Originally built as a nobleman’s residence in the late 18th century, in recent years, the grand confines of Palácio Chiado was home to the Institute of Visual Arts, Design and Marketing before spending a period of time in abandoned disrepair.

Its latest reincarnation is as a dining destination, which – after much anticipation - has finally opened after nearly two years of detailed restoration. The concept of entrepreneur Duarte Cardoso Pinto and brothers Gustavo and António Paulo Duarte, seven restaurants and a bar have been worked into the original layout of the building to form a thrumming gastronomic emporium set over two floors.

Working closely with architect Frederico Valsassina, interior designer Catarina Cabral has highlighted the building’s grandeur, with a selection of understated furnishings in low-level hues that accent the lavish marbles, gold leaf chandeliers, elaborate frescoes and stained glass windows, which have been carefully brought back to life by restorer Elvira Barbosa.

The restaurant selection caters for all tastes from a traditional charcuterie to healthy eating and even burgers. We suggest an aperitif in the sprawling ground floor bar, before meandering upstairs for some expertly prepared sushi at Shushic Chiado.