Mercado Beira-Rio: tradition reinvented

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To eat Market

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Livraria Lello

This historical market of Vila Nova de Gaia, opened in 1937, reopened in September, after several months of works, now with the facade in the original colour, pink.

Located in the heart of the historic centre of Vila Nova de Gaia, Mercado Beira-Rio now, and more than ever, aims at being a pole of attraction and a meeting place for locals and tourists. The 11 stalls of flowers, vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish, that have been operating in this building for almost 80 years, now coexist with 36 new spaces, including restaurants, ice cream shops, cheese, sausages and wines stands, vegetarian food, sushi, desserts. The oldest vendors, some in the market for over 30 years, while others have been selling there for half a century, have seen their spaces renovated to integrate, in the same building, the tradition of their stalls with the modernity of a diversified gastronomic offer. The sellers adjusted to the new customers, most of them foreigners who often ask for tips, for fruit ready to eat or some information about the two cities.

To eat or to buy fresh products every day, to talk or to go for a walk, this renewed market also combines the traditional stalls and new spaces, which have an outstanding offer in terms of handicrafts and culture, with a space which is expected to be used for the organization of concerts, book presentations, exhibitions and workshops.

From October to April, Mercado Beira-Rio is open from Sunday to Wednesday, from 10h to 23h, and Thursday to Saturday, until 00h. The traditional stalls with fresh produce are open Monday to Saturday, from 6h to 16h.