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Guidebook for Porto

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Guidebook for Porto

Restaurants near the apartment
Huge wicker lamps cast flattering light onto the brick-walled dining room of this stylishly converted neo-Arabic building with high ceilings. On warm evenings retreat to the inner courtyard to sip cocktails before enjoying Med-inspired dishes such as citrus-spiked tuna ceviche, octopus confit with black polenta, and osso bucco (veal shanks) with saffron risotto. Rua da Conceição 63 222 054 016 Visit website: http://www.flowrestaurant.pt/flow/ Hours 7.45pm-midnight Mon, 12.45-3pm & 7.45pm-midnight Tue-Sat Price mains €17-29
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FLOW Restaurant & Bar
63 Rua da Conceição
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Huge wicker lamps cast flattering light onto the brick-walled dining room of this stylishly converted neo-Arabic building with high ceilings. On warm evenings retreat to the inner courtyard to sip cocktails before enjoying Med-inspired dishes such as citrus-spiked tuna ceviche, octopus confit with black polenta, and osso bucco (veal shanks) with saffron risotto. Rua da Conceição 63 222 054 016 Visit website: http://www.flowrestaurant.pt/flow/ Hours 7.45pm-midnight Mon, 12.45-3pm & 7.45pm-midnight Tue-Sat Price mains €17-29
Service is slick and the vibe upbeat at this industro-cool bistro. Dishes such as grouper with clams, sea bass in an almond crust and veal with wild chestnuts are big on seasonal flavours. There are plenty of options for vegetarians, too, as well as a kids’ menu. Rua da Conceição 94 222 011 651 Visit website: https://www.elebe.pt/ Hours 7-11pm Tue & Wed, noon-3pm & 7-11pm Thu-Sun Price mains €16-22
éLeBê Centro
94 Rua da Conceição
Service is slick and the vibe upbeat at this industro-cool bistro. Dishes such as grouper with clams, sea bass in an almond crust and veal with wild chestnuts are big on seasonal flavours. There are plenty of options for vegetarians, too, as well as a kids’ menu. Rua da Conceição 94 222 011 651 Visit website: https://www.elebe.pt/ Hours 7-11pm Tue & Wed, noon-3pm & 7-11pm Thu-Sun Price mains €16-22
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O Caçula Restaurante
47 Praça de Carlos Alberto
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Restaurante Carlos Alberto
89 Praça de Carlos Alberto
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Padaria Ribeiro
21 Praça de Guilherme Gomes Fernandes
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Since 1920 this cafe-patisserie has given a pinch of Paris to Porto with its delectable sweet and savoury éclairs, which are now justifiably famous. Sit in the slick interior or on the plaza terrace for a cimbalinho (espresso) and feather-light, cream-filled éclairs in flavours from classic lemon to the more unusual blue cheese, apple and fennel or chocolate and port wine. Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 47 Visit website: http://www.leitariadaquintadopaco.com/ Hours 9am-8pm Mon-Thu, to 9pm Fri & Sat Price éclairs €1.40
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Leitaria da Quinta do Paço
47 Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes
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Since 1920 this cafe-patisserie has given a pinch of Paris to Porto with its delectable sweet and savoury éclairs, which are now justifiably famous. Sit in the slick interior or on the plaza terrace for a cimbalinho (espresso) and feather-light, cream-filled éclairs in flavours from classic lemon to the more unusual blue cheese, apple and fennel or chocolate and port wine. Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 47 Visit website: http://www.leitariadaquintadopaco.com/ Hours 9am-8pm Mon-Thu, to 9pm Fri & Sat Price éclairs €1.40
The signature (and highly recommended) 'Bom de Sal steak’ comes dripping with oozy cheese and a runny egg on top, while seafood options and petiscos (tapas) provide lighter stomach linings. Rua Mártires da Liberdade 108 220 980 055 Visit website: http://www.restaurantebomdesal.com/ Hours 12.30-3.30pm Tue-Sat, 7.45-11pm Tue-Thu, to 12.30am Fri & Sat Price mains from €10
Bom de Sal
108 Rua dos Mártires da Liberdade
The signature (and highly recommended) 'Bom de Sal steak’ comes dripping with oozy cheese and a runny egg on top, while seafood options and petiscos (tapas) provide lighter stomach linings. Rua Mártires da Liberdade 108 220 980 055 Visit website: http://www.restaurantebomdesal.com/ Hours 12.30-3.30pm Tue-Sat, 7.45-11pm Tue-Thu, to 12.30am Fri & Sat Price mains from €10
Visiting Camafeu, which overlooks Praça Carlos Alberto, is like eating in a friend's stylish 1st-floor apartment. Dishes such as slow-cooked pork cheek with alheira (a light, garlicky sausage of poultry or game), hazelnut and mushroom crumble and green asparagus are prepared with love and served with flair. Praça Carlos Alberto 83 937 493 557 Hours 6.30-11pm Tue-Sat Price mains €15-19
Camafeu
85 Praça de Carlos Alberto
