Where are these bananas from? And these peaches? And these peppers? And……..everything else??
When we go to the grocery store, we are often wondering about the provenience of the products. We always would like to be safe about the products that we consume and that’s why we are interested, always more, in buying locally products. If you are looking for them, you have to go to the markets and not to the grocery store!
There are a lot of markets in Lisbon where you can find good and fresh products that come from farmers all around the city. If you are new here because you just moved to Lisbon, you are studying for a short period of time or you are just on vacation and you would like to have some healthy local products, we can help you! Read our guide and you will know where the best markets in the city are!
1. Mercado da Ribeira: It was open in 1892 and since than it is one of the most important market in Lisbon. It takes place in a huge building divided into two parts. The east part is full of stalls where you can buy a lot of fresh products (especially fruit and vegetable) and it is open every day from 6am to 2pm. In the western side is located the food court, opened in May 2014, where you can taste a lot of different products, either local or not; you could have, for example, seafood, meat, sandwich with a beer or a glass of wine! Since it closes at 12am from Sunday to Wednesday and at 2am form Thursday to Saturday, you and your friend could have the possibility to spend a different night from the routine, eating really good and fresh food!
2. Mercado Biológico do Príncipe Real: It is an organic market where you can find a lot of different biologic products, starting from fruit and vegetable, moving on cheese or cereal and ending with homemade hand soap! Often you even have the chance to taste some samples of the products offered!
Even if it is not a very big market, it is really famous and lot of people visit it weekly! It is opened just on Saturday from 9am to 2pm, so after spending a few hours there, you could walk through the beautiful Príncipe Real garden!
3. Mercado de Campo de Ourique: This market is located in the neighbourhood that has the same name, since when it was opened, in 1934. Originally it was just a daily market where you could have bought fresh fruit and vegetable; in 2013 it has been refurbished and now it has a really modern and cosmopolitan look, inspired to the San Miguel market in Madrid.
There are stands where you can buy daily fresh fish and vegetables but there is, at the same time, a food court when you could have the chance to taste different specialities. The food court is open every day from 10am to 11pm, so it is good option for grocery shopping but also if you would like to go out for lunch or dinner and have something good without spending too much!