Time Out’s attempt to put Madrid to shame, but with a focus on Portuguese culinary success stories
Just across the street from Cais Sodré station, you’ll find a huge domed market that sells everything from fish to flowers on one side, and a gastronomic selection of traditional and fusion foods made to order on the other. On the other side of the market, fresh fruit sellers line the main atrium with by-the-kilo (or a fraction, don’t worry) produce of every imaginable color and creed at unbeatable prices and variety. Just beyond, walking through the butcher and fish section of the market is worthy of a few snapshots at the least. With pig heads smiling against all odds, live slithering octopi tentacles spilling over the sides of the stalls, gigantic fish that look like something out of Jurassic Park, and the laughingly sad smushed faces of fresh sole, it’s hard not to gawk. But don’t try to buy meat or fish on Mondays or after 3pm, because you’ll be out of luck. On the weekends, you might stumble across stamp collectors geeking out at one of the many tables set up inside and you might be able to sign up for tango lessons upstairs if you’re lucky. And the splendid collective that is the Underdogs Gallery upstairs sells modern art by iconic artists from Lisbon and beyond priced to sell to the people.