Right down the road from where I buy my beautiful fabrics, in the Lisbon district of Campo de Ourique, is a market that tourists are sure to miss. It’s a little off the beaten track from the usual tourist areas of Alfama, Baixa and Chiado, but if you happen to be close by, it’s worth your time to stop in for a meal or delicious souvenirs.
Inside, you’ll find stands with fresh fish, meats, and Portuguese fruits and vegetables. This is a great option if you rent an apartment and plan to do your own cooking when you’re in town. If you’re looking to find a good meal at the market, come hungry! There are tables and seats where you can relax with a plate from one of the several stalls that serve warm food. These stalls have everything from Portuguese empadas to hamburgers to sushi.
Every time I go to this market, I grab a freshly squeezed juice because Portuguese fruit is delicious! But if you need something stronger, there’s plenty of wine and beer available too.
In addition to these usual market stands, you’ll find some amazing souvenirs to take home with you. Portuguese olive oil? Just choose from one of the many varieties. Luxury dried fruits and nuts? Take your pick. Love sweet Portuguese ovos moles? There’s a whole store dedicated to them. Perhaps you fell for Portuguese flavors and want to take some spices back with you? Yes, you’ll be able to find them at the Mercado de Campo de Ourique!
Mercado de Campo de Ourique successfully combines the best aspects of a traditional farmer’s market and a modern food court. It’s trendy without losing the authenticity of the Portuguese farmer’s market experience. You heard it from me first: a local hidden gem for foodies!