ISSUE 5  |  Inspired by Iberia

Going Local: A Vida Portuguesa in Porto

February 01, 2012 2:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

In our recent post on Baixa House, many of the rooms featured locally handmade goods sourced from A Vida Portuguesa, a charming shop in Porto and Lisbon.

Opened by former journalist Catarina Portas in 2007, the store is a celebration of all things fabricated in Portugal, from ceramics, soaps, books, bags, and linens to sardines, olive oils, and more. By partnering with established brands, Portas is helping to keep her country's traditional goods alive and relevant. If you're not planning a trip to Portugal anytime soon, the goods can also be ordered online at A Vida Portuguesa.

Above: The shop exterior.

Above: A wall of ceramic swallows, a Portuguese national symbol and a portend of spring.

Above: The long rustic wooden tables display a collection of Bordalo Pinheiro pottery.

Above: Encerite Lavender Floor Wax (shown above in yellow cans) and Coração Metal Polisher (lower shelf) in their original packaging.

Above: A display of Viarco pencils, which have been in production since 1914. Photograph via Kase Faz on Flickr.

Above: Traditional teas and sweets on sale.