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Porto City Guide

About Porto

Vibrant Azulejos, pastel-colored houses, opulent Baroque churches, a rich and varied gastronomic tradition, and streamlined bridges from which you can enjoy panoramic views of the river Douro: welcome to Porto, the “capital do norte” of Portugal, as well as the third city in the country after its “big sisters” Lisbon and Villa Nova de Gaia -but only when it comes to the number of inhabitants! 

Indeed, this picturesque Portuguese city has a special allure that captivates visitors from setting foot there. Whether it is for its romantic gardens, the narrow alleys that characterize the medieval district of Ribeira (literally “riverside”), now recognized as UNESCO world heritage, or the particular way in which the sun illuminates the small boats cruising the calm waters of the Douro river, crossed by the majestic Ponte Dom Luis I, designed by Gustave Eiffel, the magnetism of Porto cannot be explained solely in words. Porto is a city that should be lived and breathed in first person to fully grasp its most authentic essence. 

But Porto (from Portus Cale, literally “Port of Cale,” the name the Romans used to call the primitive fishing settlement located at the mouth of the Douro River) is much more than a fascinating city. In the centuries, the Capital do Norte has revealed countless times its more rebellious, bold, and relentless personality, which owed it the title of Antiga, Mui Nobre, Semper Leal e Invicta (“Ancient, Very Noble, Always Loyal, and Unconquered),” as it has never been militarily defeated since its inception under the Roman Empire, and has then successfully pushed back both the attack of the Arabs and Napoleon’s imperial army. 

Subsequently, during the nineteenth century, the Cidade Invicta was the stage of the liberal uprisings that gave Portugal its first Constitution. This has earned Porto the reputation of being one of the most liberal and progressive cultural and political centers in the country, the cradle of prominent poets and free-thinkers.

Today, Porto attracts every year millions of visitors, intrigued by the city’s rich architectural heritage, combining modernism, gothicism, and Portuguese tradition, the nearby candid beaches, the dynamic and tireless spirit of its inhabitants, and -last but not least- the popularity brought by English writer J.K. Rowling, who -according to popular belief- in this very city found the inspiration to write her most renowned masterpiece, the Harry Potter saga. 

Are you intrigued by the magnetic and vibrant Porto? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know before booking your trip.

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Best Time To Visit Porto, Portugal

There are a few things to remember when deciding the best time to visit this incredible port city in Northern Portugal. The first is the capital of Norte’s geographical position, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, which deeply affects its climate. Indeed, despite what one might believe, winters in the city are pretty chilly, windy, and rainy, with minimum temperatures as low as 5°C (or 41 °F) during December and January and almost 250 mm of rain.

On the other hand, the months from mid-April to the end of September are blessed by a typically sunny -yet not extremely hot- weather, with maximum temperatures hovering around 24°C-25°C (75°-77°F) and a pleasantly warm breeze, which makes Porto the perfect destination for your Spring break or Summer holidays. However, keep in mind that July and August are generally the busiest, and you might have . . . .

to queue under the sun for a very long time in front of the major touristic attractions, such as the Livraria Lello, the Torre dos Clérigos, or the Palácio da Bolsa. 

All in all, May, June, and September are the best months to visit Porto: the city is not as packed as during the peak season months, and the weather is still overall ideal for spending the day on one of its wonderful nearby beaches, exploring its most renowned landmarks, or just admiring the sunset over the Douro River from the neighboring city of Villa Nova de Gaia.

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What to expect

Bustling and vibrant on the outside, wise and deeply rooted in its age-old traditions and values on the inside: there is no better way to describe Porto, “the loyal city from which the eternal name of Portugal originates,” as the Portuguese poet Luís de Camões once described it. 

At any corner, the city will surprise you with glimpses of its rich cultural and artistic past: from the . . . .

Medieval district of Ribeira, with its colorful houses piling up on the hillside, to the Romanic Sé Catedral do Porto, the foremost Catholic church in the city, the Baroque architecture of the Igreja de São Francisco, and the Clérigos Tower, the tallest building in the world from its construction in 1763 up to late 19th-century, passing by the Neoclassical Palácio da Associação Comercial do Porto, also known as Palacio da Bolsa, with its stunning marble staircase and the finely decorated Arabian hall, and the 20th-century São Bento Railway Station, fully decorated with traditional azulejos narrating about ancient battles and Portuguese rural scenes.

Connecting the old and modern parts of the cities is Praça da Liberdade, dominated by the equestrian statue of King Peter IV, one of the foremost proponents of the first Constitutional Charter of Portugal. The square is surrounded by sumptuous 20th-century Art Nouveau buildings, such as the City Hall or the old Cafe Imperial, with its kaleidoscopic stained glass window. Today, it is the home of the world’s most beautiful McDonald’s restaurant.

Of course, you cannot leave the city without visiting the wonderful Livraria Lello (also known as Livraria Lello e Irmão), the Livraria Mais Bonita do Mundo (“the most beautiful bookstore in the world”), a true masterpiece of Art Nouveau and Neo-gothic architecture by Portuguese architect Xavier Esteves, boasting colored stained glass windows by the Dutch master Samuel Van Krieken and the iconic red staircase, which today has become the subject of countless Instagram posts. The Livraria is also a mandatory stop for all Harry Potter fans: the imaginary bookstore in Diagon Alley is thought to be inspired precisely by the Livraria Lello e Irmão in Porto.

