Outlet Shopping Tours Launches the Shopping List

January 4, 2015 on 8:07 am | In Shopping | Comments Off

The Shopping List introduces members to Melbourne’s best pop up sales, warehouse bargains, competitions, gift voucher & experience discounts.

Every week there will be new offers, VIP Shopping Events, Tours and much more is on the drawing board. Check it out at www.melbourneshoppinglist.com/

Chester Competes As The UK’s Most Family-Friendly Christmas Shopping Destination

December 15, 2014 on 10:43 am | In London, Shopping, United Kingdom | Comments Off

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Chester Competes as the UK’s Most Family-Friendly Christmas Shopping Destination

From elf-trails and ice-rinks to snowmen and secret wardrobes, Chester has everything to entertain the whole family this Christmas. With less than two weeks to go until the launch of the city’s jam-packed festive schedule, partners in the city are promising a fun-filled and stress-free festive shopping experience for visitors.

This year the city has its own elf, ChELFie, on hand to guide festive shoppers around the historic streets of the city giving away prizes for those who spot him in shop windows; and bring Christmas wishes to life by meeting Elsa and Olaf and their Disney friends in the city centre. Families will be able to enjoy movie time at FREE Kidsmas Family Film Screenings at the Grosvenor Museum; and on selected weekends celebrity chefs will be taking part in enchanting Gingerbread story-telling and decorating events.

The Chester Christmas Market on Town Hall Square and Library Square will include a family-friendly activity area this year to entertain children while parents browse the fantastic mix of stalls. The Market opens on Thursday 20th November to coincide with the city’s Christmas Light Parade and will be filled with unique handmade gifts, stunning home wares and specialist tipples.

The 70 festive chalets will also be filled with culinary delights of the North West’s producers with mince pie ice cream from The Ice Cream Farm, Cheshire’s finest Cheese from Joseph Heler and beer from Llangollen Brewery. The streets will be brought to life with music and entertainment from local groups and solo performers and families will even be able to get up close with birds of prey.

Visitors are already excited by the early opening of Chester Racecourse’s Winter Wonderland on 14th November. Transformed into a snow covered fantasyland of festive delights, attractions include an open air ice-rink, Santa’s very own North Pole village Grotto, real reindeer, vodka ice bar, Christmas craft workshops, alpine bar, and an opportunity to dine with favourite festive characters in the Enchanting Land of Sweets.

For the first time ever, The Snowman will also be making an appearance on Saturday 13 December at Chester Cathedral as Carrot Productions present a screening of The Snowman film, accompanied by a live 25-piece orchestra. City visitors can also indulge in the magic of Narnia at the cathedral¹s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe exhibition from 29 November until 6 January and enjoy the 40 majestic Christmas trees of the Christmas Tree Festival.

Alice in Wonderland will also put in a magical appearance as the festive show for Theatre in the Quarter at St Mary’s Centre.

Chester’s popular festive parades and local community activities will bring the city to life as they meander through the streets of this historical city from 20th November through until 18th December.

Christmas Light Parade: 20th November, 6.30pm

A fun community parade filled with lanterns, light and dance to switch on the city’s Christmas lights.

Lantern Parade: 27th November, 7pm – Local school children parade through Chester with handmade lanterns adding a touch of sparkle to the city centre this Christmas.

Winter Watch Parades: 4th & 11th December, 7pm – Karamba Samba as the ‘ghost band’ lead a fun parade of skeletons, Christmas cooks, angels and devils as they celebrate the Winter solstice.

Saturnalia Parade: 18th December, 7pm – Chester is back in Roman control for the night as the Roman legion light up the streets with a march of torches.

For shopping outside of the city, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet launch their Christmas activities on Thursday 13th November as they switch on the lights of the UK’s largest Christmas tree and fireworks dance to the theme of the nutcracker. Visitors can experience the enormity of the tree from the inside, as a magical archway makes it Europe’s largest walk-in Christmas tree – plus this year an interactive floor projection will entice the child in every shopper! Throughout the festive period choirs and bands will perform in the malls to enhance the Christmas atmosphere and the incredible offers in the stores will ensure that all Christmas lists are covered. During November all stores will be open on weekdays until 9pm, and then on weekdays throughout December they will open for shoppers from 9am until 10pm.

