With the premise “food is a cultural expression”, André and the team behind Taste Porto Food Tours organize one of the best intros to food and beverage you are likely to come across in the North of Portugal. As someone from this part of Portugal myself, I was curious as to what I’d explore, taste and learn in a tour such as this. but I can say the balance was extremely positive.
There are 6 stops that include savory, sweet, drinks and a lot of friendly talking (and, of course, several restaurant recommendations for the rest of your stay in the city).
We started the morning with the extremely fresh Pasteis de Chaves (the original minced veal and new-age chocolate flavor), went off to explore the buzz at the traditional Bolhao Market and sample some wine and sardines in one of the local shops. After a coffee at the historical Cafe Christina, the next stop was A Flor dos Congregados restaurant here we got to try the most succulent pork sandwich ever.
Even though I thought I'd have no space after that, after walking around Porto's city centre with our tour guide Andre, we still managed to squeeze in some creamy eclairs and end up at Taberna do Lago for wines, regional cheeses and cured meats tasting.
This tour is about more than food: it all about Porto, its people, its sights and, ultimately, the local way of life. A great way to get acquainted with Portuguese food and culture!