Mercado da Ribeira

Top choice market in Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

Doing trade in fresh fruit and veg, fish and flowers since 1892, this domed market hall has been the word on everyone's lips since Time Out transformed half of it into a gourmet food court in 2014. Now it's Lisbon in chaotic culinary microcosm: Garrafeira Nacional wines, Café de São Bento steaks, Manteigaria Silva cold cuts and Michelin-star chef creations from Henrique Sá Pessoa.

Follow the lead of locals and come for a browse in the morning followed by lunch at one of 40 kiosks. Need tips for navigating the chaos? Top chefs (Pessoa, Alexandre Silva, Miguel Laffan etc) occupy the northern back row. The kiosks along the western and eastern sides have counter-style seating that open out to a far less crowded corridor on their opposite sides (great for solo diners); and a few, such as seafooder Marisqueira Azul, offer outdoor seating facing pretty Praça Dom Luís. Bar stalls hold court in the middle of the market – prepare to go to war for a spot. Some famed restaurants, such as Pap’Açorda, are a bit hidden on the 1st floor.


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