Anyone living in Portugal will have to buy furniture at some point or another. Maybe you need to furnish an entire apartment or house, or maybe you just need one or two small things. Either way, the question is: where should you go to buy furniture in Portugal?
The answer depends a lot on the type of furniture that you’re looking for. For some people, IKEA is enough. Others want something sturdier or that feels like it’s a higher quality. Others again, are on the lookout for second-hand or vintage items that have a little more character to them than the readily-available flatpack furniture.
The main furniture shops
Every country has its nationwide furniture shops; the kind that are usually found on industrial estates outside big towns and cities. In Portugal, these shops are the following.
Other furniture shops
As well as the national and international companies mentioned above, there are also an increasing number of smaller and online furniture shops opening up in Portugal.
Other online options
- Etsy – Can be good for interesting pieces made from recycled or repurposed materials.
- eBay Spain – Surprisingly, most of the furniture is of the affordable and flatpack variety rather than second-hand.
- KARE – With locations in and around Lisbon, KARE offers stylish and creative pieces of furniture.
- 8&80 – Popular Portuguese furniture brand with stores in Lisbon and Porto.
Vintage or second-hand furniture
Between classifieds websites like OLX, flea markets, and antiques shops, there’s no shortage of vintage or second-hand furniture in Portugal.
Vintage and second-hand are essentially the same thing and, if you’re willing to look hard, you can find some really interesting pieces of vintage furniture at auction houses, on classifieds websites, and on the many buy and sell Facebook groups.
There are also “vintage furniture shops” throughout Portugal, but particularly in cities like Lisbon and Porto, which curate and sell interesting second-hand pieces of furniture.
- Classifieds websites like OLX and Custo Justo
- Facebook Marketplace
- Local Facebook second hand groups. Tip: search in English and Portuguese and you’ll find different groups e.g. second hand Algarve and MOVEIS ELECTRODOMÉSTICOS USADOS ALGARVE
- Auction houses e.g. Aha Algarve (Algarve) and Oportunity Leilões (Cascais and Porto).
- Flea markets like Feira da Ladra in Lisbon and Flea Market Porto
- Kit & Caboodle – offers second-hand furniture, mainly from those living in the Algarve’s “golden triangle” region.
- Cantinho do Vintage (Lisbon)
- Chiado Vintage (Lisbon)
- Mercado do Vintage (Porto)
- Sóbrio Olhar (Porto)
- Arte Antiga (Viseu)
Paços de Ferreira
Did you know that there’s an entire town in Portugal that’s centered around the furniture making industry? Paços de Ferreira, about 30 minutes’ drive from Porto, is home to thousands of regional, national, and international furniture companies. Furniture is such a big part of its economy and makeup, that in 2014 the EU gave it the title: The European Capital of Furniture.
The furniture in Paços de Ferreira is typically very good quality and also very affordable. Most of the manufacturers here will deliver to the rest of Portugal, so many people go up to Paços de Ferreira and spend an entire weekend going from shop-to-shop to buy everything that they need for their new home.