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Favorite thing: Mercado da Ribeira is a unique domed building with tile (azulejos) panels is an emblematic building in Lisbon and a rare example of iron based architecture still preserved today. The other big market downtown Lisbon (also in iron and glass works) was in Praça da Figueira but it was demolished in the late 1940’s and gave place to an open space where later on the 1970’s a bronze equestrian statue of King João I was added. The Mercado da Ribeira, inaugurated in 1882, has kept is original lines and still serves as one of the Lisbon main markets for fresh fish, meat, vegetables, flowers, etc. In the beginning of the 21st century the upper floor has been converted to a different “market” -now we have painting galleries, a place for book fairs and other events of this sort. We can also find a good restaurant (soups, hot meals, salads, all-you-can-eat buffet at lunch, and “à la carte” at dinners), a coffee-bar, and shops selling wines and handicrafts from all over Lisbon region. Also popular amongst the seniors are the “dancing afternoons” all year round and the collectors fair, on Sundays morning.

This area (Cais do Sodré) was always known by its bars (some with prostitution -remember this was the place of the arsenal and the main docs... and every sailor has its needs). Presently the all area -Avenida 24 de Julho, Santos district and Alcântara district (Docas)- houses an eclectic mixture of discos and bars quite popular among the youngsters (they prepare all sorts of alcoholic shots) with a more eclectic mixture of music genres -from fado to techno, electro, hip hop, ethnic, and all sorts of trendy music.

Along with that and inside the Market we still have the once very famous “Cacau da Ribeira” (Ribeira’s cocoa) intended to “warm up” the stallholders and market vendors (waking up quite earlier in the morning) but mostly known by all the bohemian Lisbonners during my young years (not necessarily by the quality of the hot chocolate). This was the meeting point for thousands of teenagers after a night at the disco and bars in Lisbon and before heading to sleep.

The Market stands in front to the %L[http://]Cais do Sodré railway station%L* (Cascais line), and the area is served by several city bus lines, a metro line, and boats coming from the other shore of the river. A promenade along the river (close to the docs and the train station area) in the Passeio Ribeirinho (riverside walks) is very pleasant.

Phone: 213244980
Market: from 5am – 2pm
Restaurant: 12 – 3:30pm and (Tue – Sat) 12 – 2 am
Avenida 24 de Julho

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  • Updated Mar 20, 2009
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