If you visit Lisbon, one of the places that a tourist cannot miss is the Feira da Ladra, also called the market or the fair of the thief. You cannot miss this market as it would be one of the most native and original activities in the area. Its curious name comes from many years ago, during the dark times of the Middle Ages, when stolen objects were sold at the market and the black market was rampant in the area.
What to buy at the Feira da Ladra
The flea market is located in Campo de Santa Clara, near the Church of São Vicente de Fora, in the famous neighborhood of Alfama. Every Tuesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (although sometimes it can take longer, or end earlier, everything will depend on what the weather is that day) we will meet the market to enjoy it. It is very easy to find it since we will run into it as the succession of stalls is so large where anything that the merchants want to sell is sold. We can find antique furniture and many decorative objects, there are also clothes and jewelry and accessories, bracelets and necklaces; you can find many colored tiles, white and blue typical of the Manueline style that characterizes many important monuments in Lisbon. And lastly, and most curiously, we will also find collector ‘s items among the stops, from classic comics that are like a treasure for those who love these comics, to old cameras and classic records that no longer sell because they have been out of print for a long time.. In addition, not only merchants sell, any citizen can set up a small stall to sell the objects they have at home that they no longer use. One of the characteristics of the Lisbon market is that it is one of the few places where you can still haggle. And if the tourist haggles well, they can take a much more original object as a souvenir of their stay in Lisbon.
A market to enjoy
We could say that in this market we can find the most authentic, most essential side of the Portuguese capital. It is one of the places that is worth visiting first in Lisbon, to soak up the authenticity that Lisbon offers from the first moment. In addition, Parque Santa Clara, also known as Jardim Botto Machado, is also located near the market. Where later you can rest for a while before continuing to visit the city. In short, if you want to be able to enjoy the most characteristic market in the city, you should not hesitate to visit the Feira da Ladra, where you may find a real treasure and you can take it home as a souvenir haggling for a good price.