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Bolhao Market in Porto. What to do, buy. How to get there by metro

Bolhao Market

Porto is a wonderful city waiting to be discovered.
Art, history, monuments and, above all, gastronomy, are among the main reasons for a visit.

Among the places not to be missed during your holiday is the Bolhao market, one of the most emblematic places in the city, with a centuries-old history.
Built in 1914, it has 4 entrances from as many city streets and is spread over two floors. Fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and many gastronomic proposals are among the main products sold. You will, of course, also find other products, many of which in the shops located adjacent to the building.

The Bolhao Market, in fact, is located in a central and particularly lively area of ​​the city, with many shops.

Since 2013 it has been declared a Monument of Public Interest.

After a few years of decay, a redevelopment project for the site was approved. The works began in 2018 and will be completed in 2022. Although it is temporarily closed, a special Mercado Temporário Bolhão has been set up in Rua de Fernandes Tomás, 506/508, inside the shopping center “La Vie Porto Baixa “. It is just a two minute walk from the main market.

Bolhao Market

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The Bolhao Market is centrally located at Rua Formosa 4000-214 Porto. While being easily reached on foot from the center, and by public transport.
The “Bolhao” Metro stop is right next to the Market. From here, the metro lines A, B, C and F pass.
Alternatively, you can opt for the 200, 300, 301, 302, 305, 401, 700, 800, 801, 900, 901, 904, 905, 906, 5M, 7M, 8M buses.


The Portuguese market observes the following times:

  • Monday to Friday, from 08:00 to 20:00.
  • Saturday, from 08:00 to 18:00.

Always closed on Sundays and public holidays.


The beautiful and authentic atmosphere, and the interesting neoclassical structure of the building, justify a visit to the Mercado do Bolhão alone. Even just to find out how the inhabitants live and behave. Or, for a simple walk in these lively places, full of life, lights and colors.

Ideal if you want to go shopping: you can buy fruit and vegetables, flowers, fish, meat, cold cuts, cheeses and some souvenirs to take home.
In the central area there are several trattorias, ideal for a quick snack.

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