Visiting Camafeu, which overlooks Praça Carlos Alberto, is like eating in a friend's stylish 1st-floor apartment. Dishes such as slow-cooked pork cheek with alheira (a light, garlicky sausage of poultry or game), hazelnut and mushroom crumble and green asparagus are prepared with love and served with flair. Praça Carlos Alberto 83 937 493 557 Hours 6.30-11pm Tue-Sat Price mains €15-19
If you’re in search of a hipster hangout in Porto, this gourmet sandwich and tapas bar is your haunt. Brick Clérigos is one of the city’s communal dining pioneers, rallying everyone around a big wooden table stacked with books, colouring pencils and the odd pot plant. Rua Campo Mártires da Pátria 103 223 234 735 Hours noon-4pm & 7.30-11pm Tue-Sat Price mains €10-16
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Brick Clérigos
103 R. Campo dos Mártires da Pátria
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If you’re in search of a hipster hangout in Porto, this gourmet sandwich and tapas bar is your haunt. Brick Clérigos is one of the city’s communal dining pioneers, rallying everyone around a big wooden table stacked with books, colouring pencils and the odd pot plant. Rua Campo Mártires da Pátria 103 223 234 735 Hours noon-4pm & 7.30-11pm Tue-Sat Price mains €10-16
This uber-hip cafe is a sure sign Porto is evolving beyond its paper-tableclothed past to flaunt some cosmopolitan swagger. Tuck into eggs Benedict, smashed avocado and crumbed poached eggs served alongside barista-made coffee. Praça de Carlos Alberto 86 220 171 557 Visit website: https://www.facebook.com/zenithporto Hours 10am-8pm Wed-Mon Price brunch from €6
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Zenith - Brunch & Cocktails Bar
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This uber-hip cafe is a sure sign Porto is evolving beyond its paper-tableclothed past to flaunt some cosmopolitan swagger. Tuck into eggs Benedict, smashed avocado and crumbed poached eggs served alongside barista-made coffee. Praça de Carlos Alberto 86 220 171 557 Visit website: https://www.facebook.com/zenithporto Hours 10am-8pm Wed-Mon Price brunch from €6
Pancakes steal the limelight at this trendy cafe, where you can tailor stacks of fluffy goodness to suit your taste. Start with a base of two or four pancakes then build your masterpiece with ice cream, syrup, fruit and ‘crunchies’ like granola, almonds and Oreos. Can’t decide? Check the blackboard wall for the pancake of the week. Rua de José Falcão 32 222 050 482 Visit website: https://www.facebook.com/odiplomatabar Hours 10am-8pm Mon-Tue & Thu-Sat, to 4pm Sun Price pancakes €5-10
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O Diplomata
32 Rua de José Falcão
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Pancakes steal the limelight at this trendy cafe, where you can tailor stacks of fluffy goodness to suit your taste. Start with a base of two or four pancakes then build your masterpiece with ice cream, syrup, fruit and ‘crunchies’ like granola, almonds and Oreos. Can’t decide? Check the blackboard wall for the pancake of the week. Rua de José Falcão 32 222 050 482 Visit website: https://www.facebook.com/odiplomatabar Hours 10am-8pm Mon-Tue & Thu-Sat, to 4pm Sun Price pancakes €5-10
Noshi is a hip and healthy cafe with a welcoming atmosphere. You’ll find a good coffee selection, including cappuccinos, soy lattes, 100% Arábica espressos and filter coffees. The food menu includes open toasties topped with combos like pear, chèvre cheese, honey and nuts, or avocado, mozzarella and dried chilli. There are also salads and pasta, plus gluten-free options. Don’t miss the cute enclosed terrace out the back with a calming collection of hanging potted plants, and if you love the taste of your caffeine beans, you can buy a bag to take home. Rua do Carmo 11 222 053 034 Visit website: https://www.facebook.com/noshicoffee Hours 8.30am-7.30pm Tue-Fri, 9am-8pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sun Price mains €7-11, lunch menu €8.90
Noshi Coffee
11-12 R. do Carmo
Noshi is a hip and healthy cafe with a welcoming atmosphere. You’ll find a good coffee selection, including cappuccinos, soy lattes, 100% Arábica espressos and filter coffees. The food menu includes open toasties topped with combos like pear, chèvre cheese, honey and nuts, or avocado, mozzarella and dried chilli. There are also salads and pasta, plus gluten-free options. Don’t miss the cute enclosed terrace out the back with a calming collection of hanging potted plants, and if you love the taste of your caffeine beans, you can buy a bag to take home. Rua do Carmo 11 222 053 034 Visit website: https://www.facebook.com/noshicoffee Hours 8.30am-7.30pm Tue-Fri, 9am-8pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sun Price mains €7-11, lunch menu €8.90
very near from the flat
Nicolau Porto
4 Largo de Alberto Pimentel
very near from the flat
Drinks & Nightlife
Social and nightlife but the main ambiance is in the streets, not in the bars. A high point of evening entertainment in Porto, particularly at the weekends.
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Rua da Galeria de Paris
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Social and nightlife but the main ambiance is in the streets, not in the bars. A high point of evening entertainment in Porto, particularly at the weekends.
