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The Best Souvenirs in Lisbon, Portugal– Handmade Hats

After you’ve ridden the giant elevator up and down, had your fill of pastel de nata and thrown back a few ginjinhas, what else is there to do in Lisbon?

Shopping anyone?

shopping street in lisbon portugal in Barrio Alto

Maybe it was the ginjinhas or the fact that none of us brought a guidebook, but all of a sudden I was leading the troops through the Barrio Alto’s cobbled streets.  After passing on a too-fancy linen store, I despaired that perhaps the group was losing faith.  Someone mentioned something about a castle.  Others wondered whether we should return to the ginjinhas bar.  Then I spied a bright beacon in the distance, down a little side street.

shopping lisbon portugal hat store A Fabricia dos chapeu Barrio Alto

Fortunately, language barriers have never prevented me from recognizing the word for hat. I am also multi-lingual in shoes.

There it was, Fábrica dos Chapéus, a little hat shop tucked away on a storybook street.

While the others amused themselves in the leather store across the street (sadly, now closed), I checked out the racks of straw hats in for the summer season.  What luck the “Mestre Chapeleiro,” translated as the master milliner, was minding the store.  I learned that nearly all of the hats are made locally in their small factory.  They even locally source all of the wool and felt used to make winter hats like fedoras and berets.

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Photos above courtesy of Fábrica dos Chapéus

Unable to choose among the many adorable styles, I asked the Mestre Chapeleiro for advice. He immediately plucked the winning hats from the rack, saving me from trying on every hat in the store.  The hats were so inexpensive, about 25-30 euros, that I took them both home with me.

Lisbon, Portugal straw hat from local hat shop

Although they look delicate, the hats survived their journey across the Atlantic fully intact.

Straw hat from Hat shop Lisbon Portugal

A hat that’s cute enough for Derby…but actually used for running errands in the neighborhood.

Have you come across any great hat shops in your travels?  Or do you have other Lisbon recommendations? Share in the comments below!

Details here:
Fábrica dos Chapéus

The shop is in the area of Lisbon called the Barrio Alto, or central district.  It’s a great area to wander around in.
Rua da Rosa no. 118, Barrio Alto, Lisboa

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4 Responses to The Best Souvenirs in Lisbon, Portugal– Handmade Hats

  1. Janice & George (@SandInSuitcase) 11/01/2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Love your hats! We ended up buying a huge painted ceramic vase and plate many years ago when in Lisbon. They still decorate our home (not yet relegated to a garage sale :-). But they were mighty awkward lugging home on the airplane as hand luggage. Squishable hats would probably be a better idea..

    • Kristin 11/01/2013 at 4:58 pm #

      Thanks! I also have plenty of ceramics. But I love to decorate with them- I try to stick with classic patterns and colors so they blend with the decor. Or use as serving dishes. But I agree best to get something wearable. Usually works out, but not always (embroidered parrot Guyabera don’t ask).

  2. Jenny @ A Thing For Wor(l)ds 07/09/2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Great find! I don’t usually take home souvenirs (Ryanair carry-on limits….) but when I went to Morocco I went a little crazy. And I found a hat I loved in a little Berber village, for the equivalent of 3 euros! They’re now selling practically the same one everywhere I go—H&M, boutiques, Urban Outfitters—for 10 times the price. Morocco for the win.

    • Kristin Francis 07/10/2014 at 6:45 pm #

      I know the carry-on limits have gotten so tight, even here in the US! Your hat sounds adorable! Guest post? : )

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