Top 10 shopping malls in Lisbon
During your stay in Lisbon, you will necessarily go shopping and frequent shopping centers. Indeed, Lisbon and Portugal in general, are a paradise for shopping. You certainly do not know that but it has been real since the 90s. With Portugal’s entry into the European Union in 1986, the economy has experienced a strong growth and the consumption has exploded. In the process, dozens of shopping centers have sprung up all over the country. And Lisbon saw the emergence of beautiful shopping malls between the late 80s and the mid-2000s. Today, in Portugal, the number of m2 of commercial space per inhabitant is as high as in bigger economies, and it is the best-endowed country in commercial zones of all Southern Europe. A big advantage during your weekend or trip to Lisbon, the standard of living in Portugal is one of the lowest in Europe, shopping can be very interesting for your wallet. I recommend you the very long periods of winter and summer sales, where you can do great business, often better than in London.
Only negative aspect, since the years 2005/2006, the Portuguese economy has slowed down and plunged into crisis. As a result, some small shopping malls with limited customers have closed their doors. Indeed, competition is fierce between shopping centers in Lisbon and Portugal. A competition to be always bigger, to always provide more services, to have the best restaurants and the most ambitious architecture.
Discover now the 10 best shopping centers in Lisbon !
1. COLOMBO – The most complete offer in Lisbon
Centro Comercial Colombo is the largest shopping center in Portugal and one of the 10 largest in Europe. It is located in the northern part of Lisbon, on Benfica district, close to the Estádio da Luz, the legendary Benfica Lisbon stadium. Occupying a total area of 120,000 m² and inaugurated in September 1997, it has 430 shops, a leisure center, a sports complex, 10 cinemas and 65 restaurants. If you want to browse the entire shopping center and discover all the shops, count on a day or more.
Do not miss : the huge offer of the food court on the top floor, there is something for everyone
Adress : Avenida Lusíada 1500-392, Lisboa
Opening hours : daily from 09:00 to midnight
Nombre de boutiques : 430 shops
Restaurats : Yes, all the top floor with a food court of 65 restaurants or fast-food restaurants
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/centrocolombo
Website : www.colombo.pt
2. CENTRO VASCO DA GAMA – Modernism and a great offer
Centro Vasco da Gama is a shopping center located in the Parque das Nações district. It was originally a building of the 1998 World Exhibition. After the event, the pavilion was transformed into a shopping center in April 1999. The Vasco da Gama has 164 stores, 36 restaurants, 10 cinemas, a sports center and a hypermarket.
Do not miss : the terrace of the dining area with a superb view of the Tagus and the district of Parque das Nações.
Opening hours : daily from 9am to midnight
Number of shops : 164 shops
Restaurants : Yes on the top floor, 36 restaurants
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/centrovascodagama/
Website : www.centrovascodagama.pt
3. ARMAZENS DO CHIADO – Chic and culture first
In 1894, the largest “department store” in the country was on the site of this shopping center. But in 1988, a fire ravaged the neighborhood of Chiado and left standing only the facade of the building. After years of rehabilitation of the area and buildings destroyed by the flames, Armazéns do Chiado have opened in 1999. It is one of the most popular shopping centers in Lisbon and Chiado is renowned as being one the most chic of the city. On the top floor of the property, you can have lunch in one of the restaurants or fast food restaurants and enjoy a superb view of Lisbon. In this shopping center, there are 54 stores, 12 restaurants, a hotel and a sports complex.
