that you can see the presence of a lot of chain stores but I promise you there is much more to discover than what first meets the eye.
If you want some fast fashion go ahead and attack the racks at Zara, H&M, Brandy Melville, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius and more.
THE BEST SHOPS IN CHIADO – ACCORDING TO WLFT HOSTEL LISBON
1. “A Vida Portuguesa” – (Rua Anchieta 11) Filled with Portuguese products and craft, this store is a plethora of all things Portuguese made by Portuguese people. Forget the convenience store magnet and go here to get an authentic product. Famous soaps, jewellery, kitchen ware, wine, liquors, perfume and more.
2. “Louie Louie” – (Escadinhas do Santo Espirito da Pedreira) Funky Record store.
3. “Cante” – (Calcada Nova de Sao Francisco, 10) Super cute well crafted Portuguese bikini boutique.