“Confeitaria do Bolhão” Bolhão Bakery is a traditional pastry shop that has been open since 1896. The owner Jose Rodrigues bought the place through an auction in 1999, it had been abandoned for 10 years before that. Jose lived most of his life in Venezuela, as his parents, both Portuguese, moved there when he was very young.
The Bolhão bakery is known for its sweet pastries and it has had a very important role in Bolhão’s history since most people would come here for a snack when they went shopping in Bolhão market. My favourite things to eat here are the tarts they make lemon meringue, passion fruit, lime, wild berries and strawberry. They are a bit pricey for Portuguese standards €2.25, but definitely worth it, you can also wash the pastry down with fresh fruit juice which is €1.50. There are also savoury options but of standard quality as well as a restaurant on the bottom floor, but I advise you to only come for the sweet pastries which are above standard while the rest is mediocre.
This is one of the oldest and most picturesque pastry shops in Porto and a very good option as a sweet afternoon snack, before or after you visit Bolhão market which is opposite the pastry shop. All the ingredients here are fresh and all the products are made in-house, a historical part of Porto you should definitely not miss out on.
Address: Rua Formosa 339, Porto, Portugal
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday: 6:00 – 20:00, National Holidays 9:00 -19:00