Visiting Time Out Market Lisbon Portugal
Visiting Time Out Market, also known as the Mercado da Ribeira or Mercade 24 de Julho, is a culinary treat. The space is one of Lisbon’s oldest fresh food markets. Its history dates back to 1892.
Back then, fishermen would moor their ships across the way, in the river Tagus, and then bring their fresh catches over to the market to sell. The market has remained one of the Lisbon’s largest covered markets and today, is one of the city’s largest commercial centers.
Visiting Time Out Market – New and Renovated
Since May 2014, Time Out Magazine has been operating the main ground floor area of the market. They converted a 75,000-square-foot area into a food court that hosts 35 different eatery stalls with a seating capacity for 500 people. In addition, there are to three outdoor terraces to accommodate another 250 people. This 5- million-euro renovation is a wonderful example of the new Lisbon spirit in action. Before Time Out assumed the market renovation, the neighborhood, Cais do Sodre, was quite seedy and home to Lisbon’s red light district. Today it is quite chic, trendy and coveted.
The Time Out Market has many bars, restaurants and shops from which to choose and they serve everything from meats, cheeses, seafood, sushi, beer and wine. There are also sardine and plant shops and a whole lot of other little treasures to discover. Overall, this is a space that was created to be enjoyed with friends and family and also to hang out. The hall is filled with long wooden communal tables and free wi-fi, both of which encourage casual lingering.
A nice feature of the Time Out market is its dedication to promoting a handful of Lisbon’s local, celebrated Chefs such as Marlene Vieira, Miguel Castro Silva, Alexandre Silva and Henrique Sá Pessoa with specialized kiosks in their respective names.
The traditional market still exists next door and has a decidedly different ambiance but is still the best place in the city to buy fresh fish and flowers. On Sunday morning there is a Collectors Fair that takes place in the market from 9am-2pm where all sorts of interesting coins and stamps may be found.
Tourist Hype: Visiting The Time Out Market is worth the trip, but it’s a tad over-hyped and glossy. Best to go and explore during off-hours such as the morning, as it gets very crowded around meal times and this may distract from full enjoyment of the experience.
Avenida 24 de Julho
Sunday to Wednesday
10am to Midnight
Thursday to Saturday
10am to 2am