Mercado do Bolhão Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Mercado do Bolhão Culinary & nightlife

Porto: 3-Hour Food Tour

1. Porto: 3-Hour Food Tour

Experience the rhythm of Porto as you explore the city's local eateries and markets on this authentic Porto food tour. Start your morning with a visit to a traditional cafe to have breakfast as the Portuguese do. Afterward, see old shops, taste their fresh products, and visit a charming market to eat Iberian ham, sardines, cheese, and wine from the Northern region of the country. Continue your culinary adventure with a local lunch and have the most typical, yet delicious dish of Porto with drinks included at a bar or restaurant loved by the inhabitants of Porto. This tour takes approximately three hours and visits five different spots, one of which where you'll have the chance to try a succulent green wine. All establishments visited are local and traditional businesses. See iconic places like Liberdade Square and the Mercado do Bolhão along the way.

Porto: Food & Culture Walking Tour

2. Porto: Food & Culture Walking Tour

Porto is famous for its tascas—local taverns—and its wines. On this tour, we’ll enjoy the atmosphere of the Bolhão Market learning about the Portuguese gastronomy, visit some of Porto’s best street food stalls, and taste a big variety of regional specialties, accompanied by fine regional wines and beer. We’ll start with the market, where we'll observe where the locals source their food from and taste a few finger snacks. It will be followed by two typical Portuguese taverns, for the most traditional sandwiches and drinks, a wine cellars and something sweet at the end!

Porto City Private Tour Half-Day Minivan

3. Porto City Private Tour Half-Day Minivan

After collecting at your hotel or accomodation, let's start our half-day private tour at the City Hall in Avenida dos Aliados, the place of excellence, where the people of Porto gather to celebrate special moments. Admire the famous Lello Bookstore with its magnificent staircase that connects it to the upper floor. The architecture of this bookstore inspired the Hogwarts staircase in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series. In the same area, you will see the Clérigos Tower with a panoramic view of the city and the Douro River, which makes the 240 steps climb worth the effort. Your local guide will lead you through the historic center of the city and introduce you to its highlights. Learn about the history of famous monuments like the S. Bento Railway Station, which has twenty thousand hand-painted tiles illustrating events in Portuguese history. Discover the commercial area of Santa Catarina, Majestic Café, and Mercado do Bolhão.  Next, find the essence of the river as you reach Ribeira, with the typical Rabelo boats and the well-known Port wine cellars. Above the river, find the unique D. Luis Bridge, 395 meters long and 8 meters wide. Its arch is considered the largest iron arch. Cross the bridge and see Vila Nova de Gaia where all the cellars are located. Lastly on this tour, visit one of the traditional ones and taste the wonderful and world famous Port wine.

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What people are saying about Mercado do Bolhão

This is a not-to-be-missed experience! Our guide, John Maximus, was amazingly brilliant. His depth of knowledge, not just of food, but also of the history of Portugal and Porto is just so good. We were taken to small eateries and also ‘old’ places that tourists wouldn’t really have a chance of finding themselves. The food we ate was fantastic and plentiful. Despite everything we experienced, it was all done at a relaxed pace. When we told John we didn’t drink and one of us is vegetarian, he just took it in his stride, and organised alternatives. I suffer from arthritis, but the pace was very doable, with plenty of time to pause and sit. I highly recommend this tour, particularly at the beginning of your stay in Porto.

Great experience! Started with coffee and move to a host of wonderful food and drinks. Great group and fabulous guide. We are thrilled to have done this

Really great guide and a small group size. I liked that all the places were hidden and unassuming but delicious

I spent a very good afternoon with Joao. A very nice discovery. I recommend

Arnold was a wonderful guide. Great food, learned lots, and had fun!