Do not miss these shops : Fnac (for music and Portuguese books), Ana Sousa (ready to wear for women)
Adress : Rua do Carmo 2, Lisboa
Opening hours : from 10:00 to 22:00 (shops) / 23:00 (restaurants)
Number of shops : 54 stores
Restaurants : Yes on the top floor, a food court with 12 restaurants
Facebook pages : https://www.facebook.com/armazenschiado/
Website : www.armazensdochiado.com
4. CAMPO PEQUENO – The bullring that became a theater and a shopping center
The Campo Pequeno are the bullring of Lisbon, it originally hosted exclusively bullfighting shows. In Portuguese, an arena is called Praça de Touros (Bullring). Located on the square of Campo Pequeno (Place du Petit Champ), the current complex has a capacity of 10,000 people. Built in 1891 by the architect António José Dias da Silva but gradually abandoned in the following decades, the Campo Pequeno reopened in 2006 completely renovated. On this occasion, a commercial gallery of 60 shops, 8 cinemas and 10 places of life (bars, cafes, restaurants and esplanades) opened in the arena. A very nice renovation and the place is particularly nice. Now the hall is covered and can accommodate concerts and shows.
Do not miss : Biju, the Portuguese brand of jewelery and fashion accessories
Adress : Praça do Campo Pequeno, Lisboa
Opening hours : daily from 10 am to 11 pm
Number of shops : 60
Restaurants : Yes
Website : www.campopequeno.com
5. EL CORTE INGLES – The “Department Store” of Lisbon
El Corte Inglès, for those who do not know yet, is a bit like Macy’s, Selfridges or Galeries Lafayette. Originally from Spain, this brand is also present in Portugal. In Lisbon, the store occupies a splendid building since November 2001. And over the years, it has become a chic spot in the city. In addition to all the proposed universes, 24 brands are present in the galleries of El Corte Inglès.
Do not miss these rays : cheeses, cold cuts, wines, beauty and wedding dresses
Opening hours : 10 am – 10 pm (Monday to Thursday) / 10 am – 11.30 pm (Friday and Saturday) / 10 am – 8 pm (Sunday and public holiday)
Restaurants : No
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/ElCorteInglesPortugal/
Website : www.elcorteingles.pt
6. AMOREIRAS SHOPPING CENTER – The charm of the 80s
The Amoreiras Shopping Center is a shopping center that was inaugurated in September 1985 on a surface of 40,000 m2. It is located in the district of Campolide, a chic neighborhood. The property is overlooked by two skyscrapers, the towers of Amoreiras. In this shopping center, the 275 shops are rather chic and upscale. There are also restaurants, cinemas, apartments and offices.
Do not miss this shop : the only Üterque boutique in Lisbon, the new luxury brand for women of the Inditex group (Zara, Massimo Dutti etc). A sign not yet present in many countries.
Adress : Avenida Duarte Pacheco, Lisboa
Opening hours : daily from 10 am to 11 pm
Number of shops : 247 stores
Restaurants : Yes, 50 restaurants
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/amoreirasshoppingcenter/
Website : www.amoreiras.com
7. DOLCE VITA PICOAS PLAZA – Many shops in a popular and central area
The neighborhood of Picoas and its surroundings is a neighborhood that is home to many economic activities of the city and is a neighborhood that has remained popular. Inaugurated in November 2006, the Dolce Vita Picoas Plaza is located in the heart of this district. It offers 50 shops and restaurants.
Adress : Rua Tomás Ribeiro 65, Lisboa
Opening hours : 10 am – 8 pm (Monday to Saturday)
Number of shops : 50 stores
Restaurants : Yes
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/CentroComercialPicoasPlaza/
Website : www.dolcevita.pt/picoas-plaza
8. TIVOLI FORUM – Luxury, luxury and luxury
This commercial gallery opened in November 1999 on Avenida da Liberdade, the most expensive and chic avenue in Lisbon and one of the most expensive in the world. The Tivoli Forum has half a dozen luxury shops and a lower level restaurant floor.
Do not miss this shop : Fashion Clinic, an international multi-brand boutique
Adress : Avenida da Liberdae 182, Lisboa
Opening hours : daily from 10 am to 9 pm
Number of shops : 8
Restaurants : Yes to level -1
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/TivoliForum
9. ATRIUM SALDANHA – A beautiful shopping center in the lungs of the city
The Atrium Saldanha, designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill, was inaugurated in March 2008. This shopping center occupies the first 3 floors of the building of the same name. The rest of the 9 floors of the building is occupied by offices. The Atrium is located right on Duque de Saldanha Square, one of the central squares of the city, around which much of Lisbon’s economic activity is based. The activity in this area is so dense that two other shopping centers are present near this place (Dolce Vita Monumental and Galerias Saldanha), they are indicated at the end of this article.
