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Guidebook for Porto

Luís

Guidebook for Porto

Sightseeing
The imposing architecture and its central character turn this Avenue into the city's "living room". It becomes a location of excellence where the people of Porto gather to celebrate special times.
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Avenida dos Aliados
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The imposing architecture and its central character turn this Avenue into the city's "living room". It becomes a location of excellence where the people of Porto gather to celebrate special times.
The Clérigos Tower is one of the most emblematic monuments of the city of Porto. The panoramic view over the city and the river Douro which can be seen from the top is amazing!
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Clérigos Tower
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The Clérigos Tower is one of the most emblematic monuments of the city of Porto. The panoramic view over the city and the river Douro which can be seen from the top is amazing!
Special mention goes to: the Gothic São João Evangelista Chapel and the cloister, the Santíssimo Sacramento Chapel and its silver altar and the eighteenth century Baroque frescos in the main chapel.
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Terreiro da Sé
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Special mention goes to: the Gothic São João Evangelista Chapel and the cloister, the Santíssimo Sacramento Chapel and its silver altar and the eighteenth century Baroque frescos in the main chapel.
São Bento's Railway Station vestibule is adorned with twenty thousand tiles painted by Jorge Colaço that illustrate the transport evolution and events of Portuguese history and life.
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Porto São Bento
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São Bento's Railway Station vestibule is adorned with twenty thousand tiles painted by Jorge Colaço that illustrate the transport evolution and events of Portuguese history and life.
The building where the library is now located was inaugurated in 1906. Special mention goes to its beautiful Art Nouveau façade with neo-Gothic details.
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Livraria Lello
144 R. das Carmelitas
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The building where the library is now located was inaugurated in 1906. Special mention goes to its beautiful Art Nouveau façade with neo-Gothic details.
Essentials
Dedicated mainly at fresh products, its sellers are divided into different specialised sections, namely: fishmongers, butchers, green grocers and florists.
Rua Formosa
Dedicated mainly at fresh products, its sellers are divided into different specialised sections, namely: fishmongers, butchers, green grocers and florists.
Closest pharmacy to my studio (1-minute walking distance) :)
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Liberdade Square
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Closest pharmacy to my studio (1-minute walking distance) :)
Always an essential: the closest supermarket to my studio (1-minute walking distance) :)
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Minipreço Express
46 Largo dos Lóios
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Always an essential: the closest supermarket to my studio (1-minute walking distance) :)
To nice and clean clothing: the closest self-service dry cleaning & laundry to my studio (10-minute walking distance) :)
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The Laundry - Laundry Self-Service Laundry
23 Rua da Conceição
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To nice and clean clothing: the closest self-service dry cleaning & laundry to my studio (10-minute walking distance) :)
To stay fit: the closest gym to my studio (11-minute walking distance) :)
Fitness Hut - Trindade
3 R. Heróis e Mártires de Angola
To stay fit: the closest gym to my studio (11-minute walking distance) :)
Food Scene
Founded in 1921, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful and representative examples of Art Nouveau in Porto exuding an atmosphere of luxury, refinement and well-being.
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Rua de Passos Manuel
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Founded in 1921, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful and representative examples of Art Nouveau in Porto exuding an atmosphere of luxury, refinement and well-being.