Christmas dining and accommodation offers in the city include:

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Romantic breaks from £199.00 per room per night

The Mill Hotel and Spa
Christmas Fayre Dinner, Bed & Breakfast from £139 per couple

Full details of Chester’s Christmas programme of events can be found on www.christmasinchester.com

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Shopping Germany

December 5, 2014 on 10:12 am | In Germany, Shopping | Comments Off

Shopping – recently noted as one of the top five activities travelers do in Germany. Our new shopping content provides you and your customers with all the information about chic shopping districts like Königsallee in Düsseldorf or Kaufingerstraße in Munich, fantastic designer outlets, beautifully constructed shopping centers or Old Towns and market squares steeped in tradition offering regional specialties. Plus, travelers from countries outside the European Union can benefit from tax-free shopping in many stores throughout the country.

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Wander Through NYC Holiday Markets

November 29, 2014 on 2:37 pm | In East Coast, New York City, Shopping | Comments Off

If you’re in the market for handmade gifts, or you’re just looking for something to do on a November weekend, stop by the city’s annually anticipated holiday markets. Each market offers something different, with food, jewelry and art for every taste.

•Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (Now Open)

•Artists & Fleas – Chelsea Market + 70 North 7th Street, Williamsburg (Now Open)

•Astoria Market – Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden (Opens Nov 16)

•Union Square Holiday Market (Opens Nov 20)

•Columbus Circle Holiday Market (Opens Dec 1)

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Christmas Markets in UNESCO Old Towns

November 18, 2014 on 10:51 am | In Germany, Shopping | Comments Off

Christmas markets in Germany: a delight for all the senses
Tempting aromas, the festive glow, all the wonderful sounds of the season and delicious yuletide treats. Germany’s Christmas markets will appeal to every one of your senses.
Beautifully decorated stalls offer handicrafts and gifts, festive baked treats, glühwein and delicious regional specialities. All the while, choirs and brass-bands provide festive musical accompaniment.

Throughout Germany, Christmas markets celebrate seasonal customs and traditions in delightful historical settings. Particularly popular with visitors are Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt and the Striezelmarkt in Dresden.

Choose from more than 150 of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. Click on the symbol on the map of Germany for a picture, opening times and a link for each market.
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Christmas magic in Rhineland-Palatinate
Romance and conviviality

Embedded in romantic river valleys, the historic towns of Rhineland-Palatinate provide a unique atmosphere in the Christmas season in particular. Narrow alleyways are bathed in the light of candles and filled with the brilliance of the decorated Christmas trees, whilst warm mulled wine exudes real Christmas magic at the Christmas markets.

The riverside illuminations in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler Copyright: Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH, Photographer: Dominik Ketz

In the region around the Rhine and the Moselle, adult and child visitors can be enchanted by the lights, lebkuchen and mulled wine at a number of Christmas markets in towns such as Speyer, Mainz, Worms and Trier.

The pre-Christmas period is also celebrated among the half-timbered houses and narrow alleyways in idyllic small towns such as Bernkastel-Kues, Cochem and Boppard. In Traben-Trarbach, for example, an underground Christmas market in historic wine cellars awaits visitors from 28th November, 2014 to 4th January, 2015.

The Kunigunde Christmas Market in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse is particularly focusing on the “liaison of delights” this year, from 21st November to 22nd December, 2014. In Koblenz, the Christmas market is creating a contemplative and romantic atmosphere in six squares of the old town from 21st November to 22nd December, 2014 with horse-drawn carriages and the scent of almonds. From November, 2014 until February, 2015, the Ahr valley is to have the motto “In winter veritas”.

