Mercado da Ribeira has been Lisbon’s main food market since 1892. In 2014, Time Out Lisboa magazine took over and added food stalls, thereby turning it into a huge food hall, which is regarded as being the best in the city.
The food hall is massive and offers a wide variety of options, from sushi to traditional Portuguese dishes. You would be hard pressed to find something that wouldn’t please all palates.
In addition to the many food stalls, there is a bakery, fruit stand, juice bar, “beer garden”, and much more.
There is plenty of seating, but if going at a prime time at lunch or dinner, seating might be a little difficult, especially if you have a big party.
The Roast Pork from Miguel Castro e Silva was a good sized portion. The pork had a crispy, crunchy, and crackling skin with tender and juicy meat. Having the meat bone in helped to retain its juice and flavor. The dish was paired with a sweet potato mash, that wasn’t overly sweet, and a small salad. This was a solid dish.
The Roast Beef from Marlene Vieira was topped with ham, and served on top of a baked potato with jus. The beef was tender, but was lacking in flavor. The ham added some saltiness, while the jus added some moisture and flavor. Overall, this was an uninspiring dish.
We got a croquette sampler. The squid ink croquettes were a shocking black, but did not have the usual funk associated with squid ink. The bacalao croquette had that distinct salted cod flavor, but was well tempered. The salmon croquette had a nice pink hue, but was lacking in salmon flavor. The ham croquette was helped by the saltiness and meaty texture, but was “loose”. The original croquette was somewhat lacking in flavor. Like the ham croquette, it was kind of loose which detracted from the texture. Out of the dishes we tried, this was the least successful.
A trip to Mercado da Ribeira is likely not to be a wasteful trip.