A little bit about its history, first?
The Ribeira Market was born in the mid-1600s but was partially destroyed with the great earthquake of 1755. In 1771, the Marquis of Pombal creates a new network of markets, among them the ”Ribeira Nova Market” (The New Ribeira Market) that has been expanded and restored since 1940.
In 2000 the market ceased to be the city’s supplier and in 2010, Time Out magazine wins the market grant and renews its ground floor and first floor.
For this reason, nowadays Mercado da Ribeira is also called Time Out Market and it is indeed worth a visit to take a break and take a bite.
You’ll find more than 30 spaces, from restaurants, bars, and pastry shops, to a concert hall, terraces for warmer days, flower stands and souvenirs, as well as the traditional market area with fresh local goods.
This place is all about typical Portuguese food but there’s also some fusion spaces and some of the most outstanding Portuguese chefs serve their delicacies at an affordable price.
Some of my favorites are Marisqueira Azul for some sea taste seafood on a hot summer day lunch. The Conserveira de Lisboa to get my canned fish and an array of recipes and precious tips from Pedro, the super nice store attendant. And, of course, the best and famous Pastel de Nata, at Manteigaria, with a “bica”.
Time Out Market works from Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am to midnight and from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 am.
My advice? Avoid weekends and typical meal hours. After all, this is the place to gather with friends, for some “petiscos” savoring at any hour of the day.