Shopping in Coimbra
Whether you are in search of artisan specialities or high-street names, you will find no shortage of interesting wares to catch your eye when shopping in Coimbra. The narrow streets are full of independent shops selling locally-made souvenirs, craft works and jewellery, especially in the area around the Old Cathedral.
There are also several markets that are well worth a visit and malls of various sizes offering high street names, eateries and leisure facilities. One of the busiest streets for shopping in Coimbra in the cathedral area is Rua Ferreira Borges. Here you will find many shops selling artisan products such as ceramics, basketry, embroidery, linens and costume jewellery. The Praça do Comercio, an expansive square filled with shops, is another good spot for hunting down traditional crafts.
The entrance to the university quarter, at Arco de Almedina, is another popular spot for gifts and craft pieces. One of the specialities in Portugal, and in the Coimbra area in particular, is pottery and ceramics and there are several shops at the Arco de Almedina that sell a mix of mainstream and bespoke pieces.
If bargain hunting is your thing, the markets make a great destination for shopping in Coimbra. The Mercado D. Pedro V is the main municipal market and dates right back to 1867.
The Feira de Velharias is located on Praça Velha, or the old square. This fun flea market has a bit of everything, from stamps, coins and books to antique watches, radios and embroidery pieces, sold by private individuals and antique dealers. The Feira dos 7 e dos 23 is another market, this one based on the banks of the River Mondego.
There are several malls in Coimbra to satisfy your more mainstream needs. The largest is the Forum Coimbra, based in the downtown area, which offers a wide range of shops, leisure facilities and eateries. Coimbra Shopping is based a little further out of town, in the Vale das Flores area. This mall houses 64 shops distributed over two floors including jewellers, toy shops, fashion and accessories stores, book shops, homeware shops and white goods stores.
Forum Coimbra is much more than a shopping center with style, glamor and beauty. It is an urban planning project structuring. Open since April 26 2006 and entered into the integrated plan of Santa Clara on the left bank of the Mondego river, Forum Coimbra implement the first phase of an humane project, environmentally sustainable urban planning. Here, consumers can make their purchases benefiting the highest standards of international trade, finding only proposals similar in concept, cosmopolitanism, sophistication and diversity, the best shopping areas of major European capitals. This is a place where the best consumption has to offer to those who cultivate a lifestyle of good taste to the urban, modern, cosmopolitan and seek proposals for leisure occupation and always current. With a 48000sqm of GLA, Forum Coimbra is the largest of the Central Region of Porutgal.
Implemented in the Valley of Flowers, Coimbra Shopping has a total of 59 stores spread over 2 floors. It reconciles all the comfort of a space integrated in a residential area and reference business in the city of Coimbra which also includes schools, higher education establishments, theater and music conservatory. You can count on an extensive public transport network to go to CoimbraShopping, but if you choose to move your own vehicle, the 2-storey car park is free and has a capacity for 1100 vehicles.