How to Eat and Drink like a Local in Porto
Updated: Oct 24, 2022
Porto is full of fantastic food and drink spots throughout the city, highlighting both Portuguese and, more specifically, Northern Portuguese cuisine. Get away from Ribeira and Sao Bento, which are full of tourist traps. Head to the Vitoria and Santa Ildefonso neighbourhoods for some authentic taverns.
For Coffee and Pastel de Nata
What: An sweet Portuguese custard tart that complements strong coffee perfectly.
Cost: 1 coffee and 1 pastel de nata = 1.90 Euros.
What: An authentic northern Portuguese dish that is a cross between a sandwich and a lasagne, filled with ham, chorizo and cheese, topped with a spicy sauce.
Cost: 2 francesinhas, 2 large beers and a platter of chips = 37 Euros. It’s highly likely that Brasao will be the most you spend on your trip.
Another Recommendation: Cafe Santiago, opposite, is also another local’s spot too
What: A Portuguese-style hotdog, grilled with melted cheese and spicy sauce.
Cost: 2 chichorrinhos, 2 beers and a platter of chips = 14 Euros. It’s worth it after a few drinks.
What: A fortified wine produced in the Douro Valley, typically sweet and dry.
Where to go: Our recommendation is Cruz over the river in Cais de Gaia - visible by the river as bright blue lights. Cruz boasts a fantastic roof terrace allowing you the perfect setting to watch Riberia opposite transform into evening. Along Cais de Gaia, you’ll find plenty of historic caves for port tastings too.
Cost: Compared to other bars across the city, it’s costly, but you’re paying for the terrace. May need to book in advance. Glasses range from 4.50 to 6 Euros, bottles range from 16 to 42 Euros.
For Peri-peri Chicken
What: The authentic, and the original. Spicy grilled chicken.
Cost: Platter of chicken and chips for 2, plus 2 beers = 17 Euros.
What: Slow cooked pork stuffed in crispy rolls and dunked in its spicy juices - these are the perfect lunch snack to keep you going.
Cost: A bifana with chips and a drink = 4 Euros.
For Wine and (Atmosphere)
Where to go: We recommend two spots on Rua das Flores. Taberna do Largo, as a wine bar is no different to others dotted throughout the city (though maybe a little tourist-y), however if you manage to get an outside table, the atmosphere around the small square is vibrant. Talented musicians play, and the vibe is special. Cantina 32, nearby, is a pretty spot providing an intimate setting on an otherwise bustling neighbourhood.
Costs: 2.5-4 Euros per glass of wine, bottles for 15-20 Euros.