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Things to do in Porto

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“The Oporto City Park. A nice place to enjoy nature in the centre of Oporto a very close to the beach!!”
  • 288 locals recommend
Bookshop
“Considered one of world’s most beautiful bookstores, it's also called the Harry Potter bookstore. There are so many visitors these days that you are now charged to enter, but this is discounted from any purchase”
  • 312 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Walk straight down our street and visit the church and tower Clérigos: beautiful views. Mind the stairs! ”
  • 276 locals recommend
Garden
“Beautiful garden in the city center with an amazing view to the Douro river. Enjoy a walk among the peacocks :)”
  • 257 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Majestic Café is the most beautiful cafe in Porto. Actually, it's on the Top 10 of the most beautiful cafes in the world.”
  • 240 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This fabulous cultural institution combines a museum, a mansion and extensive gardens. Cutting-edge exhibitions, along with a fine permanent collection featuring works from the late 1960s to the present, are showcased in the Museu de Arte Contemporânea, an arrestingly minimalist, whitewashed space designed by the eminent Porto-based architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. The delightful, pink Casa de Serralves is a prime example of art deco, bearing the imprint of French architect Charles Siclis. One ticket gets you into both museums. The museums sit within the marvellous 18-hectare Parque de Serralves. Lily ponds, rose gardens, formal fountains and whimsical touches – such as a bright-red sculpture of oversized pruning shears – make for a bucolic outing in the city. The estate is 6km west of the city centre; take bus 201 from in front of Praça Dom João I, one block east of Avenida dos Aliados.”
  • 245 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Wonder around the tiny streets or grab a drink during the afternoon and chill with a beautiful view to the Douro river. Lots of animation ”
  • 196 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This owes its planning to the visionary spirit of the Almadas whose restoration work brought a new brightness to the city of Porto in the second half of the 18th Century. The road was extended as far as Alameda da Aguardente, today's Praça Marquês de Pombal. Its imposing façades house some fine examples of the Art Nouveau style. Over 1500 metres long, the Rua de Santa Catarina, part of which has been pedestrianised, is the busiest shopping street in the city centre with clothing stores, haberdashery, shoe shops, the Via Catarina shopping mall and countless street vendors, less or more legal and carts selling handicrafts and jewelry.”
  • 147 locals recommend
Place to shop
“2019: the building is currently going under massive refurbishment which I cannot wait to see the result as a Porto inhabitant but also as an Architect. So far the time being, you can still enjoy the very fresh food producers stand in the relocated Mercado do Bolhão a little further away. Open on a daily basis and always fresh!”
  • 174 locals recommend
Bar
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“The street where the magic happens - all the good bars and disco's join together.”
  • 174 locals recommend
Bridge
“One of the best well known brigdes of the city. In the upper part you can enjoy a beautiful view. The low level, used by pedestrians and also cars, takes you directly to the side of Gaia where all of the Porto wine cellars are located. ”
  • 153 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“This "house of music" has become one the city's most famous buildings. If you want you can do a guided tour of the building. ”
  • 182 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Hosts a vast collection of Portuguese artists, on the first Sunday of each month, entries are free for single visits or for groups up to 12 persons. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Located in one of Porto’s major nightspots, Plano B is a great place to dance. ”
  • 103 locals recommend
Church
“Sé do Porto still traces the primitive Romanesque building built between the 1st half of the 12th century and the beginning of the 19th century. It underwent modifications in the mannerist and baroque periods. The Gothic cloister dates back to D. João I, the king who celebrated his wedding in this cathedral. ”
  • 118 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“Join the locals and queue for a sandwich ham or ham and cheese. Order inside! No service on the terrace. You'll see and taste here the real basic Portuguese version. Preferably with a Super Bock beer on the terrace.”
  • 153 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Sandwich Place
“Join the locals and queue for a sandwich ham or ham and cheese. Order inside! No service on the terrace. You'll see and taste here the real basic Portuguese version. Preferably with a Super Bock beer on the terrace.”
  • 153 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Very cool bar.. one of the first to open in Porto city center...and also where I started dating Ana..hehe”
  • 99 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“The first time you take a bite of a francesinha is a time that is sure to stay in your mind. Warm and savory with a medley of meats and more than a hint of melted cheese in each forkful, this dish, traditional to Porto, is in a category all of its own. Calorie bomb, meat-lover’s dream, and drunk sandwich are just three ways to describe the francesinha, but nearly everyone calls it delicious. Here are our picks of the top places to try Portugal’s favorite saucy “little Frenchie” sandwich in the city where it all started”
  • 135 locals recommend
Bar
“Galerias Bar has an international atmosphere, as it is very popular among tourists. It plays all sorts of music, but predominantly hits, danceable rock and 80's music. People do mingle and socialize quite easily here. There is live music until 1 AM. Cheap drinks!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“The Rua das Flores has long been the city's best street for opening a new business. And if it's a cool, well decorated, lively restaurant, then success is practically guaranteed. The long communal table does have a hint of the school canteen about it – but don't worry, this is not cafeteria food. Pretty much everything is good here: from appetisers such as smoked salmon and quail eggs to larger dishes (which you can share) such as the Lafões veal. The latter is one of this busy street's highlights. Tips: – The desserts here are among Porto's most creative. Order the biscuit cake, served by the centimetre. – The restrooms have a 6 and a 9 on the doors. Yeah, we're not sure either. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“In terms of environment, the Cantinho do Avillez in Porto is also a friendly, welcoming and relaxed space. How could it not be, quality is a priority. As in the Cantinho de Lisboa, the cuisine is inspiring with influences of travel. The menu offers some of the Cantinho's successful dishes like the Peixinhos da Horta with Tartar Sauce; Scallops marinated with avocado; Sautéed Chicken Livers with onion compote and Port; Cod slivers, loose crumbs, BT egg and explosive olives; the Risotto Portobello mushrooms with smoked bacon, parmesan and basil; the Barrosa PDO burger with onions, foie gras and fries; the Hazel 3; ... ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Ideal for families or larger groups. Great typical portuguese restaurant with a lot of different options on the menu. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“One of the best "Francesinha" in Porto, but is also a beautiful place. Better book on week-ends. Careful : everything on the table, that you didn't ask for, is "you pay what you eat"”
  • 20 locals recommend

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