If you seek peace and relaxation, Porto will not leave you empty-handed. The Capital do Norte is renowned for being one of the most people-oriented and greenest cities on the Iberic peninsula, with lush parks and green areas that will allow you to take a rejuvenating break after a long day walking around the city center. Among the most beautiful ones is, without any doubt, the romantic Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, dominated by the impressive green dome of the Rosa Mota pavilion, from which it is possible to enjoy a magnificent view of the Douro River of the neighboring city of Villa Nova de Gaia, and of the iconic “Six Bridges” connecting the two. Highly recommended is also the Jardim do Morro, located right on the upper deck of the Dom Luis I Bridge (formally in the city of Villa Nova de Gaia); this is the perfect place for admiring breathtaking sunsets over Porto.

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Things to know

Here are a couple of valuable things to know when traveling to Porto: 

  • Language: The official language of Porto is Portuguese. However, English is widely spoken -or at least understood- by workers in the tourist industry. 
  • Common Sayings: Here are a few useful Portuguese sayings when visiting the country. 

Good Morning – Bom dia 
Good Night – Boa noite
Please – Por favor
Thanks – Obrigado/a
You are welcome – De nada / E um prazer
Nice to meet you – Prazer em conhecê-lo
Cual o seu nome? – Com et dius?
My name is Anna – Me chamo Anna
How are you? – Como vai você?
I am very well, and you? – Muito bem, obrigado, e você?
Where are you from? – De onde você é?
Do you speak English? – Você fala inglês?
How can I get to…? – Onde fica…? / Como ir para/até…?
A table for two, please – Uma mesa para dois por favor
Bon appétit! – Bom apetite!
The bill, please – A conta por favor
That was delicious! – Isso foi delicioso!

  • Time Zone: Portugal is on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) or GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) during the winter months -the same as in London or Dublin, or five hours ahead of New York (EST)- and GMT+1 during the Summer months.
  • Currency: Portugal belongs to the so-called “Eurozone,” which means that the currency in Porto is the Euro (EUR). Although credit and debit cards are accepted nowadays in most restaurants and shops, we recommend always having cash on hand, especially for purchases in small, artisanal laboratories or typical food stalls.
  • Credit Cards: Major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, and Maestro) are generally accepted in most restaurants and shops. Several ATM cash machines are scattered throughout the city center.
  • Plugs + Voltage: Portugal electrical outlets use plug types C (with two round pins) and F (with two round pins and two earth clips on the side). They operate on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
  • Airports: The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO), formerly known as Pedras Rubras Airport, is the only international airport near the city and hosts international airlines such as Ryanair, EasyJet, and Wizz Air, as well as the Portuguese flag carrier TAP Air Portugal. OPO is about 11 km from the city center, and you can quickly get there in less than 30 minutes by taking the metro (line E or Violet, connecting the Airport to Estádio do Dragão) or one of the taxis parked outside the Terminal. 
  • Vegetarian and vegan food: Porto is a highly vegan-friendly city, with many vegan and vegetarian restaurants scattered throughout the city. Try the Lucullian organic and seasonal buffet at DaTerra for an informal and cozy dinner or the wholesome plant-based bowls of La Padoca Vegan for a quick and nourishing lunch. For a sweet afternoon break, my Green Pastry is the place to be: gluten-free, homemade, and organic treats that are good for your body and soul. We recommend trying the decadent almond, port wine, and figs cake for an authentic Portuguese experience!
  • Organic Groceries: Porto boasts an array of eco-conscious shops for organic grocery shopping. Quintal Bioshop, Ideal Bio, Celeiro, and Bio Habitus stand out for their wide selection of organic fruits, veggies, plant-based cheeses and meats, vegan and cruelty-free makeup products, and clean household detergents. 
  • Safety: Porto is a relatively safe city with severely meager crime rates, which is in line with other major European cities. However, this does not exclude the possibility of falling victim to petty theft or scams, especially if you are visiting the city as a tourist. These are more likely to happen near famous tourist landmarks or crowded areas, such as public markets or shopping centers. The recommendation is always to carry your most valuable belongings close to you and to be aware of your surroundings. 
  • Opening Hours: Most commercial activities in Porto are open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7/8 p.m. Note that some artisanal laboratories and family-owned shops may close in the afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. On the other hand, museums are typically closed on Monday, while restaurants are usually open for lunch from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 7.30 p.m. to 11/11.30 p.m. 

Popular Sites: Porto boasts plenty of cultural, architectural, and naturalistic sites, from the picturesque district of Ribeira, recognized today as UNESCO world heritage, to the baroque Igreja dos Clérigos, with its 76-meter tower from which you can enjoy an eye-bird view over the historical center, the Douro river, and the mastodonic Ponte Dom Luis I, a masterpiece of the late 19th-century engineering. Not to be missed are also the Igreja do Carmo, whose exteriors are decorated with the typical Portuguese azulejos, and the romantic Palácio de Cristal Gardens, an oasis of peace and greenery overlooking the calm waters of the Douro.

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how to get around

Porto is a relatively small city, making it easy to visit on foot. Moreover, walking through Porto’s colorful and narrow alleys will give you the chance to experience the city’s most authentic soul fully, made of hanging laundry, abandoned houses, bustling chatters, and breathtaking glimpses over the Douro, with the “twin city” of Villa Nova de Gaia reflecting on its peaceful waters. 

