If you come to Lisbon to do some shopping, then Embaixada is definitely a place that you shouldn’t miss.
At this moment this beautiful building is used as a concept store with many (pop-up) shops. According to locals this is one of the better places in Lisbon to discover new and unknown brands.
Embaixada Concept store
In former times Embaixada used to be a small palace named Palacete Ribeiro da Cunha. Nowadays it’s been transformed into a concept store.
The palace is not to be missed when you discover the Príncipe Real neighbourhood. Located just opposite the gorgeous park Jardim do Principe Real this neo-Moorish building stands out immediately.
The atmosphere is kitsch, but in a very tasteful way. The interior is completely intact, almost as it was in the 19th century.
In each room you will find another (pop-up) store of Portuguese origin, which makes shopping (or just watching) very diverse. Embaixada offers products in the categories of interior design, fashion, paper shop, baby clothes, jewelry & accessories, make-up and perfume & soap.
Even if you’re planning to just have a peek inside, you’ll certainly be drawn in by the beautiful staircase between the ground floor and the first floor. Majestic is the word you’re looking for.
The first floor features a temporary exhibition space for (upcoming) artists. There’s bound to be an interesting exhibition there when you’re around, to be visited free of charge.
It’s obvious that there’s a lot more to Embaixada than just selling beautiful products. The mix of pop-up shops, a restaurant (Atalho Real) on the 1st floor and a gin bar (Gin Lovers) with an outside sitting area makes Embaixada a pretty all round meeting place as well.
Embaixada describes itself as ‘Portuguese shopping gallery’ and I think we can fully agree on that. It’s definitely a nice place to discover and visit new shops, but you can also enjoy the palace as an architectural entity itself and just wander around there
Where to find Embaixada
Address: Praça do Príncipe Real 26, Príncipe Real
Shops: every day: 12:00 – 8 p.m.
Exhibition space and restaurants: Sunday – Wednesday: 12:00 – 00:00 hours Thursday – Saturday: 12:00 – 02:00 a.m.