Souvenirs of Lisbon

One of the particularly enjoyable duties/joys I have in my life, since launching [Dearsouvenir magazine](, is to scout for great souvenirs and souvenir shops wherever I go: Makers of traditional goods, local designers, haberdashers and the like.

Before they even make it to the magazine, here’s a few early finds after a day of roaming the streets of Lisbon:


The beauty of **A Vida Portuguesa** (link, [map](,-9.1411021,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x102725a972b3cc92!8m2!3d38.710014!4d-9.1411021)), a shop selling traditional local goods. An absolute must-see, and one of the most gorgeous & lovely stores I’ve ever set foot in. By the time I left I had (happily!) bought olive oil with *piri piri* (hot peppers), hand made notepads in bright yellow, tooth paste and hand cream, two types of *conservas de peixe* (canned fish). Admittedly, the latter mostly for the packaging, which is gorgeous (sorry, fish!).

Lisbon souvenirs
_First haul of Portugal souvenirs. Success!_

Portugal is huge on wool. **Burel Factory** ([link](, Rua Serpa Pinto, 15B[map](,+Portugal/@38.710893,-9.1383681,17.16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0d19347ee6d52e51:0x520309cac31f76cf!8m2!3d38.7102431!4d-9.141661)) makes contemporary designs out of wool. It’s all very high quality, great to the touch, just a pure joy. In terms of products pick up anything from scarves and blankets, from toys to boots, from jackets to baseball hats. Yes, all from wool.

**Principe Real**

The Entretanto indoor market (map) is the home to Stro (link), a young Portuguese fashion and design brand. Go here for a playful, fresh take on traditional Portuguese design.

You’ll also find many of these and some more pointers in this Dearsouvenir Jauntful map for Lisbon.

_This post is going to be extended over the next couple of weeks._

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