Furniture, Hardware, Appliance and Office Supplies Shopping

Where to buy furniture, soft furnishings, white goods and electrical appliances for your home in Portugal...

What follows is a small selection of basic self-service furniture, appliance and DIY hardware chain stores in Portugal (some are only available in the larger cities). There is no guarantee that anyone will speak English, but once you have found what you need, little more than basic Portuguese should be necessary for the transaction.

Look in the Yellow Pages or on the stores' own websites for the branch closest to you.

Hypermarkets, Supermarkets and Superstores

Lidl: Economy supermarket chain selling a variety of European products, including Portuguese delicatessen items, at discount prices. Weekly promotions on leaflet distributed freely to your door.

Plus: A supermarket chain with many stores throughout the country. A range of essential groceries and utility items are on promotion.

Jumbo: International hypermarket group including Pão de Acucar, Auchan and Box. It also offers home delivery, wedding lists, store loyalty card, credit card and online services.

Continente, Modelo and Moderlo Bonjour: Three hypermarket stores held by the Sonae Group. Company also owns other retail chains including Modalfa and Zippy (clothing), Sport Zone, Worten (white goods), Vobis (computers and accessories), MaxMat (DIY equipment), Worten Mobile (mobile phone providers) and Star Travel. The Continente fidelity card entitles customers to store discounts.

Intermarché, Ecomarché and Netto: European economy supermarket chains which form part of the Les Mousquetaires group. The company owns other stores including Vetimarché (clothing), Bricomarché (DIY equipment) and Logimarché. The Intermarché loyalty card can be used to collect points and gain discounts on products or money back on purchases over €25. Online shopping and home delivery services are available. Travel agents, car wash, dry cleaning and florist shops are found on site at Intermarché stores.

Furniture and Appliance Shops

IKEA: The largest chain of furniture shops in the world. For indoor and outdoor furniture, sofas, dining tables and chairs, book shelves, futons, kitchens and storage containers. There is one Portuguese outlet located in Alfragide.

Cerne: Specialists in furniture design with many styles of wooden furniture for the home and office. There are two shops in Lisbon and many in the surrounding areas.

Chateau d'Ax: Italian design company selling more than 1,500 patented fabrics and leather sofas. Foot rests, carpets and lighting solutions are also sold.

Moviflor: Indoor and outdoor furniture, soft furnishings and interior decoration. Home delivery service, assembly assistance and customer advice on interior design in addition to the store card scheme. There are branches throughout the country.

Natuzzi: Furniture shop with goods from the Italian Divani & Divani collection.

Worten: Specialists in white goods, as well as consumer electronics, such as PCs, printers, plasma and LCD televisions and multimedia. Worten branches are located close to Continente Hypermarkets.

Media Markt: A range of televisions, DVD players, sound systems, computers, mobile phones and home appliances as well as games and consoles, films and music.

Building Materials, Hardware and DIY

Confersan: Representing renowned Portuguese and international manufacturers of kitchen and bathroom furniture. They also provide ceramic paving, tiling, mirrors and hardware supplies.

Fabripol: Manufacturer of kitchens, bathrooms and accessories. The company also trades under the names of Fabrilinha and Fabricomercio.

Framarte: Supplier of flooring, tiling, kitchen and bathroom furniture, fittings and accessories, appliances and other building hardware items.

AKI: Home furnishings outlet with indoor and outdoor furniture, sofas and futons, bathrooms, lighting, beds and floor coverings, pet and garden supplies. Also have a glass and wood cutting service, lamp testing, DIY assistance and home delivery.

Maxmat: Building equipment, DIY tools and garden supplies, paints and a variety of varnishes. Services include delivery, store card, customer advice and gift vouchers.

Mestre Maco: DIY specialists for hardware, wood, flooring, tiling, garden furniture, lighting, wallpaper, bathroom equipment, mechanical and plumbing tools, wallpaper and office furniture.

Bricomarché: Decorating and DIY materials, gardening and pet products and equipment for hire. Advice, delivery and after sales services provided. Customers may also apply for store and loyalty cards.

Office Supplies and Stationery

Staples Office Centre: Suppliers of office materials, computer and electronic products, office furniture and paper goods to individuals and businesses. Also provide photocopying and printing services.

Media Markt: Selected brands of desktop computers and notebooks, paper shredders, printers, digital cameras and other electronic devices. They also provide advice, technical assistance and home delivery.

Vobis: Office equipment, computer hardware and software, LCDs, plasma screens, televisions, DVDs, Hi-fi and electrical appliances, photographic and video cameras, mobile phones and other electronics.