I love its ambience: neo-Arabic architecture, high ceilings, pillars and tall arches, all brought trendily up to date with large cane lampshades, tripped brick walls and cool decor! The food is wonderful, cooked to perfection with a good variety of fish and meat dishes on offer. I love the sushi! :) ☎ +351 22 205 4016
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FLOW Restaurant & Bar
63 Rua da Conceição
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I love its ambience: neo-Arabic architecture, high ceilings, pillars and tall arches, all brought trendily up to date with large cane lampshades, tripped brick walls and cool decor! The food is wonderful, cooked to perfection with a good variety of fish and meat dishes on offer. I love the sushi! :) ☎ +351 22 205 4016
The environment created refers to the glamor of the French style of the 50s, based in elegant gray and greenish tones and the use of period furniture. The highlight is the tree surrounded by lit bar, around which will be arranging the tables and chairs. A spiral staircase leads us to the mezzanine, where a sofa surrounds the entire space overlooking the ground floor. Champanheria da Baixa Bistrô is a restaurant-bar ideal for fine dining and/or a glass then working perfectly as bistrô betting on grilled meats or as a dedicated lounge to champagnes, 'sangrias' and champagne cocktails. ☎ +351 22 323 5254
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Champ's da Baixa Bistrô
467 R. de Sá da Bandeira
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The environment created refers to the glamor of the French style of the 50s, based in elegant gray and greenish tones and the use of period furniture. The highlight is the tree surrounded by lit bar, around which will be arranging the tables and chairs. A spiral staircase leads us to the mezzanine, where a sofa surrounds the entire space overlooking the ground floor. Champanheria da Baixa Bistrô is a restaurant-bar ideal for fine dining and/or a glass then working perfectly as bistrô betting on grilled meats or as a dedicated lounge to champagnes, 'sangrias' and champagne cocktails. ☎ +351 22 323 5254
In the old part of the city, the restaurant Abadia (Abbey) do Porto, was founded in 1939. It is said that the name has origins in abbeys where pilgrims, from Santiago de Compostela, rested for a few hours, slept and ate before start another long walk with religious purposes. It has excellent traditional portuguese dishes and very friendly service. It is very popular among local people that enjoy eating great food at a reasonable price! ☎ +351 22 200 8757
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Restaurante Abadia do Porto
22 R. do Ateneu Comercial do Porto
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In the old part of the city, the restaurant Abadia (Abbey) do Porto, was founded in 1939. It is said that the name has origins in abbeys where pilgrims, from Santiago de Compostela, rested for a few hours, slept and ate before start another long walk with religious purposes. It has excellent traditional portuguese dishes and very friendly service. It is very popular among local people that enjoy eating great food at a reasonable price! ☎ +351 22 200 8757
The decor has a rural feel, with the dining area surrounded by famous portuguese 'azulejos'. The service is friendly and rather formal at the same time. It serves fresh, very well prepared traditional portuguese food particularly fish and seafood. Meat dishes are also very good! ☎ +351 22 200 1079
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Restaurante "O Escondidinho"
142 Rua Passos Manuel
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The decor has a rural feel, with the dining area surrounded by famous portuguese 'azulejos'. The service is friendly and rather formal at the same time. It serves fresh, very well prepared traditional portuguese food particularly fish and seafood. Meat dishes are also very good! ☎ +351 22 200 1079
The best bakery in town for you breakfast/lunch! :)
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Padaria Ribeiro
21 Praça de Guilherme Gomes Fernandes
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The best bakery in town for you breakfast/lunch! :)
Drinks & Nightlife
The hot spot in town for nightlife and clubbing!
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Rua da Galeria de Paris
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The hot spot in town for nightlife and clubbing!
This beautifully renovated space resembles a glamorous cafe from the mid 20th century. A largely sophisticated gay crowd frequents Café Lusitano, although all are welcome. On week nights, the mood is relaxed, perfect for sipping a wine, cocktail, coffee or juice. A wide range of popular and eclectic music keeps the bar interesting. On weekends, the party gets louder and wilder. Dancing is a prerequisite with resident and guest DJs playing international dance beats.
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Cafe
137 Rua de José Falcão
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This beautifully renovated space resembles a glamorous cafe from the mid 20th century. A largely sophisticated gay crowd frequents Café Lusitano, although all are welcome. On week nights, the mood is relaxed, perfect for sipping a wine, cocktail, coffee or juice. A wide range of popular and eclectic music keeps the bar interesting. On weekends, the party gets louder and wilder. Dancing is a prerequisite with resident and guest DJs playing international dance beats.
Bar Conceição 35 is a cool, fun and quaint space, with vintage industrial décor, transforming moods depending on the time of day and day of the month. In the late afternoon, Conceição 35 is a great neighborhood gay café serving tapas, sandwiches and pastries, as well as drinks at Happy Hour prices. On Fridays and Saturdays, the furniture is pulled out to create a dance floor. Special parties and special guests are scheduled regularly.
Bar Conceição 35
35 Rua da Conceição
Bar Conceição 35 is a cool, fun and quaint space, with vintage industrial décor, transforming moods depending on the time of day and day of the month. In the late afternoon, Conceição 35 is a great neighborhood gay café serving tapas, sandwiches and pastries, as well as drinks at Happy Hour prices. On Fridays and Saturdays, the furniture is pulled out to create a dance floor. Special parties and special guests are scheduled regularly.
ZOOM is (currently) the hot nightclub of the moment in Porto. A contemporary party palace rises from what was once an old industrial warehouse. The club is contemporary and cool, with enormous disco balls and catwalks over the dance floor made for muscled go-go boys. The crowd is largely attractive gay males, but there are many hot lesbians mixed in. Drag shows, theme parties, strippers and popular DJs keep the entertainment continually interesting. The place gets even more crowded after 4:00 when night creatures migrate over from other bars closing around town.
