Marron has everything to be a typical touristic shop — and yet, the locals go and recommend it. In addition to chestnuts and other regional products, it is also a coffee shop and a museum. Everything about it is special. This is not surprising, bearing in mind the owner abandoned his career as a journalist to devote himself entirely to his store.
Marron sells a wide variety of regional products locally produced, usually only found at fairs across the country: The jam made by a lady known as Ti' Maria Teresa (aunt Maria Teresa), from the village of Vinhais; The award-winning regional honey "Parque de Montesinho"; the "Alto do Joa" wine — unusual, both in its production and its flavour; Liquors, cheeses and pastries. Also, it's no secret that some of the products for sale are imported — but equally good. When it comes to chestnuts, the choice is endless: marron glacés, chestnut cookies, chestnut puree, chestnut flour, chestnut cream, chestnut tea, chestnut drinks, and everything you can think of chestnut wise.
Marron sells online to many European countries and the UK, so don't hesitate to order a tiny piece of Portugal.
The shop itself is lovely: spacious and clean. In general, it has a higher quality compared to the usual regional product stores. It's well decorated, and there are some tables where locals have breakfast on weekends surrounded by well-organised shelving. Downstairs is the museum showing the different pots used around the world to roast chestnuts, various other chestnut related tools and a reading area.
Visit the shop website:
(+351) 965 664 830