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Bonaparte Downtown
40 Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes
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Rua da Galeria de Paris
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Café Majestic
112 Rua Santa Catarina
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For those who enjoy tea, this is a hotspot, with more than 300 varieties of teas and sui generis decor. The entrance is a room with Indian decor and, further on, a door leads you to a chillout style exterior with a garden with Moroccan influences, ending in a shop with oriental objects, clothes, exotic furniture and colourful accessories. Upstairs there is a restaurant, in a room also decorated with oriental elements and bold colours, where you can enjoy a buffet lunch during the week and themed dinners at the weekend (Fridays and Saturdays). Rua Miguel Bombarda, 457 Porto (Cedofeita - Bombarda) www.rotadocha.pt/
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Rota Do Chá
457 Rua de Miguel Bombarda
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For those who enjoy tea, this is a hotspot, with more than 300 varieties of teas and sui generis decor. The entrance is a room with Indian decor and, further on, a door leads you to a chillout style exterior with a garden with Moroccan influences, ending in a shop with oriental objects, clothes, exotic furniture and colourful accessories. Upstairs there is a restaurant, in a room also decorated with oriental elements and bold colours, where you can enjoy a buffet lunch during the week and themed dinners at the weekend (Fridays and Saturdays). Rua Miguel Bombarda, 457 Porto (Cedofeita - Bombarda) www.rotadocha.pt/
Gelataria Sincelo is the oldest ice-cream parlour of Porto to remain in its place of origin. With more than 35 years, it was renewed about two years ago, and now appears with a makeover, with a new image, but with the same quality. It offers daily new handmade flavours created by the house's master ice cream maker. GELATARIA SINCELO Photo: Dois Igual a TrêsCC BY-NC-SA - Some Rights Reserved Add to Guide Cafés, Tea houses and Ice cream shops Ice cream shops, Address: Rua de Ceuta , 54, 4050-189 Porto Tel.: +351 222004725 Website: http://gelatariasincelo.com Opening hours: Tue-Sun 13:00-24:00 Cost: Smart (€€)
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Gelataria Sincelo
54 Rua de Ceuta
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Gelataria Sincelo is the oldest ice-cream parlour of Porto to remain in its place of origin. With more than 35 years, it was renewed about two years ago, and now appears with a makeover, with a new image, but with the same quality. It offers daily new handmade flavours created by the house's master ice cream maker. GELATARIA SINCELO Photo: Dois Igual a TrêsCC BY-NC-SA - Some Rights Reserved Add to Guide Cafés, Tea houses and Ice cream shops Ice cream shops, Address: Rua de Ceuta , 54, 4050-189 Porto Tel.: +351 222004725 Website: http://gelatariasincelo.com Opening hours: Tue-Sun 13:00-24:00 Cost: Smart (€€)
Arts & Culture - Top sights in Porto
If interested in photography, you can visit the Portuguese Center of Photography with exhibitions of contemporary and historical photography, Portuguese and international photo http://www.cpf.pt/expos
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Portuguese Centre of Photography
S/N Campo Mártires da Pátria
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If interested in photography, you can visit the Portuguese Center of Photography with exhibitions of contemporary and historical photography, Portuguese and international photo http://www.cpf.pt/expos
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Rua de Miguel Bombarda
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Rua de Miguel Bombarda is one of the cultural arteries of mhttp://www.visitporto.travel/Visitar/Paginas/Descobrir/DetalhesPOI.aspx?POI=2076&TagID=5odern times.
1991 to 1993. Tickets & tours Experience Porto + Lello $36.54 and up DETAILS Wiwigo Liberty Tour 2H - Tour de Wigo Livre 2H $28.54 and up DETAILS Porto Downtown Walking Tour - LELLO Bookshop skip the line ticket INCLUDED $37.68 and up DETAILS MORE TICKETS & TOURS Details stensibly a bookshop, but even if you’re not after books, don’t miss this exquisite 1906 neo-Gothic confection, with its lavishly carved plaster resembling wood and a stained-glass skylight. Feels magical? Its intricately wrought, curiously twisting staircase was supposedly the inspiration for the one in the Harry Potter books, which JK Rowling partly wrote in Porto while working here as an English teacher from 1991 to 1993. Rua das Carmelitas 144 Visit website: https://www.livrarialello.pt/en-us/ Hours 10am-7.30pm Mon-Fri, to 7pm Sat, 11am-7pm Sun Price €5
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Livraria Lello
144 R. das Carmelitas
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1991 to 1993. Tickets & tours Experience Porto + Lello $36.54 and up DETAILS Wiwigo Liberty Tour 2H - Tour de Wigo Livre 2H $28.54 and up DETAILS Porto Downtown Walking Tour - LELLO Bookshop skip the line ticket INCLUDED $37.68 and up DETAILS MORE TICKETS & TOURS Details stensibly a bookshop, but even if you’re not after books, don’t miss this exquisite 1906 neo-Gothic confection, with its lavishly carved plaster resembling wood and a stained-glass skylight. Feels magical? Its intricately wrought, curiously twisting staircase was supposedly the inspiration for the one in the Harry Potter books, which JK Rowling partly wrote in Porto while working here as an English teacher from 1991 to 1993. Rua das Carmelitas 144 Visit website: https://www.livrarialello.pt/en-us/ Hours 10am-7.30pm Mon-Fri, to 7pm Sat, 11am-7pm Sun Price €5
