Mercado do Bolhão (Bolhão Market)

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Key Info

Rua de Fernandes Tomás

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Free, Neighborhood/Area, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Scents of sweet fruit, freshly baked bread and aromatic cheeses greet visitors as soon as they enter the Mercado do Bolhão. This open-air market is reminiscent of many you'll find in Europe, with vendors hawking a variety of fresh goods and homemade wares at very affordable prices. The market, which dates back to the mid-1800s, is housed behind a neoclassical facade in a two-story building in the heart of Porto that opened in 1914.

Previously, visitors said the building was in need of some renovations, even as others found its well-worn condition part of its charm and noted that the bustling energy of the market and delectable treats made up for the aging facility. However, the space began renovations in mid-2018; they are expected to take a few years to complete. In the meantime, the market has been relocated to a temporary spot near the original.

Bolhão Market is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry is free, but you should bring along some cash to spend on goods that may tickle your fancy. You can reach the market by taking metro line A, B, C or E to the Bolhão stop.

Bolhão Market is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry is free, but you should bring along some cash to spend on the fresh food that may tickle your fancy. You can reach the market by taking metro line A, B, C, E or F (blue, red, green, purple or orange) to the Bolhão stop. For more information, visit the official website.

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