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.
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.
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.
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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