If you love shopping and are in search for something different or original, and if you belong to the shopaholics group looking for the next bargain, like second-hand offers, used books or handmade objects, then the Carcavelos Fair is not the best choice for you. Go through this short list of fairs and markets that you can find during the weekend, while walking around the coolest places in Lisbon.
The Ladra Fair
This is definitely the oldest second-hand antiques’ market in the city. Its origins date back to the XIIIth century when the fair was located outside of the wall of the St. Jorge Castle. It moved afterwards to Rossio, Campo Mártires da Pátria and, finally, Campo de Santa Clara in 1835, near the Panteão Nacional. Today, the market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There is a permanent commotion between the sellers and the buyers who are trying to find something they do not normally find in other places. In addition to selling clothes and objects common in other markets as well, here you can find a lot of second-hand things, fripperies and very rare items.
The Handmade Fair of Terreiro do Paço
On Saturdays and Sundays, all day long, you find the handmade fair of Terreiro do Paço. A fair that brings together various artists and craftsmen exposing unique and original pieces in the noblest square of the city.
The Market of Biological Products
For the advocates of healthy and bio food, there are various options of markets where they find these products. There are 3 markets run by Agrobrio (Associação Portuguesa de Agricultura Biológica) and they can be found in Campo Pequeno, in São Vicente and in Parque das Nações. These three markets sell certified biological food. If you go in Príncipe Real on Saturdays morning, you can find a fair of biological products (vegetables, oil, dry fruits, jams and much more), too.
Saturdays in the Ribeira (Time Out Mercado da Ribeira)
A market full of history and charm which holds each Saturday the Sábados na Ribeira. A market where variety is not missing. Almost everything can be found here, from accessories to clothing, leather and cork, pieces of recycled paper, products of regional gastronomy and second-hand books.
LX Market in Lx Factory
All Sundays from 10h to 19h there is a market in the LX Factory em Alcântara, as well. It is an ideal place to find exquisite pieces of design, second-hand objects, handmade and vintage items.
The Alfarrabistas Fair in Chiado
An option for the literature lovers. The Alfarrabistas fair is by now a tradition that takes place in the Rua da Anchieta every Saturday, from 10h to 17h. Here you can find used books from the most varied fields, and illustrated post cards, too. And some rarities lost among the various stalls set up along the street.
Enjoy the shopping!
Translation by Ioana Bota