Romantic towns such as Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Dernau and Rech cast festive light over the dark time of year with Martinmas bonfires, riverside illuminations, the Lucia Market, night-time walks and culinary events.



Basel Christmas Market, 27 November – 23 December 2014

November 17, 2014 on 10:50 am | In Shopping, Switzerland | Comments Off

Basel Christmas market is considered one of the prettiest and largest in Switzerland. Anyone still looking for gift ideas will be particularly inspired by the array of products and the fairytale atmosphere. Plenty of culinary delights are also on offer, be it a cup of delicious mulled wine, fresh waffles, roasted almonds or popular grilled sausages. Basel Tourism offers an attractive package deal from CHF 60/48 euros, and various Christmas tours.


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November 16, 2014 on 8:29 am | In London, Shopping, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Carnaby is world famous for its Christmas decorations. They are fun, they are fearless, they are unique. This year the installation goes live on Thursday 13 November and will set the scene for a rocking festive period with lights sure to be the most hip in London.

The launch takes place on Thursday 13 November and kicks off at 5pm with the area’s biggest shopping party to date, with over 150 shops, bars and restaurants taking part. The launch of Christmas will take place at 6.30pm. Headlining the Carnaby Street DJ stage and launching Christmas are Gemma Cairney, Georgie Okell and Georgia LA who make up The Fox Problem. Also DJ’ing will be Becky Tong, daughter of DJ legend Pete Tong, Leah Weller and Jodie Harsh.

With a nod to the area’s music and fashion heritage, this year’s installation consists of 8 bright red and white oversized sets of headphones and sunglasses that will create a striking image during the day as well as illuminated at night. The 4 meter long 3D headphones and sunglasses will be suspended along Carnaby Street and the earpieces dressed in white fun fur and large-scale jewels. The sunglasses styles include Wayfarer, Aviator, Retro and Jackie O. Snowflakes will fill the air in a zig zag formation throughout Carnaby Street.

Between 5 and 9pm shoppers can enjoy 20% discount, live music, free drinks, goodie bags and trend masterclasses with Grazia Magazine’s Editor-at- Large, Angela Buttolph.

Carnaby is London’s most exciting destination for shopping and leisure with a unique mix of global fashion brands, independent stores, boutiques and new concept restaurants. No other area in London can boast such a distinctive heritage for fashion, music and youth culture. Carnaby is against the grain, it is original and exciting.

Shoppers are invited to post their photos of the installation with #Carnaby and #Christmas for a chance to win a huge £1000 to spend in Carnaby.

Clare Harris, Head of Marketing and Communications at Shaftesbury says “Carnaby’s Christmas installations will bring fun to the West End with the shopping night being a highlight in the calendar. The decorations promise to be as innovative, creative and they encapsulate the character of Carnaby. They will join our collection of new and exciting fashion brands and restaurants. Come and enjoy the party”.—

Europe’s Hotels Let You Save Big on Your Holiday Vacation

November 11, 2014 on 1:23 pm | In Europe, France, Golf Resorts, Hotels, Ireland, Italy, London, Paris, Rome, Shopping, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowOctober’s apples have been picked, its pumpkins carved and the pageant of its fall colored hills have been ogled and oohed over. Now, people are turning their attention to Thanksgiving and the launch of the holiday season that ends in the fallen confetti of New Year’s Day. Though most Americans think of these holidays as hearth and home celebrations, the Advent Season in Europe is an extremely beautiful time to be there.

The Christmas markets, the festivals and the intimacy of towns and cities when most of the tourists are gone give it real advantages over pea- season travel. Hotels across Europe are setting up the milk and cookies hoping that American visitors will follow Santa Claus down the chimney or even hoping they’ll try an exotic Thanksgiving abroad.

Luxury in the city and luxury in the countryside come together in a joint package by two Red Carnation properties, London’s Milestone Hotel and Ireland’s Ashford Castle. The Palace To Castle package features three nights in each hotel. It all begins with a bottle of champagne on arrival at the Milestone with full English breakfast daily, a tour of Kensington Palace followed by Afternoon Tea and private roundtrip transfers from Heathrow or London City Airport.

