Mercado do Bolhão
Mercado do Bolhão
3.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksFarmers Markets
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
This traditional open-air market first opened its doors in 1837, and remains a historic icon and heart of the city of Porto. The restored and stylish Beaux-art style building houses around 80 traditional stalls and family-run businesses over three floors, selling a variety of fresh produce, fish, meat, and wine, alongside newer coffee shops and restaurants. Beyond food, you can also shop for unique souvenirs like perfume and jewelry from a range of local brands. There are even vendors offering services like knife sharpening. Visit the market along a tapas or walking tour of Porto to learn more about Portuguese street food and culture. – Tripadvisor
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  • Mike J
    Chepstow, United Kingdom900 contributions
    Good quality products
    We found this market to be an extremely clean and pleasant market offering a wide choice of goods for both locals and visitors. We were particularly taken by the large range of canned sardines and pates available and in fact purchased a number to bring home. The top quality produce was well packaged and presented making suitable welcome gifts to take back home. It is also a good place to stop by for a glass of wine and to sample the food on offer. Prices were reasonable for the quality of the merchandise.
    Oh freguês, foi tão bom vê-lo por aqui! Agradecemos o tempo que dedicou para partilhar a sua experiência no Mercado do Bolhão, o tradicional mercado de frescos do Porto. Aguardamos a sua visita novamente, em breve! Até lá, pode acompanhar as nossas novidades mais frescas nas redes sociais e no mercadobolhao.pt.
    Written January 17, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2022
    Written December 22, 2022
  • eggsy_U
    Bristol, United Kingdom194 contributions
    Definitely worth a visit
    Great (mainly under cover) market. Very clean and lots of variety with very reasonable prices. We did some Port tasting (and buying!) at the Casta D'ouro (stall B24) and the ladies there were very friendly and welcoming. We also bought lots of tinned mackerel from the large stall (numbers 77-78-92-93). They allowed us to taste some before we bought (price factored into your purchase). Again very friendly stall holders. We wish we had come into this market before buying from the Comer e Chorar Por Mais shop (on the same street) as the port in the market was considerably cheaper... Shame we weren't in self catering accommodation because there were some lovely fish/seafood and meat stalls, as well as some fabulous vegetable and fruit stalls. Lots of cafe/snack stalls so you could eat + drink there too.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 13, 2023
  • Grumo
    New York City, New York1,034 contributions
    Worthwhile diversion in Porto
    We had a fun time walking through the market. Even though it ismore of a tourist destination than a local produce market still interesting to see what is displayed. The people watching is as fun as looking at the produce. We loved seeing the beautiful fresh fruit. Big richly colored strawberries. We bought a few. The flower section was lovely. Some stunning arrangements. We bought some fresh spices. Items seems a big overpriced. It is definitely worth a walk through. An hour is more than enough.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Hexy
    Gloucester, Massachusetts1,109 contributions
    Fun place but big crowds
    This market was definitely very interesting with a lot of local offerings and plenty to see. The market hall was beautiful and clean. Unfortunately, it was extremely crowded (September 2022). There was no way to buy much or browse the aisles in a relaxed manner.
    Visited September 2022
    Written April 13, 2023
  • Matthew P
    London, United Kingdom4,276 contributions
    Quaint market
    Fresh, clean, vibrant, well laid out market. Located next to the metro station of the same name, it is best to walk up and down each aisle to see the wares, lots of fresh fruit and cheese. There is a tapas bar and on the other side a bar that sells wine by the glass.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 25, 2023
  • See Green Girl
    Bristol, United Kingdom154 contributions
    Well worth a visit to stock up on picnic goodies
    I loved this market. We were staying nearby and it became our go to for reasonably priced provisions. There's fresh fruit salad, smoothies, freshly made sandwiches to take away, a myriad of dried fruit and nuts - basically everything you need under one roof to create a delicious and cheap meal. Colourful, friendly, clean and bustling.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Host29
    Milan, Italy955 contributions
    good
    Good. It basically turned into a touristic place, but it is still a good choice to have a fast lunch. Prices changed from the past accordingly, but it is still a good choice (price/quality) for a fast lunch when there
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania1,897 contributions
    Nice Market
    I stopped here to purchase tinned seafood. Several booths had good assortments. Prices were much cheaper than the tourist shops - about €4-5 per tin. The market is beautiful and very clean. I was told that this was a locals’ market but it looked pretty touristy to me. Lots of English signage and lots of tourists. A great place to shop but not too authentic IMO.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • VeneraV
    Dronten, The Netherlands119 contributions
    Portugese specialties
    Nice big market in the city centre. I expected more for locals but most of the stands were oriented to foreign tourists. Anyway, you can find different specialties there. We went specifically for piri-piri peppers and bought both ground (wasn't cheap) and fresh (from an elderly lady and very cheap). It isn't only to buy things but also to eat and drink right there.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 20, 2023
  • TravellingFoodie
    Miami, Florida1,065 contributions
    Good place for a seafood breakfast
    Went here to have breakfast. A modern, clean almost spic and span market with nice selection of stall with fresh raw and cooked seafood and well as other local stuff. Great spot to start the day
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 4, 2023
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CalamityJane
Toronto, Canada95 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
I expected more from this market, but perhaps its temporary location hinders its potential.

It was half-closed when I visited and paid €6 for two bananas, two kiwis (both domestic), and grenadilla from Colombia at a fruit stall on the lower level. I'm not sure if these prices are typical of Porto or whether these are tourist prices but I would buy my produce elsewhere. There were also warm juices being sold for €2 which could have been more refreshing if more care was given to its temperature.

