Named after Portugal’s most famous mariner, who was the first European sailor to reach India in 1499, the Vasco da Gama Shopping Center was opened in time for the 100th World Expo in 1998. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it has an appropriately maritime theme and occupies an unrivaled position in the visually striking Parque das Nacoes overlooking the Tejo River. The shopping experience offers 170 stores under a soaring glass roof, with a massive food hypermarket on the ground floor. The mall is known for its sprinkling of high-end shops such as Hilfiger Denim and concentration of mid-range international chains such as Pull and Bear, Mango and The Body Shop among the Portuguese boutiques.
As well as 170 stores, the four-story shopping mall offers 2,700 underground parking spaces as well as a health club; a multiplex movie theater with 10 screens; and more than 30 restaurants in a dedicated food court, ranging from fast-food outlets to ice-cream stands. A recent innovation at the mall is the new second-floor viewing terrace, which provides diners with views across the river. The spectacular Oceanário de Lisboa Aquarium is a five-minute walk away.
The Vasco da Gama Shopping Center is open daily from 9am–12am. To access via public transportation, take Metro Red Line or train to Oriente.