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Home / Reviews / Shop / Food & Drink /Loulé Municipal Market

Loulé Municipal Market

Name of establishment

Loulé Municipal Market

Style and ambience

Traditional indoor market hall with a wide selection of stalls selling mainly local produce, most of it food-related.

What to buy?

Almost half of the space is given over to fresh fish and seafood in all its shapes and forms. There are also dozens of stalls (with more outside on a Saturday) selling fresh fruit and vegetables, plus stalls offering a wide range of other produce including olives and olive oil, nuts, cakes, confectionery, cheese, cured meat, flowers, etc. There’s also a small but growing section of gourmet food stalls, whilst around the edge of the market are a series of permanent shops and units, including butchers shops and bars/cafes.

Why do you like it?

There’s a real buzz to the place, especially on a Saturday morning, and you can literally eat your way around the market, as well as stocking up for the coming week.

What could be improved?

It’s a shame that much of the fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables comes from the larger commercial growers and not small farmers. Perhaps it isn’t commercially viable any more for a large local market to support smaller producers from its immediate hinterland?

When to go?

As with most markets, the earlier you get there, the fresher (and better) the produce.

Insider knowledge

You don’t necessarily need to speak Portuguese to shop here, but most of the produce is labelled in Portuguese, so it’s worth learning a few words of vocabulary or having a dictionary to hand, especially if you want to identify some of the more unusual types of fish, seafood, fruit or vegetables.

Location

Loulé Municipal Market is in the centre of the town, which can get very busy. It’s worth parking just outside the main town centre and walking for a few minutes, rather than driving around (often in vain) trying to find a parking space. Head for the striking Oriental-looking building with the red domes.

Buyer’s guide

Fruit and vegetables will usually be cheaper than in most supermarkets, as will the fish. You’ll also find several products, like home-made piri-piri oil, jams and preserves, that are unique to the market.

Opening times

Monday to Saturday 7am-3pm. Note however that many of the stalls might start breaking down earlier in the afternoon if they have sold out. Get there earlier rather than later.

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