The Chiado and Bairro Alto areas of Lisbon have lots of great little shops. Each time we walk along the winding streets we discover unique and special places. A delightful boutique which integrates vintage and new: beauitful things from Portuguese designers and Paris is Veronique. www.veroniquelisboaparis.com .
There are still wonderful “Mom and Pop style ” shops to be found, though many have closed due to the popularity of several enormous malls. We love “A Carioca” on Rua da Misericordia 9 (Baixa/Chiado) a quaint shop which sells teas, coffee and choclate and has the most friendly staff.
My absolute favorite shop is the tiny Luvaria Ulisses, Rua do Carmo 87 (Baixo/Chiado). It only sells gloves and has its original elegant decor from its opening in 1925. I adore trying on the delicate creations which are dusted with powder and prestretched with a wooden devise that looks abit like a tong. Buying gloves there is a speical treat, a step back in time. They will make your custom pair of dream gloves in two to three days.
We have put together a list of our favorite, quaint shops with itinerary suggestions for day trips to Lisbon. This great city is only a 35 minute drive from eco-guesthouse Colina Flora. Colina Flora´s great location is perfect for folks who want a multifaceted vacation which incorporates beautiful beaches, great sightseeing, adventurous sports and fun shopping. www.colinaflora.com