Zoom Porto
40 R. de Passos Manuel
ZOOM is (currently) the hot nightclub of the moment in Porto. A contemporary party palace rises from what was once an old industrial warehouse. The club is contemporary and cool, with enormous disco balls and catwalks over the dance floor made for muscled go-go boys. The crowd is largely attractive gay males, but there are many hot lesbians mixed in. Drag shows, theme parties, strippers and popular DJs keep the entertainment continually interesting. The place gets even more crowded after 4:00 when night creatures migrate over from other bars closing around town.
Café Vitória is one of those spaces in the city I love to recommend, because, despite its name, it's more than a coffee in the usual sense of the word but rather a bar and a restaurant wishing to be an option for any time of the day. It is a bar that turns to be an excellent after-work choice, which I really enjoy, or an option for a late cocktail, always with a good background music selection.
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Café Vitória
156 Rua de José Falcão
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Café Vitória is one of those spaces in the city I love to recommend, because, despite its name, it's more than a coffee in the usual sense of the word but rather a bar and a restaurant wishing to be an option for any time of the day. It is a bar that turns to be an excellent after-work choice, which I really enjoy, or an option for a late cocktail, always with a good background music selection.
The walls are the epicenter of this bar and mark the space decoration, hence the name The Wall. When we enter it doesn't get unnoticed especially because, behind the bar, the wall displays bottles that aim to represent the various drinks around the world. This reflects a cosmopolitan personality of the space, which has a sophisticated atmosphere underlined by other decorative details like the huge crystal chandelier that hangs from the ceiling and looks to create harmony and give sense to the mix of modern and retro reminiscences, which are also in the sonorities of the years 70 to 80 that invade the space.
The Wall Bar
90 R. de Cândido dos Reis
The walls are the epicenter of this bar and mark the space decoration, hence the name The Wall. When we enter it doesn't get unnoticed especially because, behind the bar, the wall displays bottles that aim to represent the various drinks around the world. This reflects a cosmopolitan personality of the space, which has a sophisticated atmosphere underlined by other decorative details like the huge crystal chandelier that hangs from the ceiling and looks to create harmony and give sense to the mix of modern and retro reminiscences, which are also in the sonorities of the years 70 to 80 that invade the space.
The Gin Club is a wonderful bar, modern and sophisticated, divided between two rooms, one of which used as the dance floor to the sound of pop/rock of the years 80 and 90, and the terrace facing one of the most famous Porto's night arteries. In this space of night fun, able to ensure great discoveries among the endless supply of gin that are displayed on the illuminated shelves behind the counter, you'll find a pleasant place for great late afternoons and evenings among friends.
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The Gin Club
70 R. de Cândido dos Reis
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The Gin Club is a wonderful bar, modern and sophisticated, divided between two rooms, one of which used as the dance floor to the sound of pop/rock of the years 80 and 90, and the terrace facing one of the most famous Porto's night arteries. In this space of night fun, able to ensure great discoveries among the endless supply of gin that are displayed on the illuminated shelves behind the counter, you'll find a pleasant place for great late afternoons and evenings among friends.
The ‘coolest and alternative’ night out in Porto is not complete without a reference to Passos Manuel. A former cinema house, (aka) ‘Passos’ is now a trendy cinema-bar-disco combo space, mostly frequented by people from the arts, architecture, design, and especially for those who like bold and alternative spaces, but with some refinement and grandeur, where you can hear some not mainstream sounds, within a quality musical agenda. That´s what brings it personality and charisma that turns this night spot for itself a “must goin’ out.”
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Passos Manuel
137 R. de Passos Manuel
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The ‘coolest and alternative’ night out in Porto is not complete without a reference to Passos Manuel. A former cinema house, (aka) ‘Passos’ is now a trendy cinema-bar-disco combo space, mostly frequented by people from the arts, architecture, design, and especially for those who like bold and alternative spaces, but with some refinement and grandeur, where you can hear some not mainstream sounds, within a quality musical agenda. That´s what brings it personality and charisma that turns this night spot for itself a “must goin’ out.”
Plano B is more than a bar/nightclub, it's a space of "cultural association", divided by two floors and a set of large rooms with different atmospheres. Now, a commercial space with shop, café-bar, or a multi-purpose space for concerts of music, from jazz to rock through electronic or experimental music, documentaries and film cycles, theatre, dance and other performances. An urban and cosmopolitan concept, worthy of any of the cool cities in the world, it deserves a regular visit.
