Mercado do Bolhão (Bolhão Market)

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Key Info

Rua de Fernandes Tomás

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 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 1850, is housed behind a neoclassical facade in a two-story building in the heart of Porto. While some recent visitors say the building is in need of some renovations, they note the bustling energy of the market and delectable treats make up for the aging facility.

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 Porto tourism board website.

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