Mercado Publico de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre

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The Porto Alegre Public Market, in downtown Porto Alegre, Brazil, is the city's oldest public market. It also is an important historic landmark and a well known meeting point, with many coffee shops and restaurants.The cornerstone was laid on 29 August 1864, building over an earlier and smaller market. Frederico Heydtmann designed the building, but his plan was substantially altered and enlarged. The inauguration took place on 3 October 1869. In 1886, 24 small shops were installed in the inner yard.In 1912, underwenting renewal, a fire destroyed all lodges in the inner area. A second floor was added by 1913. The market has suffered from a big flood in 1941, and new fires in 1976, 1979 and 2013. In the administration of Telmo Thompson Flores it ran the risk of being demolished, but the outcry led to the decision be reconsidered.In 1990 the City administration organized a multidisciplinary team to develop a Restoration Project, which focused on the following goals:Rescue of the aesthetic quality of the building;Optimizing supply potentials;Creation of spaces of sociability. The works included a modern structure of steel and glass to cover the large area of the inner yard, regained the visual perception of the inner arcades, renewed the internal circulations, created new living spaces and deployed network infrastructure needed to daily activities of a large and busy market.The new cover allowed the integration between the ground floor and second floor. The second floor, where there were offices and public offices before, now has several popular establishments such as restaurants, snack bars and coffee shops. With the works, the market has also expanded its number of shops. The inauguration took place on 19 March 1997.
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  • The public market must be seen not only by the restaurants and Cafés that are there for decades, but also for your architecture and your historical importance. With fish market, thin and exotic spices and dry and wet storage to produce, is a bit of everything.
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  • Lack of options and decadent aspect. A shame to see a place that could be fairly operated, be like that. Dirty and with few options. I went and not worth wasting time going to the place that has almost nothing to do!
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  • Being a chef, the municipal market is an amusement park! The POA passes still some difficulties after a fire, but is one of the places when I'm in my town I always try to go! Recommended for all tastes! Be sure to visit the Gambrinus, one of the oldest restaurants on the market!
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  • Vintage restaurants and freshly, organic produce... What's not to love! Go to Gambrinu's - second oldest restaurant in the whole city and they have wonderful dishes!
  • Traditional market, located in the center of the city. It is not large, but it has several stalls (traditional regional products, meats, spices, seasonings, erbs, fishmongers, restaurants, confectionery, etc.). Worth the visit for sure!
  • A nice downtown attraction, good place to buy souvenirs, maybe some southern cachacas or craft beer. Not like the wild central markets you find in some other Brazilian cities, scale is more modest (the entire upstairs is closed) and much of the business is geared toward tourists. Nonetheless, a must-see if you're visiting.
  • Has everything you need! From erva mate to fresh fish. Peculiar mixture of odours, making it a unique place.
  • The place is asking for a revitalization and reorganization. It smells like fish in all corners..