Time Out Market – The Jewel of Cais do Sodré

Wed 11 Oct 2017

Lisbon’s Time Out Market, located in the famed Mercado da Ribeira (a food market with long history dating back to 1890s), is one of the most popular eating spots in the city. Prominently set in the centre of Cais do Sodré area, the noted food court offers an unfathomable array of both traditional Portuguese and international cuisines.


Around two dozen of stalls contouring the large food court area sell almost every type of Portuguese cuisine. You will find budget-friendly samples from several Michelin star chefs (Alexandre Silva, Henrique Sá Pessoa, and Miguel Castro e Silva, to name a few) – offering traditional Portuguese flavours: pork belly caramelized in teriyaki sauce with pee pure; low fat, low temperature piglet stew with orange slices, or infamous francesinha – Porto mega-sandwich made with beef chuck roll and linguiça sausage under a white wine sauce.


On the international side of the spectrum you will find quality pizza, authentic sushi, perfect medium-rare steaks and towering hamburgers. Yet, there are few other places which deserve special recognition.


Sea Me – a famous marisqueira (seafood eatery), which features high quality fish and shellfish, and consistently makes it into Lisbon top 20 restaurants. Noted for its creative boldness, Sea Me offers bizarre mixes of Portuguese and Japanese seafood perspectives: sardine nigiri sushi, sea bass salad with seaweed, or fried cuttlefish in their own ink.


O Prego da Peixaria – a national icon amongst sandwiches, which brings this default dish to altitudes of art. Specialising in steak sandwiches, the place boasts with its classic sirloin steak in the bolo do caco bun straight from the Madeira island.


Asian Lab – the epicenter of Oriental cuisine in the Time Out Market. Overseen by the Portuguese chef, Asian Lab is a vivid representation of Oriental food with the pinch of Portuguese colonialism – Goan-style curry is the direct proof of it.


Nós é Mais Bolos – one of the best cake places in Lisbon, offering traditional recipes, 21st-century creations or reinventions of old classics. Brazilian-style chocolate brigadeiros, lemon tarts, banoffee pies – buy them whole, in small servings or by slice.


Santini – hand-made ice cream with authentic Italian recipes dating back to 1940s (when Attilio Santini moved to Portugal). Dubbed the best ice creams in Greater Lisbon, served in a secret recipe waffle cone.


Manteigaria – offers the classics of Portuguese dessert culture – pasteis de nata – and seen as the right spot for tasting proper Lisbon custard tarts. Kneaded and folded by hand with quality ingredients, these tarts are the pinnacle of Portuguese pastry artisanship. Tourists may choose Pasteis de Belém, but the local will always tell you to try Manteigaria.  


Besides visiting food stalls, you can always stock up on fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and flowers. Mercado da Ribeira will supply you with crafty, handmade souvenirs, iconic Portuguese tinned preserves, or a bottle(s) of a traditional port wine. Opt in for Ginjinha berries liquor to taste an alternative Lisbon flavour.


You can always refresh yourself at drinking area right in the middle of the court. For beer lovers, we suggest Beer Experience Superbock, and for wine enthusiasts – Manteigaria Silva – a charcutaria, offering selection boards of cured meat & cheese with a glass of quality Tinto Roriz red wine.


Grocery shopping, eating out, grabbing a cup of an organic soup on the way through the city, or simply having a quality breakfast with authentic pastry – Time Out Market is a multilevel added value to your Lisbon real estate investment.

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