Igreja de São Francisco looks from the outside to be an austerely Gothic church, but inside it hides one of Portugal’s most dazzling displays of baroque finery. Hardly a centimetre escapes unsmothered, as otherworldly cherubs and sober monks are drowned by nearly 100kg of gold leaf. If you see only one church in Porto, make it this one. Jardim do Infante Dom Henrique Hours 9am-8pm Jul-Sep, to 7pm Mar-Jun & Oct, to 5.30pm Nov-Feb Price adult/child €6/5
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São Francisco
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Igreja de São Francisco looks from the outside to be an austerely Gothic church, but inside it hides one of Portugal’s most dazzling displays of baroque finery. Hardly a centimetre escapes unsmothered, as otherworldly cherubs and sober monks are drowned by nearly 100kg of gold leaf. If you see only one church in Porto, make it this one. Jardim do Infante Dom Henrique Hours 9am-8pm Jul-Sep, to 7pm Mar-Jun & Oct, to 5.30pm Nov-Feb Price adult/child €6/5
This splendid neoclassical monument (built from 1842 to 1910) honours Porto’s past and present money merchants. Just past the entrance is the glass-domed Pátio das Nações (Hall of Nations), where the exchange once operated. But this pales in comparison with rooms deeper inside; to visit these, join one of the half-hour guided tours, which set off every 30 minutes. Rua Ferreira Borges Visit website: https://palaciodabolsa.com/ Hours 9am-6.30pm Apr-Oct, 9am-12.30pm & 2-5.30pm Nov-Mar Price tours adult/child €10/6.50
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Palácio da Bolsa
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This splendid neoclassical monument (built from 1842 to 1910) honours Porto’s past and present money merchants. Just past the entrance is the glass-domed Pátio das Nações (Hall of Nations), where the exchange once operated. But this pales in comparison with rooms deeper inside; to visit these, join one of the half-hour guided tours, which set off every 30 minutes. Rua Ferreira Borges Visit website: https://palaciodabolsa.com/ Hours 9am-6.30pm Apr-Oct, 9am-12.30pm & 2-5.30pm Nov-Mar Price tours adult/child €10/6.50
Dating to the late 18th century, this captivating azulejo-covered church is one of Porto’s best examples of rococo architecture. The tiled panel on the facade pays tribute to Nossa Senhora (Our Lady). Rua do Carmo Hours 8am-noon & 1-6pm Mon & Wed, 9am-6pm Tue & Thu, to 5.30pm Fri, to 4pm Sat, to 1.30pm Sun
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Igreja do Carmo
10 Praça de Gomes Teixeira
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Dating to the late 18th century, this captivating azulejo-covered church is one of Porto’s best examples of rococo architecture. The tiled panel on the facade pays tribute to Nossa Senhora (Our Lady). Rua do Carmo Hours 8am-noon & 1-6pm Mon & Wed, 9am-6pm Tue & Thu, to 5.30pm Fri, to 4pm Sat, to 1.30pm Sun
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Igreja dos Clérigos
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Porto's best art museum presents a stellar collection ranging from neolithic carvings to Portugal’s take on modernism, all housed in the formidable Palácio das Carrancas. Rua Dom Manuel II 44 Visit website: http://www.museusoaresdosreis.gov.pt/ Hours 10am-6pm Tue-Sun Price adult/child €5/free
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National Museum Soares dos Reis
44 R. de Dom Manuel II
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Porto's best art museum presents a stellar collection ranging from neolithic carvings to Portugal’s take on modernism, all housed in the formidable Palácio das Carrancas. Rua Dom Manuel II 44 Visit website: http://www.museusoaresdosreis.gov.pt/ Hours 10am-6pm Tue-Sun Price adult/child €5/free
Sitting atop a bluff, this gorgeous botanical garden is one of Porto's best-loved escapes, with lawns interwoven with sun-dappled paths and dotted with fountains, sculptures, giant magnolias, camellias, cypress and olive trees. It's actually a mosaic of small gardens that open up little by little as you wander – as do the stunning views of the city and Rio Douro. Rua Dom Manuel II Hours 8am-9pm Apr-Sep, to 7pm Oct-Mar
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Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
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Sitting atop a bluff, this gorgeous botanical garden is one of Porto's best-loved escapes, with lawns interwoven with sun-dappled paths and dotted with fountains, sculptures, giant magnolias, camellias, cypress and olive trees. It's actually a mosaic of small gardens that open up little by little as you wander – as do the stunning views of the city and Rio Douro. Rua Dom Manuel II Hours 8am-9pm Apr-Sep, to 7pm Oct-Mar
This fabulous cultural institution combines a museum, a mansion and extensive gardens. Cutting-edge exhibitions, along with a fine permanent collection featuring works from the late 1960s to the present, are showcased in the Museu de Arte Contemporânea, an arrestingly minimalist, whitewashed space designed by the eminent Porto-based architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. The delightful, pink Casa de Serralves is a prime example of art deco, bearing the imprint of French architect Charles Siclis. One ticket gets you into both museums. Rua Dom João de Castro 210 Visit website: https://www.serralves.pt/en/ Hours 10am-7pm Mon-Fri, to 8pm Sat & Sun May-Sep, reduced hours Oct-Apr Price adult/child museums & park €10/free, park only €5/free, 10am-1pm 1st Sun of the month free
Serralves (Museu)