Suppose you feel tired after walking all day on the uphill roads of the city center. In that case, you can take advantage of the efficient public transportation system operated by the Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto. This includes both six metro lines (blue, red, yellow, purple, orange, and green), which are operating every day from around 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., as well as 75 bus routes, running throughout Porto and to the surrounding cities of Vila . . . .

  • Nova de Gaia and Vila do Conde, and -lastly- three tram routes (Line 1, running along the Douro River from Matosinhos to Lóios, Line 18, operating circular routes near the Hospital Geral de Santo António in southern Porto, and Line 22, serving the São Bento Railway Station and Avenida dos Aliados areas). 

    Lastly, Porto is an extremely bike-friendly city, with countless bicycle paths that will allow you to explore the countryside and the estuary of the Douro River, starting from the city center. The most suggestive ones are the Ciclovia da Foz and the Ciclovia da Avenida da Boavista, beginning at the Parque da Cidade. Guided tours and excursions to the nearby beaches are organized by several tour operators (the tours must generally be booked in advance).

    Overall, Porto is a highly eco-friendly city, with many options for exploring the city with full respect to its inhabitants and the surrounding natural environment!

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Where to stay

Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre 62, 4050-259 Porto, Portugal

Infante Sagres is a stone’s throw from Avenida dos Aliados, the “parlor” of the city, famous for its imposing and elegant buildings. This 5-star luxury hotel is renowned for its 85 finely-decorated rooms, . . . .

 fully equipped to provide visitors with an exceptionally high level of comfort and style, mirroring its iconic status in Porto. 

Praça da Liberdade 25, 4000-322 Porto, Portugal

In the majestic Praça da Liberdade, at less than 200 meters from the iconic Torre dos Clérigos, is InterContinental Porto, a luxurious 5-star hotel housed inside a renovated 18th-century mansion, . . . .

the Palacio das Cardosas. All the rooms boast elegant and timeless furniture, and you enjoy a privileged view over the sumptuous Avenida dos Aliados. Exceptionally curated is also the dining experience, where a sumptuous menu creatively combines traditional Mediterranean and Portuguese dishes, rigorously made with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, with the most cutting-edge international cuisine.

R. de Saraiva de Carvalho 93, 4000-520 Porto, Portugal

Housed inside a 17th-century neoclassical building, once the headquarters of several governmental offices, the Condes de Azevedo Palace is a highly luxurious 5-star hotel today. It boasts 19 newly . . . .

refurbished apartments and suites, all renowned for their elegant, minimalistic style and state-of-the-art furniture. The Palace is located in the beating heart of Ribeira, one of Porto’s most characteristic and enchanting districts, at walking distance from all the most famous landmarks in the city.

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R. de Serralves 124, 4150-702 Porto, Portugal

Natural elements, glass surfaces, and essential lines are the hallmarks of HF Ipanema Park, one of the most luxurious hotels in the city, with an incredible outdoor pool and lounge bar from which . . . .

 you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets over the Douro River. All 280 rooms are characterized by streamlined, neutral interiors with the best state-of-the-art furniture. Guests can use the HF’s bike fleet to move agilely -and sustainably- through the city’s narrow streets.

N108 206, 4300-316 Porto, Portugal

Regarding sustainability, the Pestana Palácio do Freixo is a distinguished member of The Leading Hotels of the World and The Leading Hotels of the World Sustainability Leaders.  . . . .

This indicates a strong commitment to sustainability practices across various categories, including waste, water, energy, greenhouse gases, destination and community, and nature. This commitment to sustainability is a testament to the hotel’s dedication to preserving the environment and contributing to sustainable tourism. This 5-star hotel is housed in two historic buildings – an 18th-century Baroque-style palace and a 19th-century factory, completely restored and refurbished.

Av. de Montevideu 236, 4150-516 Porto, Portugal

This hotel is a privilege in the city, facing the infinite blue of the Atlantic. The Manor House, with its hundred-year-old walls, tells beautiful stories of times gone by. Today, these walls and the new . . . .

facilities offer comfort and hospitality, always with the ocean on the horizon. The hotel’s spa is where time slows down, restoring balance and wellness.

Rua da Restauração 336, 4050-501 Porto, Portugal

An award-winning 5-star boutique hotel located in the heart of Porto. This hotel is a tribute to the Avantgarde years, with a design that harks back to the elegance of the 1930s and 1940s. The hotel . . . .

 celebrates Portuguese art, design, and craftsmanship, with the talent of prestigious artists, artisans, and interior designers contributing to its unique aesthetic. Each of the 39 rooms and 21 suites is individually designed, offering a variety of features such as balconies, bathtubs in the room or suite, and stunning views of the Douro River.

Av. dos Aliados 151, 4000-067 Porto, Portugal

Located between the Bolhao Market and the Dom Luis I Bridge, this 5-star hotel dances between Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. It offers 63 rooms and 13 sumptuous suites, each a  . . . .

testament to Portuguese luxury. The hotel extends beyond the rooms, offering facilities worthy of a luxury hotel in Portugal, including an aquatic area, sauna, hammam, and indoor pool.

 R. das Flores 27, 4050-416 Porto, Portugal

This hotel is a fusion of the classic and the contemporary, with a history spanning 500 years. It comprises two distinct buildings: a 16th-century palace and a new wing built from scratch.  . . . .

The hotel boasts 66 rooms and suites, each offering spacious beds. The upper floors provide a beautiful view of the Porto Cathedral and a horizon of renovated houses that reach the river. The landscaped patio offers a calm and peaceful area for guests to relax in the city’s heart.

Rua de Entreparedes 42, 4000-198 Porto, Portugal

Housed in the Palacete Campos Navarro, a notable example of Porto’s romantic architecture, this 5-star hotel is a tribute to Portuguese literature. Each of its 24 rooms and suites is named after . . . .

 renowned Portuguese writers and poets. The interiors, designed by Isabel Sá Nogueira, blend the classic style of the building with the comfort and convenience of contemporary decor. The hotel is located within a 6-minute walk from Sao Bento Metro Station, making it a convenient base for exploring the city. 

Av. de Montevideu 236, 4150-516 Porto, Portugal

This hotel is a privilege in the city, facing the infinite blue of the Atlantic. The Manor House, with its hundred-year-old walls, tells beautiful stories of times gone by. Today, these walls and the new  . . . .

facilities offer comfort and hospitality, always with the ocean on the horizon. The hotel’s spa is where time slows down, restoring balance and wellness.

Where to EAT + DRINK

Museu da Cidade – Extensão, R. de Entre-Quintas 220 do Romantismo, 4050-240 Porto, Portugal

Housed in the old Solar do Vinho do Porto, this restaurant offers a view over the Douro River. It is a place where history and refinement sit at the same table, offering tastings with live cooking and . . . . 

flavors stuffed with tradition and author’s notes. The restaurant is led by the audacious Chef Vítor Matos, known for his creative reinterpretation of cuisine. He offers a daily menu that invites customers to enjoy classic Portuguese dishes with a hint of modernity. The menu makes the most of fresh produce and seasonal trends, allowing customers to rediscover unique tastes through a “Sensory Moments” experience. Antiqvvm has also been recognized by the Michelin Guide for its excellent cooking.

Largo do Terreiro 7, 4050-603 Porto, Portugal

This rustic 19th-century house, situated just in front of the Douro River, serves as a haven where Portuguese wine and food are celebrated. The open kitchen reveals a team that takes pride in what they do, . . . .

 offering a menu that features local cuisine, Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Portuguese, and Contemporary dishes. The restaurant is known for its attentive service and various Portuguese wines. The food, prepared with care and interest in artisan producers, is praised by many.

 R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 249, 4050-421 Porto, Portugal

Fresh, organic, and seasonal products are central to Da Terra’s culinary offering, the first chain of vegan restaurants in Portugal, with restaurants in Porto, Lisbon, Aveiro, Villa Nova, and Faro. The aim is . . . .

to help people eat more healthily and sustainably without sacrificing the pleasure of food. Da Terra’s highlight is undoubtedly the Lucullian dinner buffet, offering a wide variety of appetizers, mains, soups, veggies, side dishes, and desserts, all plant-based, balanced, and simply delicious. The menu varies daily based on the ingredients at hand and the chef’s creative flair, which means that you will always come here and discover the new creations of the house!

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Av. da Boavista nº868, 4100-112 Porto, Portugal

A pioneering vegetarian restaurant offering authentic Portuguese dishes (where meat and fish usually abound) but made exclusively with plant-based, primarily organic ingredients. The result is . . . .

a rich and varied menu, including both seafood and land specialties, such as the incredible “Spineless” Tofu (slim sliced ​​tofu, grilled with Atlantic seaweed, potato mille feuilles in Rosemary, Purple Endive, and Fresh Veggies) or the Roasted Purple Onio and “Beirão Licquor” (purple onion filled with roasted onion puree and Portuguese Beirão Liquor). The wine chart is also noteworthy, including an exclusive selection of biodynamic, vegan, and natural wines.

Rua do Breiner 236, 4050-124 Porto, Portugal

Located in the trendy neighborhood of Cedofeita, the first vegan bar in Porto. Both the drink and food charts boast a highly curated selection of plant-based, organic products, including nourishing Buddha . . . .

bowls made with fresh and seasonal veggies, scrumptious burritos, decadent sugar-free chocolate treats, as well as the best organic wines, craft beers, and kombuchas. Apuro is the perfect place for an informal, cozy dinner in one of the most glamorous districts of the city.

Rua do Almada 609, 4050-039 Porto, Portugal

A high-end plant-based restaurant in the heart of downtown Porto, with a colorful and creative meat-free menu that is good for you, the environment, and the animals. All the dishes are made with . . . .

fresh, high-quality, organic ingredients from local producers, reinterpreted creatively and innovatively by the extraordinary Chef Jerónimo Abreu. Impeccable is also the interiors, complemented by a gracious Winter Garden, an elegantly informal space that evokes the ‘outdoors-indoors’ spirit typical of Portugues tavernas. Highly recommended are the Risotto de boletus e shimeji tostadas, with tamari e alcaparras estaladiças (risotto with boletus and toasted shimeji mushrooms, tamari, and crispy capers) and the Tripas à moda do Porto com arroz selvagem (Tripe Porto style with wild rice).

Rua da Conceição 60, 4050-213 Porto, Portugal

Manna is more than a simple restaurant open for breakfast and lunch from Tuesday to Saturday. It is where the best organic, “conscious” plant-based food encounters the millenary yoga practice,  . . . . 

with a rich calendar of meditation, cosmic flow, and slow Vinyasa classes. The result is a perfectly successful marriage, a place that will win you over from the moment you set foot there. Local and organic wines, kombuchas, and specialty coffees perfectly complement the incredible food menu, setting the tone for an unforgettable brunch with your friends.

Praça da República 195, 4050-498 Porto, Portugal

A plant-powered pastry offering a wide array of vegan, gluten-free, and organic treats and desserts, including sumptuous birthday cakes, decadent cupcakes, fragrant croissants, and irresistible pain au chocolat. . . . .

My Green Pastry is located in the central Praça da República and is open Tuesday from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

R. de Alves Redol 361, 4050-043 Porto, Portugal

Located in the charming neighborhood of Cedoifeta, Belo Farelo is a small padaria (a traditional bread and pastry shop) offering a wide array of vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free treats and artisanal . . . .

sourdough bread. Great attention is also paid to the choice of ingredients, with different types of flour being organically and locally sourced. Mediterranean-style bread, made with organic spelled black olives, dried tomatoes, and oregano, is highly recommended.

R. Formosa 322 Banca 53, 4000-248 Porto, Portugal

A small vegan takeaway restaurant in the picturesque Mercado Bolhão offers seasonal dishes made with organic, locally harvested ingredients, such as onigiris, tacos, fresh salads, and bruschettas. . . . .

It also provides sugar-free energy bites and healthy snacks. You can also buy seasonal organic veggies, herbs, and homemade, cruelty-free soaps and skincare products. 

Rua do Rosário 13, 4050-522 Porto, Portugal

Located in Rua do Rosário, a stone’s throw from the enchanting Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, A Padoca is a cozy breakfast and lunch spot offering some of the best vegan pasties de nata . . . .

(the traditional Portuguese treat) in the city! The avocado “egg” toast, the vegan shakshuka, and the nourishing Buddha bowls are highly recommended, all made with organic, seasonal ingredients.

Rua da Alegria 145, 4000-042 Porto, Portugal

Healthy and delicious breakfast and brunches a stone’s throw from the colorful Mercato Bolhão. This and more at 100 Culpa, a small and cozy plant-based cafè offering a wide variety of sweet and savory . . . .

toasts, earthy soups, and mouthwatering pancakes, all made using organic, seasonal ingredients. All the dishes can be accompanied by some delicious organic coffee or a refreshing, freshly squeezed natural juice. 

Rua do Bonfim 63, 4300-069 Porto, Portugal

Traditional Portuguese dishes meet contemporary cuisine at O Macrobiotico, a vegan breakfast and lunch spot offering a wide variety of organic, macrobiotic bowls, sandwiches, and sweet treats . . . .

made with organic, local, and fresh ingredients. Highly recommended is the Indian curry with mango, coconut, Portuguese mushrooms, and red beans, an actual explosion of colors and flavors, and the super creamy vegan tiramisu.

R. de Ceuta 80, 4050-189 Porto, Portugal

Scrumptious vegan food, good vibes, and authentic smiles: Kind Kitchen is a small plant-based restaurant that aims to prove how enjoyable and satisfying eating vegan can be! All the dishes are . . . .

made with organically sourced, seasonal ingredients and are strongly inspired by international and Asian cuisine. Honorable mentions include the sweet and spicy Thai Buddha Bowl and the heavenly Red Berries Cheesecake.

Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre 25, 4050-259 Porto, Portugal

Nola -or No Labels- is a trendy organic brunch spot in the heart of the Old City, less than 2 minutes from the iconic Torre dos Clerigos and the Livraria Lello. No additives, no sugars, and no oils are . . . .

used in NoLa’s signature dishes, such as the irresistible “Wanna Be Pizza,” made with a base of sourdough flatbread, enriched with macadamia ricotta, semi-dried tomato and za’atar, and the scrumptious “Cali’n’cheese,” with housemade vegan cheese sauce and salty gra-NoLA and “Facon” bites. To end the meal on a sweet note, try the decadent vegan, nut-free, and refined sugar-free chocolate cake!

R. de Santa Catarina 184, 4000-442 Porto, Portuga

A health-focused chain restaurant offers a variety of vegan choices. The food is prepared daily in-house without additives or preservatives. Their commitment to sustainability includes sourcing . . . .

from nearby, eco-friendly suppliers whenever possible and using recycled materials. The menu caters to various diets, offering gluten-free, vegetarian, plant-based, and keto options. The restaurant is known for its outstanding food and is one of the few places to get a gourmet salad and several other organic, fresh dishes. It has a fun atmosphere and an excellent location for people-watching on Santa Catarina. They also have a garden seating area in the back. Honest Greens is committed to connecting people to real food.

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R. de 31 de Janeiro 215, 4000-543 Porto, Portugal

The best organic and Fairtrade coffee, accompanied by scrumptious sandwiches and French pastries—this and more at Esquires Coffee, a glamorous breakfast and lunch spot within walking distance . . . .

 from the Sao Bento station. The food chart includes vegan and vegetarian options, such as omelets, soups, and veggie burgers. Esquires Coffee is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Smoothie + Juice Bar

Rua do Almada 213, 4050-038 Porto, Portugal

The best açaí bowl in town, made with just organic ingredients, such as organic açaí pulp, water, and organic blue agave syrup. The result is a 100% natural product, free of preservatives, dyes, . . . .

trans fats, and cholesterol, and rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin E, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids. It is a real treat for the body and soul, with more than 20 toppings, including organic granola, fresh fruit, and vegan protein powder. Oakberry is located in Rua do Almada, a stone’s throw from the elegant  Avenida Alidados.

