Don’t go to Lisbon without visiting the Azelejo Museum – decorated tiles are one of Portugal’s glories – or taking in the panoramic views from the Castle. Or even the breathtaking views of the city at sunset itself from across the Tagus at riverside restaurant Atira-te os Rios with its exceedingly scrummy squid risotto or cod with prawns. No, don’t miss any of these, but if you’re fond of food make a bee-line for the restored covered market, Mercado da Ribeira.
Alongside the public market, with fish, meat, fruit and veg stalls is a vast hall housing dozens of premium food outlets – not the standard chains of the British food court. No, this is where the best restaurants, vintners, patissieres and sweet makers in the city proudly proclaim this is the place to eat in Lisbon, at a fraction of the normal cost of a meal. For between 5-12 euros, acclaimed chefs offer carefully made dishes using premium raw materials in a fast food setting. For 14 euros I sampled the best slow roasted pork belly with pea puree and pak choi I expect to eat for a long while, with a satisfyingly rich glass of a red wine from the Alentejo. You can also sign up for cookery courses at the Academy.
Mercado da Ribeira
Avenida Vinte e Quatro de Julho, Cais do Sodre, Lisbon
Open lunch to midnight every day