Ler Devagar, LX Factory
Occupying a former factory space, Ler Devegar literally translates to 'ready slowly'. The philosophy is to put down your technology/e-books and immerse yourself in the pleasure of the written word. This amazing bookshop is a work of art in itself, with the entire room covered floor to ceiling with books and stairways and walkways intertwined throughout. Selling both new and secondhand works, in both Portuguese and international languages, Ler Devagar features a cafe where customers can enjoy a good read whilst enjoying coffee and cake.. perfect.
If you make it to the LX Factory then spend some time looking round the smaller boutique shops as there are some lovely Portuguese produce to get your hands on. There is also an open market in the building round the back of the row of shops, I think it's only open on the weekend so make sure you check before you go. It's full of vintage, handmade clothes, Portuguese rugs, jewellery, records and food. I spent a good hour there having an internal debate as to whether I should buy a vintage yellow Gucci cross-body bag.. it wasn't cheap and my conscious got the better of me; needless to say i've regretted it ever since.
Baixa and Chiado
This is the part of town you'll find the most shops. From high street stores like Zara, H&M and Pull and Bear to traditional Portuguese shops like A Vida Portuguesa. We strolled through the street on our way to the flea market in the older part of town and stopped off at A Vida Portuguesa, a lovely shop with store cupboards filled with traditional Portuguese soaps, oils, toothpastes, petroleum jelly in retro boxes as well as the iconic retro tins and iridescent ceramic sardines.
We also picked up a punnet of strawberries that are being sold in little stalls on the streets of town for €2, there is nothing like fresh strawberries on a lovely sunny day.
Feira da Ladra
This flea market is amazing and as we were strolling around it I really wished I lived in Lisbon so I could actually scoop up all the bargains to be had. Although I did manage to pick up a vintage pink silk shirt with epic shoulder pads for €2 and was eyeing up a few basket bags. It's a huge market with an eclectic mix of jewellery, clothes, antiques and ceramics on offer and you can tell with a lot of patience and a bit of luck you would be rewarded with some absolute hidden gems.
As Lisbon is built on hills, you'll find viewing points in prime spots around the city perfect for taking in the amazing views of the iconic terracotta roof tops and coastline in the distance. I've added two of my favourites below but there is also Miradouro de Santa
So that's my whistle stop post on the lovely Lisbon. It's such a great city and there is so much to do and see that we barely scratched the surface. Apart from what I've already covered I also wanted to visit the beaches on the outskirts of the city and the picturesque town on Sintra with is exquisite palace and decorative gardens. There are also loads of art galleries and museums in Lisbon which, with the accept of the Tile Museum (which i massively recommend), we didn't have time to visit either. Alas! That means only one thing... a second trip is a must.