This fabulous cultural institution combines a museum, a mansion and extensive gardens. Cutting-edge exhibitions, along with a fine permanent collection featuring works from the late 1960s to the present, are showcased in the Museu de Arte Contemporânea, an arrestingly minimalist, whitewashed space designed by the eminent Porto-based architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. The delightful, pink Casa de Serralves is a prime example of art deco, bearing the imprint of French architect Charles Siclis. One ticket gets you into both museums. Rua Dom João de Castro 210 Visit website: https://www.serralves.pt/en/ Hours 10am-7pm Mon-Fri, to 8pm Sat & Sun May-Sep, reduced hours Oct-Apr Price adult/child museums & park €10/free, park only €5/free, 10am-1pm 1st Sun of the month free
At once minimalist, iconic and daringly imaginative, the Casa da Música is the beating heart of Porto's cultural scene and the home of the Porto National Orchestra. Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas rocked the musical world with this crystalline creation – the jewel in the city's European Capital of Culture 2001 crown. Tickets & tours Porto Walking Tour & Fado Music Show $44.53 and up DETAILS Discovering Serra da Cabreira - Hiking Tour $34.25 and up DETAILS MMIPO - Museu da Misericórdia do Porto Admission Ticket $5.71 and up DETAILS MORE TICKETS & TOURS Details Avenida da Boavista 604-610 220 120 220 Visit website Hours English guided tours 11am & 4pm Price guided tour €10 The wonky cuboid conceals a shoebox-style concert hall lauded for some of the world's best acoustics. If your curiosity has been piqued, join one of the daily guided tours. Avenida da Boavista 604-610 220 120 220 Visit website: http://www.casadamusica.com/ Hours English guided tours 11am & 4pm Price guided tour €10
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Casa da Música
604-610 Av. da Boavista
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At once minimalist, iconic and daringly imaginative, the Casa da Música is the beating heart of Porto's cultural scene and the home of the Porto National Orchestra. Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas rocked the musical world with this crystalline creation – the jewel in the city's European Capital of Culture 2001 crown. Tickets & tours Porto Walking Tour & Fado Music Show $44.53 and up DETAILS Discovering Serra da Cabreira - Hiking Tour $34.25 and up DETAILS MMIPO - Museu da Misericórdia do Porto Admission Ticket $5.71 and up DETAILS MORE TICKETS & TOURS Details Avenida da Boavista 604-610 220 120 220 Visit website Hours English guided tours 11am & 4pm Price guided tour €10 The wonky cuboid conceals a shoebox-style concert hall lauded for some of the world's best acoustics. If your curiosity has been piqued, join one of the daily guided tours. Avenida da Boavista 604-610 220 120 220 Visit website: http://www.casadamusica.com/ Hours English guided tours 11am & 4pm Price guided tour €10
From Praça da Ribeira rises a tangle of medieval alleys and stairways that eventually reach the hulking, hilltop fortress of the cathedral. Founded in the 12th century, it was largely rebuilt a century later and then extensively altered during the 18th century. However, you can still make out the church’s Romanesque origins in the barrel-vaulted nave. Inside, a rose window and a 14th-century Gothic cloister also remain from its early days. Terreiro da Sé Hours 9am-7pm Mon-Sat & 9.30am-12.30pm & 2.30-7pm Sun Apr-Oct, 9am-6pm Mon-Sat & 9am-12.30pm & 2.30-6pm Sun Nov-Mar Price cloisters adult/student €3/2
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Kathedrale von Porto
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From Praça da Ribeira rises a tangle of medieval alleys and stairways that eventually reach the hulking, hilltop fortress of the cathedral. Founded in the 12th century, it was largely rebuilt a century later and then extensively altered during the 18th century. However, you can still make out the church’s Romanesque origins in the barrel-vaulted nave. Inside, a rose window and a 14th-century Gothic cloister also remain from its early days. Terreiro da Sé Hours 9am-7pm Mon-Sat & 9.30am-12.30pm & 2.30-7pm Sun Apr-Oct, 9am-6pm Mon-Sat & 9am-12.30pm & 2.30-6pm Sun Nov-Mar Price cloisters adult/student €3/2
One of the world's most beautiful train stations, beaux arts São Bento wings you back to a more graceful age of rail travel. Completed in 1903, it seems to have been imported from 19th-century Paris with its mansard roof. But the dramatic azulejo panels of historical scenes in the front hall are the real attraction. Designed by Jorge Colaço in 1930, some 20,000 tiles depict historic battles (including Henry the Navigator's conquest of Ceuta), as well as the history of transport. Praça Almeida Garrett Hours 5am-1am
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Porto São Bento
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One of the world's most beautiful train stations, beaux arts São Bento wings you back to a more graceful age of rail travel. Completed in 1903, it seems to have been imported from 19th-century Paris with its mansard roof. But the dramatic azulejo panels of historical scenes in the front hall are the real attraction. Designed by Jorge Colaço in 1930, some 20,000 tiles depict historic battles (including Henry the Navigator's conquest of Ceuta), as well as the history of transport. Praça Almeida Garrett Hours 5am-1am
This riverfront promenade is postcard Porto, taking in the whole spectacular sweep of the city, from Ribeira's pastel houses stacked like Lego bricks to the barcos rabelos (flat-bottomed boats) once used to transport port from the Douro. Early-evening buskers serenade crowds, and chefs fire up grills in the hole-in-the-wall fish restaurants and tascas (taverns) in the old arcades.
