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Centro Colombo Mall is the second largest shopping centre in Lisbon and once boasted of being the largest in Europe. Under one roof there are is every shop imaginable ranging from designer name stores through to specialist boutique shops. If visitors get tired of shopping at the 404 different shops, there is a large cinema, a bowling complex and a amusement park that even boasts a roller coaster!
Art inside the Centro Colombo
The Centro Colombo centre is open from 09:00 until 24:00 every day but individual shops may have their own opening hours. The centre is conveniently located on the blue metro line at the Colegrio Militar/Luz metro station and there is an exit directly leading into the shopping centre.
Bus services that are connected to Colombo are the 750, 767 and 799, but generally the metro is the easier option. For those visitors who have rented a car there is ample free parking and the centre is located on the "2nd Circular" main through route.
The first impression of most visitors to the centre is that the shopping centre is huge. Centro Colombo is split over 3 levels and set around a triangle orientation with both the food and fun zones on the top floor. Modern shopping centers have become identical clones of each other but at the Centro Colombo there has been an effort to incorporate some unique pieces of art. These include the large rotating globe of the Portuguese world, a replica Carva ship and large water features.
The shops in the centre tend to be larger multinational stores with a tendency to the exclusive, don't go here expecting to find many bargains. For bargains head to the markets of Lisbon. The large 20 lane bowing complex is on the third floor and is professionally run with well oiled lanes and a good selection of equipment. Prices range from €3.25 (day time weekdays) to €4.35 (after 8:00 at the weekends) per person per game.
The multi-level shopping centre was once Europe's largest
The pool tables in the fun Zone are much better value and prices range from €8 to €12 for an hours hire of a table. In Portugal both pool and snooker are not very popular with the Portuguese but they adore table football. Table football tables are always popular with both young and old alike and if challenged to a game expect to loose. The fun centre has a range of other arcade machines and activities with the most interesting being the indoor roller coaster which will captivate younger children.
The Centro Colombo houses a large cinema complex and this is another suitable activity for English speaking tourists as all the latest Hollywood blockbusters have subtitles and the original sound is left unaltered. Ticket prices again range from €6-8 depending on time and day.
The food hall is on the third floor and has a mixture of large multinational burger chains and smaller independent sellers, this has resulted in a very wide range of food being available. Opposite the main entrance is the Estadio da Luz the home of Benfica football club.