The Spanish-owned El Corte Inglés is Lisbon’s 1-stop shopping destination and the only department store in the city. The 13-story complex features everything from a sprawling food court to its own movie theater, as well as 200 departments from toys to high-fashion brands such as Gucci, Versace, Dior, and Chanel.
El Corte Inglés, a favorite retail destination among locals, offers something for everyone. Personal shoppers are available for those who want to splurge and non-EU visitors can enjoy tax-free shopping. Most hop-on hop-off tours of Lisbon include a stop at El Corte Inglés, and full-day personalized shopping tours are also available for those who want to explore the city’s best brands and boutiques.
Things to Know Before You Go
- El Corte Inglés is a must-visit for shopaholics, especially fashionistas and tech enthusiasts.
- The upper level features a cafeteria, restaurant, and delicatessen selling gourmet and imported products.
- A grocery store, pharmacy, post office, and cobbler are found on the lower floors of the complex.
- The entire complex is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
El Corte Inglés is located in Lisbon’s upmarket Avenidas Novas district. The best way to reach the shopping complex is by taking the red or blue metro line to the São Sebastião stop. Alternatively, take city bus 713, 726, 742, or 746 from the city center. If driving, park in the 4-story garage.
When to Get There
The shopping complex is open from 10am every day, with closing times varying from 8pm to 11:30pm; check the website for detailed hours. Due to its popularity, El Corte Inglés is often crowded, especially during the peak-tourism summer months. The best time to shop in Lisbon is during seasonal sales, generally from the end of December to February for the winter sales and July to September for the summer sales.
Club del Gourmet
For those looking for an international experience beyond clothing, a visit to the El Corte Inglés upper level is a must. The gourmet market here features local specialties and exclusive whiskies as well as a variety of international foods that prove difficult to find in a typical Lisbon grocery store. To round out the gourmet adventure, an upmarket food court features outlets from world-famous chefs, classy bars, and tasty confectioneries.