I traveled to Porto on a 3-day trip in March and highly recommend this city for a chill yet entertaining experience. Porto was amazing - small, very cute, with beautiful streets and tons of great places to eat. It also has multiple photo spots to capture memories. What's more, Porto is a budget-friendly destination, with high-quality food that is inexpensive. Compared to cities like Barcelona and Madrid, Porto is much more budget-friendly and a great alternative if you're looking to save money.
Where to eat in Porto?
Many of the places we tried we found through Google, walking around, and influencer posts. We visited all of the places on this list and recommend them for different reasons. However, in Porto, you don't need to do much research to find good food. Just like in any other city, avoid places next to tourist sites, and you'll be fine.
Big breakfasts are uncommon in Europe, so seeing pancakes on the menu often indicates a touristy spot. But don't let that discourage you; these places aren't necessarily bad and can still be worth a visit.
All prices include taxes, and tips are not expected. However, if you want to tip, 10% is enough.
Water isn't free; it usually costs 2€. If you order mineral water, be sure to specify whether you want still or sparkling.
Ask your hotel concierge or Airbnb host for current restaurant etiquette advice.
I have added links to the restaurant's menus as well as to their Instagram accounts, when they are available. My hope is that you select the spots that fit your trip.
ALIBI by YourPorto / IG
I would immediately add this spot to your list. It has a great menu, a very cool vibe, and a very attentive staff. It was just a great find. You can choose to come for a full dinner or enjoy their wine at their well-stocked wine bar. Their food is local cuisine, Portuguese, and Contemporary. If you go for lunch or an early dinner, you can check out their stunning view of the city in the back.
Menu | Rua dos Caldeireiros 135, 4050-140 Porto, Portugal
Reservations: +351917188402 | email@example.com | website
Nera Cafe / IG
This is a great place to get a big breakfast and a casual, yet hearty lunch. The place has an excellent, eclectic, cool vibe. The menu is a lifesaver for all Americans looking for their big, hearty breakfasts, as well as anyone else who enjoys pancakes and eggs. The atmosphere is relaxed, with plenty of seating. It is a great place to eat and hang out afterwards. They also have a couple of nice, semi-private lounge areas to recharge.
Menu | R. Guedes de Azevedo 117, 4000-272 Porto, Portugal | +351 913 951 570
Reservations: only walk-ins
Nicolau / IG
This is a great brunch spot. They have a menu full of your favorite items such as Benedict eggs, pancakes, acai bowls, and more. Even though the food is contemporary international cuisine, it still attracts many locals, so don't worry if you think you are in a touristy spot. The atmosphere is earthy and contemporary, with great energy. You will find eclectic chairs, hanging plants, plenty of natural light, and a friendly staff.
Menu | Largo de Alberto Pimentel 4, 4050-214 Porto, Portugal | +351 21 886 03 12 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Reservations: | website
Bartolomeu Bistro & Wine / IG
This is a fancy night out spot that is intimate, elegant, yet relaxed. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Torel 1884 boutique hotel. The theme is a stylish safari, and the food consists of typical Portuguese specialties.
Menu | R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 228 4000, 4050-417 Porto, Portugal
Reservations: +351 226 090 003 | email@example.com | website
Pregar / IG
Menu | Largo São Domingos 96, 4050-265 Porto, Portugal | +351222034153
Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org | 222034153 | website
Honorato Clérigos | IG
My friend was in need of an amazing hamburger, and we found Honorato. Interestingly, they are only a few feet from the famous Livrai Lello. The food was really good, with a great burger and great fries. The spot was very stylish, which was unexpected for a place known for their burgers. I would advise you visit after going to Livrai Lello.
Menu | R. de Cândido dos Reis 12, 4050-151 Porto, Portugal | +351220437276
Best Cafes in Porto to Enjoy a Cup of Coffee
These are great places to take a break and sip some coffee. They may not necessarily have the best coffee, but they are the ones you want to visit for a great vibe and atmosphere.
Majestic-Cafe / IG
This is the most famous café in the city. Visit this elegant café to admire its ornate Belle Epoque decor, reflecting Portugal's art nouveau heritage. Relax in its renowned atmosphere and appreciate its stunning 1920s beauty. Due to its popularity, the café can get busy, so it's recommended to visit early, make a reservation, or wait in line.
Menu | Rua Santa Catarina, 112 4000-442 Porto, Portugal
Reservations: +351 222 003 887 | email@example.com
Vincci Hoteles / IG
The Vincci hotel is a great place for you to stay, but we went there for their cafe's view. You can take a break after walking the Dom Luis bridge and enjoy the beautiful view of the city while using their Wi-Fi.:)
Alameda de Basílio Teles 29, 4150-127 Porto, Portugal
Mercador Cafe / IG
Great casual coffee spot in the middle of the city on the busy street of Rua das Flores. They have indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a great brunch menu.
Menu | R. das Flores 180, 4050-266 Porto, Portugal
Reservations: +351 223 323 041 | firstname.lastname@example.org | website
Pasteis de Nata / Gelato
The pastel de nata is a must-try Portuguese delicacy, with a history of over 300 years. This egg tart pastry is believed to have originated in a monastery to the west of Lisbon, and can be found in bakeries all over the city. If you enjoy vanilla-flavored baked goods, then you will certainly enjoy this treat. Personally, I had them every chance I could. Also, Gelato is always a good choice. Walking around with ice cream in Europe is something people do in the summer, and even in the winter.
