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Austa brings ‘honest eating, thinking and drinking’ to Portugal’s Algarve

Seasonal produce is served against a backdrop of minimal design at Austa, which fuses ‘traditional and vernacular influences with modern functionality’ in the Algarve.

Studio Gameiro (who previously crafted this Instagramable wellness club in Lisbon) was tasked with designing the Almancil restaurant, which was opened by Emma and David Campus as a slower, more sustainable alternative to their previous lives in London.

Almancil is located in the heart of the Golden Triangle region of the Algarve in southern Portugal and something of a foodie mecca, home to three Michelin-starred restaurants – the most of any town in the area.

Photography: Daniel Schäfer / Studio Gameiro

Studio Gameiro has put materials and texture at the heart of the space, using stone, metal and wood to create an interior that feels stripped back but still elevated.

Austa is a mix of the rustic and the refined, with crimped copper lights, a blocky banquette made from stacked slabs of stone, and a striking counter made from salt mined nearby. After eating, guests can browse books and homeware products from a mini, wall-mounted storefront.

On the Portuguese restaurant’s menu is an ever-changing mix of dishes, dependent on the season’s crop and catch and what’s available in Austa’s own veggie garden. Think hyper-local ingredients, fresh flavours and an ever-changing fisherman’s catch.

R. Cristóvão Pires Norte, 8135-117 Almancil, Portugal

Photography: Daniel Schäfer / Studio Gameiro
Photography: Daniel Schäfer / Studio Gameiro
Photography: Daniel Schäfer / Studio Gameiro
Photography: Daniel Schäfer / Studio Gameiro

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