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.
BUT, there are also many hidden gems that represent the history of the area, as well as the best of Portuguese and international independent brands.
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.
4. “Luvaria Ulysses” – (Rua do Carmo 87-A) 1920’s art deco store selling fine leather gloves. It can fit only one customer at a time as it is only 4 metres squared. What this shop lacks in space it makes up for 10 fold in style.
5. “Zilian” – (Rua Garrett 112) Portuguese shoes !
6. “Tous” – (Rua Garrett, 50) The building exists since 1909, with an interior decorated in the style of Louis XV, well worth a stroll around inside.
7. “The Feeting Room” – (Calcada do Sacramento 26) Shoes, clothes, swim, homewares, and more from upcoming designers and brands.
EAT & DRINK
Barra has a small menu of oysters, charcuterie boards (from 17.50 euros), wines and cocktails.
Farrobodo is for sharing plates like roast suckling pig tacos with truffle sauce…(14,50 euros) Ceviche and more.
Seed will tempt you with Poke bowls, curry, crispy pork belly ramen (16.50 euros) and the like.
Cutelo house of meat, dishes from 16.50 euros up to 70 euros a plate depending on how fancy you’re feeling.