Restaurants in Porto… You Don’t Want to Miss
Mercado do Bolhão
Vinho do Porto
Porto is an excellent gastronomic destination where one can either experience international cuisine or have a less expensive, yet rewarding and hearty meal with the traditional “petiscos”.
In the riverside of the historical center of Oporto you will find this restaurant with a balcony to the river Douro. Choose between the codfish and fresh fish from the Portuguese coast and accompany it with the best Portuguese wines. The ambiance is great and Joaquim an excellent host!
CASA DO EVARISTO
Remember hilarious moments of the portuguese cinema with Vasco Santana and Ribeirinho and meet the famous lamp post that guided Coimbra’s student home. The cenary is clearly portuguese with the typical tiles and well accomplished decoration along with tidbits/petiscos and other dishes.
CAFETARIA CASA MUSEU GUERRA JUNQUEIRO
Right behind Oporto’s Cathedral, Albertina and Conceição welcome you with open arms. With a lovely garden, an esplanade and the indispensable presence of Guerra Junqueiro you will experience fresh made food with delicious orange and chocolate cakes for dessert!
“Portugal’s gastronomy is as diverse as the landscape where its ingredients are produced and tasted.”
Zé and Sonia embraced this project recently and they have been very successful. In Tasca Caseira everything is done passionately. If you wish to learn how to cook typical Portuguese dishes in a relaxed environment, book in advance. Learn and enjoy yourself!
OLIVA & CO.
Do you want to know more about Portuguese olive oil? Helena and Teresa are experts in the matter. At Oliva e Co. you find a big variety of offers: workshops, paté degustations, olive teas, biscuits, canned fish, utensils related to olive oil and even cosmetics. You can’t miss it!
MERCADO DO BOLHÃO
It’s old but is worth gold. Try portuguese’s variety of bread, like Broa de Avintes, the colorful olives, the variety of fruits and vegetables, the typical Portuguese sausages, the ham of Salsicharia Leandro and taste some canned fish along with Douro wines, while you chat with Bolhão Wine House’s hosts.
Close to Oporto’s City Hall, there’s a welcoming place decorated in a rustic way where the many scents and smells associated with trains can’t fool you. The famous Francesinha can be appreciated in halves for those who are not brave enough for a whole one!
It has seventy years old and the food is still delicious. Now managed by the sons, this family restaurant remains a reference in the region. Situated in Vila Nova de Gaia its quality of wines, famous desserts and traditional food are well worth a visit.
TASCA DA VILLA
This restaurant in Vila Nova de Gaia includes a very pleasant outdoor space prepared for small events. Its menu features Francesinha between many other delicious dishes. The service is good and the drink selection is made accurately. Don’t forget to book it in advance!
Don’t miss”Francesinha”, “Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá”and “Tripas à Moda do Porto”
PIZZERIA CIAO BELLA
You’ve got Pizzerias everywhere but this one is special regarding the dough and its high quality ingredients. The desserts are tempting and its location is a plus; breathe the sea breeze in the typical little village of Aguda while strolling the beaches till Senhor da Pedra Chapel.
TABERNA ST. ANTÓNIO
It’s one of those places hidden in Oporto that you can’t miss. It is managed by a typical Oporto family headed by Mrs. Hermínia.On Thursdays experience the Oporto tripes and try other eye catching dishes along the week. Its usual clients are workers from Sto. António Hospital, Court, University and, increasingly, the tourists who knock on their door. Hurry up, the codfish cakes don’t last very long…