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Public Market

Shop for clothes, specialty foods and unique items at a downtown marketplace that has been serving customers since the second half of the 19th century.

Embark on a shopping spree or enjoy a browsing expedition at Porto Alegre’s Public Market. Within the walls of this neoclassical building are more than 100 stores selling fresh fruit, fish, flowers, vegetables, regional produce and traditional crafts. 

The indoor covered market has been serving the public since 1869, although fires and floods have put a temporary halt to business on a number of occasions during its history. The arcade is one of the city’s most popular shopping destinations, with approximately 150,000 visitors daily.

There are two floors to explore, with most of the shops and stalls located on the lower level. Visit artisan shops selling locally made art or jewelry and treat yourself to some colorful Brazilian clothes. Haggling is expected, so negotiate your way to the best deals. 

Be sure not to miss the bakeries and food shops on the lower level that fill the air with delicious aromas. Buy exotic herbs and spices, traditional cheeses and regional teas. Try some traditional salted pastries, cookies and specialty foods such as charque, which is a dried, salted meat, usually beef. 

For more eating options, go up to the second floor for a range of cafés, bars and restaurants. Sip a cup of freshly ground Brazilian coffee made with locally sourced beans. Later in the day, enjoy a beer in one of the bars and watch a soccer game with some of the locals. 

Occasionally, the market hosts cultural events such as fashion shows, concerts and art exhibitions. Visit the market’s official website to see what’s happening when you’re in the city.

Public Market is open every day except Sundays, from early morning until early evening. Situated in downtown Porto Alegre, this popular city landmark is easily accessible by public transport. If you are driving, be aware that there are hardly any parking spaces near the market, and even less during holidays when visitor numbers can almost double.


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ibis budget Porto Alegre

ibis budget Porto Alegre

Avenida Julio de Castilhos 516, Porto Alegre
4.1
of 5, from 60 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centro Historico, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ely Building, Porto Alegre Public Market, and Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art. Sao Pedro Theater and Moinhos de Vento Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$48
Eko Residence Hotel

Eko Residence Hotel

Av. Desembargador André da Rocha, 131, Porto Alegre
4.0
of 5, from 575 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centro Historico, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Porto Alegre Federal University, Sao Pedro Theater, and Porto Alegre Public Market. Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art and Moinhos de Vento Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$44
Tulip Inn Porto Alegre

Tulip Inn Porto Alegre

Rua Senhor dos Passos, 105, Porto Alegre
3.8
of 5, from 361 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Centro Historico, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Our Lady of the Rosary Church and Porto Alegre Public Market. Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art and Sao Pedro Theater are also within 15 minutes.

$43
Master Express Perimetral

Master Express Perimetral

Av. Loureiro da Silva, 1840, Porto Alegre
3.7
of 5, from 102 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Centro Historico, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Camara Tulio Piva Theater and Sao Pedro Theater. Porto Alegre Public Market and Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$62
City Hotel Porto Alegre

City Hotel Porto Alegre

Rua Dr. José Montaury, 20, Porto Alegre
3.5
of 5, from 24 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centro Historico, this hotel is steps from City Hall - Paco dos Acorianos and Porto Alegre Public Market. Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art and Sao Pedro Theater are also within 10 minutes.

$35
Ornatus Palace Hotel

Ornatus Palace Hotel

Rua General Vitorino, 146, Porto Alegre
3.5
of 5, from 133 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Centro Historico, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Porto Alegre Public Market, and Sao Pedro Theater. Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art and Moinhos de Vento Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$37
Lido Hotel

Lido Hotel

Rua Andrade Neves, 150, Porto Alegre
3.4
of 5, from 106 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Centro Historico, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of CEEE Erico Verissimo Cultural Center, Porto Alegre Public Market, and Sao Pedro Theater. Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art and Moinhos de Vento Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$47
ibis Styles Porto Alegre Centro

ibis Styles Porto Alegre Centro

Rua Garibaldi 633, Porto Alegre
4.3
of 5, from 201 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Floresta, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Total, Porto Alegre Public Market, and Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Art. Moinhos de Vento Park and Sao Pedro Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km).