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Best Markets in Lisbon

Whether you’re looking to buy souvenirs, or just want to shop like the locals, you’d be amazed at the many markets and fairs hosted all throughout Lisbon regularly. From food markets that house some of the best chefs in town, to art and craft fairs, and markets that mix items like paintings, antiques, food, handicrafts, and fashion in one open space… the Lisbon markets surely cater to everyone.

Shopping at one of Lisbon’s local markets not only allows you to shop ‘til you drop at bargain prices, you’ll also get to embrace the local culture and explore various Lisbon districts of the old and new.

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Top 10 Markets in Lisbon

  • Feira da Ladra – Literally translated as the “thieves fair,” this 800 year-old Lisbon tradition takes place at the Campo de Santa Clara in Alfama every Tuesday and Saturday. You’ll find a mix of antiques, blankets, handicrafts, used clothes, and other trinkets sold here.
  • Mercado da Ribeira – Found at Rua da Ribeira Nova in Biaxa, this farmers market is the largest in Lisbon and has some of the freshest seafood and fish in the city. The newly-built pavilion also houses food stalls from various local chefs. Opens and closes at different times throughout the week, but you’d be safe to visit this market around 10 am to 2pm.
  • LX Factory Market – This modern art center showcases Lisbon’s own artists and designers of clothes, jewelry, and other items. Visit this market at Ruados Arneiros for its Sunday flea market at 12pm to 6pm.
  • Mercado do Jardim – With musicians performing at Jardim da Estrela, Praça da Estrela, this park/market combo is a haven for handicraft lovers. You can find plenty of alternative souvenirs here. It is open from 9am to 7pm every first weekend of each month.
  • Belém Market – Located smacked in the center of Jardim Vasco da Gama, this open-air, garden market offers various antique items from books to stamps, collectable coins, postcards, and more. It’s open from 9am to 6pm during the first and third Sunday of every month at Belém’s Rua Vieira Portuense.
  • Cascais Market – If you’re in the area, check out this iconic fishermen’s village market for fresh catch-of-the-day fishes and other food at discounted prices. It is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.
  • Biological Market – Oils, cereals, soaps, horticultural products, and other organic items are sold here at Jardim do Príncipe Real from 9am to 2pm every Saturday.
  • Avenida Da Liberdade – If you’re ready to shell money for antiques, go to Avenida da Liberdade for some of the most authentic antiques you can find in Lisbon. This open-air market is held year-round from 9am to 2pm during the second weekend of each month.
  • Natalis – Portugal’s biggest Christmas fair held from 3pm to 11pm every December 1 to 9 at Feira Internacional de Lisboa, Parque das Nações.
  • Mercado Do Bairro Alto – A small farmer’s market located at Rua da Altalia. Mercado Do Bairro Alto opens every day from 7am to 2pm.

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3 Must-Visit Markets in Lisbon

  • Mercado da Ribeira: Once a famous 19th-century fish market, Mercado da Ribeira is now managed by TimeOut Lisboa Magazine. It has completely revamped the two-story market into a modern food pavilion, where you can find the freshest cod, cheeses and local wines, as well as many of the food stalls serving traditional Portuguese snacks and full meals.
  • Feira da Ladra: If you had to pick just one market to visit, go to the oldest market in the city for some great finds. This flea market has it all – from food to various second-hand items, to vintage clothing and antiques, and it’s definitely worth a visit. Go down from Santa Apolonia train station, walk to St. Vincent Church and you’ll see this huge market at Campo de Santa Clara.
  • Natalis Christmas Fair: For visitors coming to Lisbon around the holiday season, don’t miss the Natalis Christmas Fair that mixes cultural events with Christmas choirs, dancing, and goodwill. Over 150 companies sell products at the fair with reduced prices. Tickets to the event range from 1-2 Euros, which will go to private institutions in support of various causes.