Mercado Bom Sucesso, Praça do Bom Sucesso, 4150-145 Porto, Portugal

Lactose-free, preservative-free, gluten-free bowls and smoothies are the bread and butter of Goola Açaí Store, a Portuguese franchise with the ambitious goal of delivering the best açaí specialties . . . .

in the whole country. The berries come from a bio-certified farm located in the heart of the Brazilian Amazonian forest, and most of the toppings are also organic. Two are the Goola shops in Porto, Mercado Bom Successo, and Rua Catarina.

Natural Wine + Spirits Shop

Rua da Alegria 165C, 4000-034 Porto, Portugal

An extensive selection of natural, mostly organic wines, accompanied by the best Portuguese cured meats and cheeses, welcome to Original Eco Mercado, a cozy wine shop in the artsy district of Cedoifeta. . . . .

 The drink chart is highly curated and includes exceptional wines such as the Baga and Akka Duckman, made following biodynamic, organic, and sustainable practices, with full respect to the territory and the final consumer. Original Eco Mercado is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

R. do Bonjardim 1206, 4000-294 Porto, Portugal

A sustainable wine shop and tasting room located in the heart of Porto, featuring natural, organic, and low-intervention wines, beers, spirits, sauces, and spices. Wine and beer tastings are regularly . . . .

organized and can be booked on the TheLab website.

Rua dos Mártires da Liberdade 21, 4050-453 Porto, Portugal

Gito is a small and vibey natural wine bar and bottleshop with a good selection of organic wines, including those from the German winery Wein Goutte. These wines are made using  . . . .

biodynamic grapes and bottled with 100% organic, compostable beeswax. Gito is located in the heart of the city center, a stone’s throw from the Bolhao market.

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Rua do Rosário 84 loja 16 CCBombarda, 4050-381 Porto, Portugal

Cave Bombarda specializes in natural, biodynamic, and low-intervention wines. This newly opened business offers wines from various regions, including Setúbal, Beira Alta, Porto Santo, and more. . . . .

They offer wines in different categories, such as white, orange, rose, red, sparkling, and sweet. The friendly proprietor of Cave Bombarda offers tastings and wine advice in a relaxed, air-conditioned setting.

R. de Santa Catarina 763, 4000-454 Porto, Portugal

Cave Do Bon Vivant is a unique restaurant and wine bar blend. It offers many clean, organic, biodynamic, and natural wines from various regions, including Portugal, France, Italy, Spain, Georgia, Germany, and . . . .

America. The wines are carefully selected to respect the grape variety and the terroir. In addition to the extensive wine list, A Cave Do Bon Vivant also offers a menu for gourmet dinners. Their chef prepares simple, affordable dishes using fresh, local, and seasonal products.

Rua dos Caldeireiros 136, Porto, Portugal

Inspired by its origins in the cooler slopes of the Douro Valley, the restaurant serves simple and unpretentious flavors that highlight the quality of the food and the authenticity of the products . . . .

seasonally sourced from local farmers and sustainable projects. Their menu includes good tapas, fried sausages, and prosciutto, and they also offer unique refreshments such as alheira, tibornas, and cheese. The wines, directly from their manually harvested organic vineyards, are naturally worked in their winery with minimum intervention, pairing perfectly with the delicacies served.

Organic Markets

Rua do Rosário 177, 4050-124 Porto, Portugal

Walking distance from the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis is Quintal Bioshop, an incredibly well-assorted organic shop selling a wide variety of eco-friendly products, from fresh fruit and. . . .

 veggies to plant-based cheeses, dried herbs and spices, natural wines, and cruelty-free makeup and skin care products. Organic Bioshop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. 

 R. de 5 de Outubro 352, 4100-173 Porto, Portugal

Located in the center of Porto, near Rotunda da Boavista, Idealbio offers a wide range of organic products, from fresh fruit and veggies to beverages, bulk cereals, legumes, plant-based . . . .

ice cream, and frozen pizzas. The shop also hosts a well-stocked bakery section with various organic sourdough bread options.

R. de Santa Catarina 312-350 Loja 1.13B, 4000-443 Porto, Portuga

This healthy supermarket chain has five locations throughout the city (R. de Santa Catarina, R. dos Campeões Europeus, Shopping Center Itália, Praça Dom Afonso, and R. Dr. António . . . .

Bernardino de Almeida). They sell a wide range of fresh and frozen organic veggies, natural supplements, clean makeup, household detergents, and more. All the products are also available on the Celeiro website.

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:R. São João Bosco 244, 4100-247 Porto, Portugal

A small organic shop at walking distance from the Casa da Música in the quiet neighborhood of Campinas. Maçaroca is renowned for its compelling cakes and sourdough-baked products, . . . .

 all freshly made in the small artisanal laboratory (the “Laboratório vivo”) located inside the shop. Wide range of fresh and packaged organic foods, from plant-based cheeses to natural juices, bulk beans, cereals, granolas, and homemade pickles and kombuchas. The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., while the Laboratório vivo is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

R. São Roque da Lameira 1960, 4350-306 Porto, Portugal

Mercearia da Bela Vista is an all-plant-based and organic shop that sells a wide range of fresh products, including seasonal and locally grown fruits and veggies, plastic-free toothpaste, deodorants, and . . . .

shampoos, refreshing beverages, and sourdough bread. It is the dream of all eco-conscious shoppers! 

