Lisbon’s new grocery stores for those who asked for an alternative to hypermarkets
The pandemic caused a real boom in this type of city spaces. You will find fruits, vegetables and even wines and products in bulk.
Mariana Sampaio and Xavi Colomer were left without a job in the hotel industry because of the pandemic, but they refused to stay put and within a few months they opened their own business in Lisbon: Aloendro, a traditional grocery store, close to Laranjeiras and Alto dos Moinhos . The experience in the area was nil, but I had knowledge of hotel management. Even because I had a master’s degree together in Barcelona.
This was one of several grocery stores that have come to town in recent months – and it has become a beautiful alternative to who wants to avoid hypermarkets. Dfrom the more traditional to the more modern options, which combine bulk products, there are several projects that are worth exploring on your next shopping trip. Fruits, vegetables, everyday groceries, wine or bread. And you don’t even need to get in the car. These options are all right there, in your Lisbon neighborhood.
Aloendro opened in Benfica. In Telheiras there is a recent Gaya, which has more than 160 products available. Dehydrated watermelon, mixes and couscous, beet-flavored pasta, tomato, carrot or spinach, granola, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin or oat flakes are some of the options.
By Arroios, you’ll find an Andorinha grocery store. It was a goldsmith’s workshop owned by the father of one of the people responsible for the business, João Tiago Cerqueira. After nine years closed, João returned to the place where he spent most of his life to give it a new name and use.
In the area of São Bento, the Lépicerie Gourmet is the place you must visit. This is a project aimed at the Portuguese the best of French artisan products. There are dozens of options to feel France a little closer.
Click on the gallery to discover the new grocery stores in Lisbon. Stop by, it will be worth it.