Paulo No Mercado restaurant at Southport Market. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Southport’s newest restaurant is on the lookout for a talented chef. 

Paulo No Mercado opened to great fanfare inside Southport Market last week. 

The stylish street food venue is the first major tenant to move into the venue since news was announced of £900,000 new regeneration funding for Southport Market. 

The investment aims to transform the building into an exciting new food, drink and entertainment venue, along similar lines to Altrincham Market. 

Paulo No Mercado’s sister restaurant is Twelve, just around the corner on Princes Street, and currently Southport’s third best rated out of 243 venues by diners on TripAdvisor. 

The new full-time chef would be asked to work at both sites. 

Owner Paulo Teixeira said: “I am looking for someone who is honest, reliable and responsible, who can oversee the place. 

“My idea is to eventually open more venues like the new one in the market but for that I need to be able to trust a hard worker.” 

Wild Sea Bass in Miso, one of the dishes created by Twelve restaurant in Southport

Wild Sea Bass in Miso, one of the dishes created by Twelve restaurant in Southport


Paulo No Mercado is Portugese for ‘Paulo in the Market’.

The inspiration behind the new venture came from Twelve restaurant Head Chef and Owner Paulo Teixeira and Restaurant Manager Lee Hall. Twelve restaurant is described as ‘a fusion kitchen fine dining experience’. 

Paulo and Lee said: “We have dreamed of creating a place where we would feel at home having a morning coffee. From Pasteis de Nata to the best Salt & Pepper dishes to Wagyu burgers to enjoy with lunch time drinks, this is amazing freshly cooked street food in a friendly environment.

“For anyone who loves street food this is the destination to head for the well-travelled crowd seeking a genuine Asian holiday experience right here in Southport.

“Paulo no Mercado is definitely worth a visit.”

Paulo’s first customer said: “Salt and pepper Gambas and Vietnamese Beef Noodles with Asahi lager to wash it down sitting in the sun on Market Street was a great antidote to the lockdown blues.”

For more details, please email owner Paulo Teixeira at: or call: 01704 533105.

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