The best
of Lisbon

Why is a famous publishing name hanging from the roof of a historic market hall? And why is a team of journalists running one of the world's largest gourmet food spaces? The answers to these questions are in the project's name: Time Out Market.

A concept created from scratch in 2014 by the team at Time Out Portugal, with only the best ideas and business projects in Lisbon - according to the editorial team - which can stay in the market from one week to three years. If it’s good, it goes in the magazine, if it’s great, it goes into the market.

On the one hand, 24 restaurants, 8 bars, a dozen shops and a high-end music venue, all with the very best in Lisbon (the best steak, the best hamburger, the best sushi and the best live performances, amongst others); on the other hand, home to some of the city's best known (and longest-running) market vendors of meat, fish, fruit and flowers.

Today, together, both sides are proud of having turned the building, its immediate surroundings and the whole Cais do Sodré neighbourhood into a huge attraction for visitors, day and night.

A place that previously housed the city's best vendors now houses its best restaurants and artists. While the wares on offer may differ, the principle is the same: bringing the best of the city under one roof.

Timeline

history of the Market

1100

First reference to the market

The first version of the Mercado da Ribeira Velha was on the square known as Praça do Pelourinho (now Praça do Município, site of the city hall)

Mercado da Ribeira

1600

A market renowned across Europe

The Mercado da Ribeira, now operating in front of the Casa dos Bicos, at the foot of Alfama, was by now renowned abroad.

1755

Great Earthquake

The great quake that shook the whole city destroyed the old Mercado da Ribeira Velha.

Mercado da Ribeira
Mercado da Ribeira

April 1771

Mercado da  Ribeira Nova

First minister the Marquês de Pombal created a new network of markets, including the Mercado da Ribeira Nova on a spot nearer the current site.

January 1882

Inauguration of market hall

Part of the new market hall as we know it today, designed by Frederico Ressano Garcia, was inaugurated on New Year's Day.

Mercado da Ribeira

June 1893

Fire in the market

A great fire destroyed part of the building's east wing.

1902

Enlargement of market

The first project to enlarge the market hall was overseen by architect João Piloto.

Mercado da Ribeira
Mercado da Ribeira

1930

Completion of enlargement work

It was at this point that the building's cupola was added – prompting the local nickname ‘Mesquita do Nabo’ (Turnip Mosque).

1940

Redesign of market

More changes in the Mercado da Ribeira with the addition of new shops and stone counters.

Mercado da Ribeira

1980

Closure of poultry slaughterhouse

The Mercado da Ribeira saw the end of one of its main activities with the closure of the section where live birds were slaughtered.

1983

Construction of new shops

More new shops were added in the Mercado da Ribeira.

Mercado da Ribeira

1999

Market clock tells the time again

Now with a new face designed by one of Portugal's leading master clockmakers, António Franco.

July 2000

End of wholesale market

With the opening of the MARL supply facility on the edge of town, the Mercado da Ribeira lost its role as Lisbon's wholesale market.

Mercado da Ribeira
Mercado da Ribeira

2001

Upgrading of first floor

Start of work to upgrade the first floor, with a restaurant and space for events.

2010

Time Out wins city council competition

The team that founded Time Out Lisboa magazine won the concession to take over part of the market's ground floor and its first floor.

Mercado da Ribeira

January 2013

Archaeological discoveries

Archaeological excavation in Praça Dom Luís I revealed the existence of a Roman foundry, in use from the 1st century BC to the 5th century AD.

November 2013 

Start of work on Time Out Market

Work finally starts in the area marked out for the Time Out  Market concession.

Mercado da Ribeira
Mercado da Ribeira

18 May 2014

Inauguration of Time Out Market Lisboa

At noon the doors of the Time Out Market opened to the public for the first time.

September 2015

Time Out Market

The concept that Time Out Portugal has developed at Lisbon's Mercado da Ribeira market hall is to be replicated by the Time Out Group around the world.

time out market