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Shop Portuguese Staying at Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel in the Heart of Lisbon

Portugal is currently enjoying a design-focused period celebrating local designers offering innovative, sought after products.
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This should come as no surprise as Portugal has a long history in successful textile and clothing manufacturing. Today, visitors to Portugal’s capital city will uncover many independent designer shops including some familiar Portuguese brands.

One of the best ways to enjoy a shopping break in Lisbon is by staying centrally located. Lisbon Heritage Hotels offer five boutique hotels all with the best addresses. Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel is located on the Avenida da Liberdade, one of Europe’s finest boulevards lined with trees, boutiques and restaurants. Within walking distance from the hotel, the following Portuguese brands are a must-visit:

Vista Alegre
Founded in 1824, the Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory was the first industrial unit dedicated to producing porcelain in Portugal. Vista Alegre is the largest tableware group in Portugal offering glassware, crystal, porcelain and furniture. It is a must-visit store for those looking for beautiful, unique pieces of Portuguese home decoration.
Largo do Chiado 20-23, 1200-108

FORA was born in Lisbon, in 2014 with a strong passion for vintage eyewear and sunglasses design. FORA is an independent eyewear brand committed to creating high quality, handmade eyewear inspired by the people, places and stories of Lisbon.
Rua da Misericórdia 90, 1200-273

Burel Factory
Burel Factory arose from the need of saving an ancestral heritage. Today, the brand offers wool focused items including clothing, home decor and key fashion items. The brand tells a story of a Mountain – the Serra da Estrela in central Portugal. It is from here that wool is sourced and items produced.
Rua Serpa Pinto 15B, 1200-443

Claus Porto
Dating back to 1887, over 133 years and four generations, Claus Porto developed its unique expertise in soaps, colognes, scented candles, home diffusers and grooming products, crafting a philosophy of authenticity and an incredible portfolio of colourful hand-made labels and design patterns, each with its own unique personality.
Rua da Misericórdia 135, 1200-272


ISTO does not rely on seasonal collections and offers a selection of clothing items for men and women. Luxury essentials are made affordable and 100% organic. The brand was born in Lisbon and its products are all transparently made in Portugal.
Praça do Príncipe Real 26, 1250-184

A Vida Portuguesa
This collection of shops in Lisbon celebrate Portuguese products like nowhere else. A Vida Portuguesa was born out of the will to create an inventory of the brands that survived the passage of time, to highlight the quality of Portuguese manufacturing and to showcase Portugal in a surprising light. Purchase a variety of textiles, stationary, food and drink, fragrance, books and other home items.
Largo do Intendente Pina Manique 23, 1100-285

Fátima Lopes
One of Portugal’s most celebrated fashion designers, Fátima Lopes recently celebrated her 20th anniversary of Fátima Lopes at Paris Fashion Week. This was her 41st fashion show and today the designer sells high-fashion womenswear and menswear from her Lisbon boutique.
Rua Rodrigues Sampaio, 96, 1150-281

Nuno Gama
One of Portugal’s most celebrated menswear designers, Nuno Gama’s fashion shows take place at Lisbon fashion week and his Lisbon boutique sells high-fashion menswear including accessories and jewellery.
Praça da Ilha do Faial, 5, 1000-168

Two Portuguese brands on the hotel’s doorstep on Avenida da Liberdade include:

Maria João Bahia
Creations are well-known for their unusual combinations of noble metal, gems, and organic forms, transformed into astonishing pieces. Lead by Maria João Bahia, the jewelry that bears her name is an icon of elegance and exclusivity with a 100% Portuguese design.
Avenida da Liberdade, 102, 1250-145

Rosa & Teixeira
This Portuguese made-to-measure tailor is one of the country’s most recognised. The shop offers a selection of national and international brands.
Avenida da Liberdade, 204, 1250-147

After all that shopping, head back to Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel. This 18th century building truly stands out with its blue facade. The hotel was completely renovated, maintaining as many original elements as possible including the exterior.

The main door retains its early charm complete with shutters with their original iron work. Guests will also view Pombaline tiles in the interior along with the original veranda railings. The striking 2.5-meter high windows are flanked by the traditional Portuguese blue and white tiles of the 18th century.

The 42 individually designed bedrooms are all equipped with air-conditioning and all the luxuries expected in 5-star hotels. There are four room categories at the hotel including Baixa Rooms, Lisboa Rooms, Heritage Rooms and Junior Suites Avenida.

Photos of Lisbon courtesy of Visit Lisboa

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