What better way to experience a new city than having a bite at one of Lisbon’s food markets, finding something unique at the flea markets, and diving into a new culture?
We all know what Portugal is known for worldwide – sandy beaches and delicious gastronomy. We are going to focus our attention on the capital of this magical country –Lisbon. The city is divided into certain areas, where you can find whatever your stomach desires.
Let’s first have a look at the Time-Out Mercado da Ribeira. Founded in 2014, this place is located in the centre of the city by the riverside. This is the most famous food market that can be found in Lisbon and it is definitely worth a visit to enjoy some traditional Portuguese cuisine. In this market, however, you can also enjoy food from different corners of the world. Since the market is one the most well-known around, you might consider visiting for brunch, instead of lunch or dinner, which are always very busy.
Another hidden gem around the city is Campo de Ourique Market. The market has more than 80 years of history and it is an amazing place to enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine in what even the locals describe as ‘a historical and relaxed place’. Campo de Ourique was opened back in the
Moreover, you can join our Alfama Free Walking Tour and learn about the history behind the neighborhood where this landmark is located which is actually one of the oldest districts in Lisbon.
As mentioned, the flea market is a must-see during your stay in Lisbon and you can choose from the many peculiar, old antiques that can be found there – from haunting dolls to tiles and vintage clothes. All of these would make a great souvenir from your time in Lisbon, and most importantly all come at a reasonable price!
Read about crazy things you can find at the flea market in our blog post here.
That is not the end because Lisbon has a lot more to offer for the food lovers!
You should definitely visit some of Lisbon’s quaint neighborhoods and explore the various restaurants and cuisines that you will find in the tiny streets of the Portuguese capital – from Chinese illegal restaurants to traditional bacalhau recipes. Not familiar with bacalhau? It’s codfish that Portuguese cook in a huge variety of ways and I can assure you, you will love every single one. Some of the areas that you should visit are Alfama & Mouraria, Martim Moniz, Bairro Alto & Rua Augusta. All of these have a lot to offer and it hard to resist the amazing smells that you come across when wandering around these streets.
In case you are a solo traveler and want to share interesting stories whilst enjoying Portuguese cuisine, take a look at our History & flavours tour which takes place every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 7 pm. We take our guests to 3 different restaurants which offer typical Portuguese dishes and wine. During this culinary journey through Portuguese flavours, our guests have the perfect opportunity to meet people from all over the globe whilst creating memories together.