The ABC’s of Porto: B is for Bolhão!

The ABC’s of Porto will help you get familiarized with local culture!

Bolhão Market is a place dear to the heart of Portuenses. Located in one of the busiest areas in town (near Santa Catarina Street and Sá da Bandeira Street), it is the perfect spot to buy fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, flowers and even souvenirs! Its two floors are crowded with the freshest produces in town, coming directly from the farmers – this is where most restaurants come to shop ;)

The market origins dates back to 1839, when the city hall bought this area to build a square. In the 20th century it was decided to start a new market that would allow the city’s expansion and, in 1914, the architect Correia da Silva designed the monumental neoclassical building that we see today! The original structure suffered many alterations during the years but its style was kept the same. The Bolhão Market was classified “place of public interest” in 2006 and after many requisitions it will finally go under renovation work this current year.

Don’t miss a visit to this place and, once there, try some local delicacies that you will only find in Porto! Also check on the market’s surroundings for traditional places like Casa Chineza (to buy different spices and the famous cod’s tongue!) and Peróla do Bolhão, where you can find try traditional food and pastry.

Bolhão Market

Address: Rua Formosa
Phone: +351 223326024
Hours: Monday to Friday, from 07am to 5pm. Saturdays from 07am to 1pm. Closes on Sundays.

To discover more about Portuguese culinary and cooking traditions, book a Porto Food Tour with us! Besides tasting the most typical food we will tell you the history behind the dishes! It’s the best way of getting to know Porto and its culture :)