Where to Shop in Porto: Claus Porto

 
IMAGE: Claus Porto, Portugal
 

The city of Porto has an abundance of beautiful boutiques. One of our favorites though, was Claus Porto. The soap and fragrance company was first established in Porto by two German entrepreneurs in 1887. Since then, the brand has seen incredible growth and a cult following. 

Their first boutique opened in Lisbon in the fall of 2016 and, appropriately, exactly 130 years later their flagship store opened in the brand's hometown of Porto. And the boutiques are truly a Portuguese labor of love with everything in the store, down to the glass and boxes, made in Portugal. 

The three-floor space is than just a store. The ground floor is decorated with handmade cement tile with a customized pattern - and if there's anyone that understands tiles its the Portuguese.  This floor is where you'll do some damage to your wallet with their soaps, moisturizers and fragrances. Back in the day, Claus Porto commissioned different artists for different products, so you'll see some unique throwback designs on the packaging. I'll admit, I've been refraining from opening some of the soaps we bought for fear of ruining the beautiful packaging. There's also a vintage barber's chair where men can get Musgo Real hot towel shaves on Saturdays.

The second floor is a history and design lovers' dream, taking you back in time with their display of Claus Porto's packaging and products over the years. Finally, the third floor has workshops and soap-making classes (just make sure to book in advance).

Claus Porto products are 100% made in Portugal. So, skip the kitschy tourist shops.

 
The first floor of the Claus Porto flagship store in Porto Photo credit: Claus Porto

The first floor of the Claus Porto flagship store in Porto

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Photo credit: Claus Porto

Photo credit: Claus Porto

 
 
Musgo Real Photo credit: Claus Porto

Musgo Real

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Photo credit: Claus Porto

Photo credit: Claus Porto

 
 
Old Claus Porto advertisement Photo credit: Claus Porto

Old Claus Porto advertisement

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Display of current products on the first floor Photo credit: Claus Porto

Display of current products on the first floor

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Historical exhibition of Claus Porto on the second floor Photo credit: Claus Porto

Historical exhibition of Claus Porto on the second floor

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A glimpse into the soap-making workshop on the third floor Photo credit: Claus Porto

A glimpse into the soap-making workshop on the third floor

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The "lab" on the third floor Photo credit: Claus Porto

The "lab" on the third floor

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