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Best things to do in Porto

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Bookshop
“The building where the library is now located was inaugurated in 1906. Special mention goes to its beautiful Art Nouveau façade with neo-Gothic details.”
322 locals recommend
Park
“The city's lungs, a place to walk, run, socialise and meditate that was only created in the 1990s but feels like it's been here for millennia. Sidónio Pardal's plan involved filling the area with trees and running paths between them, with refreshing lakes and an appearance that changes with the seasons. There's a rural section with old houses where you can try a delicious Soundwich and visit the organic market on Saturdays. Estrada Interior da Circunvalação, 15443 Porto (Foz) PHONE: 225 320 080”
299 locals recommend
Garden
“The Palacio and surrounding area is being renovated but just continue walking to the gardens and you will not be disappointed. Beautiful gardens with a ​scenic view of the river valley. Worth a visit if in the area.”
252 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The highest tower in Porto. Take the 240 steps and enjoy a view of 360º of downtown.”
285 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This the most beautiful cafe in Porto. Actually, it’s on the Top 10 of the most beautiful cafes in the world. It dates back to 1921 under the name of Elite. It’s located on Santa Catarina Street, the main pedestrian walkway in the city. You can’t miss it. The façade is gorgeous but as you go inside your mouth opens and the sound “UAU” comes out! ”
247 locals recommend
Market
“Most famous market in the city, you will find everything made in Porto. *Right now it's closed for renovation, moved just across the street to a place called La Vie*”
175 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Our museum of modern art. The gardens and the museum are a combination you shouldn't miss.”
261 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 ”
206 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.”
153 locals recommend
Bar
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“The street where the magic happens - all the good bars and disco's join together.”
181 locals recommend
Bridge
“This bridge spans the river and is just iconic. Take a walk on the top part of the bridge for the best views.”
143 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“At once minimalist, iconic and daringly imaginative, the Casa da Música is the beating heart of Porto's cultural scene and the home of the Porto National Orchestra. Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas rocked the musical world with this crystalline creation – the jewel in the city's European Capital of Culture 2001 crown. Tickets & tours Porto Walking Tour & Fado Music Show $44.53 and up DETAILS Discovering Serra da Cabreira - Hiking Tour $34.25 and up DETAILS MMIPO - Museu da Misericórdia do Porto Admission Ticket $5.71 and up DETAILS MORE TICKETS & TOURS Details Avenida da Boavista 604-610 220 120 220 Visit website Hours English guided tours 11am & 4pm Price guided tour €10 The wonky cuboid conceals a shoebox-style concert hall lauded for some of the world's best acoustics. If your curiosity has been piqued, join one of the daily guided tours. Avenida da Boavista 604-610 220 120 220 Visit website: http://www.casadamusica.com/ Hours English guided tours 11am & 4pm Price guided tour €10”
187 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Portuguese art from the 19th to the 20th century. One of my favorite museums.”
60 locals recommend
Food Court
“Market with all sorts of restaurants inside for every taste! On saturdays, there's live music so make sure you go early to save a table”
115 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“Typical for its simple yet delicious sandwiches of piglet and portuguese cheese. Sometimes the waiting line goes down the road!”
146 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
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“One of the best places to try the famous Francesinha in Porto. Get ready to wait for a long time if you get there late (be there before midday)”
149 locals recommend