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Plan B Club - Port
30 R. de Cândido dos Reis
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Plano B is more than a bar/nightclub, it's a space of "cultural association", divided by two floors and a set of large rooms with different atmospheres. Now, a commercial space with shop, café-bar, or a multi-purpose space for concerts of music, from jazz to rock through electronic or experimental music, documentaries and film cycles, theatre, dance and other performances. An urban and cosmopolitan concept, worthy of any of the cool cities in the world, it deserves a regular visit.
Gare Club features an all-void system that delivers high impact sound to improve listening experience. Owned by DJs Freshkitos, the club’s main room incorporates a 35-metre tunnel, 10-metre high ceiling, but it is only 6-metre wide. A must go for electronic music lovers!
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Gare Club
182 R. da Madeira
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Gare Club features an all-void system that delivers high impact sound to improve listening experience. Owned by DJs Freshkitos, the club’s main room incorporates a 35-metre tunnel, 10-metre high ceiling, but it is only 6-metre wide. A must go for electronic music lovers!
Parks & Nature
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Porto City Park
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Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
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Foz do Douro
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Matosinhos
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Getting Around
Private car parking closest to my studio (2-minute walking distance) :)
Parque de Estacionamento das Cardosas
22 R. Trindade Coelho
Private car parking closest to my studio (2-minute walking distance) :)
Private car parking with best relation location/price to my studio (7-minute walking distance) :)
Estacionamento D. Joao I
Private car parking with best relation location/price to my studio (7-minute walking distance) :)
Shopping
Portuguese porcelain and crystal since 1824. A must go for home decoration! :)
Vista Alegre
6 R. de Cândido dos Reis
Portuguese porcelain and crystal since 1824. A must go for home decoration! :)
Mens clothing for all ages and events. Women clothing who enjoy chic glamour and casual. :)
PRASSA
592 R. de Sá da Bandeira
Mens clothing for all ages and events. Women clothing who enjoy chic glamour and casual. :)
Adidas, Antony Morato, Apple, Aramis, Armani, Asics, Asus, Azzaro, Beats, Billabong, Biotherm, Bose, Boucheron, Burberry, Bvlgari, Cacharel, Calvin Klein, Camel, Canon, Carhartt, Carolina Herrera, Castelbel, Chloe, Christian Dior, Clarins, Clinique, Converse, Davidoff, Decenio, Desigual, Diesel, Dim, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Element, Elie Saab, Elizabeth Arden, Escada, Esprit, Esteé Lauder, Fly London, Fossil, Franklin & Marshall, Fred Perry, Gant, Geox, Givenchy, Gucci, Guess, Havaianas, Hermes, HP, Huawei, Hugo Boss, Issey Miyake, Jack & Jones, Jean Paul Gaultier, Just Cavalli, Kenwood, Kenzo, Krups, Lancaster, Lancôme, Le Coq Sportif, Levis, LG, Lion of Porches, Loewe, Luís Onofre, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Montblanc, Moschino, New Balance, Nike, Nikon, Nina Ricci, Only, Paco Rabanne, Paez, Pandora, Pentax, Pepe Jeans, Pierre Cardin, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rayban, Reebok, Replay, Revlon, Roberto Cavalli, Shiseido, Superdry, Swarovski, Thierry Mugler, Tiffosi, Timberland, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Vogue, Volcom, Yves Saint Laurent. UFFF! I DID IT! ;)
Marques Soares, S.A Porto
Adidas, Antony Morato, Apple, Aramis, Armani, Asics, Asus, Azzaro, Beats, Billabong, Biotherm, Bose, Boucheron, Burberry, Bvlgari, Cacharel, Calvin Klein, Camel, Canon, Carhartt, Carolina Herrera, Castelbel, Chloe, Christian Dior, Clarins, Clinique, Converse, Davidoff, Decenio, Desigual, Diesel, Dim, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Element, Elie Saab, Elizabeth Arden, Escada, Esprit, Esteé Lauder, Fly London, Fossil, Franklin & Marshall, Fred Perry, Gant, Geox, Givenchy, Gucci, Guess, Havaianas, Hermes, HP, Huawei, Hugo Boss, Issey Miyake, Jack & Jones, Jean Paul Gaultier, Just Cavalli, Kenwood, Kenzo, Krups, Lancaster, Lancôme, Le Coq Sportif, Levis, LG, Lion of Porches, Loewe, Luís Onofre, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Montblanc, Moschino, New Balance, Nike, Nikon, Nina Ricci, Only, Paco Rabanne, Paez, Pandora, Pentax, Pepe Jeans, Pierre Cardin, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rayban, Reebok, Replay, Revlon, Roberto Cavalli, Shiseido, Superdry, Swarovski, Thierry Mugler, Tiffosi, Timberland, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Vogue, Volcom, Yves Saint Laurent. UFFF! I DID IT! ;)
A Vida Portuguesa was born out of the will to create an inventory of the brands that survived the passage of time, to highlight the quality of Portuguese manufacture and to showcase Portugal in a surprising light. Throughout the past few years they've searched, from the north to the south of the country, for products created and fabricated in Portugal. Products that have been handed down through generations and still touches their (and mines) heart today. In production for a long time now, they have, to this day, retained the same original, beautiful and naive packaging. They owe their longevity to their quality, which is, in some cases, outstanding (and recognized abroad, as well). With time, inventiveness and hard work they became perfect and indispensable. They are trademarked in our memories and represent a way of life. They evoke the everyday life of another time and reveal the soul of my country.
