Embaixada - Lisbon's concept store
The iconic Ribeiro da Cunha Palace has been given a hip upsurge with a shopping gallery in the Principe Real neighbourhood. This XIX century new-Arabian Palace hosts some of the most innovative Portuguese design, craftsmanship, fashion, and gastronomic spots, in addition to being a genuine culture hub to all things Portuguese. The blending of history with the trendy gives this architectural gem the attention that it deserves, providing an exceptional experience for both locals and visitors alike.
Embaixada (translates to Embassy) opened in early September 2013, catering to every individual, from baby boomers to millennials and golden-agers. Creative new businesses, innovative concept shops and pop-ups are supported here, as independent retailers and qualitative small family businesses are sometimes overlooked at by the city's high streets.
The first floor is reserved for art and culture, in which Portuguese artists exhibit their works on a temporary basis. Cultural events are sometimes held here, in addition to galleries introduced from different studios. The creatively inspired, love filled first floor is also home to some quirky shops in the different rooms of the palace.
In the summer of 2016, Embaixada opened an outdoor seating area with the new “AtalhoReal” restaurant. This is a quiet spot in the 'backyard' of the palace, next to a parking lot. From here you can have the most delicious Portuguese dishes under the bright sun. The open space allows for groups, and the friendly staff are quick to handle your orders.
The bar/restaurant Gin Lovers & Less also has an addition (terrace) to the Embaixada, it is actually situated in place of the restaurant Le Jardin. There are over 30 seats, with dishes created by chef Miguel Castro e Silva. This is the perfect spot for a summer's evening, as you can be treated like darlings with a large selection of food and drinks. The menus are changed by the seasons, so expect seasonal selections. We would recommend trying the tuna tartar with zabaglione soy or the Parmentier which consists of mashed potatoes, yolk, green asparagus and parmesan.
We recommend you explore the palace and wander around the stores. Embaixada succeeds in achieving a cosy ambience, with an established, meant-to-be-here feel to it.