From there, participants head to Ashford Castle on the West Coast of Ireland. A welcome cocktail awaits them, full Irish breakfast daily, an hour-long full body massage for two, a choice of a one-hour Falconry lesson or golf for two with club rental at Ashford Castle and private roundtrip transfers from Knock Airport or Shannon. The package can also begin in Ireland and end in London. Priced from €5,000 ($6,366) per person double, the package is valid until Dec. 22.

Ireland’s K Club is offering some very merry activities this Christmas.

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesYou can get a little more Ireland with a package being offered by County Kildare’s K Club and its elegant Straffan House. Straffan House is a 34,000-square foot country manor on the K Club’s grounds. It’s ideal for groups or multigenerational family stays with its 10 ensuite rooms, its crackling fireplaces and Christmas decorations all surrounded by the Irish countryside.

Straffan House guests get the VIP treatment including a private gourmet Christmas dinner; a personal car and driver for shopping in Dublin or nearby Kildare Village designer shopping outlets; a Christmas tree and decorations throughout the residence, and a visit from an Irish Santa Claus on Christmas Morning with gifts for all. Straffan House has its own wine cellar, a cinema and an indoor pool with swim-up bar. Reservations for Straffan House require a five night minimum stay, beginning Dec. 23 at a rate of $20,000 per night.

The K Club hotel is offering a two- or three-night Christmas Experience (interconnecting family rooms are available) with a full Irish breakfast daily, Christmas Eve dinner, Carol Singing with Mulled wine and Mince Pies on Christmas Eve by the fire and a Christmas tree in each guestroom.

Rates begin at $990 per adult. All K Club guests, whether at Straffan House or The K Club, can participate in Afternoon Tea and a Christmas Eve mass in the hotel. Santa Claus comes in a horse-drawn carriage on Christmas morning with gifts for all. A holiday treasure hunt and duck races on the River Liffey follow after. For adults, there are daily wine cellar tours, art and history walks, and expert-led garden walks. After a day of traditional country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting, horse riding and falconry, guest can warm their bones with an Irish Hot Toddy in the hotel’s cozy Vintage Crop bar.

Roman Holidays

Christmas and New Years on the Spanish Steps in what’s arguably the best hotel in Rome just might get your sleigh bells ringing. The Hotel Hassler Roma has assembled several Christmas and New Years’ packages that feature its Michelin-starred Imágo and Salone Eva restaurants. All packages include Deluxe Double or Grand Deluxe Double room and daily buffet breakfast for two. The three-night Enchanting Christmas Dream Package also features a six-course Christmas Eve dinner for two at Imágo, afternoon Christmas tea for two at Salone Eva with live harp music performance, and a Christmas surprise in room upon arrival. The package is priced from €1,696 to €1,996 ($2,162 to $2,544); the package is valid for arrivals from Dec. 22 to 24.

The three-night Sparking New Year’s in Rome Package features a bottle of the Hassler Roma’s Franciacorta Storica 61 sparkling wine, afternoon tea for two at Salone Eva, a New Year’s Eve gala dinner for two at Imágo and dancing at Salone Medici. The package, valid from Dec. 29 to 31, is priced from €3,330 to €3,630 ($4,244 to $4,627). The three-night New Year’s Celebration Package at Salone Eva features a bottle of the Hassler Roma’s Franciacorta Storica 61 sparkling wine, afternoon tea for two at Salone Eva and a New Year’s Eve dinner at the Salone Eva, followed by dancing at Salone Medici. The package is valid from De. 29 to 31 and is priced from €2,460 to €2,760 ($3,135 to $3,518).

