Shopping in Lisbon is an all-day affair with plenty of major
shopping malls, including two of Europe''s largest, namely Centro
Colombo and the Amoreiras Shopping Centre. Some of Lisbon''s smaller
independent shops can be found downtown in the Baixa quarter and
strolling through these streets, visitors can marvel at the unique
exteriors of shops such as Luvaria Ulises and Ourivesaria
The most famous market in Lisbon has to be the Feira da Ladra,
which is held every Tuesday and Saturday on the Campo de Santa
Clara. Here bargain hunters can sift through clothing, hand-made
goods, CDs, books, antiques, furniture, second-hand wares and other
bric-a-brac. It''s a must when shopping in Lisbon but tourists
should beware of pickpockets.
Shops in Lisbon are generally open from 9am to 1pm and 3pm to
7pm from Monday to Friday while on Saturdays shopping hours are
from 9am to 7pm and many of the larger shopping malls stay open
Visitors should look into obtaining a Lisboa Shopping Card,
which is available from tourist offices and provides discounts for
tourists at more than 200 participating stores.
There is a sales tax of 19% included in general prices and part
of this tax can be reclaimed by non-EU visitors when leaving the
EU. Visitors wanting to reclaim this tax should ask for a refund
cheque at the point of purchase for more expensive buys. This is
then stamped by a customs official on departure and is only offered
by participating stores in Lisbon.