Bolhão Market / Mercado do Bolhão – you must see it!

Bolhão Market is located very close to Avenida dos Aliados, and it is one of the most popular and lively markets in Porto. The Mercado do Bolhão (Bolhão Market) was opened to the public in the year 1914, and specializes in selling fresh meat, fish, fruit, flowers, vegetables and other healthy products.

The Bolhão Market has several floors packed with farmers and other citizens selling fresh produce and typical products from the region around a large central courtyard. This immense and decayed structure holds the essence of the city Porto, and is an amazing place to discover the “real Porto” feeling. Besides, there are numerous traditional and authentic shops around the Bolhão Market, chiefly fishmongers specialized in cod that are worth exploring.


Bolhão Market is not to be missed when visiting Porto

The building’s worn down aspect is part of its charm and it has become one of the most emblematic parts of Porto. This local market is a very important reference point, where you can get an idea of the daily life of the citizens of this enchanting city. Why not visiting it during your Porto tour? 

The season of flowers is also a time of great variety of fruits and vegetables. Now you can put the excuses aside to not use and abuse the food of the time. For those who are not a good friend of fruit you can use them in milkshakes or natural juices, which are rich in nutrients and vitamins.

We should give preference to steamed foods and increase the consumption of cereals. By baking the vegetables in water and using the same water to make broth or rice we can retain all the nutrients of food. The vegetables of the time are broccoli, onion, carrot, Brussels sprouts, peas, greens and other tasty vegetables.

If you’re not looking for fresh products, you probably won’t purchase anything in the Market, but it is worth visiting and enjoying its nostalgic atmosphere.