Top 5 Food Markets in Lisbon
The food market culture is growing in Lisbon. Here we give you the top 5 food markets in Lisbon and areas to eat when you will be visiting. From traditional food to international cuisine and fusion, you can find a bit of everything in Lisbon.
The best one: Time Out Mercado da Ribeira
This is the most famous food market in Lisbon, so it’s obviously on our top 5 food markets in Lisbon. Located in the city center by the river and near both the train and the subway, it hosts different stands of renowned Portuguese chefs. You can try different traditional specialties as well as food from different corners of the world.
This place was launched by the Time Out Magazine in 2014. They offer people the opportunity to try the best food from the best chefs, the trendiest and newest recipes. If your business is good it goes on the magazine. If your business is great, it goes to Mercado da Ribeira. Mercado da Ribeira only gathers the best of the best.
I love to go there during the afternoon for a snack and eat a “bolinho de bacalhau” (a little codfish cake) or a different kind of tapa while drinking a “fino” (a pint). It gets very crowded during meal times so I recommend you to avoid rush hour by going a bit earlier. From here, you can go out to Bairro Alto or Pink Street after dinner. You can also join a Portuguese Food and Wine Tour in Lisbon (find more information on Viator).
The quiet one: Mercado de Campo de Ourique
In our top 5 food markets in Lisbon, you will find Mercado de Campo de Ourique. It’s not as famous as the previous one, but, it’s also a great one. It’s less busy than Mercado da Ribeira, and you can still enjoy an amazing meal. From handcrafted beer to the best little diabetes-inducing sweets, it’s a great market to visit. In a more reserved area of the city (Campo de Ourique), you can reach it by bus from Marquês de Pombal or by taxi.
The fun one: Martim Moniz
In this top 5 food markets in Lisbon, I’m leaving you with three areas which are not actual food markets because we’re still growing that culture. But you can still have amazing food experiences in these areas. By the slopes of St. George’s Castle, you can find the square of Martim Moniz.
This is the ethnic center of Lisbon, where the first immigrant gathered and it is a melting pot of cultures. With its international nature, there are many festivals and initiatives which take place to promote the cultural integration. Several food festivals are organized in this square and celebrations from other cultures, such as the Chinese New Year that takes place there. Not being a food market, it’s still an area in Lisbon where you can have great food experiences!
Since you will be there, you need to hop on the elevator to the castle and join us for a tour of Alfama.
The popular one: Bairro Alto
In this top 5 food markets in Lisbon, I’m suggesting you Bairro Alto especially for dinner and drinks. Have dinner in one of the amazing restaurants that have popped out in the last few years. Now, you can find amazing, high-quality restaurants in Bairro Alto where you can have a great meal with your friends or your partner.
Alternatively, you can head to Bairro Alto after dinner for a drink. Beware: Portuguese people eat late, so we start our nights late. If you go to Bairro Alto before 11 pm, you’re very unlikely to catch it at its peak. For a full experience, go for drinks starting at 11 pm. This is the typical Lisbon nightlife happening in Bairro Alto. Come and enjoy it with us!
The traditional one: Rua Augusta
Finally in our top 5 Food markets in Lisbon is an area downtown where you will find the best traditional Portuguese food: Rua Augusta. This street connects Praça do Comércio to Praça Rossio. Here, you’ll find restaurants that will serve you great grilled sardines (in the summer) and great meaty traditional dishes. You can also find as many desserts as you can eat in one year and I’ve got to tell you: they are delicious! For traditional food and a rested lunch, take a rest in Rua Augusta and then take the two elevators to Castle of St. George and join us for the Alfama Tour.
After eating, I can also suggest you go up the Rua Augusta’s arch. The arch was built to celebrate the reconstruction of the city after the 1755 earthquake. Plus, since 2013, the arch that leads to Praça do Comércio has been open to the public. Which means you can now go up, and take the most amazing photos from the top of this historical arch, especially as the sun sets. Rua Augusta is one of the main streets downtown. And it is closed to traffic, which makes it even greater!
You now know my top 5 food markets in Lisbon! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my article and that it has been useful to you. One understands a lot about a country’s culture and lifestyle through its food and customs! I hope you will manage to go to one of these food markets and share with us your experience! Alternatively, you can join a food tour in Lisbon and get a taste for the local cuisine (check pricing & availability on Viator). Also, don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information or any kind of help and guidance!
Enjoy your trip to Lisbon!