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 diners

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.

Suckling pig sandwiches at Mercado da Ribeira

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

Bacalhau is one of many dishes available at Time Out Market

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