The Scoop: Embaixada is a hub of culture and cuisine in Lisbon, Portugal. This Portuguese concept gallery has transformed a 19th-century palace into a world-class destination full of fun things to do. Many sightseers and locals visit Embaixada to check out the sales, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the beautiful old-world decor. As a date venue, the shopping mall is stunning to look upon and interesting to explore with eco-friendly shops and restaurants around every corner.

A Portuguese businessman named José Ribeiro da Cunha started building an incredibly opulent residence in Lisbon for himself and his family in 1877. The construction took two years, and he called his new home the Palacete Ribeiro da Cunha. Locals now know it as the Embaixada Portuguese concept gallery.

This architectural masterpiece is now one of the most iconic buildings in the trendy Príncipe Real neighborhood.

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Embaixada is a one-of-a-kind gallery with dozens of stores and restaurants.

Architect Henrique Carlos Afonso designed the palace to stand out with its domed top and jutting spires, and it is an architectonic exemplar of the neo-Arabic style, similar to that of other 19th-century romantic buildings in Lisbon, including the Pátio do Monumental Clube, today known as the Casa do Alentjo restaurant and townhouse.

In February 2008, a development and property management company called Eastbanc Portugal bought the space in the Palacete Ribeiro da Cunha and began giving it an upgrade. The goal was to transform the historic building into a modern shopping and culinary focal point in Lisbon.

Eastbanc Portugal leased the building to a French television series called “Maison Close” for two seasons, and then it started refurbishments to give the palace a more contemporary look and feel. In September 2013, the Embaixada shopping gallery officially opened for business, and it has been attracting curious pedestrians and customers ever since.

Today, the Palacete Ribeiro da Cunha hosts many couples who are looking to explore the shops, dine at the restaurants, and make memories in a beautiful and quality-driven spot.

“We host a series of national brands focused on Portuguese design and craftsmanship, fashion, gastronomy, and culture,” said Leonor Goncalves,the Marketing and Communications Manager at EastBanc.

A Bustling Center of Fashion, Friendship & Food

The Embaixada concept gallery sees a good mix of people, including hundreds of tourists looking for something to see, do, and buy. The shops offer a nice daytime diversion for people of all ages.

One thing that makes Embaixada stand out is its commitment to quality products that blend contemporary and traditional styles. The concept gallery promotes Portuguese sustainable brands and designs, while also recognizing the country’s heritage and history.

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Atalho Real serves steaks, juicy hamburgers, and refreshing drinks.

The center’s dining establishments also tempt many couples in the mood for something special. Atalho Real is an excellent choice for meat lovers in the area. The restaurant serves fresh cuts of meat from all over the world, and its Portuguese wines and original cocktails pair beautifully with these savory bites.

“My husband loves steak, so we decided to give this place a go on a weekend break to Lisbon,” said a TripAdvisor reviewer. “We were not disappointed. Steak was delicious, sides generous, staff friendly, and just an all-around good meal.”

“Inside a beautiful old palace, the place is full of different rooms with different ambiance,” said another review. “Fun place, but it can also be romantic.”

Gin Lovers Bar & Restaurant is another favorite among foodies visiting Embaixada. This bar and restaurant lives up to its name by offering some of the best pours of gin in the city, and it also serves classic Portuguese cuisine, including many different types of risotto. If you’re looking for the perfect gin and tonic, this is the date spot for you.

Lots of couples, friends, and families fill the courtyard and enjoy the restaurant’s bustling atmosphere and eclectic menu. Couples can start with drinks and a cheese platter, then choose a savory entrée, and finish with a decadent chocolate mousse.

“The restaurant was a welcome find in Lisbon,” said Catherine M. in a review on The Fork. “The venue is very atmospheric, and the food was just amazing. The staff were also helpful and friendly.”

Embaixada has a lot of surprises in store for visitors, and it is a wonderful place for couples seeking a unique experience in Lisbon.

Visitors Enjoy Exploring the Upscale Shops & Eateries

Embaixada has a little something for everyone. Whether you want to buy some sparkling jewelry for a loved one at HLC or pick out furniture at Boa Safra, you can depend on the concept gallery to supply the absolute best designs and support sustainable practices.

The Embaixada space encompasses many superb brands known for their quality craftsmanship and popular designs. You can find everything from authentic Portuguese shoes at Chumeco to trendy baby accessories and clothes at D.OT. It’s easy to spend hours exploring the stores, trying on clothes, and taking in the antique beauty of the space.

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Embaixada is an elegant, versatile, and impressive concept gallery in Lisbon.

The concept gallery has gotten many positive reviews on social media, and it currently boasts a 4.5-star rating on Facebook and nearly 4,000 followers on Instagram. Many people call it a must-visit destination for Lisbon tourists, and it’s also a popular hangout for locals going out on the town and looking for a place to while away an afternoon.

“Such a beautiful place with such a cozy nice atmosphere,” said Nao Kamiya in a five-star Facebook review.

Carlos Pinheiro recommends Embaixada, saying the historic building’s architecture inspires romantic feelings. Carlos also praised the “trendy shops with really good bars and restaurants.”

Over the years, hundreds of shoppers have praised Embaixada for having top-notch products, reasonable prices, friendly service, and an overall charming ambiance. The place has become a dynamic date spot where couples shop, dine, and relax in a lovely and historic setting.

“This is a converted mansion with some very hip and cool shops,” said Russell in a TripAdvisor review. “We found a wonderful shop from a family owned sheep and wool company that had beautiful items. If you are in the very scenic and walkable neighborhood it’s definitely worth a stop.”

Embaixada Promotes Sustainable Brands in Portugal

Embaixada began as a wealthy man’s home, and now it enriches the lives of Lisbon’s locals. This authentic Portuguese destination provides a lot of opportunities to have fun and satisfy your cravings. That makes it an excellent date spot for foodies, shopaholics, adventurers, and tourists in the area.

Whether you want to hang out at a hip gin bar or shower your date with quality gifts, you can explore a range of styles, brands, tastes, and designs in this gorgeous historical building. You never know what will strike your fancy here, but you can rest assured it will be made with quality craftsmanship and care.

“I would like to stress that Embaixada is a unique place in Lisbon, a neo-Arabic palace in the heart of the city, and we are very proud of the brands we have here,” Leonor said. “We promote Portuguese sustainable and eco-friendly brands.”