The Mercado Alvalade Norte was featured by Anthony Bourdain in his food show “No Reservations” when he was in Lisbon. He went there with a famous restaurant Chef and a few days later, daily markets became trendy again. (Thank you!)
This market is located near the Avenida da Igreja at Alvalade quarter. I remember going there a lot when I was younger, then, everything changed because of modern supermarkets. They brought parking facilities, later closing hours, packed stuff and credit cards payment. Believing that it was healthier, we all started buying packed fruit, packed meat and fish… and then people wonder why a kid doesn’t know where milk comes from…
Here, instead of packed “pre-frozen” fruit, you can get real produce straight from the farmers. Now, that things are changing and we are getting a little more demanding with our food choices, this is definitely a good choice. It’s not only cheaper to buy here, but it’s definitely better.
The Alvalade Market is a large market featuring all types of food from fish and seafood to fabulous fruits – and the best is that the great majority are local produce from local farmers. Here you’ll also find the famous dried codfish, a very popular fish in Portugal. There are also several bakeries with fresh baked bread.
Have some fun and check it out!