Where to eat & drink in Porto, Portugal
When I visit new cities, one of the first things I think about is where we’re going to eat. If you’ve had a nosey at my Porto photo diary, you’ll know I didn’t do my usual obsessive level of planning, and so we arrived at the hotel at 9pm on a Friday with no reservations for the entire weekend. A combination of Trip Advisor, quizzing the locals and a little luck took us to some incredible restaurants that I would go back to in a heart beat. So here’s my top places to eat & drink in Porto…
Wandering the streets of Porto, at night with no plan, accidentally led us somewhere far too trendy. A hipster looking waiter managed to squeeze us in and handed us a wine list, recommending a bottle that cost just €9. We browsed the menu and went for simple dishes with local twists and ingredients. After dinner, we wandered around the dedicated floor of the building, sipping cocktails and checking out some art, while the locals smoked and sat about looking nonchalant.
Hailed as the best place to get Pastel de Natas (incredible little Portuguese custard tarts) in Porto (thanks Trip Advisor), we headed here for breakfast. The coffee was fine but the Natas, warmed and served with cinnamon and icing sugar, tempted us back in again the next day.
There are two restaurants across the street from each other; one is smoking, one is not, so make sure you make a reservation at the right place. This spot was recommended by a guy in a coffee shop and I can’t thank him enough. The place was filled with quirky treasures adorning the walls, candle lit with the rain pouring down outside and a 1940/50s soundtrack. We accidentally over-ordered and spent the evening drinking delicious & cheap wine and eating fresh seafood, local delicacies and more.
Pasteis de Chaves
Spending the morning blissfully strolling around the shops, we headed into Pasteis de Chaves to try their flavoured pastries. Jamie plumped for chocolate and I picked almond custard. We ordered tea, a cappuccino, an espresso and a hot chocolate (essentially melted chocolate with a little milk) to go with it, the latter being my absolute favourite. There were plenty of hot chocolate options but I went for white chocolate to dip my pastry into – an excellent idea I might add. Somehow, the bill only came to €8!
Tapas na Boca
For our final night in Porto, we visited Tapas na Boca. The staff couldn’t do enough for us, despite being rather busy when we arrived. We sampled plates of bread, olives and a taste of what was on offer, before the rare steak and homemade crisps was put in front of us. We ended dinner, as is custom, with a measure of Port.
The people of Porto take so much pleasure in their food and wine. Strolling past estate agents had us longing for a little apartment, or at least another few days in the city… So perhaps we will be back sooner rather than later!