When I am in Lissabon, one of my first trip is always to Mercado da Ribeira (also known as Mercado 24 de Julho). It is Lisbon’s main food market since 1892, when it opened with an iron interior and a large oriental dome. In 2014 it was taken over by Time Out Lisboa magazine, whose management added stalls offering food and traditional local products. The market is devided into 2 Sections, the traditional Food Market and the Food Court with all his food stands.
The traditional stalls selling fresh produce are found on the ground floor and are open from 6AM to 2PM
The food court, with canteen-style communal tables, opened in May of 2014 and has become a major food destination. It’s on the western side of the building on the ground floor, and opens every day from 10AM to midnight from Sunday to Wednesday and from 10AM to 2AM from Thursday to Saturday.
It mixes stalls from top chefs with different brands of local products, and the foods range from seafood to steak sandwiches, hamburgers, sushi and ice cream, among other specialties.
The drink stalls are in the center.
If you are there I would recommend you to taste “bolinho de bacalhau” (a little codfish cake) or a “Bifana” (A pork steak, to be more specific, seasoned with garlic and spices, served in a roll) while drinking a “fino” (a pint).
For example some top chefs which have their stalls there:
- Alexandre Silva
- Miguel Castro e Silva
- Henrique Sá Pessoa
- Marlene Vieira
Avenida 24 de Julho – Cais do Sodré
213 244 980
Metro: Cais do Sodré