Get out there and get shopping: Porto’s got the lot, retail-wise: fresh clothes by new designers, vintage pieces, handicrafts and personalised items. Here’s the best places to get your hands on the goods.
Best Porto Shops
Portugual is famous for its shoemaking, and deservedly so. Drop into The Feeting Room, a shop that stocks Portuguese brands such as Lemon Jelly, Guava and Wolf & Son. There are shoes for all (that’s to say, for men, women and children) as well as accessories, clothes and a café on the first floor with craft coffee and Brazilian-style brigadeiro chocolate-caramel bonbons, made locally. Luckily fat isn’t stored on your feet, so your new shoes will still fit.
This is one of the most popular spots in Baixa: it’s essentially five shops in one. You can find clothing, illustration, footwear, accessories and much more from four Portuguese brands: Águas Furtadas, MIMO store, Rota do Chá and The Yellow Boat. The line-up is complemented by Miss Pavlova, which serves the city’s best… pavlovas.
Behind one of Porto’s most photographed doors (it was painted by a design student) lies one of the city’s prettiest stores. It describes itself as ‘green, vintage, indie’ and as soon as you enter you can understand why. The handmade products foreground ecological sustainability and are really worth a look.
If you avoid shopping centres like the plague and love filling your wardrobe with unique, comfortable and timeless pieces, then THE is the place for you. Issey Miyake from Japan, Umitunal from Turkey, Barbara Alan from the UK and Carla Pontes from Portugal are just some of the designers whose clothing and accessories are stocked in this shop in Foz.
Fans of interior decor will go crazy at Mercado Loft Store, a homeware and design store in Baixa that looks like a magazine photoshoot. You can buy pieces for every room in the house a,d in every style – from classic to contemporary – from around the world. Those keen on recycling can drop off their old furniture for it to be given a new lease of life.
Vintage clothing, retro furniture, Portuguese ceramics and original lighting fittings from Artur Mendanha, the mastermind behind the store: just a few examples of what you’ll find at Patch Porto, a concept store on one of the city’s trendiest streets. Downstairs there is a room for exhibitions and performances and out back a delightful patio.
AVP opened in Porto in 2009 and ever since has showcased the country’s history through products familiar to generations: Paupério biscuits, Viacro pencils, Couto toothpaste and Fábrica Coração silver CY polish. It’s a retail timewarp.
A former ironware workshop has been given over to a multi-purpose space that serves as a showcase for dozens of brands of clothing and accessories, tableware and plants. At the back there’s a kitchen that hosts cooking workshops. It’s all pretty ace.
It’s got rough stone walls and indoor tree trunks, but look beyond the designer tropes and you’ll find hand-painted ceramics, wooden toys and screen-printed tote bags and T-shirts, plus Danish furniture and bicycles – something which Mercado 48 is famous for.
CRU Cowork was one of the first arrivals in the Quarteirão das Artes – the ‘Arts Block’ as the area is loosely defined. As well as the coworking space that gives it its name, it houses projects around illustration, accessories, footwear and clothing by the likes of Filipa Viana, Marina Moreno and Ana Paula Allen.