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Rua Santa Catarina 112, 4000-442 Porto, Portugal
The Rua Santa Caterina is the most important shopping street in Oporto. It is a pedestrian street which is closed to traffic. Along the Rua Caterina you will find the Mercado Bolhao which is a lively market with many shops to delight the market...
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703, Rua da Boavista, 4050-110 Porto, Portugal
I thought Lisbon was the most beautiful city in Portugal, till I got to Porto. If you are looking for a weekend destination in Europe, Porto is a great option. It had all the right ingredients for a perfect long weekend or a short vacation in...
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Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre 62, 4050-259 Porto, Portugal
Book Restaurant (which is next door to Infante Sagres hotel) is designed as a library as well and reflects the connection between literature and gastronomy in a very contemporary way. The architect is Pedro Trindade and the chef is John Mendes...
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R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal
A blend of neo-Gothic and art nouveau, the enchanting Livraria Lello bookshop dates to 1906 and is rumored to have inspired J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts in Harry Potter
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4050-256 Porto, Portugal
Casa da Música, designed by Rem Koolhaas, is the first building built in Portugal which is dedicated entirely to music in various aspects; presentation of music (concerts), education of music and creation of music. The building was intended to be...
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The Ribeira stands for 'Riverside' in Portuguese. and it is a historical square along the Douro river. It is crowded with restaurants, cafe's, touristic stores and touristic attractions. The buildings, which these days are half occupied, half...
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R. da Galeria de Paris 67, 4050-284 Porto, Portugal
A cute restaurant in one of the nicest streets in Porto, Rua da Galeria de Paris, named after the street. The restaurant is quite low key, buffet style. You just need to grab a plate and choose your dish from a selection over the counter....
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R. de Sampaio Bruno 11, 4000-064 Porto, Portugal
Feast your eyes upon the Francesinha. What is in this curious looking sandwich, you ask? Heaven. Sausage. Cheese. Port wine. Onions. And a bit more heaven. If you visit Porto - and why wouldn't you visit the home of Port wine - you'll come to know...
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Praça de Gomes Teixeira, 4050 Porto, Portugal
This might be one of the nicest squares in the Carmo district of Porto. The square with the fountain of lions. It got its name on 1936 in honor of Francisco Gomes Teixeira, a well known professor in the University of Porto. Around the square there...
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4050-468, Largo do Colégio, 4000 Porto, Portugal
Walking down from the Cathedral toward the Ribeira in Porto, I came across this beautiful view and the stunning exterior of Iglesia São Lourenço Church. This church was built t by the Jesuits in late 16th century, but after they were expelled from...
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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...
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Porto, Portugal
One of the busiest and fashioned streets in Porto is Rua Galerias de Paris, which, no wonder, is spotted by some cafes and restaurants that remind you of Paris. There is a cute cafe called Galeria de Paris which was quite busy during lunch time,...
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Praça da Liberdade 139, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal
There are so many beautiful churches in Porto. In fact, there are many churches and it is hard to choose the most beautiful one. The church is dedicated to Saint Anthony, who was born in the 12th century and became a Franciscan priest. As a...
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Porto, Portugal
At the mouth of the Douro River, the medieval city of Porto, Portugal, is undergoing an architectural renaissance. Old World icons, such as the baroque Torre dos Clérigos bell tower that helped the city earn UNESCO status in 1996, contrast with...
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Praça Almeida Garrett, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal
Might be one of the most beautiful train stations in the World, Sao Bento Railway Station was opened to the public in 1916 and is well known for its walls covered with 20,000 splendid azulejo ceramic tiles which describe the History of Portugal....
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Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal
If you are looking for a great view over the city, consider visiting Porto Cathedral, or Sé do Porto. Its long history and stunning architecture, make it a must see location to visit. When I climbed to the top of the hill where the Cathedral is...
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Rua Formosa, 4000-214 Porto, Portugal
When in Oporto in Portugal, don't miss the most famous of the city's markets: The Bolhao Market. Established in 1839, this colorful, noisy market is located in the heart of the city of Oporto. The market consists of a huge two story building. This...
