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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
“FROM 1906 UNTIL THE PRESENT DAY, LIVRARIA LELLO HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED INTERNATIONALLY AS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKSHOPS IN THE WORLD.”
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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”
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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.”
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Monument / Landmark
“The highest tower in Porto. Take the 240 steps and enjoy a view of 360º of downtown.”
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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! ”
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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*”
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Art Museum
“Our museum of modern art. The gardens and the museum are a combination you shouldn't miss.”
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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 ”
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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.”
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Bar
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“The street where the magic happens - all the good bars and disco's join together.”
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Bridge
“This bridge spans the river and is just iconic. Take a walk on the top part of the bridge for the best views.”
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Concert Hall
“Take the tour! Only 10 Euro to see the wonderful design and interior architecture of this architectual gem.”
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Art Museum
“Portuguese art from the 19th to the 20th century. One of my favorite museums.”
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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”
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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!”
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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)”
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