Whether you’re searching for more of a beachy vibe in Estoril or craving more of scenic drive experience further north in the Douro Valley just outside of Porto, Portugal is full of fantastic places to check out.
We found our perfect drug when we pulled up a seat in a hip small plates restaurant called Pharmacia in Lisbon, Portugal.
Everywhere you look (from the wall paper to the pill bottle filled cabinets) there is pharmacy themed paraphernalia.
Each drink on the cocktail menu at Pharmacia shares the same name as an over the counter medication or a prescription grade drug.
Psychostimulants increase brain activity and we certainly felt our mood pick up after we sipped on a lovely drink crafted with arbutus brandy, honey and passionfruit called the psicoestimulante.
Pharmacia is located in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto neighborhood inside the Associação Nacional de Farmácias (National Association of Pharmacies) building.
The restaurant is the brainchild of chef Susana Felicidade.
In addition to Pharmacia, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across Portugal.
If the sun isn’t beating down on you, the colorful patio outside of Pharmacia is a wonderful spot to people watch and chow down on your grub.
All of the dishes at Pharmacia are small portions by design. Felicidade’s philosophy is that, “…When we share we are more generous, we taste different flavors and we have more fun.” (“…quando partilhamos somos mais generosos, provamos sabores diferentes e divertimo-mos mais.”)
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For that reason, the staff typically recommends that a table order between three and four dishes per dynamic duo.
You can swing by Pharmacia for a cocktail hour filled with pharmaceutical fun or opt to indulge in an assortment of Portuguese petiscos.
One thing is for sure, Pharmacia’s Rx themed restaurant will definitely cure you of one symptom, a loss of appetite.
Rua Marechal Saldanha, 1
Hours: Monday Through Sunday 12:30pm to 1:30am
Phone: +351 21 346 2146
Pricing (All in Euros): Couvert (Small Items) €2.50, Cold Soups €4.50 to €6.90, Hot Soups €4.90, Salads €11.90 to €14.90, Vegetarians €9.80 to €10.90, Fish €14.90 to €15.90, Meat €9.80 to €14.90, Dessert €5.00 to €6.00