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R. da Galeria de Paris 20, 4050-182 Porto, Portugal
Who said that traditional shopping is disappearing? More traditional than A Vida Portuguesa is hard to find and however it turns out to be cool selling old Portuguese items in a remarkably traditional downtown location. A Vida Portuguesa | Rua...
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552, R. de São João 28, 4050-044 Porto, Portugal
The wine bar Vinologia: La Maison des Porto specializes in the city’s namesake port. Drop by the cozy tasting room to sample one of 200 bottles, mostly from regional small-batch producers. Rua de São João 46, 351/936-057-340 This appeared in the...
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R. da Galeria de Paris 85, 4050-150 Porto, Portugal
Casa do Livro is a fantastic space where once was a famous downtown bookstore, that now is a pleasant wine and jazz bar, with live music and Dj’s, having a special atmosphere to share a casual evening with friends. Casa do Livro | Rua Galeria de ...
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R. do Ten. Valadim 146, 4100-476 Porto, Portugal
Casinha Boutique Café is a mix of charming restaurant, coffeehouse, bar, lounge and boutique of traditional portuguese products, placed in a nice nineteen century building very well recovered keeping its original design. Casinha Boutique Café |...
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Rua da Fábrica 27, 4000-196 Porto, Portugal
Looks like we're in Berlin, or in any other cosmopolitan city where here and there pops up innovative alternative spots that reflect the less mainstream local culture, with connection to the arts and much closer to the people, locals and visitors....
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R. de Serralves 124, 4150-262 Porto, Portugal
Here's a cool idea I like and would like to see all over the city: to use the terraces on the top of high buildings to create modern spaces great to relax outside enjoying the warmer weather. On the 15th floor of Ipanama Park, the hotel pool turns...
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Porto, Portugal
It keeps on poping up interesting projects in town. Baixaria is one of those, a bar that leaves no one indifferent with the phrases like insults on a large blackboard on the wall. But this is just the first impression of this space you will find....
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rua de agramonte ,nº222, 4150-031 Porto, Portugal
Mercado do Bom Sucesso is an authentic gourmet spot , with a trendy and urban atmosphere that invites for relaxation and tasting at any time of day. Here’s some suggestions and references that justify a visit: take a coffee with a crispy ‘pastel...
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R. de Cândido dos Reis 70, 4050-151 Porto, Portugal
When it heats up in Porto, Portugal, the last thing you want is a glass of the town’s rich namesake port. That’s why The Gin Club is such a savior. From the mirror-backed bar, you can cool off with one of more than 150 gins and an impressive array...
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Rua do Padrão 100, 4150-557 Porto, Portugal
Besides an excelent gourmet shop well knowned in town, Cafeína Wine & Tapas is a pleasent wine bar, ideal for an after-work with several tapas and a carefully made wine selection. Cafeína Wine & Tapas | Rua do Padrão 152, Porto | +351 226 180 602
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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...
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Tv. de Cedofeita 24, 4050-157 Porto, Portugal
It’s in a narrow building of a narrow street nearby the trendiest district to go out in Porto, that we find RUA (“street”), a restaurant/bar that serves mostly tapas and snacks from the middle of the afternoon on, having a mood changing from a...
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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...
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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,...
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Porto, Portugal
You are both in one of the busiest streets of Porto’s night out, and getting inside you find yourself in a scenario close to the bohemian Parisian life of the 20's: after all you are in Era Uma Vez Em Paris (“Once Upon a Time In Paris”). This...
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4000-098 Sé, Portugal
The Cathedral of Oporto is located in the district of Batalha near the old city walls. Construction began in 1110 and was completed in the 13th c. The Se is one of the most important monuments in Portugal. It is of Romanesque design with some...
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Porto, Portugal
The Foz district is increasingly attractive with the opening of places that urge us to go out and want to stay. That's the case of Bar Tolo, a restaurant in the form of a modern Petisqueira where we can enjoy the most typical and authentic...
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Porto, Portugal
These guys are a new tourism company in town, offering Tours in and around Porto, to see the other side of tourism. The "Hidden Porto Tour" is amazing, in 3 hours we get to see so much about the city, taste the best custard tart ever and get on...
