Fri. Jun 21st, 2024

No visit to Portugal would be complete without picking up the perfect keepsake to remember this incredible country. Thankfully, there are no shortage of authentic and meaningful Portugal souvenirs to choose from.

Whilst it’s too easy to pop into the nearest souvenir shop, it’s best to steer clear of tourist traps, especially if you want to get your hands on traditional and Portuguese handicrafts and food products.

When you’re packing for Portugal, leave some space in your suitcase for a few of these awesome Portugal souvenirs. This guide covers no fewer than 21 of the very best, ranging from ceramics and tiles to wine and food items.

I’ll also show you my favourite shopping spots in Lisbon, Porto and beyond.

Where to buy souvenirs in Portugal

While you can easily find souvenir shops, gift stores and handicraft markets in every city and town around Portugal, there are a couple of retailers that are known for offering high quality, authentic Portuguese products.

A Vida Portuguesa is the country’s leading souvenir store, with multiple locations around Lisbon and a branch in Porto. They offer a huge range of handicrafts, paper goods and time-honoured Portuguese food and beauty brands, all beautifully packaged and presented. If you only have time to visit one souvenir shop, make it A Vida Portuguesa.

Silva and Feijoo (⚑) sells beautifully packaged food products, vintage-style soaps and other keepsakes. The Lisbon Shop (⚑) is run by the Lisbon Tourist Office and offers a nice collection of souvenirs. This retailer is geared more towards tourists, but the quality of products is very high.

For handicrafts such as Azulejos, embroidery, Barcelos roosters and Portuguese guitars, head to Arte Rustica (⚑) or folk art shop Santos Ofícios (⚑), both in Lisbon. For posters and paper goods by local illustrators and graphic designers, Ó! Galeria has branches in Lisbon and Porto.

Loja Portugueza (⚑) has two branches in Lisbon and carries a nice selection of typical Portuguese food and wine products, including preserves, biscuits and Port wine. Manuel Tavares (⚑), a gourmet grocer founded in 1860, sells Pasteis de Belem alongside other Portugal food souvenirs.

If you don’t mind rummaging and haggling, you can also turn up some terrific gems at Portugal’s flea markets. Feira da Ladra (the ‘Thieves Market’) in Lisbon (⚑), Mercado de Santa Clara in Lisbon (⚑) and the Vandoma Fleamarket in Porto (⚑) are well worth a visit.

Find lots more specialty shop recommendations in the next sections below.

Beautiful Portuguese handicrafts

1. Portugal Ceramics

This colourful set of Portuguese ceramics decorated with floral motifs is a wonderful souvenir to buy in Portugal.
Traditional Portuguese ceramics.

Food is a big deal in Portugal and an intrinsic part of the culture. The country’s growing popularity as a tourist destination has earned Portuguese cuisine a spot on the global gastronomic stage. Given the cultural importance of food to the Portuguese people, it’s no wonder that Portuguese ceramics are one of the best souvenirs to scout out during your visit.

Pottery has been practiced in Portugal for centuries, with regions such Alentejo and Coimbra being home to artisanal workshops and pottery museums, and Evora being known for its rustic clay pots. Earthenware plates and bowls are extremely popular products, as are decorative figurines and keepsakes shaped from local clay.

Where to buy authentic Portuguese ceramics

Top ceramic houses Vista Alegre and Bordallo Pinheiro are known for their exquisite designs and world-class craftsmanship. Whilst Vista Alegre has standalone stores in both the capital and the city of Porto, Bordallo products can be found in many high-end souvenir shops including A Vida Portuguesa.

For a slightly more affordable alternative, head over to the Feira da Ladra flea market in Lisbon (open Tuesdays and Saturdays) for good quality pre-loved items. Be on the lookout for the Armazem das Caldas ceramics shop, where you can bag yourself a few colourful swallows, sardines, fridge magnets, and other beautiful Portuguese ceramics.

Also for bargain hunters, Cerâmicas na Linha in Lisbon carries a huge range of ceramic tableware, all 100% made in Portugal. Items are sold by weight so you can always find a great deal.

2. Traditional Azulejos – Portuguese Ceramic Tiles

Colourful azulejos, Portuguese painted tiles.
Portuguese Azulejos – don’t just admire them, take them home with you!

It doesn’t get more traditional than Portuguese tilework. Known as azulejos, Portuguese tiles adorn buildings, churches, train stations and miradouro viewpoints, and can be found just about everywhere you look. A visit to the Museu Nacional do Azulejo in Lisbon will leave you enamoured with these stunning creations.

With a colourful history dating as far back as the 13th century, Portuguese tiles have been part and parcel of Portuguese architecture and design for centuries. Available in all shapes, sizes, patterns and colour combinations, you’ll no doubt be entranced by their beauty and want to take a few home with you in your suitcase!

