Restaurant Pharmacia in Lisbon is integrated into the Pharmacy Museum just near Tagus river viewpoint (miradouro) Santa Catarina or Adamastor. The remarkable décor is inspired by pharmacies of the past, the menu is a surprise!
Restaurant Pharmacia Lisbon – the garden in summertime on a Sunday afternoon
Restaurant Pharmacia is integrated into the Museum of Pharmacy (Museu da Farmácia). In Portuguese farmácia literally means “Drug Store” and it truly holds onto its name, since it is located at the building of the Portuguese National Drug Store Association. The remarkable interior is inspired by classic old pharmacies.
Restaurant Pharmacia Lisbon – very nice waiters dressed in white lab coats
When you enter the restaurant, you are shown to your table by somebody wearing a white lab coat. The menu is mainly focused on Portuguese cuisine, and “petiscos” (small dishes), but the restaurant also has a bar, serving all kinds of drinks and light snacks. One of its fine features is the outside terrace. The restaurant does not close after lunch and ‘a la carte’ service throughout the day is available.
Restaurant Pharmacia Lisbon: long lunch with good friend Erika Reusens
We enjoyed a delicious lunch, coffee and wine included € 45,70 . For dinner you also have the choice of a special menu of several dishes (€ 28, without drinks).
Restaurant Pharmacia Lisbon, integrated into the Museum of Pharmacy
Inaugurated in June 1996, the Pharmacy Museum is the only museum of Universal History in Portugal and one of the most complete in the world. The collection is based on pieces that represent 5000 years of history of health in civilizations as diverse as Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Rome, Greece, Islam, South America, China, Tibet, Japan, Africa, and modern Europe. YouTube movie Pharmacy Museum of Lisbon
Museum open from Monday– Friday: 10am – 6pm. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Restaurant Pharmacia Lisbon
Inside the building you will find the wall of old medicine cabinets full of glass drug containers, medicine vials, and bottles of all kinds. Also the wallpaper is a tribute to the pharmacy. Your plain water will be served in an old ether bottle, the bottle holder is wearing a red cross logo…
Restaurant Pharmacia Lisbon: restaurant inside & vintage items
The remarkable interior uses almost exclusively vintage and antique items and some pieces that are on loan from the museum. The menu card is a pharmacy notebook and even your soup will be served in a small vial.
But the comparison with a pharmacy stops here: the food in a hospital is totally different.... 😉 😉
Restaurant Pharmacia Lisbon – bottle of wine served in a measuring cup
Even the bottle of wine is served in a plastic measuring cup…. And the cocktails here all have ‘drug’ names, like ‘LSD’ cocktail (whisky and ginjinha). How about a cocktail ‘ibuprofen’ ? (Cachaça licor and lemon juice), or try a paracetamol cocktail (honey, melon and ginger beer) 😉
Restaurant Pharmacia Lisbon, Rua Marechal Saldanha 1, Lisbon.
Restaurant Pharmacia is overlooking the Tagus river
Nearby: Miradouro (viewpoint) Adamastor.
BTW: famous artist Damien Hirst tried his hand at the restaurant business in 1998 when he opened the art-filled Pharmacy Restaurant + Bar in London. Filled with pseudo-scientific pharmacy-themed items, Hirst curated every design element from metallic pill-printed wallpaper and pill-shaped ashtrays.
4 Replies to “Restaurant Pharmacia Lisbon: surprising menu, integrated museum & ‘LSD’ cocktail”
We are visiting Lisbon next weekend and would like to book a table for 4 people on the evening of Sunday 4 October at 7.30.
Grateful if you would confirm our reservation.
I am the writer of this blog about Lisbon, please connect the owner of this restautant to book a table. Enjoy Lisbon!