I always thought the culinary experience of the city is utterly important for maximum enjoyment of any trip. Here are some great choices for your meals, drinks and coffee in Porto! If you're interested in best things to see during your trip to Porto click here.
I went to Porto in June 2021 and stayed in the city for 7 days. Therefore, I had quite a good opportunity to find my way around town, try different foods and drinks at different places. Of course, I didn't have time to stroll through all good cafes, brunch places or restaurants – there is only so much you can do in 7 days. However, here is a list of bars, cafés and restaurants that made my stay in Porto so much more tasteful and enjoyable.
If you're staying in another part of the city, you might find some other great bars and restaurants, and in that case, let me know some good places in the comments below! I would love to try them out on my next trip to Porto.
Have a slow morning in Porto and go to brunch
For me, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It determines how my day will start, and therefore, most likely go on. I like to take time to really enjoy my mornings so I think that going out to have brunch is one of the great ways to get the most out of a morning and start your day just the perfect way.
O Consulado, Porto
O Consulado is a cool breakfast & brunch place near Art District where you can make your own pancake plate from choosing the kind and amount of pancakes to picking your favorite toppings and extras.
However, they have more to offer than pancakes. If you want to enjoy your breakfast savory or fruity, you'll have some great options in the menu. Even for those like me who have a hard time deciding between savory and sweet – at O Consulado they have some great menus to combine both.
Nola Kitchen, Porto
Nola Kitchen is a hip restaurant close to the city center offering fresh food and makes for a great brunch choice. We went to Nola on our last morning in Porto and it was a great ending to our trip.
I had a really hard time deciding what to take since everything on the menu sounded so tasty. While I went with a sweet and savory brunch and had eggs-on-the-toast with some chocolate pancakes, my sister picked banana brûlée with coconut yogurt and crispy buckwheat.
All the food that we ordered was extremely delicious and I would actually love to go back there and try all the different choices that they offer. One cool thing about Nola is that you can also have various freshly squeezed juices with your breakfast.
Cereal World, Porto
Cereal World is a small cute (all-day) breakfast place that was just below our AirBnB. They have all kinds of cereal and you can pick some combo from the menu or you can create your own bowl of cereal combining whatever cereal you'd like!
You can even add toppings such as dried coconut, banana slices, marshmellows or sprinkles. Another cool thing is that you can have cereal with non-dairy options, such as almond or oat drink.
Relax in Porto rooftop bars
The gorgeous panoramic views from the rooftop bars are all it took to convince me to try them. However, if this does not suffice for you, let me tell you that they also have DJs in the afternoon and evening. Besides, rooftop bars are a great place to meet people.
LIFT Rooftop Via Catarina, Porto
Lift is a positive vibes rooftop bar on the shopping street Rua Santa Catarina. To access the rooftop bar, go into the shopping mall on Via Santa Catarina and find an elevator to take you to 14th floor.
From Wednesday to Sunday, there are DJs on the roof to make your drink or snack even more enjoyable. We decided to go with sangria and delicious nacho fries.
Porto Cruz, Porto
Porto Cruz is a well-known wine cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia with a bar in front and a rooftop bar on the top floor. The rooftop bar has some great music, best port wines, colorful cocktails and the most beautiful panoramic views of the city (even more stunning than Porto Sé or Torre dos Clérigos, in my opinion).
I recommend you go to Porto Cruz in the afternoon or early evening because especially during summer it can be hard to get a spot on the roof if you get there too late.
Try Port Wine from wine cellars
Villa Nova de Gaia is a region with the most alcohol per square meter in the whole wide world – at least that's what they say! Altough grapes are grown in the Douro Valley outside of Porto, the wine is then stored in wine cellars across Vila Nova de Gaia.
Port wine is unique, famous and well-known all over the world. Of course, trying some sangria and port wine is a must during your stay in Porto (if you are of legal drinking age, of course!). Hint: you can buy port wine to take home in all three below mentioned wine cellars.
Sandeman Wine Bar is a chill place in front of Sandelman Wine Cellar by the Duoro River. Sandeman is one of the most awarded Port Wine brand in the world. Over the past 8 years, Sandeman has won a total of 170 medals in the industry's major international competitions.
They also have great sangrias and a delicious traditional Port & Tonic cocktail. If you like, you can even have a tasting of different port wines. You can try aged and vintage port wines here.
Cálem API, Porto
Cálem API is right by the Douro River across the street from the Cálem wine cellar. Historic Cálem cellars are among the most visited port wine cellars. It's a gorgeous place to relax in the evening sun and enjoy the breathtaking view of Cais de Ribeira and Louis I Bridge. Hint: it's also a great place to take some picturesque photos.
Porto Cruz, Porto
Cruz is one of the oldest wine houses in Vila Nova de Gaia and possesses one of the oldest and most beautiful quintas of the Douro Valley, the Quinta de Ventozelo, which stretches over 400 hectares and enables the production of a large range of premium Ports. You can try a cocktail or go straight to port wine tasting. With the perfect glass of port wine on the rooftop you can enjoy the sun and the breathtaking panoramic view from the terrace.
Have a morning cup of coffee
Coffe is a obligatory treat in the morning or early afternoon. Although there are numerous bars where you can get great coffee in Porto, here are some that I really fancied.
If you like regular coffee with milk, your best choice to go with might be a cappuchino. It seems to be really popular in Portugal and a standard drink of choice for many. Nevertheless, if you don't like milk in your coffee you can take an espresso or an americano.
Majestic Café, Porto
The building of Majestic Café looks stunning from the outside with its artsy façade and even more so on the inside. Coffee is perhaps a tad overpriced there but the surroundings make up for it. Enjoy a cup of coffe in a wonderful Belle Epoque atmosphere or in the attractive winter garden.
Sadly, Majestic Café was closed during our visit due to COVID-19. If you are lucky enough, Majestic Café will be open when you visit Porto so that you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the gorgeously decorated interior.
Base Porto, Porto
Base Porto is a cute place in a green area near Livraria Lello and Torre dos Clérigos. It offers soft drinks, coffee, wine, cider and cocktails to be enjoyed with relaxed vibes and fun waiters.
Café do Cais – Restaurante & Cocktails, Porto
It is mandatory to sit down in Cais de Ribeira to enjoy the riverbanks-chilled Porto vibe. Café do Cais has a great atmosphere and allows you to enjoy great coffee with some light snacks or a whole lunch! It is a little bit pricey but the view is worth it. We tried homemade olives along with some olive oil and freshly baked bread! Altogether made for a delicious snack.
Eat Francesinha in Porto
According to locals and all existing guides, you should definitely try a francesinha during your stay in Porto. Francesinha is a Portuguese sandwich originally from Porto, made with bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage like chipolata, steak or roast meat, and covered with melted cheese and a hot and thick spiced tomato and beer sauce. It is typically served with french fries.
Now, if this sounds like something you might like, absolutely go ahead and give it a try! I, however, am not a meat lover and I must confess francesinha is not my favourite thing.
Hopefully, you enjoyed this food-and-drink guide around Porto and maybe some photos made you hungry! Porto should definitely be enjoyed not only by seeing but also by trying and tasting. Have a nice day!