R. de Santo Ildefonso 412 4300, 4000-466 Porto, Portugal

In Rua de Santo Ildefonso, at walking distance from the Mercato Bolhão is Vegana By Tentúga, a small plant-based shop offering a large selection of bio-certified products such as nut-based cheeses, . . . .

organic teas, and coffees, fresh juices, and sauces.

R. de Santo Ildefonso 412 4300, 4000-466 Porto, Portugal

Organic, local, and seasonal veggies directly to your front door: this is the concept at the base of Bio Habitus. This small farm aims to make eating healthy more accessible and affordable. All the . . . .

fresh products can be ordered directly on the Bio Habitus website or by visiting the Bio Habitus shop in Rua Soares dos Reis (located in Villa Nova de Gaia) or at the farmers’ market held every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Parque da Cidade do Porto

Wellness

R. de 31 de Janeiro 210, 4000-153 Porto, Portugal

An Oriental therapy center at walking distance from the São Bento Station, specializing in different types of Oriental therapies, deep-tissue massages, and Reiki-inspired treatments . . . .

(such as emotional massages and harmonization of chakras). This is the right place to reconnect with your inner self, calm your mind, and rejuvenate your body after a long day exploring the city.

Rua do Campo Alegre 1256, 4150-174 Porto, Portugal

Spaso Zen is a beauty and wellness center with the mission of forging a new concept of integrative health. Here, you can treat yourself to a full body massage with aromatherapy oils or take care of . . . .

your external beauty with an anti-aging and super-hydrating face treatment. In addition, Spaso Zen offers different treatments for alleviating muscular tension and relieving pain, such as acupuncture and reflexology therapies. Spaso Zen is located in Rua do Campo Alegre, southwest of the city center. 

Avenida Comendador Ferreira de Matos 688 Matosinhos, 4450-121 Porto, Portugal

The authentic Hotpod experience is a few kilometers from Porto’s city center. Hotpod is way more than a regular yoga studio: step into the exclusive immersive pods, filled with enchanting and . . . .

relaxing scents, and experience a hot yoga class (37°C) under the guidance of well-experienced trainers. All sessions are based on a balanced flow of active and passive postures, simultaneously working the body and calming the mind. You won’t be the same person when you come out of the pod.

What to experience

Escadas do Caminho Novo 17, 4000-173 Porto, Portugal

In the area between the Dom Luis Bridge and the baroque Igreja Santa Clara, it is still possible to admire what remains of the Gothic walls erected during the 14th century. Their purpose was to . . . .

 protect the city from invaders—a function that has been fully fulfilled, given Porto’s fame as an “unconquered city.” Today, the Medieval walls are integrated into the old town’s buildings. However, you can still see the seventeen doors anciently interrupting them if you keep your eyes open when exploring the city.

R. de Santa Catarina 112, 4000-442 Porto, Portugal

Renowned for being one of the most enchanting cafès in the world, the Café Majestic is hosted inside a sumptuous Art Nouveau building, designed by architect João Queiroz, which still today testifies to . . . .

the grandeur of the Belle Epoque in the Capital do Norte. Since its first opening in 1921, the Cafè has witnessed the passage of some of the most influential figures in the Portuguese intellectual and literary scene, such as José Régio, Teixeira de Pascoaes, and Leonardo Coimbra. In recent years, the Majestic has started to be renowned among Harry Potter fans, as -allegedly- J. K. Rowling was sitting here when writing the draft of her first bestseller, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Gulpilhares, 4405 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

The mesmerizing Praia Do Senhor da Pedra is a true heaven for all water sports and nature lovers, less than 10 km from the city center, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. On the Northern part of . . . .

the Praia, one can admire the captivating Capela do Senhor da Pedra, a Gothic chapel erected by the sea in 1686 and still a destination for pilgrimages during Holy Week. The Praia can be reached in less than 15 minutes by taking the train from Porto’s São Bento station and getting off at the Francelos station. 

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Portugal

What better way to fully immerse yourself in the quintessential Portuguese atmosphere than visiting one of the countless Porto wine caves peeping on the banks of the Douro? Among the most famous . . . .

 are undoubtedly the Sandeman caves, the Real Companhia Velha wine lodges, the Caves Cálem, and the Graham’s Cave, each of which specializes in the production of different types of fortified Porto wine and Vinho Verde (a traditional Portuguese wine from the Minho province, in the far north of the country). Tours to the wine cellars and wine tastings are organized daily and can be booked directly on the spot.

Ponte Luís I, Porto, Portugal

Spanning the Douro River in Porto, Portugal, the Luís I Bridge is an iconic symbol of the city’s architectural heritage. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, known for the Eiffel Tower in Paris, this double-decker . . . .

metal arch bridge offers breathtaking views of Porto’s colorful riverside buildings and the bustling Ribeira district below. A stroll across the bridge provides a captivating experience blending history, engineering marvels, and panoramic vistas.

Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto, Portugal

Situated atop a hill in the heart of Porto’s historic center, the Porto Cathedral is a magnificent example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Dating back to the 12th century, this religious . . . .

landmark features intricately carved facades, stunning rose windows, and a cloister adorned with Azulejo tiles. Visitors can explore its interior, including the ornate main chapel and treasury while soaking in centuries of religious and cultural heritage.