A quick stroll through the market should suffice based on what I saw, but will revisit as I am so close by, and hopefully the rest of the market will be open.
Written October 12, 2020
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CalamityJaneAAA, obrigado por partilhar a sua experiência. O seu feedback é muito importante para nós! Aguardamos a sua próxima visita, na qual esperamos corresponder às suas melhores expectativas. Convidamo-lo(a), ainda, a visitar o Mercado do Bolhão após a conclusão da empreitada de restauro e modernização. Acompanhe-nos no nosso website e nas redes sociais. Boas viagens e boas experiências! Vemo-nos em breve!
Written September 21, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Thomas L
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Solo
Wonderful experience
Excellent seafood
Friendly folks ,people are ready to help you buy train tickets. If your battery suddenly dies,helpful folks are ready to lend their chargers.
In restaurant they help you with the menu by blending their mobiles to see the english menu.
Written November 10, 2022
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Oh freguês, foi tão bom vê-lo por aqui! Agradecemos o tempo que dedicou para partilhar a sua experiência no Mercado do Bolhão, o tradicional mercado de frescos do Porto. Aguardamos a sua visita novamente, em breve! Até lá, pode acompanhar as nossas novidades mais frescas nas redes sociais e no mercadobolhao.pt.
Written January 17, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lennycakes
Washington DC, DC314 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
If you come here looking for the historic Porto market of the same name, prepare to be disappointed. The old market has been torn down and in its place is a modern, sanitized food hall of the kind you'll find in many other cities. You won't find any locals shopping here for fresh fish or produce — just hordes of tourists taking pictures of cheese and overpaying for below average food.
Written November 26, 2023
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Dan F
Philadelphia, PA9 contributions
Sep 2022
The Bolhao Market is a MUST if you are visiting Porto. It is vibrant, well laid out, great spot to pick up LOCAL produce, sauces, etc. The vendors are so friendly, knowledgeable and full of info. We had great interactions and conversations with multiple vendors and we met a nice mix of newer vendors as well as the 'old guard'. Visit Bolhao for a true figurative and literal taste of Porto.
Written October 1, 2022
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Oh freguês, foi tão bom vê-lo por aqui! Agradecemos o tempo que dedicou para partilhar a sua experiência no Mercado do Bolhão, o tradicional mercado de frescos do Porto. Aguardamos a sua visita novamente, em breve! Até lá, pode acompanhar as nossas novidades mais frescas nas redes sociais e no mercadobolhao.pt.
Written January 17, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Barbara C
New York City, NY31 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Bolhão Market became the place to grab fresh fruit, cheeses, olives etc to have on hand in our rented apartment. A little pricey but convenient to have everything in one place. There are tables to enjoy a glass of port or wine with prepared sandwiches or pastry. And I’m not going to lie, clean restrooms were a big draw in a city with very limited access to public toilets.
Written May 1, 2023
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Cosmopolitan800580
United Kingdom140 contributions
Jan 2020
The main market is still being reconstructed but the temporary market is just beyond the top left hand corner of the main structure past the metro station Boihao and the Capela des Almas - famous for its blue and white tiles covering the outside.

The basement has a selection of food stall with some good local honey as well as the usual fruit, vegetables, meat and and fish. There are a couple of eating places here and one stall selling port. There are also a couple of restaurants but the main food court is upstairs on an upper level.

You can get a pot of tea served in a teapot from the snack bar at the top of the escalators, but for a meal there is a wider range of food stall in the main food court. There is an 'eat all you can get on a plate' buffet that was frequented by locals the day we visited. Good value for less than five euros for plate of meat and salad.
Written February 3, 2020
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Cosmopolitan800580, obrigado por partilhar a sua experiência. O seu feedback é muito importante para nós! Ficamos muito satisfeitos por ter gostado do Mercado Temporário do Bolhão, um espaço provisório, pensado ao pormenor, para acolher os comerciantes e clientes do Mercado do Bolhão durante o período de obras de restauro e modernização. Convidamo-lo(a), ainda, a visitar o Mercado do Bolhão após a conclusão da empreitada de restauro e modernização. Acompanhe-nos no nosso website e nas redes sociais. Boas viagens e boas experiências! Vemo-nos em breve!
Written September 20, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

VeneraV
Dronten, The Netherlands119 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Nice big market in the city centre. I expected more for locals but most of the stands were oriented to foreign tourists. Anyway, you can find different specialties there. We went specifically for piri-piri peppers and bought both ground (wasn't cheap) and fresh (from an elderly lady and very cheap). It isn't only to buy things but also to eat and drink right there.
Written October 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Host29
Milan, Italy955 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Good. It basically turned into a touristic place, but it is still a good choice to have a fast lunch. Prices changed from the past accordingly, but it is still a good choice (price/quality) for a fast lunch when there
Written September 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA1,897 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
I stopped here to purchase tinned seafood. Several booths had good assortments. Prices were much cheaper than the tourist shops - about €4-5 per tin.

The market is beautiful and very clean. I was told that this was a locals’ market but it looked pretty touristy to me. Lots of English signage and lots of tourists.

A great place to shop but not too authentic IMO.
Written September 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alfred R. Baudisch
Copenhagen, Denmark19 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Huge selection to eat in place or to go. Normally the prices in these markets are more of a tourist trap, but here the prices are fair and sometimes cheaper than options elsewhere. For example, I found a "Sheep-pig" ham package for €10, while in a market outside it was €20.
Written November 12, 2023
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