Whether you’re a foodie looking for the freshest produce, a fashionista looking for vintage finds or a vinyl junkie digging for gold, Lisbon’s markets deliver the goods. With help from Ariane Arand – a local fabrics expert who runs shopping tours of Lisbon – Culture Trip’s guide uncovers the best places for browsing and buying.
Markets have been held in Lisbon for centuries and are still very much a part of city life. Local residents and tourists rub shoulders with top chefs at produce markets, cool kids haggle over the price of trinkets at vintage fashion fairs, while record collectors and DJs can be found crate-digging at the city’s famous flea markets.
Many of Lisbon’s biggest and best markets occupy vast historic buildings or take over entire neighbourhoods, so be sure to set aside a few hours to dig out the best bargains. There’s almost always a good range of refuelling options, with tasty traditional street snacks and cold drinks available at wallet-friendly prices.
Ariane Arand is a German fashion fan who has lived in Lisbon for 26 years. She runs shopping tours of Lisbon as well as operating a unique sewing school, co-sewing space and vintage haberdashery. Armed with her insights, we’ve cherry picked the very best of Lisbon’s colourful markets.
Get your bargain hunting hat on at Feira do Relógio
It’s off the tourist track, but that’s part of the charm of this sprawling Sunday street market, which occupies an enormous roundabout in the residential neighbourhood of Olivais (Metro Bela Vista). It’s Lisbon’s largest street market, and Ariane Arand, who leads shopping tours of Lisbon, names it her top pick in the city. Come early for the best bargains, and bring plenty of sturdy shopping bags: you can load up with everything from fresh fruit and flowers to antiques, cut-price clothing, and electricals. There’s even furniture, should you have the means to transport it home.
It’s near-impossible to talk about markets in Lisbon without mentioning the Feira da Ladra, or ‘thieves’ market’. Despite the name, this twice-weekly market is not a hotbed of crime and stolen goods, but a giant flea market spanning across several hilly streets on the edge of Alfama. The most famous of Lisbon’s markets, the Feira da Ladra has been operating in one form or another since the 13th century, and has occupied its current location since the late 1800s. Expect to find everything from arts and antiques to handmade jewellery and vintage vinyl. Watch out for bumped up ‘tourist prices’, though there are bargains to be found for those with the patience to dig them out.
Shop for fresh fruit and funky fashions at LX Factory Sunday Market
Cafe, Market, Coffee, Healthy, Snacks
The Sunday market at hipster hotspot LX Factory attracts stylish shoppers like well-dressed bees to an organic honeypot. The location – a former industrial complex converted into funky bars and shops – is a large part of the attraction, and cocktail lovers can celebrate their new purchases with a glass or two on the terrace at Rio Maravilha, which has terrific views over the River Tagus and is a top spot for a sundowner.
Lisboetas like to compare their elegant, tree-lined Avenida da Liberdade to the Champs-Élysées in Paris, and this popular flea market takes place in the shade of ultra-high-end stores such as Prada and Armani. Ariane Arand says there are bargains to be found amid the well-polished antiques, second-hand books and coveted collectibles, and says shoppers shouldn’t be afraid to haggle.
A produce market has been held in this handsome domed building since the 1930s. It was given a major overhaul in 2013, transforming it into a space for live music and long lunches as well as shopping for foodie treats such as cured meats, locally produced cheeses and fresh fruit. Ariane Arand describes it as a ‘more intimate and cozy version’ of the more famous Time Out Market in Cais do Sodre, and often stops here for lunch after browsing the wares of the garment district nearby. It’s located in one of the prettiest residential parts of town, a short walk from the Basilica da Estrela, and the communal dining area is a perfect place to refuel – Arand recommends the Levante Kitchen for delicious hummus, or top-notch steaks at Atalho. There’s a wine bar, too, should you need further encouragement to visit.
Cool kids in Lisbon make a beeline for this funky monthly flea market, which has been held at Anjos 70 – a former glass warehouse turned cultural centre in the newly-gentrified Anjos district – since 2012. The split-level space welcomes over 100 vendors from across Portugal, selling artsy home furnishings and collectibles, as well as vintage fashions and hand-crafted accessories.
This well-established Saturday book fair in the smart, tourist-dense Chiado neighbourhood attracts bookworms from across the city with its rare first editions and collectible comics as well as inexpensive second-hand books of all genres. There are books in English as well as Portuguese, and the nearby coffee shops are a good place to flick through your new literary finds over a cafezinho and a bite to eat.
Half of this vast, domed 19th-century market hall was given a radical makeover in 2014, emerging as the Time Out Market, with food stalls ‘curated’ by the famous listings-and-lifestyle magazine’s Lisbon Team. It’s become one of the most popular tourist spots in town, but the other half of the building still operates as a traditional fish and produce market until 2pm each day, with vendors selling super-fresh wares at a much better price than the nearby grocery stores and supermarkets.
Take a scenic stroll around Mercado Crafts and Design
It’s not the largest or cheapest in town, but Lisbon’s pretty Jardim da Estrela makes a lovely setting for this monthly market, featuring locally produced clothes, arts and crafts. During the summer, live jazz often provides a musical backdrop, and there’s a cute veggie-friendly organic café at the park’s entrance.
Every Saturday, Lisbon’s super-chic Príncipe Real neighbourhood hosts an excellent food market specialising in organic produce. Expect to find treats such as home-made cakes, organic wine, local honeys and cheeses alongside the fruit, vegetables and cut flowers.