Tucked away behind glass doors in Lisbon’s hip and trendy Chiado neighborhood is a food court that is worthy of a baron, namely the Baron of Quintela. His beautifully restored 18th C. palace, with its elegant staircase, fresco murals and stunning stained-glass window with the Quintela coat of arms, was completely restored and reborn as the Palácio Chiado in 2016.
The concept for the Palácio Chiado was developed by three partners, one of whom is the grandson of the building’s owner. The idea behind the Palácio was to open up the building to allow others to experience the grandeur of the palace from within.
Inside the Palácio Chiado you will find seven different restaurants spread over two floors of the palace that offer a variety of food concepts, from drinks to dessert. Many are outposts of existing popular restaurants. Located on the ground floor is a very lively bar area, with tables where diners can sit, relax and enjoy a meal. Past the bar is an area with a number of food stalls, including the Meat Bar, Sea by Local, Local Chiado (vegetarian and healthy dishes), Bacalhau Lisbon (traditional cod dishes), and Confeitaria do Palácio (traditional Portuguese desserts). Ascending the grand double staircase to the more intimate and formal rooms on the second floor you will find Farrobodó, serving a variety of traditional Portuguese dishes, and Sushic Chiado, serving creative sushi dishes infused with traditional Portuguese flavors.
The Palácio has had a great deal of buzz since it opened, and has rapidly become a local favorite in the neighborhood that has become a focal point for the vibrant food scene that has emerged in Portugal. It is a perfect place to go if you like to try different things, or if you are traveling with others and find it hard to find one cuisine that will satisfy everyone’s palate. The beauty of the Palácio is that no one has to compromise, as there is enough variety in the types of foods offered that everyone will find something they like. Each diner is given a card when they enter the Palácio, and that card is then presented to each vendor to record the items ordered. Diners then present the card to pay for their food/drinks on the way out.
Palácio Chiado is open Sunday through Thursday from 12:00 pm to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 am.
- Rua do Alecrim, 70
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Phone: 210 101 184
- Website: Palácio Chiado
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