Like most of the western world, shopping is a very popular activity in Portugal. Most large towns will have at least one nearby shopping centre, in the majority of places, citizens will do most of their purchasing in the traditional markets.

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Town centres in Portugal are usually very traditional – you will find a butcher and a baker, as well as a florist and a grocer. Each town will have their own regional crafts and delights, and in some places these will have their own dedicated shopping areas, with specialist souvenirs.

The Mercado (market) is the place to go to buy food – especially meat, fish, fruit, veg and bread. Open-air markets tend to be a bit more flexible on price. In large towns these mercados are open from 7-8am Monday – Saturday, usually until lunchtime. Often there will also be a larger market open maybe once or twice a week, also selling goods like clothes, shoes, furniture, flowers, toys etc.

Large towns will also have supermercados (supermarkets); the most popular of these include Intermarché, Pingo Doce, Jumbo and Continente, and these sell most of the things you would expect. Lidl is also fairly prominent. In Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve, the mall is the most popular of shopping destinations – home to hundreds of stores, restaurants, cinemas and other forms of entertainment.

Traditionally shops are open from Monday to Friday, opening between 9 and 10am, and closing at 7pm. Shopping centres will usually be open later, every day.  


Further reading for Living In Portugal

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Finding work in Portugal

There are a number of ways that UK expats can fund their lifestyle in Portugal.
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Social life in Portugal

The best way to get settled in Portugal is to find out as much as you can about your new community.
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Heathcare

One of the first things you need to do once you arrive in Portugal is find out where your nearest hospital is.
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Education in Portugal

Are you emigrating to Portugal with school-age children?
 

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