In 2014, Time Out Lisbon editors turned a historic market hall in the city into Time Out Market, thus creating the world’s first food and cultural market, and the first market experience rooted wholly in editorial curation. A place that previously housed the city’s top vendors now brings together the best of the city under one roof: its best restaurants, bars and cultural experiences, based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for.
A once neglected building and neighbourhood was turned into a popular destination for both locals and tourists, and hundreds of jobs were created. In 2018, 3.9 million visitors came to the market to explore excellent food from 32 restaurants and kiosks, enjoy drinks from eight bars and cafes, buy from five shops, attend cooking workshops in the Chef’s Academy or events in the Time Out Studio, a 900-capacity entertainment venue. 2018 also saw three of Time Out Market’s chefs receive four Michelin stars in their own local restaurants and in March 2018, Time Out Market Lisbon received an international award recognising this unique place as one of the most visionary concepts in the European food service sector – proof of the high-quality fine food the market makes affordable and accessible for all.
Since its opening in May 2014, Time Out Market Lisbon has quickly turned into a huge success and is now arguably the most popular attraction in the city, which is no small feat in a place with hundreds of years of history. Following the success of its flagship market in Lisbon, Time Out Group plc is now rolling the format out to other cities as part of its growth strategy. New Time Out Markets are set to open in Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago and Montreal in 2019, in Dubai in 2020, London-Waterloo in 2021 and Prague in 2022 – all featuring the cities’ best and most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, drinks and cultural experiences.