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A Vida Portuguesa - Loja Clérigos
20 R. da Galeria de Paris
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A Vida Portuguesa was born out of the will to create an inventory of the brands that survived the passage of time, to highlight the quality of Portuguese manufacture and to showcase Portugal in a surprising light. Throughout the past few years they've searched, from the north to the south of the country, for products created and fabricated in Portugal. Products that have been handed down through generations and still touches their (and mines) heart today. In production for a long time now, they have, to this day, retained the same original, beautiful and naive packaging. They owe their longevity to their quality, which is, in some cases, outstanding (and recognized abroad, as well). With time, inventiveness and hard work they became perfect and indispensable. They are trademarked in our memories and represent a way of life. They evoke the everyday life of another time and reveal the soul of my country.
At number 13 of the street Almada, there are five stores within the same store, five different concepts that share the same space: portuguese design by Águas Furtadas, burel fashion from Aldeias Históricas de Portugal by Miguel Gigante, cork based products by Cork & Co, clothing, accessories and decoration by WE - Rota do Chá and garments, decorative objects related to the sea, summer and the beach by Yellow Boat. So much to discover, it's difficult to leave without buying something :)
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Almada 13
13 Rua do Almada
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At number 13 of the street Almada, there are five stores within the same store, five different concepts that share the same space: portuguese design by Águas Furtadas, burel fashion from Aldeias Históricas de Portugal by Miguel Gigante, cork based products by Cork & Co, clothing, accessories and decoration by WE - Rota do Chá and garments, decorative objects related to the sea, summer and the beach by Yellow Boat. So much to discover, it's difficult to leave without buying something :)
It is (probably) the most beautiful bookstore in the world! Built in 1906, the building of a Gothic façade presents Livraria Lello that seems inspired by the majestic cathedrals; inside, inspired in the libraries of English mansions, stands an imposing wooden staircase that gives access to the second floor, where you can get an overview about all the space. On the ceiling, right in the Centre, a stained-glass window lets pass a warm light, with an inscription of the well-known "motto Decus in labore", "Dedication at work".
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Livraria Lello
144 R. das Carmelitas
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It is (probably) the most beautiful bookstore in the world! Built in 1906, the building of a Gothic façade presents Livraria Lello that seems inspired by the majestic cathedrals; inside, inspired in the libraries of English mansions, stands an imposing wooden staircase that gives access to the second floor, where you can get an overview about all the space. On the ceiling, right in the Centre, a stained-glass window lets pass a warm light, with an inscription of the well-known "motto Decus in labore", "Dedication at work".
Castelbel inaugurated its first store at the Hotel Infante de Sagres, a must-see for lovers by fragrances for the home and soaps wrapped in beautiful patterns. A national company that uses only natural products, which are so refined, and that seek to capture the scents, colors and the environments of our country, allowing us to take nature to our home. As soon as we enter the store we are received by scents and colors that no one is indifferent. The hall of mirrors, with direct access from the street, stands out for ceilings and walls, and the large mirrored surfaces. It is there that align soaps, made according to traditional processes, air fresheners and diffusers, candles and scented paper, all in packages with stylish retro patterns and fantastic fragrances. I absolutely love them! :) Porto's address: Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre 62, Porto
Castelbel - Beauty Articles S.A.
Castelbel inaugurated its first store at the Hotel Infante de Sagres, a must-see for lovers by fragrances for the home and soaps wrapped in beautiful patterns. A national company that uses only natural products, which are so refined, and that seek to capture the scents, colors and the environments of our country, allowing us to take nature to our home. As soon as we enter the store we are received by scents and colors that no one is indifferent. The hall of mirrors, with direct access from the street, stands out for ceilings and walls, and the large mirrored surfaces. It is there that align soaps, made according to traditional processes, air fresheners and diffusers, candles and scented paper, all in packages with stylish retro patterns and fantastic fragrances. I absolutely love them! :) Porto's address: Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre 62, Porto