Porto is a haven for shopping enthusiasts, with a plethora of markets and flea markets offering everything from vintage treasures to fresh produce. But if you’re looking for a unique and authentic shopping experience, you’re in luck! In this guide, we’ll take you through some of the best markets, where you will surely find something unique or interesting to take home.
While sightseeing, bring a shopping bag and visit these top markets to explore in Porto.
Mercado do Bom Sucesso
Mercado do Bom Sucesso is a modern and stylish market that offers a variety of fresh produce, artisanal foods, and trendy shops. Open every day, Mercado do Bom Sucesso is a great place to sample local delicacies, such as pastéis de nata (custard tarts) and francesinha (a hearty sandwich).
- Hours: 8:00 – 23:00 except Saturday 8:00 – 24:00
Mercado do Porto
Mercado do Porto, also known as Mercado Ferreira Borges, is in a historic building near the Douro River. You will find a wide selection of gourmet foods, including cheeses, charcuterie, olive oil, and wine. The market also features a wine bar and a restaurant that serves traditional Portuguese dishes. It is open daily from 9 am – 10 pm except Sunday from 10 am- 10 pm.
- Hours: open daily from 12:00 – 24:00, except Monday – closed
Near the Clérigos Tower is a small and charming market that offers a selection of artisanal food products, such as cheeses, sausages, olive oil, and wine. This market is open daily, perfect for foodies who want to taste the best of local cuisine. If you are looking for a gourmet souvenir to take home, make sure to stop here.
Bolhão Market is one of Porto’s most iconic markets. It has been a local institution since 1914. Open every day except Sundays, this indoor market offers a wide variety of fresh produce, seafood, meats, cheeses, local delicacies, flowers, textiles, and handicrafts. A fun place to visit for foodies and culture lovers alike.
- Hours: 8:00 – 24:00 every day except Sunday – Closed
The Birds Market
A popular Sunday morning market in Alameda das Fontaínhas, selling everything from vintage clothing, accessories, rare books, and antique furniture. Interestingly, you may also find live birds and other animals for sale. So maybe this is how “Bird Market” was named.
- Hours: 8:00 – 12:00 Sunday
Held on the first Saturday of every month, Urban Market is a hip and eclectic flea market that showcases local artists, designers, and entrepreneurs. Browse through handmade crafts, fashion accessories, and vintage items while enjoying live music and food trucks.
Feira da Vandoma
Held every Saturday morning in Praça da República. It is Porto’s oldest and largest flea market. Here, you can browse a treasure trove of antiques, vintage clothing, furniture, books, and other treasures. Be prepared to bargain with the vendors for the best deals.
Whether you’re looking for fresh ingredients, one-of-a-kind souvenirs, or a fun day out, Porto’s markets have something for everyone. These markets offer a glimpse into Porto’s rich history and culture and are a great place to find unique souvenirs and gifts to take home.
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