Before any trip, Paulo and I went crazy searching for the most incredible places in the destination – it is not by chance that I turn around and ask for directions there on my instagram 😉 As our next stop is in Lisbon, it was no different and we ended up finding several wonderful locations in the city.
One of them is definitely the Time Out Market – also known as Mercado da Ribeira that has existed since the year 1100. The project to revitalize this traditional Lisbon market started in 2010, when the team from Time Out magazine won a competition from Lisbon City Council. The prize gave concession to explore part of the ground floor and the first floor of the market – that’s when it all started.
The ambitious project was to bring together the best of Lisbon in one place: restaurants, bars, cafes, shops … As it is in the description of the official website: “If it’s good, come in the magazine, if it’s great, go to the market”. And so it was done! Construction started in 2013 and, in May 2014, the market opened its doors again – but this time with a totally new concept, that of Food hall.
Each kiosk has its charm and everything is still mixed with the traditional market. Currently, Time Out Market has more than 40 food and beverage spaces; 6 stores; a studio dedicated to events (shows, fairs, lectures, conferences, among others); and a gym that is actually a cooking school that offers workshops several times a week.
The place fills up a lot from 13h, so it’s worth trying to reach 12h to avoid so many queues. The best restaurants and kiosks, unfortunately, do not offer many options for vegetarians, but any tourist will still find alternatives. Aah, the prices are also attractive when compared to the restaurants of renowned chefs that are present in the space.
For those who are still lost and don’t know where to start putting together the script, check out the description of the locations on the site! I, who already made my selection, will share what I found the coolest there – but feel free to put more suggestions in the comments, ok?
Henrique Sá Pessoa
Michelin starred, Henrique Sá Pessoa is one of the most famous chefs in Portugal – in fact, it is worth visiting the Alma restaurant, which is also located in Lisbon. In the market restaurant there are many typical Portuguese dishes like 2 varieties of cod. The most famous, however, is the Confused Piglet. There are not many vegetarian options, except the ricotta and carrot couscous + desserts.
Miguel Castro e Silva
The most famous dish here is the francesinha, a huge sandwich with Cachaço (pork neck) or acém + sausage, cheese, salt, paprika, garlic and many other delicacies. Paulo already wants to try it 😉
Alexandre Silva is also a super chef in the country and has a style that is a little different from traditional Portuguese cuisine. At the market kiosk, the options are more classic, but still very tasty like the pork belly, the black risotto with scallops and seaweed and the tuna woodpecker that carries honey, kimchi, sweet potatoes and pickles. The starters have more vegetarian options with vegetables: soups, potato salad, cheeses with jam and homemade breads … It looks delicious!
There are many people who think chicken is boring, but in corner Miguel Laffan you are in serious danger of changing your opinion. The restaurant was fully focused on the ingredient until April 2018 and yet it was considered one of the best on the entire market. Laffan, however, changed the menu that year and included many dishes with fish – such as tuna tartar and braised cod – and pork.
Of course, the chicken hasn’t disappeared from the menu. The caesar salad continues and the grilled chicken is one of the most ordered 😉
As the name suggests, this is a restaurant specializing in tartar. The most requested are tuna, salmon and Asian steak. There they also offer 3 vegetarian options: the fourme d’ambert, the Greek and the seasonal. It’s a great option for those with vegetarian on the trip, right? I want to try it myself!
This is considered the best ice cream in Lisbon and as I am in love with this sweet, I could not fail to put the kiosk on the list – even more because I travel in the summer! More than 70 years after the inauguration of the brand created by the Italian Attilio Santini, it still conquers anyone with artisanal gelato (even the cones are made by themselves)!
He spoke Portuguese sweet, he remembered the famous pastel de nata. If you can’t resist and want to try one on the market, there’s no better place than Manteigaria. The process is completely handmade and made with quality ingredients: it is not by chance that it is considered one of the best custard tarts in the whole country.
National Wine Cellar
Do you want to take and take home the best Portuguese wines? Be sure to stop by Garrafeira Nacional! Port and Madeira wines are the most requested there, but you can still find national options for whiskeys, cognacs and brandies.
Want to include a design store in the script? This is the perfect place! Here you will find original products by Portuguese designers and artists: photographs, pillows, paintings, posters and all kinds of articles: useful or fun. It’s cool to find copyrighted pieces from local producers, right?
To finish the list, I could not leave the sardine out. The brand sardine cans have an incredible design, all colored, and the place is practically an institution in the city (it has been operating since 1930). In addition to sardines, here you can also find other canned fish and seafood.
I confess that even I didn’t think the post would be so big, but the place is so incredible that I couldn’t help sharing it with you!