A Vida Portuguesa, Porto
20 Rua Galeria de Paris, 2nd floor
Portugal 4050 162
Tel: 351 22 202 2105
Concierge.com's insider take:
A Vida Portuguesa's founder, former journalist Catarina Portas, is the force behind both the Lisbon and Porto branches of this stylish boutique. A Vida Portuguesa sells classic Portuguese products that have become top-end souvenirs (letter holders made from ceramic swallows, a national symbol; the Claus Porto soaps that are much loved by Oprah; gourmet canned sardines; tea from the Azores). The eclectic mix of wares is displayed on backlit shelves lining the walls and on a long wooden table; the shop is upstairs from a fabric store that's been around since 1886. Even if you don't share the nostalgia for these Portuguese brands, you can still admire the retro packaging and appreciate the quality of these time-tested products.—Anja Mutić
Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 8 pm.