Thanksgiving in France or Italy

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineThe first Thanksgiving was a cold and windy affair that observed a Puritan’s sense of simplicity and restraint. Thanksgiving at The BAUERs in Venice will be created by Chef Hiraki Masakazu at De Pisis Restaurant. Forget puritan restraint, this meal is centered by baked glazed ham with apricots and mustard, and roast turkey stuffed with dried fruits, red peppercorn, roasted sweet potatoes, and blueberry sauce. The chestnut soup flavored with brandy is designed to gives it an autumnal touch. Desert comes with a pecan cake served with ginger ice cream and petit fours. The cost is €90 per person (VAT included), beverages excluded.

If given the choice, maybe the pilgrim fathers would have indulged on the menu that will be served on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré at Paris. There’s still time to book some Thanksgiving turkey with the Oetker Collection. Le Bristol Paris’ Thanksgiving package starts at $1,722 and is available throughout November. The offer comes with two connecting rooms with two American breakfasts. Breakfast for children age 12 and younger and all kids’ meals for children under the age of six are complimentary (up to two children). Young guests will be entertained with a special treasure hunt and their very own “Le Bristol” surprise gift.

Thanksgiving dinner at Le Bristol Paris will likely surpass what the pilgrim fathers had in Plymouth.

Le Bristol’s four o’clock menu includes chestnut flavored desserts, pecan and pumpkin pies along with a traditional hot chocolate drink. The menu at $33 per person also includes Chef Laurent Jeannin’s pumpkin-inspired cotton candy which will be offered complimentary to all children.

Le Bristol Paris is just one of the Oetker Collection hotels that are celebrating the holidays. L’Apogee Courchevel in the French Alps is hosting a Christmas Eve party with cocktails, dinner and dancing at Le Comptoir de L’Apogée, the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant with picture windows overlooking the ski slopes.

Santa Claus arrives early the following morning to spread Christmas cheer aboard his horse-drawn sleigh. To ring in the New Year, the resort will have a special menu starting at $1,000 per guest. The evening will commence with cocktails and dinner accompanied by a French jazz band. The party continues into the night with singer G-star and his band.

Spa haven Baden Baden’s Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, another Oetker property, will take guests on an exploration of the Black Forest on Dec. 30’s “winter wonderland stroll.” The group will depart the hotel at 11 a.m., walk along wooded mountain trails and take refreshments at the Scherrhof Woodland Inn. The following day, the hotel hosts the New Year at the Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa Gala Dinner Dance. For $485, attendees are invited for dinner and dancing at the hotel’s Orangerie to ring in the New Year in style. Entertainment for the evening will include music by the band “French Acoustic”, magical tricks by Stephan Kirschbaum and a firework display as the clock strikes midnight.

The Annual Amsterdam Light Festival runs from Nov. 27 to Jan. 18. Light sculptures, projections and installations, designed by artists give the city a roaring holiday look. Amsterdam’s The Dylan is offering a one-night Serendipity Winter package, Dec. 1 through Feb. 25, for €325 ($415) per person double. The package comes with a one night stay in a Serendipity Junior Canal View Suite; a 1.5 hour private morning cruise in a classic wooden salon boat on the canals; customized breakfast plate to be served on board; entrance to the Canal House Museum; and a High Wine experience featuring a selection of wines paired with savory dishes from the kitchen of Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers.

Discounted Dates from Hotels4u

If you’d like to catch the early dates in Europe’s Advent Season, Hotels4u has assembled a range of discounted hotel offers that are connected to notable Christmas Markets. The catch is that the discounts are only available in early to mid-December and in very short windows of availability.

In Edinburgh, for instance, the Scotsman Hotel and the Fountain Court apartments are offering 15 percent off if you stay between Dec. 1 and 3. The Scotsman Hotel resides in the former offices of the Scotsman Newspaper. The 1905 edifice features grand views of Edinburgh Castle, The Firth of Forth, Leith, Princes Street and Calton Hill. In addition, this 5 Star luxury Boutique Hotel offers a range of unique guestrooms with modern amenities, access to the Scotsman SPA and Health Club.

