Porto has a lot of local businesses you need to know, some of them even resist from the 20th century. Can you imagine the things you’ll find if you go for an adventure through Porto’s oldest streets?
1. Confraria Vermelha Women's Bookstore
"Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman." - Virginia Woolf.
The first local businesses you need to know is:
Confraria Vermelha Women’s Bookstore.
Here the books are all signed by women, and they have been there for a long time. The first female bookstore in the country welcomes all women (and men, of course) who want to write, read or participate in frequent gatherings.
Where? Rua dos Bragas 32, 4050-122 Porto
When? Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 7 pm
2. Claus Porto
This brand of soaps made in Porto has stood in the city for more than a century. Here you can not only buy scented and fancy soaps but also visit the store’s gallery and get to know the brand’s history. If you’re lucky, you may be able to attend a workshop and learn how to make soaps.
Where? Rua das Flores 22, 4050-262 Porto
When? Every day from 10 am to 8 pm
3. Vandoma Galleries
There are a lot of vintage shops in Porto and this one is like a real time machine. Here you can find pieces that are quite old but well preserved and, therefore, very valuable. If you have something like that at home, they also value it.
Where? Rua Mouzinho da Silveira 175/183, 4050-421 Porto
When? Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 13 pm
4. Alfarrabista João Soares
This old-fashioned bookstore has existed for over 20 years and has more than 7,000 books. If you are passionate about literature, or just like the smell of books, do not forget to visit the corner of Mr. João, where you will surely find the book you are looking for to take home with you.
Where? Rua das Flores 270, 4050-262 Porto
When? Monday to Saturday, from 3 am to 7 pm
5. Bags Store
If you have a passion for bags and packaging, be sure to visit the bags shop. Here you can find all kinds of original packages and bags to store or offer different gifts.
Where? Rua dos Bragas 333, 4050-122 Porto
When? Timetable not available
6. Flores Creative Concept Store
For lovers of handicrafts and domestic hand-made products, the Creative Concept Flowers is a very special place. Here you can find everything from clothes to accessories to toys.
Where? Rua das Flores 270, 4050-264 Porto
When? Everyday from 10:30 am to 7pm