Commonly called the Time Out Market in Lisbon, the Mercado da Ribeira (riverside market) is more than a hundred years old, but its history as a trading place has been overtaken by something with a more modern appeal.
Mercado da Ribeira is next door to Cais do Sodre train station – the terminus for trains to the coastal town of Cascais.
The traditional market, selling fresh produce, still operate in the eastern half of the building, from 6am to 2pm.
The western half of the building was renovated in 2014 by Time Out Lisboa magazine to house well-known local chefs in a canteen-style food hall.
Time Out Market opening times
The restaurant area is open at the following times.
- Sunday to Wednesday: 10am until midnight.
- Thursday to Saturday: 10am until 2am.
Different food options
The food stalls surround the outside of the large open-plan room, with drinks and other vendors in the middle. The centre of the room is dominated by rows of large wooden tables.
During the day, you will see a mixture of tourists, office workers and local families.
Choose your meals from a variety of counters and bring them all together to eat in the middle. It’s a great concept for groups of travellers who want to try different things.
You can sample cheeses, cakes, meat dishes, fresh fish and bacalhau, as well as shellfish options.
The concept is explained on the official website.
You can also see the Time Out Market in this video
A list of food options at Mercado da Ribeira
- Marisqueira Azul (seafood)
- Balcão da Esquina (traditional Portuguese snacks, revamped in sophisticated fashion)
- Trincas (offers small snacks and an outside seating area)
- Cozinha da Felicidade (named after the chef who runs it – Susana Felicidade)
- Monte Mar (try the filetes de pescada com arroz de berbigão – hake fillets with cockles and rice)
- Tartar-ia (flavours that range from salmon, tuna and herring to veal)
- Café de São Bento (thick-cut, tender steaks served in a tasty cream sauce)
- Sea Me (dishes that feature high-quality fish and shellfish)
- Alexandre Silva (he won Portugal’s first televised Top Chef competition)
- Miguel Castro e Silva (Porto favourites, including Francesinha)
- Henrique Sá Pessoa (dishes perfected by Henrique on his travels)
- Marlene Vieira (Traditional Portuguese snacks and main dishes)
- Croqueteria (specialist manufacturer of the popular breaded and fried snacks)
- Miguel Laffan (a delicious range of chicken meals)
- O Prego da Peixeria (try the classic – sirloin steak in a slightly sweet bolo do caco)
- Asian Lab (Chef Daniel Rente is a specialist in oriental cuisine)
- Pizza a Pezzi (an offshoot of the city’s best pizzeria, Casanova)
- Confraria (fresh fish caught locally, successful combinations of ingredients)
- Honorato (the restaurant that started Lisbon’s hamburger craze)
- Santini (they have been producing ice-cream in the area since the 1940s)
- Nós é Mais Bolos (the city’s best cakes, carefully selected)
- Garrafeira Nacional (the leading purveyor of table wines in Lisbon)
- Arcádia (a chocolatier from the north of Porto)
- Manteigaria Silva (an array of Portuguese cheeses and sausages)
- Beer Experience Super Bock (try different types of beer)
- Gin Club by Schweppes (more than 50 brands of gin)
- La Havanita (cocktails)
- Casa da Ginja (try a cup of the cherry liqueur)
- Compal Frutológica (100% fruit juices blended on the spot)
- Quiosque do Café (simple coffee – order your favourite style)
- Crème de la Crème (the most traditional portuguese soups)
- Olhó Bacalhau (try pastel de bacalhau – cod cake)
- Hot Dog Cascais (a business operating in Cascais since 1986)
- Leitão da Ribeira (if you love pulled pork, you will love these suckling pig sandwiches)
- L’ Éclair (French cakes)
- Pap’açorda (occupying a large space on the first floor)