Traveling to London in the first week of December? You can stay at the four-star Cranley Hotel in South Kensington with a 10 percent discount and receive both bed and breakfast. Rome’s four-star Hotel Delle Province, between Dec. 18 and 20 is available with a 20 percent discount and comes with continental breakfast. A 35 percent discount is available at Amsterdam’s Wyndham Apollo Hotel between Dec. 12 and 16.

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Auto Europe Releases Its Top Christmas Market Recommendations

November 11, 2014 on 10:27 am | In London, Road Trips, Scotland, Shopping, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

Argos Travel Insurance 100x50Auto Europe, a leader in European car rental services for over 60 years, would like to recommend the top Christmas Markets in Europe and offer holiday savings on travel to these events.

The United Kingdom is renown for their markets with Manchester attracting shoppers from all over the world. The markets run from Nov. 14 through Dec. 21, 2014 and are located throughout the city with an array of over 300 stalls. Choices include gifts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and drink plus entertainment daily throughout the celebrations.

Belgium is holding their annual Brussels Winter Wonders Nov. 28, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015 and features a vast number of stalls in a true holiday atmosphere. Additional attractions include an ice rink for skating, fairground attractions and multiple light shows. The unique event boasts a perfect blend of tradition and modernity.

Copenhagen’s most famous celebration of the season of Jul (Yuletide) and is featured in the Tivoli Gardens with four miles of lights arranged by Tiffany’s head designer. This Danish tradition begins on Nov. 15, 2014 and runs through Jan. 4, 2015 and some of the features include over 50 market stalls selling gifts, daily showings of The Nutcracker Ballet and fireworks.

One of the oldest markets in Austria is Salzburg’s Christkindlemarkt dating back to the 15th century. Featuring over 85 stalls in downtown Salzburg offering pewter crafts, slippers, loden coats plus a multitude of holiday snacks such as gingerbread, roasted chestnuts and mulled wines. In addition, the 17th century old palace Schloss Hellbrunn, features 24 windows and is decorated perfectly as an Advent calendar. This market runs from Nov. 20 through Dec. 26, 2014.

The Lille Christmas Market in France opens Nov. 19 through Dec. 30, 2014. This month long celebration is extremely popular and in addition to stalls selling arts, crafts and local cuisine, there are many events for children.

The Christmas Market in Bremen is considered one of the most attractive in Germany. Featuring over 170 decorated stalls for browsing for gifts, the historical setting creates a festive Christmas atmosphere. Don’t miss the Schlachte Magic, each day featuring a live Advent calendar event on the river Weser’s promenade.

The Italians celebrate the Mercatino di Natale. Trentino-Alto Adige region in the city of Trento, holds their celebrations from Nov. 22, 2014 through Jan. 6, 2015. This is one of the best markets in Italy and includes more than 60 traditional stalls with crafts, foods and decorations.

Basel, considered to be the largest and most popular Christmas market in Switzerland, celebrates from Nov. 27 through Dec. 23, 2014. The fairy-tale atmosphere markets specialize in Christmas shops such as the Johann Wanner Christmas House and also features numerous concerts and guided Christmas tours.

This year, Dublin is holding it’s first traditional Christmas market in Ireland. There will be more than 60 stalls featuring a unique selection of Irish made handcrafts, seasonal food and drinks and entertainment from local choirs and carolers. “Dublin at Christmas” will run from November 13 through December 23, 2014.

Don’t miss Holland’s Magical Maastricht Christmas market running Nov. 29 through Dec. 20, 2014. The festivities are located all over the city, with a huge ice skating rink, a carousal and market stalls featured in Vrijthof square. In addition to shopping stalls, the Magical Culture Festival also provides festival entertainment in the theaters, cultural institutes as well as in the streets.

Auto Europe offers tremendous savings on car rental, airfare and hotel services for you to enjoy these events. Don’t forget to request snow tires or chains on your car rental if you expect to explore the regions outside the markets.

