|Mercado da Ribeira (Ribeira's Market)|
Mercado da Ribeira (Ribeira's Market)
Situated in the 24th of July Avenue, this former fruit and vegetable market operating since 1892, reopened in May 2014 with a food hall that has brought the market and the area back to life.
The traditional fruit and vegetable area of the market is still operating though.
The food hall is amazing, with a great variety of restaurants and stalls selling traditional products - the only drawback is it seems to be super popular, so finding a table can be quite hard!
We ordered our food and then went in search of a table. As I found one, our beeper called us to retrieve the order, and my daughter collected it while I kept the two bar stools occupied.
Lunch was tasty - we ordered Steak in beer sauce and Spinach Puree.
Sadly we didn't go to the upstairs area (more restaurants there) where I could have taken a photo with a view from the top! I wonder if it was as full as down below?
|Can you see how full the place is?|
|Our lunch - steak in beer sauce and spinach puree|
Next to the market is a park - Dom Luis I Square, and here you will find a lovely red kiosk cafe and a terrace with seating for 250 people belonging to a couple of eateries. So if the Market is full, you might be able to get a table here...
After lunch we walked north towards Largo Luis de Camoes (Luis Camoes Square) and came across a pink street! How cute is that?
|Pink street - Rua Nova de Carvalho|
This area was once part of Lisbon's red light district - Cais do Sodre.
Eventually the seedy night life in the area made people afraid to go to there.
A rehabilitation of the neighbourhood started taking place with the cleaning up of the streets, better lighting, more commercial venues, reinforcement of cultural venues already present in the area, and of course the main street was painted pink!
Now the area is crowded with people leaving Bairro Alto (further north) where the bars close earlier, while here they are opened until the morning. Lisbon is never dull and the Portuguese love to party till dawn!
Street Art - Murals
Largo Luis de Camoes ( Luis Camoes Square)
The great Portuguese poet of the 16th century has a square named after him. A little kiosk serves coffee.
We had intentions of joining a street art tour departing from this Square to visit the murals around Lisbon, but somehow I got my time wrong and they had departed 1 h earlier!
Well, we just carried on and went to visit a few of them on our own as I had a few addresses on hand. I probably photographed about 40 murals, over 2 visits to Lisbon, but there were many more I didn't see. I can see that a Street art tour would be fabulous for those that love murals!
On the way we visited some of Lisbon's best viewpoints.
Lisbon is built over 7 hills, so be prepared to do a lot of walking or otherwise hire one of the many tuk-tuks now available all over the city.
|The Tuk-tuks are everywhere|
With probably 7 or 8 wonderful viewpoints across the city, you might not be able to visit them all if you are time restricted like me, still I managed to visit 4 of them.
Miradouro Santa Catarina (St Catherine's Lookout)
Not far from Camoes Square is the first viewpoint we visited. Not as impressive as some of the others, you can see enjoy views to the Tagus river and the "25th of April bridge".
The statue of "Adamastor" in stone, is a mythical sea monster from the epic poem "The Lusiads" from Luis de Camoes.
|The Tagus River and the 25th April bridge|
|Two restaurant esplanades from where the views can be enjoyed|
|A statue - Adamastor, with a poem by Camoes written in the white plaque|
From the lookout we walked further east to search for murals and went past the Portuguese Parliament in the district of Sao Bento.
Just across from the Parliament building I saw this lovely yellow house with a beautiful front door and fell in love with it!
|A beautifully restored yellow house|
|In this blue building nearby I thought the dog looking out the window with the owner made for a cute picture.|
The tour continues next week...there's so much more to see and my feet were getting tired.