Porto may be one of Europe’s oldest cities, but it’s not without its modern luxuries. Like most capital cities, Porto benefits from a vast collection of retail outlets, giving you plenty of opportunity to splash your holiday spends on something decadent.
Housing dozens of high street retailers and smaller, independent gift and homeware shops, Via Catarina is Porto’s largest shopping centre. While visiting a shopping centre might not the most cultural way to spend your time in the city, the centre is themed to reflect the city’s charming heritage, so there’s no need to feel guilty about forgoing that museum or gallery in favour of a little retail therapy.
RUA DE SANTA CATERINA
Porto’s main shopping street, Rua de Santa Caterina weaves through the centre of the city, and bustles with locals and tourists attracted to the raft of shops and designer boutiques. You’ll find absolutely everything on this distinctive boulevard, from shoe shops and jewellery stores to port wine vendors and food stalls. Plus, it’s architecture makes for glorious sightseeing, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
MERCADO DO BOLHAO
If you’re looking for an authentic slice of local life in Porto, the Mercado do Bolhao is the perfect place to visit. A traditional market selling everything from fresh flowers to handcrafted clothing, Mercado do Bolhao entreats you to part with your holiday spends on something truly unique and unforgettable.
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