Use them as the Portuguese do to jazz up a facade or interior, mount them on the wall, or use them as paperweights or coasters. You can also find azulejo tiles paired with cork to make coasters and cut into delicate earrings.

Local tip: Avoid buying tiles from Lisbon’s Feira da Ladra flea market. Many of the azulejos have been chipped off buildings and are sold illegally. Instead, head to an authentic tile shop such as the ones mentioned below.

Where to buy authentic azulejos

In Lisbon, head over to Cortiço & Netos, a shop dedicated completely to selling azulejos, including many heritage and discontinued designs. Fabrica Sant’Anna is a ceramics wholesaler with some beautiful patterns and colour combinations.

Gazete Azulejos in Porto sells newly made tiles and also offers tours and workshops where you can see the masters at work.

Insider experience: Make your own Portuguese tiles at this Azulejos masterclass in Azeitão near Lisbon (also includes a visit to the National Tile Museum).

3. Cork Products

Portuguese cork handbags displayed at a shop - another wonderful Portugal souvenir.
Traditional cork handbags like these are one of the best souvenirs to buy in Portugal.

Did you know that Portugal is the world’s leading producer of cork? When visiting the Alentejo countryside, you’ll not only see the cork tree plantations as you drive along, but you’ll also be able to tour them and learn more about cork production in Portugal.

This incredibly versatile material has long been used to fashioned a variety of imaginative and practical products. A piece of authentic cork craftsmanship makes for an excellent long-lasting and sustainable Portugal souvenir.

Popular accessories crafted from durable, waterproof cork include handbags, purses, necklaces, fans and even suitcases.

Where to buy authentic cork products

Cork & Co and House of Cork, both in Lisbon, carry high-end accessories made from the best quality cork oak bark. In Porto, head to Cultura Portuguesa for contemporary cork products.

Insider experience: See how local artisans ply their trade on this cork workshop tour in The Algarve or take a guided walk around the Alentejo Cork Forest.

4. Portuguese Embroidery And Linens

Traditional Portuguese embroidery on white cloth.
Portuguese embroidery.

Another example of craftsmanship and skill is the intricate embroidery and linen found in Portugal. In fact, some of the top producers in Portugal are known to supply large global retail stores, a testament to their speciality in this field.

Artisans create beautiful tableware, clothing, scarfs and accessories with delicately embroidered motifs and patterns. Colourful stripes and Barcelos Roosters (more on those in a moment!) are two popular symbols you’ll see over and over again.

Another thing to look out for is traditional Portuguese folk costume, which includes embroidered shawls and shoes, and bouffant skirts made from a special patterned fabric called saia.

Where to buy Portuguese textiles

There are plenty of souvenir shops and markets all over the country where you can find embroidery. A Vida Portuguesa carries an exquisite selection of carefully crafted pieces for visitors to choose from.

5. Barcelos Rooster Statue

Miniature statues of the Barcelos Rooster, a popular symbol in Portuguese handicrafts.
The Barcelos Rooster symbolises the Portuguese love for life.

The Barcelos Rooster (Galo de Barcelos) is Portugal’s national symbol and can be found across all kinds of souvenirs, from woodwork to embroidery. A ceramic Barcelos Rooster, colourfully hand-painted with intricate patterns, is perhaps the best rendition. The traditional Galo comes in a range of shapes and sizes, from tiny trinkets to impressive statuettes.

The image of the rooster has its origins in a popular folktale from the town of Barcelos, and has come used to symbolise the Portuguese passion for life – making this an ideal item to remember your trip and the amor da vida Portugal tends to inspire.

6. Statue Of Fatima

Blue and orange statues of Our Lady of Fatima for sale at a souvenir shop in Lisbon.
Our Lady of Fatima.

Our Lady of Fatima (Nossa Senhora de Fátima) is the Guardian Angel of Portugal and her image is another ubiquitous motif found in lots of different traditional handicrafts. Keeping an effigy of Fatima – who is usually depicted in flowing robes with her hands clasped in prayer – in your home is considered good luck in Portugal.

You can find statuettes of Our Lady of Fatima all over Portugal, ranging from traditional blue and white ceramic to more contemporary versions painted in a lively palette of bright hues.

7. Filigree (Filigrana) Jewellery

An embroidered scarf and gold filigree jewellery in Portugal.
Filigree jewellery and embroidery are among the most luxurious Portuguese souvenirs you can find.

Filigree is one of the world’s oldest jewellery making techniques and has been practiced in Portugal since at least the beginning of the 16th century. Goldsmiths twist and plait fine threads of metal to create delicate lace-like patterns, which are then often dotted with semi-precious stones.

Many Portuguese filigree masters still ply their trade today, fashioning fine necklaces, brooches and rings from gold and silver. You can also find vintage filigree in many of the country’s markets.

For a truly authentic Portuguese souvenir, look out for designs bearing the Heart of Viana (Coração De Viana), a traditional motif from the Minho region that represents life, love and friendship.

