Shopping in Porto: Shopping Centers/Malls
Porto has several modern shopping centres. Some of them are outside the city centre, such as Arrabida Shopping Centre (as you cross Arrabida bridge). In city centre you will find Shopping Centre Cidade do Porto (just by the end of Boavista street) and Santa Catarina, a shopping centre located in Santa Catarina street.
Modern Shopping in Porto
Everyone usually knows what to expect when entering a typical shopping center or mall in a large metropolitan area. Usually it is the same name brand stores each peddling similar wares. You can stop and get a cup of the cliche coffee. Porto may have similar sized shopping centers and malls, however, shopping in Porto is anything but typical.
Via Catarina in Porto
While looking at the front of the building, you may not think Via Catarina is very impressive. It just resembles a typical, modern mall. From the outside, you cannot see Via Catarina’s charisma or well-thought out detail. Via Catarina has a superb location. Not many restaurants open as early as the ones inside Via Catarina, and not many stay open as late. You can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all under the same roof. The restaurants reproduce breath-taking architecture and serve up diverse offerings. Via Catarina is very spacious, with 93 shops and eateries inside, and 600 parking spaces outside.
Enjoy shopping outside in the city center, with modern and fashionable wares. Enjoy a movie in the cinema, and leave happy after a tasty meal.
Rua Santa Catarina in Porto
Via Catarina might be the modern shopping mall in Porto, but Rua Santa Catarina is the premiere shopping block in Porto. It possible to buy almost anything and everything on Rua Santa Catarina. If port wine tickles your taste buds, you will enjoy the dining experience on Rua Santa Catarina. Port wine is one of Portgual’s biggest exports. Enjoy a diverse meal in one of the many restaurants on Rua Santa Catarina, and end the experience with a delicious dessert and a port wine chaser. Rua Santa Catarina is the ultimate shopping and eating experience.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about shopping and dining in Porto.