As a major destination for gourmet-minded travellers, Lisbon’s food scene has flourished in the past decade. Alongside its collection of award-winning restaurants, this vibrant city is also populated with fine food delis, markets and independent stores, all of which showcase outstanding Portuguese produce. If you’re wondering where to shop in Lisbon, set aside some time to explore these gastronomic spots and you’ll discover the finest Portuguese cheeses, flavoursome olive oil and delicious wine, along with some incredibly chic tinned goods.
Less a shop and more a multi-sensory gourmet experience, it’s little wonder that Lisbon’s Time Out Market is on most visitors’ must-do lists. The Cais do Sodré venue has been a roaring success since its opening in 2014, and today houses 24 restaurants, eight bars and plenty of shops, as well as serving as a space for live music. Both locals and travellers have to been won over by Time Out’s commitment to showcasing the best eats in Lisbon, from hamburgers to seafood, in one place. It’s also home to many of the city’s best regarded and longest established market traders, so expect to see some of the finest fruit, meat and fish on display.
A relatively new addition to the eternally chic Avenida da Liberdade, JNcQUOI combines luxury fashion with gourmet goodies. Upstairs, an elegant restaurant serves a mix of Portuguese and international dishes to the city’s most stylish residents, whilst the DeliBar downstairs is a food lover’s dream. Sit at the marble bar and work your way through a superlative wine list and selection of charcuterie and seafood boards. The truffled ‘Ovos Rotos’ are death row meal material. Then, stock up on delicious morsels to take with you in the form of cheeses, fine teas and patisserie and macarons from Ladurée Paris.
One of Lisbon’s most historic stores, Conserveira de Lisboa is an important part of Portuguese food history. This mesmerizing shop sells over 130 varieties of tinned fish, depending on the time of year. In operation since 1930, the family-run business chose to specialise in canned goods in the run up to World War II, figuring that these kinds of products would be easier to procure and export. Today, the store’s offering remains the same and includes three house brands; Tricana, Minor and Prata do Mar, the latter of which is exclusively Portuguese fish. Whether or not you’re a tinned fish fan, these charmingly old fashioned, brightly coloured tins are a hard-to-resist souvenir.
A short walk from the Time Out Market, Cais Pimenta Rosa is a celebration of the best Portuguese produce. Enticingly laid out, the shelves are stocked with fabulous olive oil, preserves, wine and cheese, amongst other delicious offerings. There’s also beautiful tableware from Portuguese designers Bordalo Pinheiro and Vista Alegre. Stop by on a Friday or Saturday to participate in wine tastings, cooking workshops and live demonstrations.
Part of the De Castro restaurant run by acclaimed chef Miguel Castro e Silva, diners can now take home some of the products enjoyed during their meal at the popular Praca das Flores eatery. Every product in store has been hand-picked by the chef, from an excellent wine selection to biscuits, cheese and meat, making it that much easier to create a restaurant-quality meal at home.
A family break to sunny Lisbon. Make it an Easter to remember.