Manteigaria / IG
Pasteis de Nata is what they do and what they are known for. They have two stores in Porto, and if you visit Lisbon, you can enjoy them at any of their four locations. You can also watch them get made.
Rua dos Clérigos nº37, 4050-205 Porto, Portugal
R. de Alexandre Braga 24, 4000-049 Porto, Portugal
Castro / IG
Visit the Pasteis de Nata factory in the heart of Porto and Lisbon to savor one of the most iconic Portuguese pastries. You can even watch them being made by hand. As someone who has enjoyed them firsthand, I highly recommend stopping by.
R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 61, 4050-420 Porto, Portugal
Boutique do Gelado / IG
Get your gelato fix in the heart of Porto, where there are tons of ice cream spots. However, some places can be more touristy and expensive. This is a great option with delicious flavors.We had a good experience with them.
R. de Ferreira Borges 67, 4050-252 Porto, Portugal
Places to visit in Porto
Let's talk about the places to go in between meals! Just kidding, Porto has some fun spots to visit too. During our short 3-day stay, we focused on exploring the city on foot, discovering places that only took a few minutes to check out. We skipped museums and put together this list for travelers who want to relax, eat, and hit up some tourist spots.
Livrai Lello / IG - Harry Potter Library
If you are a Harry Potter fan, then a visit to Livraria Lello is a must. This bookstore is prominently featured in tourist guides, and for good reason - J.K. Rowling, the renowned author of the Harry Potter series, drew inspiration from it during her time in Porto. Located in the heart of the city, Livraria Lello is extremely popular and requires an entrance fee for admittance. However, if you're not one for crowds, you may want to skip this attraction altogether.
Bookings: Website | Tickets (€5 )
R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal
Praça da Ribeira - The Ribeira Square
This is a historical square in Porto, Portugal, designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. To reach the square and waterfront, take Rua de São João. There are plenty of cafes by the water where you can sit, enjoy the view, and have a drink.
Praça Ribeira 1, 4050-492 Porto, Portugal
Porto Cathedral / IG
The Porto Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church situated in the historic center of Porto, Portugal. It is a significant example of Romanesque architecture and considered one of the city's oldest and most important monuments. During our visit, we admired its exterior and took pictures of the city from the nearby plazas.
Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal
Gaia cable car - Cais de Gaia station / IG
If you're looking to take some pictures while in town, consider taking a ride on the cable. If not, you could always take the stairs instead. We opted for the cable car since I had read about it in a guide, but I don't necessarily recommend it to everyone as it's a very short ride and the walk is also quite enjoyable.
Av. de Ramos Pinto 331, 4430-233 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Where to Take Traditional Porto Photos
The following places are famous on Instagram and are highly recommended for taking must-have photos of your trip. Basically if you have seen Porto recently on Instagram, you may have come across pictures of these places.
Chapel of Souls - Capela das Almas
The blue tiles that Portugal is known for surround this church, making it the perfect backdrop for photo sessions. The church's interior is also beautiful, take a peek at after you take your wall photos.
R. de Santa Catarina 428, 4000-124 Porto, Portugal
Porto São Bento - São Bento railway station / IG
According to Google, this is considered the most beautiful train station in Portugal. It's not hard to see why with the beautiful blue tiles on the walls and the bright yellow ceiling. The station can get busy with both travelers and photographers looking for the perfect shot.
Praça de Almeida Garrett, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal
Igreja do Carmo / IG
The Baroque church has a beautifully decorated interior and an even more well-known tiled side facade.
R. do Carmo, 4050-164 Porto, Portugal
Mural on ‘Steak n Shake’
This cool tile mural was designed by Joana Vasconcelos and on the side of the Steak n Shake restaurant.
R. de Sá de Noronha 97, 4050-526 Porto, Portugal
Half Rabbit / IG
Bordalo II, one of the most important Portuguese street artists, created the Half Rabbit for "Gaia Todo Um Mundo" in 2017. This is a giant rabbit sculpture made out of recycled materials. The piece was created using found materials and trash gathered around the city.
R. de Santa M.nha 5-39, 4400-290 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
List of Porto souvenir ideas and where to get them
Benamor Lisboa 1925 / IG - Natural cosmetics & body creams| R. das Flores 43 RC, 4050-265 Porto, Portugal
6 meia-duzia / IG - Portuguese flavours in tubes, sweet and savory spreads.| R. das Flores 171, 4050-266 Porto, Portugal
Toranja / IG -Product form national artists | R. de 31 de Janeiro 18, 4000-542 Porto, Portugal / R. das Flores 109, Porto, Portugal
Comur / IG | sardines | Rua dos Clérigos 11, 4050-204 Porto, Portugal
Vista Alegre / IG -Luxurious Portuguese ceramics | R. das Carmelitas 4050, Porto, Portugal
Bordallo Pinheiro / IG -Modern Portuguese ceramics | Av. da República 1435, 4430-204 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal