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Best Markets in Porto

What are the best markets in Porto? In this article we highlight the best markets in Porto.
|-Best Markets in Porto

Porto, is a vibrant city that has become a hub for expats and digital nomads from around the world. Its rich culture, stunning architecture, and friendly locals make it an ideal place to live and work. One of the many charms of Porto is its diverse markets, where you can find everything from fresh produce to artisan crafts. Whether you’re looking for local food, unique gifts, or just a lively atmosphere to soak in, Porto’s markets are a must-visit. Here are some of the best markets in the city that offer a true taste of local life.

Mercado do Bolhao

Location: Rua Formosa, Porto
Type of Market: Food and Goods Market
Open: Monday to Friday, 7 am – 5 pm; Saturday, 7 am – 1 pm

Mercado do Bolhao is one of Porto’s most iconic markets, known for its fresh produce, meats, fish, and flowers. This bustling market has been serving locals since 1914 and is housed in a two-story building with a distinctive neoclassical facade. It’s a great place to experience the local culture and interact with friendly vendors who are always ready to share their knowledge about their products.

We Recommend: Try the traditional Portuguese custard tarts, known as ‘pasteis de nata,’ from one of the bakery stalls – they are a delightful treat that will give you a taste of Portugal’s sweet side.

Feira da Vandoma

Location: Avenida 25 de Abril, Porto
Type of Market: Flea Market
Open: Saturdays, 8 am – 1 pm

Feira da Vandoma is Porto’s most famous flea market, where you can find a wide array of second-hand goods, from clothing and books to antiques and collectibles. It’s the perfect spot for treasure hunters and bargain seekers. The market stretches along the riverside, offering a picturesque setting for a morning of shopping and exploration.

We Recommend: Keep an eye out for vintage Portuguese ceramics – they are not only beautiful but also make for a unique and authentic souvenir or gift.

Mercado Bom Sucesso

Location: Praca Bom Sucesso, Porto
Type of Market: Food Market
Open: Daily, 10 am – 11 pm

Mercado Bom Sucesso is a modern market that has been beautifully renovated to offer a blend of traditional market stalls and contemporary food outlets. It’s a foodie’s paradise, with a wide selection of gourmet products and ready-to-eat meals. The market also hosts cultural events and workshops, making it a lively spot at any time of the day.

We Recommend: Sample some of the local cheeses and cured meats from the delicatessen stalls – they are perfect for a picnic or as an accompaniment to a glass of Porto wine.

Mercado de Matosinhos

Location: Rua Franca, Matosinhos
Type of Market: Food Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 6 am – 7 pm

Located in the neighboring city of Matosinhos, this market is well worth the short trip from Porto. It’s renowned for its fresh seafood, caught daily and sold by local fishermen. The market also offers a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. It’s a bustling place where you can get a glimpse of the local lifestyle and culinary traditions.

We Recommend: Don’t miss the chance to buy some fresh fish or seafood and have it grilled at one of the nearby restaurants for a delicious and authentic meal.

Mercado Ferreira Borges

Location: Rua da Bolsa, Porto
Type of Market: Cultural and Events Market
Open: Event-dependent; check schedule

While not a traditional market, Mercado Ferreira Borges is an important cultural space in Porto that hosts a variety of events, including markets, fairs, concerts, and exhibitions. The building itself is an architectural gem, with its iron structure and glass creating a stunning backdrop for any event.

We Recommend: Look out for artisan markets or thematic fairs that take place here, where you can find unique handcrafted goods and artworks by local artists.

Mercado da Avenida da Boavista

Location: Avenida da Boavista, Porto
Type of Market: Farmers Market
Open: Saturdays, 8 am – 2 pm

This weekly farmers’ market is a favorite among locals and expats alike. It offers a wide range of organic and locally sourced produce, including fruits, vegetables, bread, and honey. The market is also a great place to find flowers and plants to brighten up your home or office.

We Recommend: Try the freshly baked ‘pao de lo,’ a traditional Portuguese sponge cake that is light, fluffy, and perfect with a cup of coffee.

Mercado de Sao Sebastiao

Location: Rua de Sao Sebastiao, Porto
Type of Market: Neighborhood Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 7 am – 3 pm

This small neighborhood market is a hidden gem where you can find a variety of goods, from fresh produce to household items. It’s less touristy than other markets, offering a more authentic shopping experience and a chance to mingle with the locals.

We Recommend: Look for homemade jams and preserves – they are often made with local fruits and are bursting with flavor.

Mercado Beira-Rio

Location: Avenida Ramos Pinto, Vila Nova de Gaia
Type of Market: Food and Crafts Market
Open: Daily, 10 am – 8 pm

Just across the Douro River from Porto, in Vila Nova de Gaia, Mercado Beira-Rio is a vibrant space that combines traditional market stalls with modern eateries and craft shops. It’s a great place to enjoy a meal with views of the river and the Porto skyline.

We Recommend: Indulge in a ‘francesinha,’ Porto’s famous sandwich, at one of the food stalls – it’s a hearty and savory treat that’s not to be missed.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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