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A Shopper’s Guide To Lisbon’s Most Unusual Stores

November 10, 2014 on 10:16 am | In Portugal, Shopping | Comments Off

Autumn is the ideal time to take a shopping city break to Lisbon – the weather is mild, flights are daily and affordable from the UK, and centrally located hotels cater for all budgets. From cosmopolitan large shopping malls to the country’s oldest music store, there is quality and quirkiness guaranteed with a shopping trip to Lisbon.

Head to one of these unusual shops and embrace the city’s culture and varied shopping scene:

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Manuel Tavares – founded in 1860, this charismatic shop specialises in Portuguese delicatessen and is one of the oldest in Lisbon. A wide range of wines, fine charcuterie, dried fruits and cheeses from all Portuguese regions can be found in this central store.

Feira da Ladra –this famous flea market is held every Tuesday and Saturday in Alfama from dusk till dawn and sells a rich mix of new and antique goods, from clothing, books to furniture.

A Vida Portuguesa –take a step back in time in this stunning shop in Chiado, which sells original soaps, books, blankets, tiles and gourmet products in original retro packaging.
Pelcor – this contemporary fashion brand has a store in the heart of Baixa selling sustainable accessories in
cork skin only, including handbags, belts, purses and wallets.
CNM Companhia Nacional de Musica –the oldest music store in the country is a meeting place for music lovers, musicians, intellectuals and tourists seeking a slice of genuine Portuguese culture.

Caza das Vellas Loreto – this quirky shop has produced handmade candles since 1789 – using the same technique two centuries later. Decorative, scented, organic and altar candles are some of the popular varieties available.
Outra Face da Lua –a fabulous vintage clothing and accessories store in Baixa with an adjoining tea room selling cakes, snacks and light lunches.

Garrafeira Nacional –Open since 1927, this rustic downtown Lisbon wine shop , offers over 4,000 Portuguese wines, including ports which the staff can arrange to be shipped anywhere in the world.

Luvaria Ulisses – founded in 1925 and located in Chiado, this is the only shop in Portugal dedicated to the sale of all styles of gloves for all occasions.
Conserveira de Lisboa – this old fashioned Baixa shop from the 1930s sells one product only: canned fish. The tuna, squid and sardines come from Portugal’s Atlantic waters and are known for their quality and are packaged in high decorative vintage-inspired cans which make wonderful gifts.

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesThe simplest way for first timers to navigate the many shopping areas in Lisbon is by district. Chiado is the stylish commercial and cultural hub of the city, where contemporary high street fashion stores are located nearby to ancient book stores, coffee houses, old Portuguese tile and porcelain shops and seemingly unknown historic monuments.

Baixa is the main pedestrianised shopping and banking district and runs from the river Tagus waterfront to the Avenida da Liberdade, with streets named after shopkeepers and craftsmen who traded in the area. Avenida da Liberdade is a long tree-lined boulevard, completed in the 19th century in the style of the Champs-Elysees in Paris; and is now home to all the major luxury brands including, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Burberry.

Lisbon’s hippest district, Bairro Alto, or the “upper district” is a picturesque neighbourhood, with a wide range of alternative shops, including stores owned by local designers and those selling second-hand clothes, interior decorations and music. By day it is a peaceful place to explore, but by night this district becomes the epicentre of Lisbon’s nightlife, with buzzing bars and traditional fado houses spilling out on to the cobbled streets. Running on from Bairro Alto is the district of Principle Real which is centred around a stunning park and is where the trendiest crowds shop for art work in independent galleries and design stores.

For a step back to Moorish times, Alfama, the city’s oldest and quaintest quarter is a labyrinthine of alleyways, stairwells and tiny squares with village-like grocery stores and shops selling more traditional souvenirs and gifts.

Simple and rustic to luxury hotels are located in every district and it is possible to stay in Lisbon on all budgets. Direct flights to Lisbon operate from London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Bristol with TAP Portugal, BA, easyJet and Ryanair.

For more information on Lisbon please visit www.visitlisboa.com.

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