Adress : Praça Duque de Saldanha 1, Lisboa
Opening hours : 10h00 – 23h00 (every day)
Number of shops : 78
Restaurants : Yes, 25 restaurants
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/atriumsaldanha/
Website : www.atriumsaldanha.pt
10. ALMADA FORUM – On the other side of the 25 April Bridge
The Almada Fórum is not in Lisbon itself, it is located on the municipality of Almada, the city just after the 25 April bridge. If during your stay you go to the beaches of Costa da Caparica or visit the Cristo Rei (Christ King), you will pass nearby. The mall is a bit like the competitor of Lisbon’s giant shopping center, Colombo. Opened in 2002, it occupies nearly 79,000 m2 and is home to 248 stores and 14 cinemas on 3 floors. The top floor with its 35 restaurants has a splendid view of the Tagus River, the 25 April Bridge and the Cristo Rei (Christ King) of Almada.
Small tip : if you find yourself in the caps when returning from the beaches of Caparica or your visit to Cristo Rei, take a break in this mall until traffic becomes fluid again.
Do not miss : the delicious fish and shellfish restaurant Marisqueira Praiamar, ultra fresh, to try absolutely
Opening hours : 09:00 to midnight (daily for the Jumbo supermarket) / 10:00 to midnight (daily for shops)
Number of shops : 248
Restaurants : Yes, a food-court with 35 restaurants
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/AlmadaForum/
Website : www.almadaforum.com
– THE OTHER SHOPPING CENTERS OF LISBON
From the nearest to the farthest from downtown
Espaço Chiado – Commercial Center and Cultural Center in Chiado
Address: Rua da Misericordia 12-20 / Rua Nova da Trindade 5-5G, Lisboa
Number of shops: 56
Galerias Saldanha Residence – One of 3 shopping centers overlooking Praça Duque de Saldanha
Address: Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo 42 E., Lisboa
Number of shops: 66
Opening hours: 10:00 – 23:00
Dolce Vita Monumental – One of the 3 shopping centers overlooking Praça Duque de Saldanha
Address: Praça Duque de Saldanha / Fontes Avenida Pereira de Melo 51, Lisboa
Number of shops: 33
Opening hours: every day from 8.30am – 11pm / 10am – 10pm for shops
Amoreiras Plaza – A small gallery near the Amoreiras Shopping Center
Address: Rua Carlos Alberto da Mota Pinto, 9
Opening hours: 09h00 – 22h00 (every day)
Galeria Via Veneto – For luxury
Address: Avenida João XXI, Lisboa
Opening hours: 09h00 – 20h00 (every day)
Centro Comercial Imaviz – In the district of Picoas
Address: Avenida Fontes Pereira Melo 35, Lisboa
Centro Comercial Acqua Roma – A nice little gallery
Address: Avenida de Roma, 15 B
Number of shops: 24
Opening hours: 10h00 – 20h00 (every day)
Centro Comercial Alvalade – In the Sporting Stadium Lisbon
Address: Praça de Alvalade 6 B, Lisboa
Number of shops: 31
Opening hours: 08h00 – 22h00 (every day)
Centro Comercial Fonte Nova – The other commercial center of the Benfica district
Address: Estrada de Benfica 503, Lisboa
Opening hours: 09h30 – 23h00 (every day)
Centro Comercial Pingo Doce Bela Vista
Address: Avenida Santo Condestavel / Via Central, Lisboa
Opening hours: 09h00-22h00 (Monday to Thursday), 09h00 – 23h00 (Friday and Saturday), 09h00 – 21h00 (Sunday)