Lisbon is the place to be at the moment and is great city for design lovers.
The Portuguese capital is happening, full of life, buzzing, exciting and unsurprisingly attracts a lot of visitors.
I spent a lot of my time in Lisbon just wandering the streets, impressed and touched by the beauty of its architecture and it’s cool vibe.
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Design lovers will be delighted by the famous Portuguese tiles. They are stunning and you’ll see them everywhere around the city. They even have their own museum (more about that below).
If you’re in Lisbon on short visit, head straight to LX Factory, definitely one of the most trendy places to visit in Lisbon. It’s a former textile factory converted into a stylish shopping and dining centre with a strong hipster vibe.
Go there to enjoy a brilliant selection of design shops, some of them I mention in this post below. While you’re there, don’t miss out on Ler Devagar, the bookshop with a flying bike!
A perfect shop for vintage lovers. This shop has a very unique feel. It’s full of antiques, curated and renewed by the owner. It has a lot of beautiful, collectible furniture, as well as lamps, toys, typewriters and all sorts of surprises.
This gorgeous design shop inside LX Factory is part of an international chain. It is a big space – prepare to spend some time there. It offers mostly items for the home, like furniture and lighting.
If you need some interior design inspiration, you’ll get plenty of ideas from the beautiful and funky display.
Another lovely design shop in LX Factory. Browse their selection of ceramics, rugs, furniture, toys, textiles and more. It offers very elegant modern designs with a vintage feel.
The appropriately named shop is inside one of the industrial spaces of LX Factory feels a little like a gallery of old stuff. It has a very colourful collection of retro and vintage items, from a candy machines to old typewriters. The shop has many smaller items too, like glasses, clocks, lamps and posters.
REAL Slow Retail Concept Store
In the trendy area of Principe Real, close to Barrio Alto but with a very different vibe, you’ll find this large concept store. It’s very inviting and colourful and seems to be very popular too judging by the number of people there. A great place to find shoes, purses, bags, fashion, kids’ stuff, gadgets, ceramics, accessories and small gifts.
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A very elegant design shop. The display has a lot of interior design items with muted colours – ceramics, pillows, furniture, lighting and more.
It is located inside the Embaixada shopping centre, in the cool neighbourhood of Príncipe Real. It’s a gorgeous building full of design and fashion shops. When you enter, go up the stairs to find the shops above the restaurant.
The National Tile Museum
The beautiful tiles that Portugal is so famous for have their own museum. I normally write about design shops in my design city guides, but this amazing museum certainly belongs here.
Overlooking the port, the National Tile Museum has an impressive collection of well preserved tiles from various time periods, with historical explanations about the various types of tiles. Some with simple or complex geometric patterns, others depict stories and scenes.
The museum is quite big, with an interesting layout that lets you see the tiles from many different perspectives.
Feira da Ladra – Flea Market
This flea market takes place every Tuesday and Saturday. I went there on a sunny Saturday afternoon and the place was full of people and full of energy.
It’s a big market, spread over several streets right next to The Pantheon.
It’s full of antiques, funky retro gems, and tons of Lisbon souvenirs. Alongside the standard souvenirs you see all over the city, there are also quite a lot of handmade items. If you fell in love with the typical Portuguese cork purses, look for some nice, original designs here.
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