The Bolhao Market, which is found near Avenida dos Aliados, in the heart of Porto, in a landmark building opened in 1914. We were surprised at the condition it is in, a shame since the site must have seen better times. With grumbling stomachs and a blazing sun in the middle of October, we went for a snack and we ate. I must say it's been one of our best meals in Porto. The place, surprised us overall, but especially for its appearance, one of a tavern in deep Spain in the 50s. We ate great, and had excellent service: cod, pork steak with egg and rice, a jug of green wine, two puddings, two coffees, all for 13.60 E, awesome!!
Guimarães Municipal Market is within walking distance of the Martins Sarmento Archeological Museum, between the streets Av Liberdade and João I. It is a food market, where you can buy all types of products (meat, fish, fruits, veggies ...), but there are some other shops. It is a big structure, which takes up a whole block, next to which there is public parking. It has 2 levels, and draws attention at the corner to a clock tower.
The Mercado Municipal de Vila Real is located in the upper area of the city, occupying an entire block between Santa Sophia and Gonçalo Cristovao streets. The market is located inside of a covered building, with a granite facade, and is dedicated to food: the market boasts areas for Butchers, greengrocers, fishmongers, etc..
On the perimeter of the building, under the arcades, there are usually small stalls, which sell mainly fruit, vegetables and flowers. The market is only open in the morning, from Monday to Saturday.
When you cross the river and get to Vila Nova da Gaia, everyone visits the wineries, as they are the biggest tourist attraction, and on the same side as the top wineries is the Municipal Market. Its an old style market, like those that no longer exist, with stone counters where merchandise is displayed, with plants in counters, and hens in cages that can be purchased alive or dead.
It is a large, very vivid and colorful outdoor market in the beautiful seaside town of Vila de Conde, northern Portugal .. If you are lucky to go to Vila do Conde on a Friday, you will find it in all its glory, when they the stalls come. Here you will find all kind of typical of Portuguese products, high quality fruit and vegetables, in Spanish markets these are increasingly harder for us to find, in addition to clothing, perfumes, shoes, flowers ... It's a traditional market where you can still find interesting things, such as live chickens, which haven't been seen in Spanish markets for years. Yes, you have to be daring and pluck them yourself.
Just behind the Largo de Camões, next to the bus station you'll find this craft market, consisting of Craftsmen Merchants Association Historic Center. It's a single storey building which contains shops where you can find all kinds of objects made by hand: Ceramics, small wooden things, brass figurines, jewelry and silver objects, small wine barrels. It's a great place to buy a souvenir.
After leaving the tourist office we went to the Municipal Market, which is across from the Marques de Pombal. The building is quite large with 2 floors. You can buy meat, fish and fruit in the stores on the ground floor, and clothing, footwear and vegetables on the 1st floor. It was closed when we went, but the truth is that we thought it looked a bit decadent. Then we learned that the previous month there had been a huge fire that had destroyed most of the building. The market building was inaugurated on July 2, 1982 and is in the heart of the city, near the Town Hall and major city streets.
The Market 2 Maio is situated in a kind of square that opens onto the shopping and pedestrianized Rua Formosa. This was the place where the old municipal market was located, a space that was remodeled by architect Alvaro Siza Vieira for the construction of this new building. In this market you can find all kinds of food products and greengrocers, butchers, fishmongers, bakeries to name but a few stalls.
The Braganza Municipal Market was opened in December of the year 2001, as the former was in ruins (conserved in the central Praça Camões). The new structure is in the expansion area of town, within walking distance of the New Cathedral. It has almost 8,000 m2 and is 3 stories high. The structure is divided into 2 areas: The market and a shopping arcade. * Market: It is a market where you can find produce, seafood, meats and sausages, bread and sweets, flowers and ornamental plants, crafts, etc. What caught my eye is that the shops they do not give the impression of being the normal ones of a food market where people usually go to the buy on a daily basis, but were "gourmet" with different products, like the typical "merda liquor" (made from milk, vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon and citrus). * Commercial Gallery: Where you can find clothes and shoes, sports, library, restaurants and bakeries, etc.