Located in Matosinhos, in Porto’s district, local market Mercado de Matosinhos is well known for its fish market, but it is not the only thing it has to offer. It also has plant shops, animals to buy (like chickens or rabbits) and some entrepreneur offices on the upper floor. If you want to go out of the city’s touristic center, this is a place where you can find a traditional, local place to visit.
Since it is located right next to the sea and in a fisherman area, the smell of fish, such as fresh or fried sardines, is this place’s typical smell. You will find a lot of restaurants in this area (both on the inside and outside of the market) that use the market’s fresh products to prepare nice, delicious meals.
Located 9 km (about 5.5 miles) from Porto’s center (Trindade), you can get there by taking the metro (line A – blue), your final destination being the “Mercado” station. It takes 40 minutes for you to get there. Another way to go is by taking the 500 bus, which has its starting point at Avenida dos Aliados. I prefer taking this bus, since it passes by the coastline and you can see the beaches and another nice part of Matosinhos. You can also take the bus 502 but it doesn’t pass by the beach.
If you love a seafood feast with a nice price and local lifestyle (I guess that’s what brought you here, right?), this is totally your place.