Visiting the city of Porto means getting to know a cosmopolitan destination, with history, heritage and friendly and hospitable people, but it is also synonym of good business. The capital of the north is a real paradise for shopaholics, combining the presence of large multinational brands, the innovation of young Portuguese creators in the most diverse areas, and traditional products.
When planning the budget for your trip to the north of Portugal, put aside some money to buy a good bottle of Port wine, a designer’s jewel, a scented soap from an old shop or a t-shirt alluding to your destination, with a young look and a careful design.
In Porto, the price range pleases everyone. Take a day to walk around the city’s shops. Next, we will show you the best locations and what you can find there.
The city is known for its intense and lively commercial activity, but also for the creativity of the new street commerce, whether in the area of fashion design or shoe manufacturing, in designer jewellery or in traditional jewellery, in terms of furniture, gourmet products and wines.
Begin with a visit to downtown Porto. Santa Catarina is an area of traditional commerce where you will also find some of the best shops in the city. In this famous street of the city, take a break to stretch your legs in probably the most amazing café in Porto, the Majestic.
Downtown you will also find several shops with modern souvenirs – for example, t-shirts making fun of Porto’s accent and its symbols – designer’s crafts, objects and design furniture, bric-a-brac, antique shops and second hand goods – in the last few years, several fashionable and vintage second hand clothes and shoes shops have opened – traditional and gourmet groceries and wine shops with the best national references, particularly Porto and Douro wines.
In some of these places it is not only possible to buy a good wine, a cheese or a delicious enchido or a handmade jam, but you can also taste these divine products.
Around the Clérigos and the churches of Carmo and Carmelitas, an area where the rectory of the University of Porto is located and where nightlife is the liveliest in Porto, with restaurants and bars for every taste, visit the best fashion designer in the so-called Quarteirão das Artes – those who appreciate visual arts will love this area, thus called because of its many art galleries.
If you are fascinated by the world of fashion, take the yellow metro line and visit the El Corte Inglés. In the megastore of Avenida da República, in Gaia, five minutes away from Avenida dos Aliados, you will find a wide range of the best brands and everything very well organized by sectors.
In Porto’s historical centre, you will certainly find something irresistible to remember your trip to this city, so full of good taste. For example, a tile, such as those covering the fronts of the 100-year old buildings, which have given this old area the title of World Heritage by UNESCO.
In Boavista, towards the Foz, go to the Avis area and find the most exquisite shops in the city. Among several top brands, you can find the best articles made in Portugal and around the world, excellent clothes and shoes.
For Porto, there are low cost flights, for example, from London (Stansted and Gatwick), Paris (Beauvais, Orly, Vatry and Charles de Gaulle), Marseille, Lille, Tours, St. Etienne, Bologna, Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse, Madrid, Barcelona El Prat, Tenerife, Valencia and Palma de Majorca.
Summer only, there are low cost airlines flying from Liverpool, Las Palmas, Carcassonne, Rodez and Nantes.
With regular tariffs, there are flights from London – Gatwick, Madrid, Barcelona and Paris – Orly.
From The Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport, the best way to get to the centre of the city of Porto is by Metro. The trip will take approximately 30 minutes.