Built in 1905 and originally called the Chardron Bookshop, the Livraria Lello & Irmão is a rare example of Neo-Gothic architecture in the city of Porto. Now a gorgeous bookstore, this building was one of the reasons why Porto was designated a World Heritage Site. The wonderful staircase running through the middle of the shop is an important feature, as is the stained-glass skylight and the ornate wooden ceiling. Visitors stop by this prized landmark to browse through their massive collection of books and enjoy the amazing ambiance.
Founded in 1944, this bookshop is the leader of the market, especially in dictionaries, school manuals and educational software. As well as distributing their material throughout Portugal in all good bookshops and stationers, they also have two bookshops of their own in Oporto. They offer discounts to teachers in national schools.
Pull & Bear sells stylish informal clothes for young people, for day to day wear. To complement the clothes, they also have a line in shoes, wallets and after-shave. With four stores in the city, this store is aimed at the 18 to 35 age group. All products are good quality and the prices are accessible to all incomes.
The Almedina bookshop specializes in books on the legal system. Apart from selling every judicial book, by every publishing house, including the University of Coimbra, they also publish their own material. It is essentially frequented by lawyers and law students. The bookshop is small but completely filled to the brim with books, and the service is very personalized.
This is a crystal and glass store with a mark of quality of one of the biggest suppliers in Portugal. In the first department, you can buy glassware, dishes, ashtrays and all manner of items for the home. In the second section, you can buy decorative pieces, including glass jars, made individually by hand. The prices vary from the affordable to the more expensive.
Here you can find a diversity of objects from different eras and countries. Ornaments, carved statues painted in gold, pictures, furniture in different styles, decor objects, cloth, rugs and all manner of things for the house. Outros Tempos buys and sells antiques. What stands out is the way that the various products from different cultures are displayed, resulting in a pretty arrangement.
A complete range of sports footwear, from designer, day-to-day wear and light sports shoes for competition. They sell shoes in all sizes, colors and designs, and in canvas or leather. You can also find a collection of sportswear and some accessories for gymnastics.
This establishment sells women's fashion, starting from size 40. The line of clothes is very up to the moment and feminine, proving that it isn't only thin women who have the right to wear fashionable clothes. This shop filled a gap in the market, which had been overlooked before. A number of accessories can also be bought here, ranging from scarves, purses and belts, amongst others.
Catraio is one of the best places in the city for those who want to tantalize their taste buds with some delicious local beers. The place is covered with wooden furnishings, hanging lights and beer bottles decked up on the walls. If you are wondering what to order from their extensive menu, then know that Orgânica, Ginja Ninja and Orange Lush are just some of the beverages that are enjoyed by the locals. Feel free to have a taste of the drink before opting for it. A variety of products like t-shirts, hats, bags, cap openers and hoodies can also be purchased from this upscale corner. In operation since 2015, the Catraio operates five days a week.
The Sanzala is not only a coffee distributor, but it also has a shop open for the general public. They can grind coffee for you on the spot, or else you can choose a pre-packaged variety; all taste wonderful. They also sell domestic coffee machines, both modern and the older glass bowl-style ones, and coffee-cups. There is also a cafeteria.
Scar.id Store is a modish boutique shop featuring clothing, furniture, jewellery and accessories. Owned by Sílvia Pinto Costa, the place mainly sells the works of local designers and artists. Some of the common designers are Pedro Pedro, Lagrima Studio, Filipe Faísca, Susana Bettencourt, Carla Pontes and many more. The place has successfully been able to lift many upcoming talent and give them international appreciation.
Mercado 48 is a combined art space with a designer store. Owned by friends José Carlos Moutinho and João Vasconcelos, the place features various vintage clothing, furniture, skateboards, key rings, carpets and lots more. In addition to this the owners plan to organize live music on Saturdays for entertaining the customers and giving the local talent some exposure. They also have a vast collection of wines and wooden bicycles. The place is also known for conducting exhibitions in their in-store private room.