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Mercado Bolhao, Porto

Categories: Flea Markets, Shopping
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3.2/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
Bustling with butchers, craft shops, fruit stands, and more, Mercado Bolhao serves as one of the city's most historically important and active commercial centers. Stop by the covered market, housed in a Neoclassical building from 1914, and wend your way through its two floors of stalls and vendors. You'll find a wide array of fish, agricultural products, and souvenirs for sale--all staples of the city and the region. Listen for the cries of the different vendors as you move through the center, as each one traditionally has his own distinct yell designed to bring in customers and ward off competitors. If you're in the mood for a bite, stop by one of the local cafes, or grab some traditional Portuguese fried tripe from a butcher shop. Our Porto holiday planner makes visiting Mercado Bolhao and other Porto attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • A market in a historic building in 1916. With the charm of decay and neglect. Jobs to buy a souvenir and fruit, vegetables and breads. The Fund has a bar and cantina where you can eat at a very reduced price. A plate of grilled sardines and a sea bass, more three helmsmen for 13 euros. A place to return.
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  • Do as it is a typical market, it gets lost in the aisles you look everywhere but this market remains a bit sad, dilapidated and too stands to memories.
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  • I suppose that in its day was great market, today it is a ruin, all underpinned with an occupation of stalls that does not reach the 20℅. Yes have you ever rehabilitate it (I hope) will be a site worth visiting is. Currently, is depressing.
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  • A must see in Porto! A local market where you can experience a true spirit of Porto! From Porto wine, ham, cheese, to souvenirs, national flags and costumes... you can find it all! Also, it is a place that gets a fresh fish every morning from the local harbour so you can be sure that the stuff they sell is out of high quality! Don't miss to chat with locals and always ask for a special price when buying fruits and meat - it's an amazing experience!
  • Sorry guys but as it is now Bolhão is not a "fabulous traditional market". It's a plain dirty place where I wouldn't buy anything. However it's truly a photographer's paradise, just go to the east entrance on the morning and look at the lovely light falling in the old stairs. Grab some pics, but don't forget to underexpose a bit. For that, and only that, gave it 4 stars.
  • Fabolous traditional market. All the ladies working there are extremely nice and helpful. We spend quite a while buying the vegetable for Caldo Verde and having the recipe explained in Portuguese by the lady selling it. We managed to understand each other and we cooked it at home once back. Highly recommended.
  • This market is for both local and tourists, from the items they sale, you would be able to tell the local daily living, and also for catering to the tourists. The location is close to Metro station, regular stores surround the market, very convenient for shopping. The stores open late, some of them open around noon, don't go too early.
  • Plenty of character about buildings and the people that work here. A little run down, but has been restored in part over the years. Interesting range of foods for locals to buy and eat and for visitors to look at
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