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PTE Luiz I, 4000 Porto, Portugal
Dom Luis bridge in Porto was designed by the man responsible for the Eiffel Tower, and is the subject of many a travel photo. You can walk across it on two levels but I'd recommend taking the top level from Porto to the port wine cellars of Vila...
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Largo São Domingos 69, 4050-018 Porto, Portugal
Portuguese cheeses are underrated, although there's some winning big awards the last few years. At Taberna do Largo you can have a top notch cheese platter, that will blow out your senses! Mestiço, Sheep and Chocadinho are three kinds of cheese...
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Praça da Ribeira, nº1, 4050-513 Porto, Portugal
Looking across the Douro in the evening, I watched the night descend and saw a magical sight. The entire area was lit up and looked like a fantasy light display. It could have been Disney World or a Christmas light display. The air was charged...
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Largo São Domingos 69, 4050-018 Porto, Portugal
Joana, Teresa and Sofia, three friends who walked across the country in search of the best suppliers of top national delicacies, including wine, cheese and sausages (among others), bring them together now at our disposal in a space that is a mix...
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Rua de Côrte Real 289, 4150 Porto, Portugal
Portarossa is a fantastic pizzeria situated in one of the most emblematic districts of Porto, Foz, combining modern Mediterranean inspirations, with the 30s and the cool atmosphere of Little Italy in NYC. The entrance is through a portentous red...
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R. de Cândido dos Reis 18, 4050-151 Porto, Portugal
It’s a Club, it’s a Café, it’s located in the Clérigos neighbourhood, and thats why its called Clube 3C. But it’s also a cool relaxed restaurant that after midnight, like a Cinderella, becomes a lively bar, ideal to get into the night among great...
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Passeio das Virtudes 33, 4050-061 Porto, Portugal
Proudly perched over one of the most privileged and inspiring sites in town, the ‘passeio das Virtudes’, there is a welcoming spot that preserves traditions, with a family atmosphere that complements perfectly the stunning views. I’m refering to...
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424, Rua de Rodrigues Sampaio 156, 4000-065 Porto, Portugal
Modern and cosmopolitan, Restaurante Coma exhales a fresh and positive attitude, with a strong personality that invite us to really enjoy our meal with friends and cheerful chating. A former fabric store led to a renovated space with a moder decor...
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R. Cel. Raúl Peres 25, 4150-059 Porto, Portugal
Shis is a place of excellence designed by Paulo Lobo that totally achieved to extend from the outside the beauty of the sea, combined with the cosmopolitanism of the ambience created by the neutral colors and natural materials. Shis | Praia do...
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Porto, Portugal
Time hangs in Porto. Its magnificently lingering melancholic soul, floats. The past and the present forget themselves here. There is something romantic in this city divided by the Duoro River–one side older, more traditional, the other side more...
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28, R. do Cativo 26, 4000-160 Porto, Portugal
There's a few cities where you can ride an historical tram, Porto is one of those magic places. From the city center you can take it and go to directly to the Sea Front, in a very panoramic and slow ride.Take your time and enjoy the view. There's...
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R. de Sá de Noronha 137, 4050-158 Porto, Portugal
Francesinha is a matter of endless discussions. This amazing sandwich is more than that, it's culture; it awakens the gourmand in you. Ingredients: fresh sausage, smoked sausage, steak, baloney, cheese, bread and spicy sauce. Some will came with a...
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Ó! Galeria is a small space crowded with sketches from Porto illustrators. They hang on the walls, dangle from clothing hangers, with notes about them jotted on yellow Post-Its. This appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.
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Eat with art at newcomer Frida, where Porto’s creative set dines on Frida Kahlo’s favorite dishes, including poblano chile en nogada and mole over duck, made by a Mexican-Portuguese husband-and-wife team. The walls are, fittingly, adorned with art...
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Praça dos Poveiros 33, 4000-393 Porto, Portugal
It's well known that portuguese can cook every little tiny bit of pork, except the hoofs, in a thousand ways and always creating wondeful flavours. Buraquinho is a small restaurant, where everybody is very friendly, and always trying to please....
