Destination PortoDestination Porto

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Porto’s most important shopping street is the Rua de Santa Catarina pedestrian precinct in the city centre. Large international chains such as Zara and Mango are located here, together with the big Centro Comercial Via Caterina shopping centre. However, the small side streets are also worth visiting. Here you will find small shops selling fresh bread, cheese or cake, alternating with booksellers and traditional shoe shops.

The open air markets are also worth a visit to obtain a foretaste of day to day life in Portugal. There is a flower market on the Praca da Liberdade daily from April to October. The best-known market, the Mercado do Bolhao in the Rua Fernandes Tomas, is held every morning from Monday to Saturday, with fresh food, herbs and flowers on sale.

The Arcadia patisserie at 63 Rua do Almada or the A Perola do Bolhao at 279 Rua Formose, are the places to be for acquiring local specialities such as chocolate and sugared almonds.

The Ribeira Craft Centre at 37 Rua de Reboleira, for traditional Portuguese products such as the hand-painted ‘azulejos’ (tiles), is popular with both tourists and locals.

Gold and jewellery are another speciality of Portugal, a reflection of its colonial past and the conquest of countries strewn with gold in South America. Recommended jewellers are David Rosas on the Avenida de Boavista and Elysee Joias on the Prace Mouzinho de Albuquerque. Pedro A Baptista is also a good choice on account of its collection of antique and modern jewellery.

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