Thursday, August 17, 2006

souvenir shopping in Lisbon

this month has been a very busy one regarding gimme your stuff swaps. I always say that I won't do more swaps, since my available time is limited as it is, but I find it hard to say "no" when all manner of wonderful parcels keep showing up at my house. For this latest round I had to do some souvenir shopping, and let me tell you it was not an easy task. If you've ever been a tourist in Lisbon, you'll know that the more traditional souvenir shops are around the Baixa/Restauradores/Av. da Liberdade areas (at least, those were the first that came to my mind when I first went shopping for these). I must confess that I had never bought souvenirs from around here before, although I am like any other tourist when I travel abroad and I just love souvenir shops - especially in castles and the heritage kind, and of course museum shops - I always h-a-v-e to get something, even if it's only a fridge magnet for my growing collection or a few nice postcards. Anyway, I tried a couple of the more traditional and bigger souvenir shops but couldn't find any items I really liked. I didn't have time to check the museums, but I remembered that T. had pointed out a really nice shop during one of our recent shopping trips downtown. I finally had the time to go check it out during the weekend, and found what I was looking for.

The shop sells all sorts of handmade Portuguese crafts, including pottery, painted tiles, embroidered handbags and needle cases, children's toys, among other things. Then right across the street I noticed another interesting shop, where I got a really nice notebook (yes, one more ., a girl can never have too many, right ?) and fell in love with these soaps (not quite the same that I sometimes find at the supermarket) and these boxes. It's definitely worth going there, so if you're a tourist around these parts or are looking for some unique gifts, go take a look ...

Santos Ofícios Artesanato
Rua da Madalena, 87

Nós por cá
Rua da Madalena, 76/78



Bluejustin said...

O El Corte Ingles tem uma parte dedicada a souvenirs de Portugal, eu adorei os postais e tem outras peças tipicamente tugas.


Rikki said...

Be sure to send us a pic and words for each swap!

terpsicore said...

Drats!Another swap thing for me to get addicted!
I would never have found out if I had never read this post. Though I cannot understand very well how it works.
But it sounds fun.

Murta said...

Mais uma vez influenciada pelo bom gosto do "Chocolate" e porque estava na vizinhança, acabei por visitar a loja NÓS POR CÁ. Comprei uma toalha maravilhosa com bordado de Viana do Castelo. Ofereci a uma grande amiga.
Obrigada, Tania, pela dica.

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