Thursday 1 November 2018

The Time Out Market, Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon

Since 2014, this charismatic late nineteenth century market hall has been run by the publisher Time Out and branded accordingly. It is supposed to offer the best of Lisbon's culinary delights. Inside are scores of stalls selling a wide variety of food and drink, which can be consumed in the communal dining areas or on the terraces that line some of the outlets. But the omniscient black and white branding means some of the diversity and colour of an indoor food market has been lost. Moreover, the Mercado da Ribeira can be crowded and you may prefer to eat your purchases on a bench outside. Still, the building retains many of its handsome period features - make sure you head upstairs for the best vantage point and to appreciate the well-preserved tiling.  And the Time Out format certainly seems to have created quite a buzz amongst both locals and tourists.