R. de São Filipe de Nery, 4050-546 Porto, Portugal

The church stands as an emblematic sight in Porto’s skyline, showcasing Baroque architecture at its finest. Its ornate interior boasts gilded altars, exquisite woodwork, and remarkable frescoes, . . . .

while the adjoining Clérigos Tower offers panoramic city views from its observation deck. Visiting here offers a glimpse into Porto’s artistic and spiritual legacy, with the tower’s spiraling staircase leading to unforgettable vistas.

R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal

Renowned as one of the most beautiful bookstores globally, Livraria Lello is a testament to Porto’s literary and cultural richness. Its neo-Gothic facade adorned with intricate carvings draws . . . .

visitors into a world of enchanting book-lined shelves, a grand central staircase, and stained glass ceilings. Beloved by book enthusiasts and Harry Potter fans (rumored to have inspired Hogwarts’ library), Livraria Lello is a must-visit for its historical charm and literary allure.

Praça de Almeida Garrett, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal

A masterpiece of Belle Époque architecture, São Bento Station is more than a transportation hub; it’s a living gallery of Portugal’s history and artistry. Its interior is adorned with stunning Azulejo . . . .

tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history, folklore, and daily life, creating a mesmerizing tapestry for commuters and visitors alike. Beyond its functional role, São Bento Station is a cultural gem blending transportation with artistic heritage.

 Av. da Boavista 604-610, 4149-071 Porto, Portugal

A modern concert hall in Porto, Portugal, renowned for its striking architecture and world-class acoustics. It hosts diverse musical performances, from classical to contemporary, making it . . . .

a cultural hub for music enthusiasts.

R. de Ferreira Borges, 4050-253 Porto, Portugal

This magnificent 19th-century building showcases exquisite neoclassical architecture. It served as the city’s stock exchange and impressed visitors with its opulent interiors, including . . . .

 the stunning Arabian Hall.

R. de Dom Manuel II, 4050-346 Porto, Portugal

A picturesque park that offers panoramic views of the Douro River and the city skyline. Known for its lush greenery, tranquil lakes, and botanical diversity, it’s a perfect retreat for nature . . . .

lovers and those seeking scenic beauty.

Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 4050-297 Porto, Portugal

A historic landmark renowned for its Baroque architecture and ornate interiors. The church features intricate woodwork, stunning . . . .

tile panels, and a magnificent gilded altarpiece,  making it a significant cultural and religious site in the city.

R. Formosa 322, 4000-248 Porto, Portugal

Experience the vibrant heart of Porto’s culinary scene at Mercado do Bolhão, where colorful stalls brim with fresh produce, local delicacies, . . . .

and artisanal crafts. Dive into the bustling atmosphere and immerse yourself in the flavors and aromas of traditional Portuguese cuisine.

R. Dom João de Castro 210, 4150-417 Porto, Portugal

This expansive park, set amidst lush greenery and tranquil lakes, invites you to wander winding paths, admire contemporary art installations, . . . .

and unwind amidst nature’s beauty.

R. do Carmo, 4050-164 Porto, Portugal

Step into history at Igreja do Carmo, a stunning Baroque church in Porto. Admire its intricate façade adorned with ornate details, 

explore the rich interiors showcasing exquisite craftsmanship, and soak in the spiritual ambiance of this architectural gem.

R. de Dom Manuel II 44, 4050-522 Porto, Portugal

As one of Portugal’s foremost art museums, the National Museum Soares dos Reis in Porto houses a captivating collection of centuries-old Portuguese art. This museum provides a rich . . . .

cultural experience, highlighting the country’s artistic heritage, from exquisite sculptures to masterful paintings.

Estrada Interior da Circunvalação, 4100-083 Porto, Portugal

Embracing nature and leisure, Parque da Cidade do Porto is a sprawling urban park offering lush green spaces, tranquil lakes, and scenic walking trails. A favorite retreat for locals and . . . .

tourists alike, the park invites relaxation, outdoor activities, and panoramic views of Porto’s skyline and coastline.

Day Trip

Braga, Portugal

At less than an hour by car or train from Porto is the intriguing city of Braga, also known as the “Rome of Portugal” for the countless Baroque churches and Gothic buildings scattered at . . . .

 every corner of the historical center. Dominating the city is the majestic Santuario of Bom Jesus do Monte with its iconic Baroque granite staircases, renowned in the Catholic world for being the second most important place of pilgrimage in Portugal after Fatima. Today, Braga is a dynamic and youthful city university city, making it the perfect destination for all travelers. The city can be easily reached by train, departing from Porto’s Sao Bento Station.

Aveiro, Portugal

Picturesque canals, Art-Nouveau buildings, and multicolored Moliceiros (the traditional fishermen’s boats): welcome to Aveiro, a gracious city about 75 km north of Porto, which boasts the title of  . . . .

“small Venice of Portugal.” The town, built on one end of the Ria, a shallow coastal marshland with a rich birdlife (hence the name “Aveiro,” which means bird in Latin), is also renowned for its rich gastronomic tradition, which includes both seafood dishes, with eels soup (caldeirada) being one of the most emblematic specialties of the region, and quintessential Portuguese desserts, such as the iconic ovos moles, small egg-shaped treats made of egg yolk and sugar syrup. The fastest and easiest way to get to Aveiro from Porto is by train: in less than 1 hour, you can get to the city by taking the Porto-Aveiro railway line, accessible from the São Bento and Campanhã stations. 

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