The Best Vintage & Thrift Stores in Lisbon & Porto, Portugal
Whenever planning a trip to a new (or old) destination, we all have specific interests we are passionate about exploring. In addition to the “must-see” sights and experiences, mine include walking tours, art galleries, gluten-free restaurants, and (obviously) vintage/thrift stores and flea markets. To coincide with each of my city-specific vintage & thrift hauls, there will be a blog post that details my favourite thrift and vintage stores in that city, so that you can bookmark and save the page for the next time you find yourself there! I have already posted my top picks for Chicago, Manchester, and Berlin, so today it is time to have a look at the best vintage/thrift stores in Lisbon & Porto, Portugal!
1) A Outra Face da Lua
Hands down the best vintage shop in Lisbon, A Outra Face da Lua is a gem that can’t be missed. Located downtown, in the middle of Lisboa’s commerce district, this very colourful vintage shop is brimming with 50s dresses, 70s skirts, and one of the most amazing collections of Japanese kimonos I have ever seen. I bought a fantastic floral dress for 15 euros; but, that was one of the only pieces on sale (always a bargain hunter!). Skirts were around 30 euros, dresses around 50, and the kimonos I was drooling over about 120 euros. To be honest, I thought everything was really reasonably priced and there were some fantastic pieces to be added to some lucky lady or gents collection. Several times a year they have blow-out sales, which I presume they will post on their Facebook page. Oh, and did I mention that they also have a café serving tea and cakes? Heaven.
Hours| Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm | Sunday: Closed
2) Retro City Lisboa
If you find yourself in Lisbon looking for a new fur coat, sequin leotard, or Hawaiian shirt (and obviously I find this completely normal behaviour), then Retro City Lisboa is the place you need to go. Situated in the heart of Lisboa, Retro City Lisboa specialises in styles from the 50s to the 90s and is another haven for Lisboa’s vintage lovers.
Retro City Lisboa, Maria Andrade 43, Lisboa, Portugal
Hours | Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 8pm | Sunday: Closed
3) HUMANA Lisboa Fanqueiros
The only thrift store I went into during my time in Lisboa was HUMANA Lisboa, which is conveniently located right around the corner from A Outra Face da Lua. HUMANA is a network of 31 development organisations from around the world. HUMANA Portugal focuses on sending humanitarian aid to countries and communities most in need for development in the field of Education, Culture, and Assistance. I remember seeing their charity shops in Berlin, but this was the first one I had actually stepped foot inside. Upstairs they had an entire vintage section (which had 30% off everything the day I was there) and I made a couple of fantastic purchases (so I believe) for my summer closet. I don’t know if every HUMANA has a similar vintage section, but I would highly recommend checking this particular one out just for that reason.
HUMANA Lisboa Fanqueiros, Rua dos Fanqueiros 225, Lisboa, Portugal
Hours | Monday – Saturday: 9:30am – 7:30pm | Sunday: Closed
4) Feira da Ladra
With a name that literally translates as the “thieves fair”, Feira da Ladra is Lisboa’s oldest and most vibrant flea market. The vendors here specialise in antiques and second-hand items including jewellery (that is begging to be layered), ceramics (that might need a bit of a dust), and old coins (that can’t be used in circulation but look shiny!). There is definitely a lot of junk here (more so than the flea markets in Berlin), but I was able to score a couple of necklaces. If you are looking for homewares (decorations, vintage cups, intricate frames) this place would be dope, as these were the types of loot that I saw the most. Even if you don’t have a need to carry frames in your suitcase, the location itself is worth a visit. Feira da Ladra is located between the splendid Panteão Nacional (the Pantheon) and the imposing church of São Vicente (near which the famous Tram 28 stops). But that’s not all: if you go a little bit more up hill, deeper into the flea market and pass the Panteão Nacional, you will reach a lovely park (the Jardim Botto Machado) from which you will get a stunning view over the rooftops of the Alfama district and the Tagus River.
Feira da Ladra, Campo de Santa Clara, Lisboa, Portugal
Hours | Tuesday: 6am – 2pm and Saturday: 6am – 5pm
5) LX Factory Sunday Market
The trendy art centre known as the LX Factory is home to a variety of start-up businesses, ranging from wine bars to work spaces for artists. Every Sunday the LX Factory hosts an outdoor flea market along its main street. Here vendors sell quirky second-hand and local designer clothing, handmade jewellery, and old-school vinyls and gadgets. Personally, my favourite vendors were the local designers who were selling all sorts of unusual wares and trinkets. I didn’t find too many things this time that I craved, but I would highly suggest strolling around the area on a Sunday afternoon before indulging in a wine-fueled brunch. There is also a permanent vintage store inside the LX Factory which had a brilliant selection of sunglasses and clip-on earrings!
LX Factory, Ruados Arneiros, Lisboa, Portugal
Hours | Sunday: 10am – 7pm
While I had Ornitorrinco on my “must-shop” Porto list, I actually accidentally stumbled into it while doing some more *ahem* cultural sightseeing. This particular vintage store is situated right next to Torre dos Clérigos (a 76m-high baroque bell tower that offers city-wide views), so climb up that and then reward yourself with a spot of shopping instead of dessert. This store is small, but mighty, and the items were cheap as chips. Everything I saw was under 15 euros, and I even got a couple of necklaces for 1 euro each! Magical!
Ornitorrinco, Rua da Assunção 7, Porto, Portugal
Hours | Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 7:00pm |
2) PATCH Lifestyle Concept Store
Without a doubt one of the coolest shops in Porto, PATCH Lifestyle Concept Store is the perfect blend of new and used merchandise: fashion, home accessories, furnishing, lighting and design. The large space is organised into different sections and everything is beautifully laid out. Take it from experience, one can spend a number of hours flicking through the racks of hats, umming and ahhing over bedazzled waist belts, and dreaming of the doodles that could potentially be penned in their beautiful notebooks.
PATCH Lifestyle Concept Store, Rua do Rosário 193 Porto, Portugal
Hours | Monday – Saturday: 11:00am – 8:00pm | Sunday: Closed
3) Mon Père Vintage
The loveliest vintage store owner in Portugal goes to — Mon Père Vintage! To be honest everyone I interacted with in Portugal was lovely, but I had a memorable amount of fun inside this particular store. Somehow between the laughter and talk of vintage shopping around the world, I came out with three very pink pieces. Most of the items in here were loud 80s/90s prints, making this a great stop if your stylistic inspirations are more from the latter-half of the 20th century.
Mon Père Vintage, Rua da Conceição 80, Porto, Portugal
Hours | Monday – Saturday: 2:00pm – 8:00pm | Sunday: Closed
So there you have it! The best vintage/thrift stores in Lisbon & Porto, Portugal – let me know if there are any I have missed out, or any other recommendations you have for vintage shopping around the world!