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Cais da Ribeira
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This riverfront promenade is postcard Porto, taking in the whole spectacular sweep of the city, from Ribeira's pastel houses stacked like Lego bricks to the barcos rabelos (flat-bottomed boats) once used to transport port from the Douro. Early-evening buskers serenade crowds, and chefs fire up grills in the hole-in-the-wall fish restaurants and tascas (taverns) in the old arcades.
Completed in 1886 by a student of Gustave Eiffel, the bridge’s top deck is now reserved for pedestrians, as well as one of the city’s metro lines; the lower deck bears regular traffic, as well as narrow walkways for those on foot. The views of the river and old town are simply stunning, as are the daredevils who leap from the lower level.
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Ponte Dom Luís I
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Completed in 1886 by a student of Gustave Eiffel, the bridge’s top deck is now reserved for pedestrians, as well as one of the city’s metro lines; the lower deck bears regular traffic, as well as narrow walkways for those on foot. The views of the river and old town are simply stunning, as are the daredevils who leap from the lower level.
Sticking out on Porto's skyline like a sore thumb – albeit a beautiful baroque one – this 76m-high tower was designed by Italian-born baroque master Nicolau Nasoni in the mid-1700s. Climb its 225-step spiral staircase for phenomenal views over Porto's tiled rooftops, spires and the curve of the Douro to the port-wine lodges in Gaia. It also harbours an exhibition that chronicles the history of the tower's architects and residents. Rua de São Filipe de Nery Visit website: http://www.torredosclerigos.pt/pt/ Hours 9am-7pm Price €5
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Clérigos Tower
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Sticking out on Porto's skyline like a sore thumb – albeit a beautiful baroque one – this 76m-high tower was designed by Italian-born baroque master Nicolau Nasoni in the mid-1700s. Climb its 225-step spiral staircase for phenomenal views over Porto's tiled rooftops, spires and the curve of the Douro to the port-wine lodges in Gaia. It also harbours an exhibition that chronicles the history of the tower's architects and residents. Rua de São Filipe de Nery Visit website: http://www.torredosclerigos.pt/pt/ Hours 9am-7pm Price €5
With its cobblestones polished smooth by centuries of shoe leather and pretty tiled houses with little wrought-iron balconies and window boxes brimming with pot plants, this narrow, gently curving street was the beating heart of Jewish Porto in late medieval times. Keep your eyes peeled for telltale sights of Jewish heritage, such as bronze Hamsa (protective hand) door knockers.
Rua de São Bento da Vitória
With its cobblestones polished smooth by centuries of shoe leather and pretty tiled houses with little wrought-iron balconies and window boxes brimming with pot plants, this narrow, gently curving street was the beating heart of Jewish Porto in late medieval times. Keep your eyes peeled for telltale sights of Jewish heritage, such as bronze Hamsa (protective hand) door knockers.
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Industrial-chic meets boho at this delightfully laid-back haunt, with its walls of polished concrete, mismatched crockery, verdant plants, and vintage knick-knacks ranging from a bicycle to an old typewriter. The menu is just as informal – petiscos such as pica-pau steak (bite-sized pieces of steak in a garlic-white-wine sauce), quail egg croquettes, and cheesecake served in a flower pot reveal a pinch of creativity. Rua das Flores 32 222 039 069 Visit website: http://www.cantina32.com/ Hours 12.30-3pm & 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat Price petiscos €3.50-20
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Cantina 32
32 R. das Flores
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Industrial-chic meets boho at this delightfully laid-back haunt, with its walls of polished concrete, mismatched crockery, verdant plants, and vintage knick-knacks ranging from a bicycle to an old typewriter. The menu is just as informal – petiscos such as pica-pau steak (bite-sized pieces of steak in a garlic-white-wine sauce), quail egg croquettes, and cheesecake served in a flower pot reveal a pinch of creativity. Rua das Flores 32 222 039 069 Visit website: http://www.cantina32.com/ Hours 12.30-3pm & 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat Price petiscos €3.50-20
Everyone loves surprises, especially edible ones prepared with flawless execution, experimental finesse and a nod to the seasons. Just 16 lucky diners (eight at the green marble counter peeking into the kitchen and eight at oak tables) get to sample Vasco Coelho Santos’ stunning 10-course menus that allow flavours and textures to shine. More like a private dining experience and gastronomic event than just another good meal, Euskalduna already has insiders whispering ‘Michelin star’. Vasco’s credentials, including a stint behind the stove at the legendary El Bulli, speak of a chef aspiring to culinary greatness. And he achieves it. Book at least a week ahead. Rua de Santo Ildefonso 404 935 335 301 Visit website: http://www.euskaldunastudio.pt/ Hours 7-10pm Wed-Sat Price 10-course tasting menu €95-110
Euskalduna Studio
404 R. de Santo Ildefonso
