Historically, Leiria was a prosperous commercial centre and it continues to honour this golden past. The historical centre of the city has reinvented itself in the last decades and cool trendy shops started popping up, along with the most traditional ones. Ideal for shopaholics or book worms.
It is from the combination of conceptuality, experimentation and creation of own manufacturing processes that the contemporary jewellery pieces, designed by Sandrine Vieira, are born.
The Paris-born artist and jewellery creator lives in Leiria and created her own brand in 2008 as a result of her great passion for jewellery.
Sandrine Vieira jewellery reflects her passion for life, for art, for ordinary everyday things, for what she sees and what surrounds her. One of the trademarks of her creations is the originality with which the collections of unique pieces are presented, giving extreme importance to the complicity with the public through the way the story and concept that originate the pieces are presented.
The charming hat shop Chapelaria Liz is a true relic from the past. Opened in 1928, this family-run business continues to seduce its visitors with its unique fashionable hats that literally takes us on a true time travel !
Manuel Moreira took the business in 1977, but when he retired, luckily her daughter Alexandra assured the continuation of this historical shop of Leiria.
Chapelaria Liz is located in the epicentre of the historical centre of Leiria, in Rua Direita. It also sells shoe-wear, but the main core will always be hats that become trendier, a fashion must-have!
Improviso Pop Up Store is a challenging concept store that promotes the “crème de la crème” of Portuguese design. This enchanting store is situated at the iconic Sant’Ana Market, selling very original decor items, shoe-wear, lighting and furniture.
Espaço Eça – Coffee & Wine, Books is a gourmet cafeteria that evokes the memory and the legacy of one of Portugal’s most remarkable novelist, Eça de Queiroz. There is a pleasant library consisting of Eça de Queiroz novels, as well as classics of Portuguese literature and contemporary literature.
This is a welcoming spot of Leiria that offers a warm cosy ambiance to its guests, who can taste delicious typical Portuguese specialities and wines for low prices.
The place to taste Leiria's favourite sweet called "Brisas do Lis" that inspired the Brazilian sweet "quindim". A sweet temptation made of eggs, sugar and almond!
Arquivo is not only a bookshop. It's a place of cultural fruition, where several literary events take place, such as book releases; conversations with writers; exhibits; creative workshops; concerts or dance performances. The Reading Club meets every month to discuss selected literary works. It was founded 10 years ago by José Ribeiro Vieira, father of Alexandra Vieira, who in 2000 turned this bookshop in a cultural location of the city.
Book lovers can also enjoy the 2-storey cafeteria, where they can have a light meal or drink a coffee, while reading their favourite books. An inspiring place that celebrates the magic of words!