Designer style amid the Avenues
Anyone looking for high quality, international designer names like Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Burberry need go no further than the wide avenues around the Baixa area. Although one of the most popular shopping areas in Lisbon, the 1.5km long Avenida da Liberdade never seems crowded with shoppers. High end designer shops and hotels can be found throughout its length, but with extensive tree lined plazas complete with fountains occupying the centre of the street there are plenty of places to sit back and relax for a while with a coffee. Even the noise from10 lanes of traffic passing along the Avenida are muted. No less than three metro stations serve the Avenida – Restauradores, Avenida and Marques de Pombal. It is reckoned to be among the most expensive streets in the world.
Venturing away from the Avenida into the smaller side streets enables you to find countless exclusive stores, some of which have been trading here for hundreds of years. Luvaria Ulisses is one of the smallest but also most exclusive shops in the area. There is just enough space for two or three people at time within the Art Deco styled store, which contains a superb collection of hand made gloves. Equally unusual is the Casa des Velas do Loreto which is the oldest continuously operating Candle Shop worldwide. Candles have been made here since the 1700’s. Ask for a sample tray before buying – this enables you to smell the different aromas, and discover the varying sizes that are available. You can even have candles engraved, but you will need to allow several days for this to be done.