Where to buy filigree jewellery

In Lisbon, the master goldsmiths at Joalharia Do Carmo and Gomes & Gois both have a reputation for producing high-quality filigree in traditional and modern designs. Boheme Lisboa stocks a range of more minimalist, contemporary pieces.

Best Portugal souvenirs for foodies

8. Pack Of Pastéis De Belém Or Pasteis De Nata Portuguese Custard Tarts

A traditional Portuguese custard tart – a must-eat in Portugal and a perfect Portugal souvenir.
Eat them fresh or take them home – Pasteis de Nata are undoubtedly one of the best Portuguese souvenirs.

It’s no secret that the Portuguese love their sweet treats. A firm favourite – and probably the most well-known of all Portuguese pastries – is the crunchy and delicious Pastel de Nata, egg-yolk custard tarts.

The original Pasteis de Belem dates back around 300 years and was originally created by the monks of the Jeronimos Monastery in the Belem area of Lisbon. When the monastery closed down, the monks sold the original (and still secret) recipe to the nearby Pasteis de Belem bakery, which still produces these tasty treats to this day.

You can buy the humble and delicious Pastel de Nata in just about every bakery across the country. Some even offer hands-on workshops where you can learn the tricks of the trade. Apart from the Pasteis de Belem bakery, my all-time favourite has to be Manteigaria, which has several shops in both Lisbon and Porto.

If you haven’t eaten enough of these creamy, crunchy tarts during your stay, you can take home a six-pack for later. That’s if you can resist the temptation to eat them all in transit!

Where to buy Portuguese tarts

In Lisbon, you can’t beat Pastéis de Belém, the oldest specialty bakery in the capital. In Porto, you can find tarts at the popular Manteigaria cafe/bakery and at the Mercado do Bolhão, which stocks a huge range of edible Portuguese souvenirs.

Insider experience: Make your own at this Pastel de Nata baking class in a real Lisbon bakery.

9. Canned Sardines

A colourful can of Portuguese sardines against a backdrop of traditional tiles.
Even if you’re not a fan of sardines, the packaging is too cute to resist!

Canned sardines may seem like an odd choice of souvenir! Grilled sardines are considered one of Portugal’s most iconic fish dishes, so it only fits that canned sardines are one of my top picks for a Portuguese food souvenir.

Brands such as Conserveira de Lisboa, purveyor of fine canned food since 1930, and Loja das Conservas feature pretty packaging. In Lisbon, pay a visit to the magical Mundo Fantástico da Sardinha Portuguesa (that translates to the ‘Fantastic World of Portuguese Sardines’), a vibrant carnival-inspired shop where you can buy a colourful can or two. Search out your birth year and read the fun facts printed on the back.

If fish isn’t your thing, I can suggest a box of Arcadia Chocolate Sardines from A Vida Portuguesa instead!

Shop online:

  • Bom Petisco Sardines in Olive Oil (5 pack)
  • Bom Petisco Tuna in Olive Oil (3 pack)
  • NURI Portuguese Sardines in Spiced Olive Oil (2 pack)
  • BELA Portuguese Sardines 4-Flavor Variety (4.25 oz)

10. Fortified Port Wine & Other Portuguese Wines

A glass of Port Wine held up against a backdrop of the river in Porto, one of the best souvenirs from Portugal.
Port Wine, another iconic local product.

The strong and bold flavours of Porto’s fortified Port Wine is known and loved the world over. As such, it’s understandable why many consider a Port wine tasting and tour one of the top things to do whilst visiting charming Porto.

Located right across the Douro river from Porto’s Ribeira waterfront lies an area known as Gaia. It’s here that you’ll find all the top Port Houses such as Taylors, Graham’s, Croft and Porto Cruz to name but a few.

Settle on your favourite Port Wine variety after a wine tasting and purchase a few bottles to remind you of your time visiting beautiful Porto!

Of course, Portugal is also regarded as one of the top wine producers in the world and there isn’t a single region in the country that doesn’t produce its own wines.

With 14 distinctly different wine regions, you can expect to find a fantastic selection of bottles ranging from rich reds in Alentejo to the fresh and zesty Vinho Verde (Green Wine) from the Minho region, to the sweet Moscatel dessert wine from down south in Setubal.

The most notable wine region though is the Douro Valley in the north of Portugal, located within easy driving distance of Porto. Visit some of Portugal’s best wine estates, such as Quinta da Pacheca where you can also overnight in a large oversized wine barrel, and bag a bottle (or 10) of Portugal’s finest vino while you’re there.

Where to buy Portuguese wine

The best place to buy your wine is direct from the source at the cellar door. Otherwise, Porto’s Garrafeira do Carmo has a convenient location near Livraria Lello where you can pick up a bottle of Port Wine. This wine shop also sells different flavours of liqueurs and other edible Portuguese gifts.


By Lala