Supermarkets in Portugal

Supermarkets in Portugal

Supermarkets (supermercados) in Portugal are pretty similar to their counterparts in the rest of Europe. Indeed some of the chains are pan-European.

The largest supermarket chains include Continente, Intermarché (French-owned), Pingo Doce and Lidl (German-owned). Continente and Pingo Doce are the two largest Portuguese-owned supermarkets. Pingo Doce has over 400 stores across the country.

El Corte Inglés is a Spanish-owned department store that usually has a supermarket as part of its stores.


What to look out for?

Portuguese supermarkets stock a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, wine, beer, and of course, bacalhau, salted cod.

Opening hours are usually around 8 am to 8 pm, though some larger stores stay open later, especially in the summer.

Supermarkets on the Algarve may also stock a range of foods and drinks catering to a large number of French, German and British ex-pats. The Albufeira Retail Park just outside Albufeira even has a branch of the UK Iceland chain.

Most supermarkets in Portugal will also stock a range of foodstuffs suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Supermarket on the Algarve
Supermarket sign on the Algarve
Bacalhau on sale at a supermarket in Portugal
Bacalhau on sale at a supermarket in Portugal
Many larger supermarkets tend to be out of town and people often drive there to shop. The crowded downtown areas of both Lisbon and Porto are still home to traditional shops and mini mercados (convenience stores), however.

The SPAR and Mini Preço (Express) chains bridge the gap of small supermarkets and convenience stores and can be found in the crowded areas of both Ribeira in Porto and Alfama in Lisbon.

Beer on sale at a supermarket in Portugal.
Supermarkets are a great place to stock up on cheap drinks


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