Wine, dine, fine times. Oh my! While we could (and certainly will) sip and shop wine forever, sometimes the day calls for a little extra retail therapy, and the versatile Douro Valley has whatever you’re looking for. Whether you’re in the market for a chic new dress, a delicious bottle of port, a traditional Portuguese necklace or even just a plate of the local delicacies, these top spots are sure scratch your shopping itch.
FOR WINE LOVERS
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Largely considered Porto’s shrine for wine, Garrafeira do Carmooffers incomparable customer service and the best selection of wine in the city. With prices starting from about three Euro, their selection also includes bottles for every taste and price range. Sample a few ports and ask any questions that come to mind before landing on the one you’ll take home.
Price: inexpensive to mid range
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With over 200 bottles to try before you decide on one to take home, La Maison des Porto is your go-to for the perfect bottle of wine. Come, enjoy a flight tasting or talk over vintages with the staff who can guide you towards the exact one you want before you leave the store. It’s an experience, not just a shopping trip.
Price: mid range
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Mercado Bom Sucesso is a haven for foodies looking for their fix of Portuguese delicacies. There, you have to try the freshly roasted suckling pig (known as “leitao”) either on a plate or on a roll, but the stalls also sell all the local foods like paella, various risottos and any other international foods you may be craving.
The most famous market in the city, Bolhão Market dates back to 1850. It was classified as a place of interest in 2006, and has been sought after by visitors ever since. There, you’ll find meat, fruit, vegetables, flowers and other local souvenirs. Something to note: the original building housing the Bolhão Market is currently undergoing renovations, and its temporary housing is not as charming as the neoclassic architecture of its former location.