Lisbon: Time Out Market and Lady of the Mount View Point

By the time we finished our visit to the Monument of Discoveries, we were definitely hungry. We had nothing to eat except the coffee at the airport in Casablanca and the ice cream on the way to the Monument. We heard of the indoor marketplace called Time Out Market inside the Mercado da Ribeira. However, getting there was quite a challenge. On the GPS and map it looked like it could be walking distance, although we tried at first and when we came to a point where we ran out of side walk to walk on, we decided to hail a cab and good thing we did, even though it was a very short cab ride away.

The Time Out Market is a food hall offering a variety of delicacies from all over the world. The farmers market area occupies the other half of the market and was already closed by the time we got there.

Choosing what to eat is tough. I went to check each stall before I could decide. So many choices and I wanted them all, but knowing my eyes are bigger than my stomach, I knew I had to choose.


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These top-shaped gadget is for catching the fat drippings from the ham.

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My 6-euro dinner consisted of 3 different croquettes, 2 side dishes and a glass of wine.

My husband ended up with a bowl of fish soup; really yummy.

As we were eating our food, we were planning on coming back to this market during our stay (did not happen). Once dinner was over, the plan was to explore the city by foot. We walked without a destination, we simply walked. Along the way we passed by restaurants that interested us and again put on the must eat list. Again, did not happen.

As twilight was nearing, it was a unanimous decision to find a miradoura or a viewpoint to watch the sunset. Lisbon has a number of viewpoints, we later learned, but in order to go to a viewpoint we had to climb a hill and since we did not know for sure which to climb or where to go, we got a cab again. The driver inquired where and we said take us to the viewpoint to watch the sunset.

He took us to the Lady of the Mount Viewpoint, so called from the Chapel of the Lady of the Mount that is located on this hill since 1147. The chapel is standing still, cordoned off, and probably the nth version.



Oh my, this miradoura has sweeping views of the Lisbon and the Tagus River. From this vantage point you can pick out the city's attractions; we were even able to point where our hotel is located. The views from up here was spectacular, even though the sunset was not so.

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The breeze started to pick up and the temperature dropped in a flash so we have to get out of there quick. I wanted to get a taxi to take us back to our hotel, which is near the Placa do Commercio, but my companions all wanted to walk down the hill. Three versus one in this case so we walked down. With only one wrong turn (where we entered a city park thinking we can do a shortcut, but was a dead end) we managed to find our way down. And as a bonus, we stumbled upon a Bangladeshi restaurant (the hubby is Bangladeshi). It was too good to pass up, so we went in and got some samosas.

From here downtown is not too far. We strolled all the way to Commercio Square and watched performances by buskers. We window-shopped for the remainder of the evening, and then back to the hotel for the much needed rest.

So ends the first day in Lisbon.

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  1. I love those miradoura shots! Gorgeous views of the city.

  2. The market looks like a great place.

  3. Wow a gastronomical and visual treat!


  5. Hello, the market looks like an awesome place to eat. I love the pretty chapel. Lovely views of Lisbon. Great series of photos, thanks for sharing your trip! Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend ahead!

  6. Lovely sky photo ~ beautiful colors!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Those views to the water are amazing! I would have had a difficult time choosing what to eat, too. What a fun day you had!

  8. Engrossing narrative and lovely images of a wonderful city.

  9. I wish I was there seeing these wonderful things!
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  10. It looks like a great city to explore, and that's certainly the view.

  11. I think I would be overwhelmed with all the possibilities, not sure what I'd pick, perhaps a bit of everything?

  12. Wonderful big city experiences! You always have a good time (and eat well -- I love that!!!)

  13. Lovely sights from the viewpoint.
    It was interesting to learn about the contraption used to catch fat from the meat. :) Thank you.


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