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Where to eat in Porto

by Francisca Ribeiro, Marketing & Communication

Published July 05, 2023

| PORTO | FOOD | GUIDE |

When travelling to a new city, one of your goals is to experience the culture in the best way possible. More often than not, culture shows itself through gastronomy - what the locals eat and drink, where they go for a coffee or a nice snack and what food feels like home to them.


However, it is easy to fall into the tourist traps, the commercialised version of local gastronomy, or even keep eating the same food from back home because you think it’s not worth the risk.


We do not want this happening to you the next time you visit Porto. The city is vibrant with colour and culture, and on every corner, there is a restaurant ready to offer you the typical delicious food of the area, locals are charming and ready to help you, and Porto wine will be a great companion to the beautiful Douro River.


Here is a guide on what and where to eat next time you travel to Porto.



For Breakfast/Brunch


Portuguese pastries are world-famous so, at breakfast, there is a lot to choose from. For a really typical Portuguese breakfast choose Padaria Ribeiro, try out the amazing croissants and other pastries, completing your meal with a nice shot of espresso.


If you are looking for your typical brunch location, head out to Zenith or the Lazy Breakfast Club. Both offer a perfect brunch menu filled with cocktails and a nice avocado toast with a great decoration and vibe.

Simple Benedic by Zenith (left) and Bread by Padaria Ribeiro

For Lunch


When lunchtime comes around and you are looking for a fast and easy meal, that still has a traditional feel to it, visit Venham mais 5 or Casa Guedes. These restaurants are both known for their sandwiches. The first one is for the prego no pão (steak inside a bun) and chocolate cake, and the second is a well-known traditional tavern specialising in delicious and juicy pork sandwiches.


If you are looking for gastronomical diversity, look no further than Mercado do Bolhão, one of the iconic buildings in Porto. This renovated local market is a great stop for a nice lunch. There is a nice variety of food options, ranging from fish and seafood to some of the most traditional Portuguese meats.

Chocolate Cake by Venham Mais 5 (left) and Mercado do Bolhão (right)

For Dinner


If you are looking for a typical Porto dinner, look for the Francesinha. This traditional sandwich is made with sausage, fresh sausage, ham, cold meats and beef steak and topped with cheese, which is melted in the end. It is garnished with a tomato, beer and chilli sauce and may be served with fries as a side dish. Also, adding a fried egg on top of the sandwich has become an increasingly common practice. Being typical of the area, several restaurants serve this dish in the city, like Brasão, Café Santiago and A Regaleira.


If you wish to try out more typical Portuguese food from all over the country, you can head out to O Fado and Tapas n’ Friends. They both offer a variety of dishes. However, the first one is more commonly known to offer anything from seafood to meat to the sound of live music, whilst the second one is known among locals for its more relaxed atmosphere and tapas.

Francesinha by Brasão

We hope our gastronomical guide to Porto will help you next time you find yourself in this charming city.

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