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Rua dos Caldeireiros 261, 4050-142 Porto, Portugal
This is a great spot for a Weekend brunch, especially if it is raining outside. (At least that what happened to me). I loved the contrast between the raw grey industrial walls and the warm chocolate-colored wood furniture and the green plants. The...
Rua de Miguel Bombarda 222, 4050-377 Porto, Portugal
Somehow this Northern Portuguese city has become home to dozens of fantastic hostels, better than most I’ve stayed at elsewhere throughout Europe. You are pretty safe with nearly every one, but Gallery Hostel is my pick because it’s much more than...
Rua do Padrão 100, 4150-557 Porto, Portugal
In the Foz district, a privileged district that attracts several innovative spots and a more urban clientele, there is a restaurant that shows the coolest side of Porto: Cafeína. Inside a restored house of the early twentieth century, you will...
Largo São Domingos 18, 4050-018 Porto, Portugal
DOP is a restaurant that wants to be a reference to the most discerning diners, with a signature cuisine based on the traditional Portuguese flavors that chef Rui Paula recreates with some international character. DOP | Largo de São Domingos 18,...
R. do Ouro 797, 4150 Porto, Portugal
Restaurant Casa d’Oro is the ideal spot for, especially in summer, make the most of its terrace joining a great late lunch with a overwhelming view, feeling like navigating over the river. In a nice building almost whole glazed, literally placed...
Av. da Boavista 1277, 4100-130 Porto, Portugal
Try it and you’ll immediatly get the impression that Góshò (‘imperial palace’) is one of the top spots among the Japanese restaurants in Portugal. It is turning itself as an excellent reference for those who love fusion cuisine and Japanese ‘tapas...
R. Roberto Ivens 824, 4450-279 Matosinhos, Portugal
O Gaveto, on the outskirts of Porto, has been thrilling seafood lovers for more than thirty years, and it took just one dinner there to see why. Everything on the menu is fresh and authentic. For starters, you cannot go wrong with the very popular...
R. Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, 4050-366 Porto, Portugal
Juan Muñoz sculptures can be admired since the 2001 European Cultural Capital's celebrations, as a gift to the city given by the artist. The funny part is that this garden has suffered so many transformations over the years, but to me it will...
R. de António Graça 31, 4490-471 Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
"You are very lucky," the fellow at the beachside kiosk told us, pointing the way to Restaurante Barca. "Américo cooks the best fish in Póvoa de Varzim!" A few minutes later, we began to know what he was smiling about. For eleven years, the...
32 Rue Notre Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris, France
At his éclair-focused shop in the Marais, Christophe Adam presents riffs on traditional recipes in eye-popping colors and exotic flavors. You may be tempted by the best-selling Chocolat Grand Cru, but don’t overlook the more off-beat seasonal...
Hôtel Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Among the reasons to take afternoon tea at Le Dalí, the Philippe Starck–designed restaurant in Le Meurice hotel, the duo of éclairs ranks high. The creator of the exquisite chocolate and strawberry-rhubarb interpretations is 28-year-old Cédric...
9 Rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris, France
Pastry chef Loïc Bret asserts a whole new style by offering such savory variants as goat cheese and pesto or salmon-dill, as well as sweet flavors, including Nutella, rose raspberry, and a twist on lemon meringue pie. Do as the locals do and grab...
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