Register for Lisbon convention and discover city's shopping charms

2013-01-10 « Back
 Shoppers love Lisbon, Portugal, and Rotarians who attend the 2013 RI Convention, 23-26 June, will find that each neighborhood has its own charms. Throughout the city, larger retailers typically stay open during lunch, while some smaller stores close from 1 to 3 p.m. Many shops are closed on Sundays.   
 
Avenida da Liberdade
 
Lisbon’s version of the Champs-Élysées is home to designer boutiques including Armani, Burberry, Gucci, and Prada.
 
Chiado
 
Retailers such as Zara and Nike share this trendy quarter with the world’s oldest bookstore (Livraria Bertrand, which opened in 1732) and the city’s tiniest shop (Luvaria Ulisses, renowned for its custom gloves). Look for traditional gifts, including embroidered linens, locally harvested cork products (even purses and wallets can be made from cork), and pottery. Ceramic pieces featuring a brightly colored rooster are said to bring good luck.
 
Baixa
 
One of the best buys in Portugal is gold; regulations require that jewelers put at least 19.2 karats into the pieces they sell. Head to Rua Áurea (literally “street of gold”) in downtown Lisbon for the major jewelry boutiques.
 
Principe Real
 
Once-seedy Principe Real is on the upswing. Antique shops line Rua da Escola Politécnica and Rua Dom Pedro V. Fabrico Infinito, a gallery, antique shop, and restaurant all in one, embodies the neighborhood’s new vibe.
 
Mercado da Ribeira
The main farmers’ market entices visitors with its selection of fresh fish, produce, and flowers. Upstairs, the market building houses a restaurant and cultural center where you can buy traditional Portuguese crafts. 
 
Register for the 2013 RI Convention at www.riconvention.org.
 

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