The Mercado da Ribeira has become one of the liveliest culinary hotspots in Lisbon since it was converted into a food court by Time Out Lisbon in 2014.
The traditional fish, meat and fresh produce stalls exist alongside a huge food market.
There are more than 30 restaurants and bars at Time Out Market Lisboa, some overseen by Michelin-starred Portuguese chefs.
Here, you’ll find traditional Portuguese food, seafood, steak, pizza, sushi, and basically every cuisine you could wish for.
A huge food market in Lisbon
All the stalls are outstanding, but you could begin with fried baby squid at Marisqueira Azul, follow it up with the roasted farinheira (smoked pork sausage) by chef Alexandre Silva. You could also try some petiscos (sort of tapas) from Northern Portugal by chef Miguel Castro e Silva. These include francesinha, a mega-sandwich that goes into the oven and is served with a sauce poured over it.
Then, you could taste the suckling pork by Michelin-starred chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, or the traditional grilled chicken by Miguel Laffan, another Michelin-starred chef. For dessert, you could try Santini that offers some of the best ice cream in Lisbon, or indulge yourself with a pastel de nata (custard tart) from Manteigaria.
For vegetarians and vegans, the selection at Time Out Market may not be as exciting. Typical Portuguese cuisine is meat- and fish-heavy. However, at the Asian Lab you can order vegan curries and pad thai. At Pizza a Pezzi, you can get vegetarian slices, though not vegan (as they all have cheese). And you won’t be disappointed with a slice of cake for dessert at Nós É Mais Bolos.
The Mercado da Ribeira is located near Cais do Sodré. The food court is open daily for lunch and dinner, from 10am to midnight (Friday and Saturday till 2am). The traditional market is open from Monday to Saturday from 6am to 2pm.