One of the best things happening right now in Lisbon is the conversion of some classic buildings into new public spaces. Embaixada (the "Embassy", one of the building's former lives) is a beautiful Nouveau-Arabian palace from the 19th century that now contains independent shops and a great Gin Bar called "Gin Lovers". Gin is having a huge resurgence in Portugal, and their assortment of gins, including Portuguese ones, can't be beat. The shops range from great traditional craft to the "Armando Cabral" flagship, the Portuguese male-supermodel's new shoe brand, a favorite with US sports stars.
Praça do Príncipe Real 26,