Porto Shopping and Districts
The city of Porto offers a rather diverse and interesting shopping scene, with plenty of opportunities to pick up some good Portuguese souvenirs. Porto is home to many different delicatessens, where you can purchase some tasty delicacies for a picnic.
Those shopping for shoes in Porto will also find a seemingly endless selection of shoe shops, which are better known locally as 'sapatarias'.
For vintage port and top-quality wines, check out the numerous warehouses within Vile Nova de Gaia, or head to the Garrafeira do Carmo on the Rua do Carmo, where you will be spoilt for choice.
Where to Shop
The main shopping in Porto is to be found along the Rua de Cedofeita, and the Rua Santa Catarina, which is close to the Praça da Batalha. Interestingly, some streets seem to specialise in particular goods, with the Rua da Fabrica being known for its bookstores and the Rue Galeria da Paris offering the best place to pick up some fine art in Porto.
Shopping centres in Porto are referred to by the locals as 'centros comerciales'. The most popular of these include the Centro Comercial Via Catarina along the Rua Santa Catarina, and also the Centro Comercial Cidade do Porto on the Rua Gonçalo Sampai, in the Boavista area. Other shopping opportunities in Porto present themselves at the Mercado do Bolhao, a bustling market selling local produce and handicrafts.