This is a special place that I particularly feel affection for.
Dona Laurinda is an old lady that opened this shop many years ago; it’s now one of the few remaining old traditional shops that also existed in Lisbon in past times. The evolution of the city, the society and tourism are forcing such places to close as they become less and less profitable, or the people owning them get old and retire.
Still, and because of all these reasons, this is a treasure not yet lost.
Here you can find mostly household articles like buckets, brooms, pans & others not easy to describe. You also have a large choice of traditional, old, Portuguese brands of soaps, aftershave, toothpaste and other vintage hygiene products. Cords, ironing tables, bags, detergents and even chemicals sold by weight like sodium bicarbonate, are also part of Dona Laurinda’s array of articles.
I go there often to buy these simple daily essentials and Dona Laurinda always has the thing I’m looking for. The variety of articles is so big that you can easily find unique gifts and souvenirs here to give away or to remind you of Lisboa; I definitely invite you to not only visit it, but actually buy something. The prices are also from other times and you’ll be making your contribute to make sure this place doesn’t disappear.
Although Dona Laurinda doesn’t speak anything other than Portuguese, she’ll welcome anyone with her smile and likability. It’s just worth the visit.