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Mercado Bolhao, Porto

(3.2/5 based on 900+ 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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  • Dilapidated market in the heart of the city. Very few stalls, lots of tourist stuff... a must-see, and that's free... well, it doesn't cost a dime, so why not? 
  • I recognize that it is a historical and authentic place with their jobs and their sympathetic sellers, but many of the stalls were closed, went to 10.30 in the morning, and is a little sad and decadent. If they revaloraran it it would be a very nice experience. I recommend buying the souvenirs here because they are a much better price than in the shops of the most popular tourist sites and the same objects, either jugs, kitchen towels or the classic supports source of Cork and tile. We sat there eating a highly sought position at one end, with tables and umbrellas outside, being December the Sun was strong, the food, mostly fish, it is very fresh, leaves at the moment, we recommend the vegetarian dumplings and dorada with salad and fries.
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  • Visit a city that's first for me visit the Halles ones here are very beautiful but so complicated restoration to visit a lot of closed shops remains however small remained very friendly or you can have a drink and eat for very cheap
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  • It's lot of fruit shops and some souvenir shops, it's lively but not a very big market.
  • 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.
  • A classic take on Porto culture, Mercado Bolhao is located right at city center and its many merchants sell mainly vegetables, fruits and fish.
  • Not great from a tourist point of view. As mentioned in other reviews, run down, not very clean & generally not that much there. Would go through there on your way into the main town just to visit it but wouldn't go out your way, we spent all of 15 minutes there.