Shopping in Lagos is one of the most enjoyable things you could do during your trip to the Algarve. The town’s seaside traditions have inspired local artisans for generations, and you’ll find masterful creations throughout its shops. Imaginative boutiques show off ceramics, handicrafts and decorative items crafted by local artists, while clothing stores sell sophisticated pieces of fashion.

    Take your time wandering the seafront promenade and explore its traditional markets as well. This is a fantastic opportunity to grasp the local culture of Lagos and the industries that fuel its economy. Passionate vendors offer fresh catches from the sea and luscious produce from the fertile Algarve farmlands. It all comes together in Lagos for a shopping experience that appeals to just about any budget.

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    Mercado Municipal de Lagos

    Traditional seafood and farmers’ market

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    Mercado Municipal de Lagos is a convenient place to shop for groceries or experience the local culture while in Lagos. The multi-level market is only a 5-minute walk from Lagos Marina and has an abundance of fresh fish on the ground floor and a variety of local produce upstairs. You’ll also find olive oil, spices, wines and even a delightful café where you can grab a coffee.

    After stocking up on groceries, skip across the street to Mercado Paseo Maritimo to browse through souvenirs. You’ll spot textiles, handbags and much more while strolling along the seafront promenade. Gaze at the passing boats in the canal or continue down the walkway to the nearby beaches.

    Location: Av. dos Descobrimentos, 8600-668 Lagos, Portugal

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm (closed on Sundays)

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    Rua Candido dos Reis

    Update your wardrobe with the latest fashion

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    From sportswear to leather goods, Rua Candido dos Reis is the place to shop for a variety of fashion in Lagos. The slow-paced corridor is lined with trendy boutiques favoring men and women’s styles. Nacentia offers bright-colored outfits suitable for the Algarve summer and Colors Gift Shop has exquisite jewelry to match its outfits. Browse for kids’ outfits at Boutique Orquidea or grab swimwear at one of the surf shops. Ladies can grab a pair of stylish shoes at the Shoe Heaven Store and you can pick up skater apparel at Good Times skate shop.

    Candido dos Reis is a convenient shopping street to pick out some souvenirs for your friends and family. You’ll find stores selling gift baskets, handmade crafts and even cork-made accessories along its length.

    Location: R. Cândido dos Reis,8600-681 Lagos, Portugal

    Open: Vary by store

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    Mar d’Estórias

    Authentic Portuguese products in a unique multiuse space

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    Mar d’Estórias is a creative place just a block away from the Lagos Cultural Center, where you can eat, shop and learn about Portuguese cultural traditions. The classy but casual eatery serves delicious petiscos (entrees) and main courses from locally sourced ingredients. The rooftop terrace heightens the ambience of the facility, treating you to majestic views of the sea.

    Browse through handicrafts, ceramics and artwork made solely from local Portuguese artists. Its homewares section is a popular place for functional souvenirs like handmade lamps, embroideries and scented candles. You can also pick up local produce, wines, liquors and other Portuguese delicacies in the shop. After completing your shopping, head to the onsite art gallery to enjoy workshops and exhibits by local talents.

    Location: R. Silva Lopes 30, 8600-315 Lagos, Portugal

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +351 282 792 165

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    Olaria Nova

    Portuguese ceramics with a modern twist

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    Olaria Nova crafts some of the most artistic ceramics in the Algarve. The shop is on the vibrant R. 25 de Abril in the historical center of Lagos. Its tight-knit group of artists pour their hearts into innovative, detailed masterpieces that represent their personal experiences. You’ll find colorful ceramics whose designs are inspired by daily city life and the Algarve’s intimate relationship with the sea. The family-owned business is unafraid to push the boundaries when it comes to making original pieces you’ll find nowhere else.

    Along with ceramics, the store sells jewelry, clothes, handbags and lots of home décor items. With its quirky storefront and unique interior design, Olaria Nova stands out next to the other shops of Lagos.

    Location: R. 25 de Abril No. 37, 8600-763 Lagos, Portugal

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +351 914 060 731

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    Viv'o Mercado

    Open-air organic market

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    A trip to Viv’o Mercado in Lagos will treat you to some of the freshest organic produce in the Algarve. While only open on Wednesdays, check out to see if they’re hosting other events during your visit. The staff’s mission is to bring organic products to local communities in a warm-hearted, entertaining environment. In the market’s weekly gatherings, you’ll find pubs, musical performances and entertainment suited for children.

    Viv’o Mercado takes place just behind the bus station on Av. dos Descobrimentos, near Mercado de Levante. Besides local produce, vendors offer gluten-free bread, fruit smoothies, and artisanal beer the onsite food court.

    Location: R. Mercado de Levante, 8600-722 Lagos, Portugal

    Open: Wednesday from 5 pm to 10 pm

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    Daniel Grenier | Contributing Writer

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