Markets are a great way to shop in Portugal, but you also have a good choice of supermarkets, boutiques, high street and designer stores, and shopping centres.

You will find that the centres of Portuguese towns are traditional in style, with local specialist shops such as a bakery, butcher, greengrocer and florists. Every town will have its own specialties and traditions, with dedicated shopping areas and marketplaces.

The market (mercado) is your best bet to find good quality, low cost food, from meat and fish to fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as baked goods. Open-air markets provide an opportunity to haggle and bag a bargain or two. Mercados in the larger towns open up at 8am, Monday to Saturday, running throughout the morning until around lunchtime. Bigger markets, selling clothes, homewares, shoes, furniture, and children’s toys, as well as fresh produce, sometimes open a couple of times a week.

Mercados in the larger towns open up at 8am, Monday to Saturday, running throughout the morning until around lunchtime.

The bigger towns also have several supermarkets (supermercados). Some of the most popular Portuguese supermarkets include Intermarché, Continente, Jumbo and Pingo Doce. Lidl and Aldi are more mainstream in Portugal, and are found throughout the country.

There are modern shopping malls in the big cities of Lisbon and Porto, as well as the Algarve. In addition to plenty of shops, you will also find a wealth of restaurants, bars and cinemas here.

Opening hours for Portuguese shops are usually Monday-Friday, opening at 9 or 10am, closing at 7pm. You will find that the shopping malls are usually open later, and throughout the week.

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