Top choice shopping centre in Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

Take an exquisite 19th-century neo-Moorish palace and fill it with fashion, design and concept stores on the cutting edge of cool and you have one of Lisbon's most exciting new shopping experiences: Embaixada. Centred on a grand sweeping staircase and courtyard are boutiques selling everything from vintage records to organic cosmetics, eco-homewares, contemporary Portuguese ceramics and catwalk styles.

There's a wonderful gin-centric bar (Gin Lovers) and cafe (Less) in the atrium, and a good steakhouse hidden below, to the back – Atalho Real.