Still excited about the amazing experience we had last September in Lisbon, we were so glad to book our trip to Porto. This feeling made us very confident about the pleasurability of our trip since the very beginning. From the moment we landed in Oporto, we managed, in just a few minutes, to find our way to the metro station and buy our €2.40 ticket, direction city center. Line E was going to stop right in front of our hotel, after a hassle-free 20-minute ride.
Said that Metro stations usually creep me out due to the fact that they appear like some sort of underground world, the stations in Porto were nothing like that. Never seen such a clean, lightful and welcoming subterrene space.
Since we left Amsterdam very early in the morning, we needed to compensate the lack of sleep with a decent amount of coffee. Obviously accompanied by a freshly baked pastel de nata. Combi Coffee is the perfect place to start your day, as the sun shines right into it. With good temperatures, the front of the building opens up so that you can even work on your tan while enjoying the locally brewed hot drink.
For good coffee, smoothie bowls and pastries Cafe Progresso is a winner. At night you can get a table on their first floor and enjoy a pizza baked in their wood-fired oven. The interior is cozy and modern and the bowls are definitely Instagram-worthy.
Speaking of which, Zenith is probably the most photographed and shared hotspot in Porto. Therefore, you might have to stand in line to get a table. Since the servings are not just pretty but also delicious, it’s worth the wait.
Another possibility for breakfast is Negra Cafe, which happened to be close to the hotel where we stayed, Malmerendas Boutique Hotel. The cafe has a clear vintage look with a modern twist through its menu, filled with colourful tropical fruit bowls and cakes.
For vegetarians and vegans, I highly suggest having dinner at DaTerra, which serves an all-you-can-eat vegan buffet for less than €10 per person (drinks and desserts excluded). Among the available options, a large variety of delicious salads, cereals, soups, potatoes dishes and a large selection of veggies. Puro 4050 is an Italian restaurant, suitable for a romantic dinner or a fancy lunch. Where the Italian cuisine might appear as a bumpy road for vegans, this restaurant offers several dishes which do not contain dairy products.
For a local experience, visit A Sandeira do Porto. For only €6 you can get a soup + a sandwich or a salad. At first glance, it might seem very different from what you are used to but I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Make sure you visit the Bolhão Market. Preferably early in the morning, when locals go to get their fruit, fish and vegetables. Since you are in the area, don’t forget to indulge yourself with a few pastries from the Confeitaria do Bolhao, right outside of the market.
Something else you can’t skip is walking on top of the Ponte Luís I. One of the most incredible views I have ever seen. Admire the colourful buildings of the Ribeira and the boats carrying Port wines.
Big THANK YOU to Leah for all the tips! X