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R. Estreita de Lóios 7, 4000 Porto, Portugal
It was raining cats and dogs when me and my boyfriend were getting lost in the small alleys of Porto when we stumbled upon this small bar. The owner Fernando invited us in, made us a meat sandwich and brought us wine and guitar for my boyfriend to...
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Rua Santa Catarina 112, 4000-442 Porto, Portugal
Prepare yourself for a voyage of the senses. Just let all this ambiance invade your soul, loose yourself in a turmoil of pure delight. Porto has many beautiful Cafés, but there's nothing like Majestic.
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Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 47, 4050-293 Porto, Portugal
You can find the french eclairs in every "pastelaria" or "confeitaria" in Porto. It's very common, and they still use the french name, eclair, and you can have also the version without chocolat, "tíbia" it's the name. Leitaria da Quinta do Paço,...
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Tv. dos Congregados 11, 4000-114 Porto, Portugal
The 162 year old restaurant, one of the firsts in downtown Porto. Still ran by the Dourado family, it is the place to try one of the most exquisite sandwiches in Porto: Terylene sandwich. A double decked sandwich with roasted pork loin and smoked...
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Located close to the town hall, it’s known as the “Casa das Bifanas” (Bifana house) ever since it opened in 1978. In the menu you can find a lot of Porto’s and Portugal’s delicacies, but you have to try the house specialty: Bifana. It’s a pork...
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R. de Sá de Noronha 137, 4050-158 Porto, Portugal
Porto's calorie-laden specialty may have been patterned after a French croque monsieuer, but really belongs in its own food group. The Francesinha is a deliciously sinful must-try here, best enjoyed with a side of hand-cut fries and a cool beer....
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Rua da Estação 216, 4300-030 Porto, Portugal
If you ask anyone in town where you can eat the best fried octopus fillets, the answer will be: Casa Aleixo! Facing Campanhã train Station, you can’t miss it, and you shouldn’t! Founded by a gentleman from Galicia, it was later bought by Ramiro...
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R. do Ouro 223, 4150-041 Porto, Portugal
The actual name of the place is Adega Rio Douro (since it’s facing the river) but everyone knows it by Tasca da Piedade, named after the owner Mrs. Piedade. It’s also known for having “fado vadio” - traditional Portuguese music, here sang by...
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Largo São Domingos 69, 4050-018 Porto, Portugal
It is a fairly recent place, opened in February 2013, located close to Ribeira, in Largo São Domingos. This restaurant aims to bring to Porto a little bit of each region of Portugal. Focusing on small scale producers and in working directly with...
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62, Rua dos Caldeireiros, 4000 Porto, Portugal
Mr. Armando and Mrs. Francisca run one of the hidden gems of Porto’s gastronomy - the Adega Vila Meã. The restaurant is located close to the São Bento train station, and inside you can sample Portugal’s bold flavors, from codfish to roasted veal...
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Stroll the streets and alleyways of Ribeira, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Porto and an important trading hub in the Middle Ages. Admire the colorful old buildings as you make your way down to the riverside, where views of the Porto wine...
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Rua Santa Catarina 112, 4000-442 Porto, Portugal
This elegant café, shimmering with chandeliers and mirrors, is a splendid example of Art Nouveau in the city. Since it opened in 1921, it has been a favorite perch of literary luminaries such as José Régio and Teixeira de Pascoaes, a Nobel Prize...
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Rua do Campo Alegre 713, 4150-179 Porto, Portugal
This charming shop, open since 1960, sells hand-embroidered tablecloths, decorative items for the home and gifts for brides and infants. Its specialties are personalized service and unique products that embrace traditional craftsmanship.
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Rua da Alegria 394, 4000-035 Porto, Portugal
Located in Alegria Street this place started as a “Tasca” – Small eatery, which later became a restaurant. Casa Nanda is a place that holds some of the oldest gastronomical traditions of Porto. Chef Fernanda, whose nickname hangs above the door is...