Everyone loves surprises, especially edible ones prepared with flawless execution, experimental finesse and a nod to the seasons. Just 16 lucky diners (eight at the green marble counter peeking into the kitchen and eight at oak tables) get to sample Vasco Coelho Santos’ stunning 10-course menus that allow flavours and textures to shine. More like a private dining experience and gastronomic event than just another good meal, Euskalduna already has insiders whispering ‘Michelin star’. Vasco’s credentials, including a stint behind the stove at the legendary El Bulli, speak of a chef aspiring to culinary greatness. And he achieves it. Book at least a week ahead. Rua de Santo Ildefonso 404 935 335 301 Visit website: http://www.euskaldunastudio.pt/ Hours 7-10pm Wed-Sat Price 10-course tasting menu €95-110
Tucked away down a narrow alley, this softly lit, family-run restaurant brims with stone-walled, wood-beamed, art-slung nooks. The frequently changing blackboard menu goes with the seasons. Travessa dos Congregados 11 222 002 822 Hours 7-10pm Mon-Wed, noon-3pm & 7-11pm Thu-Sat Price mains €8-16
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Restaurante Flor dos Congregados
11 Tv. dos Congregados
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Tucked away down a narrow alley, this softly lit, family-run restaurant brims with stone-walled, wood-beamed, art-slung nooks. The frequently changing blackboard menu goes with the seasons. Travessa dos Congregados 11 222 002 822 Hours 7-10pm Mon-Wed, noon-3pm & 7-11pm Thu-Sat Price mains €8-16
So you came for the steak, right? Wise decision. A welcome newcomer to Porto's food scene, MUU has carved out a name for itself with outstanding cuts of beef. Homemade Scotch eggs and cheese gratins prelude the main act: a garlic-rubbed rib-eye, say, or tender Black Angus steak. Either way, you won't leave hungry. Rua do Almada 149A 914 784 032 Visit website: http://www.muusteakhouse.com/ Hours 7pm-midnight Wed-Mon Price mains €22-32
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Muu Steakhouse
149A Rua do Almada
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So you came for the steak, right? Wise decision. A welcome newcomer to Porto's food scene, MUU has carved out a name for itself with outstanding cuts of beef. Homemade Scotch eggs and cheese gratins prelude the main act: a garlic-rubbed rib-eye, say, or tender Black Angus steak. Either way, you won't leave hungry. Rua do Almada 149A 914 784 032 Visit website: http://www.muusteakhouse.com/ Hours 7pm-midnight Wed-Mon Price mains €22-32
What a delight this tucked-away Michelin-starred restaurant is, ensconced in the revamped stone arcades of 19th-century Quinta da Macieirinha. Vítor Matos heads up the kitchen, serving ingredient-driven dishes – truffle and Wagyu beef, and sea bass with algae and Azores saffron – with flair and artistry. With entrancing views out over Porto from the garden terrace, this is one for special occasions. Rua de Entre Quintas 220 226 000 445 Visit website: http://www.antiqvvm.pt/ Hours noon-midnight Tue-Sat, to 3pm Sun Price menus €45-130
Antiqvvm
220 R. de Entre-Quintas
What a delight this tucked-away Michelin-starred restaurant is, ensconced in the revamped stone arcades of 19th-century Quinta da Macieirinha. Vítor Matos heads up the kitchen, serving ingredient-driven dishes – truffle and Wagyu beef, and sea bass with algae and Azores saffron – with flair and artistry. With entrancing views out over Porto from the garden terrace, this is one for special occasions. Rua de Entre Quintas 220 226 000 445 Visit website: http://www.antiqvvm.pt/ Hours noon-midnight Tue-Sat, to 3pm Sun Price menus €45-130
With its polished service, elegant setting and dazzling views over river and city, the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at the five-star Yeatman Hotel is sheer class. Chef Ricardo Costa puts his imaginative spin on seasonal ingredients from lobster to pheasant – all skilfully cooked, served with flair and expertly matched with wines from the 1000-bottle cellar that is among the country's best. Yeatman Hotel, Rua do Choupelo 88 220 133 100 Visit website: https://www.the-yeatman-hotel.com/en/ Hours 7.30-11pm Price tasting menus €140-170, wine pairing €60-70
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The Yeatman Hotel
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With its polished service, elegant setting and dazzling views over river and city, the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at the five-star Yeatman Hotel is sheer class. Chef Ricardo Costa puts his imaginative spin on seasonal ingredients from lobster to pheasant – all skilfully cooked, served with flair and expertly matched with wines from the 1000-bottle cellar that is among the country's best. Yeatman Hotel, Rua do Choupelo 88 220 133 100 Visit website: https://www.the-yeatman-hotel.com/en/ Hours 7.30-11pm Price tasting menus €140-170, wine pairing €60-70
This is hands down one of the best places to try Porto's classic gut-busting treat, the francesinha – a thick, open-faced sandwich piled with cheese, sausage, egg and/or assorted meats, plus a tasty, rich beer sauce. This classic will set you back €9.75, which might seem pricey for a sandwich, but trust us: it's a meal in itself. Rua Passos Manuel 226 222 055 797 Visit website: https://www.caferestaurantesantiago.com.pt/ Hours noon-11pm Mon-Sat Price mains €8-12
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Café Santiago
226 R. de Passos Manuel
