One of the most fascinating things about Lisbon is how the old and the new interact and coexist in harmony. A few years ago the city was flooded with contemporary city businesses and most of the citizens have forgotten how the ancient is frequently more special than the modern. Check out these 5 ideas to make your daily routine in Lisbon more interesting and traditional:
Switch the supermarket for the market
To shop in a market is much nicer than in a supermarket. Switch the artificial light and the plastic wrapped products of the supermarket for a busy district market. Products are fresher, the space more agreeable and the local merchants surprisingly friendly.
Visit: Mercado de Campo de Ourique (at Rua Coelho da Costa), Mercado da Ribeira (at Av. 24 Julho) or Mercado de Alvalade (at Av. do Rio de Janeiro).
Switch the mall for street shops
Make the most of the pretty streets and Lisbon’s nice weather and shop in the open. Switch the noisy malls for traditional shops and commerce streets of Lisbon. Try to shop at Av. da Igreja to explore traditional commerce, at Rua Saraiva de Carvalho if you need to redecorate your home or at Rua da Escola Politécnica/Rua Dom Pedro V to wander at antique shops or Portuguese clothes designers.
Switch the expresso for filter coffee
Although it is faster to have a modern capsule coffee at home, traditional coffes are much better. There is a strong coffe culture in Lisbon and that is something that you must take advantage of. Switch your Nespresso for a traditinal filter coffee and visit Casa Macário (at Rua Augusta 172-174) or A Carioca (at Rua da Misericórdia 9) to create a combination adapted to your personal taste.
Switch the large supermarkets for haberdashers shops
Lisbon has an important tradition of haberdasher shops and there is even one street – Rua da Conceição – known as Haberdasher Street. These shops are fantastic and imaginative worlds and make it possible to create or reinvent original and different clothes and jewelry. Switch the large supermarkets by Retrosaria Adriano Coelho (at Rua da Conceição 121-123) or by Retrosaria Bijou (at Rua da Conceição 191).
Switch the book shops for second hand book sellers
Book lovers can find in a used-book store a much more interesting experience than going to a modern book store. If you want to find books that are no longer in circulation or old editions, switch the modern book shops by second hand book sellers and visit Castro e Silva (at Rua do Loreto 14) or Avelar Machado (at Rua Poço dos Negros, 19-21).
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