Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mercado da Ribeira - Touring Tuesday

In the European cities we've visited, there is always an open-air market.  The stalls sell everything someone would need for their dinner: fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, olives, oils, and spices to name a few.  There are also many flower stalls because every dinner table needs some decoration.  

Lisbon's Mercado da Ribeira has been running near the waterfront since the late 1800's.  Although time moved forward, the market stayed the same.  That is until 2010 when the Lisbon City Council asked for private bids to manage the storied market.  The Lisbon branch oTime Out magazine won the bid and transformed part of the market.  The new space opened in May 2014, and it is spectacular.  The main market stalls still sell fresh items

The new modern side is transformed it into a hipster food court.  We visited early in the day while the restaurants were just opening for the day so we did not partake in any of the food.  My rudimentary translation of the Portuguese menus indicated there were no kids meals. I'm sure these tables are jammed with tapas, wine, Ibérico ham, and a lot of laughter.  

Unfortunately for this guy, he probably won't have any fun once the dinner crowd shows up.

Kudos to the folks at Time Out Lisbon for honoring the history of the market and updating it for today's needs.  

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