Porto is one of the greatest places for a foodie!
It is hard to beat the combination of comfort food, big portions, fair value and great variety. In Porto, you can find fresh seafood, numerous variations of codfish, delicious pork sandwiches, traditional lamb recipes… And don’t forget about the famous portuguese pastry! It is heaven for a foodie and gastromony lovers.
Thinking of all the foodies out there, AtWill designed the perfect weekend-feast itinerary! Check our tips and indulge:
Start your day exploring the city center: walk around Aliados Avenue, Sé Cathedral, and the Ribeira area. For breakfast, try the famous Pastel de Nata, a dreamy egg custard tart sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon.
But don’t eat too much! At 11 am starts our Food Tour Porto, an experience where you will try the best petiscos (food portions) and local beverages while learning the history behind the dishes! Some of the petiscos you will try in our tour are: caldo verde (kale and potato soup), patanisca (a fried cake made with codfish – not the same as codfish cake!), alheira (typical Portuguese sausage), bifana (pork sandwich with spicy sauce) and more! To drink, you will try the famous vinho verde (young wine), espadal (sparkling rosé wine) and other typical beverages. We will finish our feast with some delicious portuguese pastry and coffee, like we always do in Portugal!
After eating, drinking and exploring the city, continue your journey visiting the galleries at Porto’s Art District and discover the local art scene.
For dinner, you have to try Porto’s most typical dish: the infamous Francesinha. Literally translated as “little French girl”, there’s nothing little – or French! – about it! Francesinha is sandwich filled with smoked sausage, bacon, beef and ham, covered in cheese and drowned in a hot spicy sauce. French fries aside and a cold beer are mandatory. It can’t get more local than this!
And to finish up this amazing day, go to Galerias de Paris street. Try the delicious Port Tonic – white Port wine with tonic, garnished with mint and served with plenty of ice. It’s delicious and refreshing!
Sunday funday! Go out and explore the beaches near Porto, which are perfect places to relax and eat delicious seafood. Matosinhos is famous for its fresh fish and most of the restaurants are located at Heróis de França street. Choose your favorite and feast upon it!
Take your time to enjoy the ocean views and, on your way back to Porto, stop by at Serralves Museum, the most important contemporary art museum in Portugal. Visit the exhibitions, the Art Déco villa and its amazing gardens!
Go straight to Vila Nova de Gaia riverfront and choose one wine cellar for a visit – take the tour with wine tasting included! Learn all about Port wine: its history, importance to the region and its different varieties.
After that you’ll be ready for an amazing farewell dinner! How about choosing a Michelin-starred restaurant for a luxurious meal? You can choose between The Yeatman – the only one in town with two stars, runned by chef Ricardo Costa -, Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, by chef Rui Paula (owner of the famous DOP, in Porto, and DOC, in the Douro Valley), Pedro Lemos, runned by chef Pedro Lemos, and our favorite: Antiqvvm, by chef Vitor Matos.
Porto has enough options to keep any foodie busy for days! But if you only have one weekend to enjoy our city, this is the itinerary that we suggest. And we hope you will come back for more – there’s always some new to discover in Porto’s gastronomical scene. And don’t forget to book your Food Tour with us!