Find a memorable Portuguese-inspired gift and support a Portuguese-owned business.
Portuguese-owned businesses have been around for decades, but in the last few years, the number of businesses launched by Portuguese-Americans, Portuguese-Canadians, and others with Portuguese roots seems to have grown exponentially. And we love to see it!
The increase in Portuguese-owned businesses is likely attributed to the massive growth in tourism to Portugal in the last five years as it repeatedly wins awards as one of the best travel destinations in the world — I mean, Portugal could only be kept secret for so long!
As more and more people have become acquainted with Portugal, new businesses are capitalizing on the growing popularity of its culture by opening an array of ventures ranging from food trucks serving up fresh Portuguese fare and niche bakeries offering beloved Portuguese pastries like pastéis de nata and malassadas, to online stores delivering goods inspired by Portuguese crafts and designs, and more.
It takes passion, dedication, and courage to launch a new business. As a community that celebrates Portuguese culture, we hope to see these Portuguese-owned businesses thrive — and we can help by becoming their loyal customers. Don't worry, we wouldn't ask you to support a business unless they didn't have something great to offer, and these do.
Here are 10 Portuguese businesses (and some of our favorite items) that offer beautiful and funny and traditional and modern and scrumptious Portuguese-inspired gifts you'll fall in love with. Or someone else will fall in love with. Trust us, these gifts are guaranteed to make someone feel extra special — or even yourself (self love is important).
ALZULEYCHA offers a classy, modern collection of home decor inspired by Portuguese azulejos. Personally, we love their pillows and aprons, like the Trevo throw pillow. Launched by Portuguese designer, Ana Guerreiro, ALZULEYCHA honors and praises Portugal's rich architectural heritage, namely the vibrant azulejos that adorn many of its buildings.
Where pop culture meets Portuguese culture. According to Portutees, "growing up in the Portuguese culture/community can be quite entertaining and that's what we go for with our products." Their collection of youthful t-shirts and accessories is an eclectic mix of Portuguese icons, pop culture references, and retro designs.
3. Burb Bakes
Remember the sweet crunch of avó's biscoito cookies? Inspired by their own Portuguese grandmother, the sisters behind Burb Bakes whip up this classic artisanal treat in gourmet flavors including cocoa, pistachio cranberry, chocolate dipped, and more.
According to Ginja9, this traditional Portuguese cordial "dates back to an early 17th century recipe created by Galician monks who infused sour cherries in alcohol for 12 months." Ginja9 specializes in making this "spiritual" delight available in the U.S. If the sensuously tart taste of ginja alone isn't enough to impress, perhaps its historical ties will!
5. Rooster Camisa
With familial roots in Faial, Rooster Camisa brings traditional Portuguese culture to you through their apparel, home decor, and accessories. And they have an extensive collection of items that feature the iconic Galo de Barcelos. One of our favorite items is this adorable toddler's t-shirt featuring a galo in a bow tie that stands out in a crowd.
Based on the East Coast, Portugalia is a one-stop shop for any Portuguese food item, be it traditional or gourmet. You can stock up on artisanal jams with complex flavor profiles such as Meia Dúzia's Orange Jam with Madeira wine or fill your cart with favorites like São Jorge cheese and slabs of bacalhau.
We'd be remiss not to include our own fledgling store on the list! Our online store features a small, curated collection of Portuguese-inspired gifts. Some are original creations, some are brought directly from Portugal, and others are items we love from other businesses on this list. Personally, we love our one-of-a-kind greeting cards and plan to bring you more!
8. Shop Portuguese
From the guys who brought you The Portuguese Kids, Shop Portuguese offers "the best of Portugal," from apparel to home goods to grocery items and more. Their humor is what made them a household name in Portuguese communities around the world and their t-shirt collection is where you'll find even more of their jokes!
9. Saudade Coffee
In love with the alluring aroma and delightful taste of Portuguese coffee served along Portugal's cobblestone roads, the ladies behind Saudade Coffee opened their own online coffee shop selling premium Portuguese roasted coffee by the bag or by subscription. They offer three distinct roasts — we taste tested the Portimão on our culture blog!
10. Joey Bats Café
Joey Bats Café in NYC may be partially responsible for starting the pastel de nata craze in the U.S. inviting foodies to "imagine a warm crème brûlée wrapped in a flaky croissant." Even if you don't live in the Big Apple, you can still enjoy their pastéis de nata, available for nationwide shipping. It's a splurge, but we bet you'll make someone really happy.
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