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This is hands down one of the best places to try Porto's classic gut-busting treat, the francesinha – a thick, open-faced sandwich piled with cheese, sausage, egg and/or assorted meats, plus a tasty, rich beer sauce. This classic will set you back €9.75, which might seem pricey for a sandwich, but trust us: it's a meal in itself. Rua Passos Manuel 226 222 055 797 Visit website: https://www.caferestaurantesantiago.com.pt/ Hours noon-11pm Mon-Sat Price mains €8-12
Housed in a grand edifice, DOP is one of Porto's most stylish addresses, with its high ceilings and slick, monochrome interior. Much-feted chef Rui Paula puts a creative, seasonal twist on outstanding ingredients, with dish after delicate, flavour-packed dish skipping from octopus carpaccio to cod with lobster rice. Palácio das Artes, Largo de São Domingos 18 222 014 313 Visit website: https://www.doprestaurante.pt/ Hours 7.30-11pm Mon, 12.30-3pm & 7.30-11pm Tue-Sat Price mains €25-28, tasting menus €80-90
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DOP
18 Largo São Domingos
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Housed in a grand edifice, DOP is one of Porto's most stylish addresses, with its high ceilings and slick, monochrome interior. Much-feted chef Rui Paula puts a creative, seasonal twist on outstanding ingredients, with dish after delicate, flavour-packed dish skipping from octopus carpaccio to cod with lobster rice. Palácio das Artes, Largo de São Domingos 18 222 014 313 Visit website: https://www.doprestaurante.pt/ Hours 7.30-11pm Mon, 12.30-3pm & 7.30-11pm Tue-Sat Price mains €25-28, tasting menus €80-90
At the heart of this intimate part-Argentine, part-Portuguese restaurant is Mauricio, a chef with a big personality and an insatiable passion for his homeland, revealed as you watch him dashing around in the open kitchen. The market-fresh menu changes frequently, but you’ll always find superb steaks and to-die-for empanadas (savoury turnovers). Save an inch for the chocolate brownie with dulce de leche. Breakfast is a cracking deal at €6 a head, with fresh juice and a tempting array of cheese, ham, homemade cakes, quiches and jams. Rua de Belomonte 104 223 195 661 Visit website: https://www.facebook.com/belosairesrestaurante Hours 8-11.30am & 7pm-midnight Mon-Sat Price mains €17-25
Belos Aires Restaurante
104 R. de Belomonte
At the heart of this intimate part-Argentine, part-Portuguese restaurant is Mauricio, a chef with a big personality and an insatiable passion for his homeland, revealed as you watch him dashing around in the open kitchen. The market-fresh menu changes frequently, but you’ll always find superb steaks and to-die-for empanadas (savoury turnovers). Save an inch for the chocolate brownie with dulce de leche. Breakfast is a cracking deal at €6 a head, with fresh juice and a tempting array of cheese, ham, homemade cakes, quiches and jams. Rua de Belomonte 104 223 195 661 Visit website: https://www.facebook.com/belosairesrestaurante Hours 8-11.30am & 7pm-midnight Mon-Sat Price mains €17-25
Gardens
A much-loved picnic spot of tripeiros, these tucked-away gardens stagger down the hillside in a series of lawn terraces. Find a shady spot under the trees to drink in the far-reaching views across the city, which stretch over the rooftops, down to the river and up to the port lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia. Passeio das Virtudes Hours 9am-7pm
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Parque das Virtudes
53-3 Passeio das Virtudes
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A much-loved picnic spot of tripeiros, these tucked-away gardens stagger down the hillside in a series of lawn terraces. Find a shady spot under the trees to drink in the far-reaching views across the city, which stretch over the rooftops, down to the river and up to the port lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia. Passeio das Virtudes Hours 9am-7pm
This pleasantly leafy park is known simply as ‘Cordoaria’. Check out the four haunting sculptures by Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz. The romantic, narrow lanes that run north from the Cordoaria are the domain of Porto’s hippest bars. Rua Campo dos Mártires da Pátria
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Cordoaria's Garden
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This pleasantly leafy park is known simply as ‘Cordoaria’. Check out the four haunting sculptures by Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz. The romantic, narrow lanes that run north from the Cordoaria are the domain of Porto’s hippest bars. Rua Campo dos Mártires da Pátria
The city's lungs, a place to walk, run, socialise and meditate that was only created in the 1990s but feels like it's been here for millennia. Sidónio Pardal's plan involved filling the area with trees and running paths between them, with refreshing lakes and an appearance that changes with the seasons. There's a rural section with old houses where you can try a delicious Soundwich and visit the organic market on Saturdays. Estrada Interior da Circunvalação, 15443 Porto (Foz) PHONE: 225 320 080
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Porto City Park
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The city's lungs, a place to walk, run, socialise and meditate that was only created in the 1990s but feels like it's been here for millennia. Sidónio Pardal's plan involved filling the area with trees and running paths between them, with refreshing lakes and an appearance that changes with the seasons. There's a rural section with old houses where you can try a delicious Soundwich and visit the organic market on Saturdays. Estrada Interior da Circunvalação, 15443 Porto (Foz) PHONE: 225 320 080