A staple of Lisbon’s culinary scene for centuries, the Mercado da Ribeira has origins that date back to the 13th century. The market has been at its current space since 1892, a spacious open hall, topped with a large dome. In 2014, the hall was reformed in 2014 and transformed into the beloved gourmet food market that Lisboans known today.
The Mercado da Ribeira is the perfect place for foodies to sample a number of Portuguese specialties like ginja (wild cherry liquor), Portuguese wines like Port and Madeira, and pastel de nata (traditional egg tarts). Other highlights include classics like steak and fries, locally produced cheeses and cured meats, and specialty chocolates from Porto. There are also some international food stalls serving up foods like sushi, pizza and hamburgers. One of Portugal’s most famous chefs, Henrique Sá Pessoa, offers a less expensive alternative to his high-end restaurants at his stall in the Mercado da Ribeira.
Looking to experience the traditional Portuguese market? Mercado da Ribeira still holds its daily farmer’s market, with stalls selling fresh produce, fish and meat, starting at 6 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Mercado da Ribeira is located at Av. 24 de Julho, 50 in Lisbon. The food stalls are open Sunday–Wednesday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Thursday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The farmer’s market is open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.