15 Local Experiences to Have When Visiting Porto

By Chantel Loura @chantelloura

Porto, a divine blend of historic grandeur mixed with a trendy, hip, young scene. A city where the arts are celebrated and creative boundaries are pushed to new limits. Here you can be treated to Portuguese hospitality first hand and have each of your senses satisfied while exploring the scenic views this hilltop city provides.

Local Experiences to Have When Visiting Porto Map

Local Experiences to Have When Visiting Porto Places

  • Largo da Pena Ventosa
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      Appreciate the colorful curves and dips in Portuguese architecture while wandering around this neighborhood. The tight alleyways lead to sprawling views of the city and river below.

  • RUA Tapas&Music Bar
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      Beers less than a euro and nightly musical performance create a lively environment that pours into the street nightly. You can hear patrons singing along to famous Portuguese songs all throughout the neighborhood.

  • Fernandes, Mattos & Ca., Lda.
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      A store selling both local and foreign goods. The true treat is the interior. This former bank turned retail store sports ornate details, dark wood and a grand, photogenic staircase.

  • Teatro Carlos Alberto
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      Appreciate the Portuguese love for theatrics at this small, intimate theatre. Performances rotate and vary between different political, social, and cultural themes.

  • São Bento Station
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      This open-air train station will give you a perfect first impression of Porto. Blue skies highlight the buildings surrounding the station and the azulejos on the inside depict various moments in Portuguese history.

  • Santini
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      Getting just one scoop of locally made ice cream will be impossible here. With flavors like passionfruit, Brazilian chocolate, and banana-nut caramel, you won’t know which delicious flavor to choose.

  • Igreja do Carmo
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      An iconic spot in Porto. Celebrated for the artistry of the exterior of the building which is covered in the traditional blue and white tiles known as azulejos.

  • Livraria Lello
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      Book lovers and Harry Potter fans rejoice! Built in 1906, this bookstore often tops the lists for the greatest bookstores in the world. It’s also said to have given J.K. Rowling inspiration for Hogwarts. This neogothic style bookstore will leave your eyes dazzling.

  • Candelabro
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      A local favorite for a copo at the end of the day. The dark, intimate interior has romantics returning often and the outdoor seating allows for an afternoon spent people-watching.

  • Teleférico de Gaia - Estação Cais de Gaia
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      The Dom Luís I Bridge is a symbol for the city and the best way to view it is from the opposite side of the river. This spot provides a jaw-dropping view and a ride on the cable cars during sunset is unforgettable.

  • Nicolau Porto
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      Sit amongst lush plants and bright decor while you enjoy brunch with friends or a coffee while working. Healthy, light, and mouth-watering every item on the menu is worth trying!

  • Fábrica da Nata
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      It wouldn’t be a trip to Portugal without trying the famous egg custard known as a pasteis de nata. Enjoy this country’s favorite treat in Fábrica da Nata’s elegant, blue, plush couch lined interior upstairs.

  • Ó! Galería
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      An excellent art gallery boasting a bright collection of both local and international artists. A celebration of modern art with a rotating, colorful display.

  • Subenshi Porto
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      A former mansion turned restaurant, the unique decor of each dining room found at Subenshi is as equally pleasing as the superb Asian fare.

  • Cruzeiros no Douro
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      Anyone will tell you the best way to enjoy the eclectic views of the city is by sailing along the Douro River on a 7 bridges cruise. An inexpensive, must-do on a sunny day!

  • Largo da Pena Ventosa

    Appreciate the colorful curves and dips in Portuguese architecture while wandering around this neighborhood. The tight alleyways lead to sprawling views of the city and river below.

    July 9, 2020
  • RUA Tapas&Music Bar

    Beers less than a euro and nightly musical performance create a lively environment that pours into the street nightly. You can hear patrons singing along to famous Portuguese songs all throughout the neighborhood.

    July 9, 2020
  • Fernandes, Mattos & Ca., Lda.

    A store selling both local and foreign goods. The true treat is the interior. This former bank turned retail store sports ornate details, dark wood and a grand, photogenic staircase.

    July 9, 2020
  • Teatro Carlos Alberto

    Appreciate the Portuguese love for theatrics at this small, intimate theatre. Performances rotate and vary between different political, social, and cultural themes.

    July 9, 2020
  • São Bento Station

    This open-air train station will give you a perfect first impression of Porto. Blue skies highlight the buildings surrounding the station and the azulejos on the inside depict various moments in Portuguese history.

    July 9, 2020
  • Santini

    Getting just one scoop of locally made ice cream will be impossible here. With flavors like passionfruit, Brazilian chocolate, and banana-nut caramel, you won’t know which delicious flavor to choose.

    July 9, 2020
  • Igreja do Carmo

    An iconic spot in Porto. Celebrated for the artistry of the exterior of the building which is covered in the traditional blue and white tiles known as azulejos.

    July 9, 2020
  • Livraria Lello

    Book lovers and Harry Potter fans rejoice! Built in 1906, this bookstore often tops the lists for the greatest bookstores in the world. It’s also said to have given J.K. Rowling inspiration for Hogwarts. This neogothic style bookstore will leave your eyes dazzling.

    July 9, 2020
  • Candelabro

    A local favorite for a copo at the end of the day. The dark, intimate interior has romantics returning often and the outdoor seating allows for an afternoon spent people-watching.

    July 9, 2020
  • Teleférico de Gaia - Estação Cais de Gaia

    The Dom Luís I Bridge is a symbol for the city and the best way to view it is from the opposite side of the river. This spot provides a jaw-dropping view and a ride on the cable cars during sunset is unforgettable.

    July 9, 2020
  • Nicolau Porto

    Sit amongst lush plants and bright decor while you enjoy brunch with friends or a coffee while working. Healthy, light, and mouth-watering every item on the menu is worth trying!

    July 9, 2020
  • Fábrica da Nata

    It wouldn’t be a trip to Portugal without trying the famous egg custard known as a pasteis de nata. Enjoy this country’s favorite treat in Fábrica da Nata’s elegant, blue, plush couch lined interior upstairs.

    July 9, 2020
  • Ó! Galería

    An excellent art gallery boasting a bright collection of both local and international artists. A celebration of modern art with a rotating, colorful display.

    July 9, 2020
  • Subenshi Porto

    A former mansion turned restaurant, the unique decor of each dining room found at Subenshi is as equally pleasing as the superb Asian fare.

    July 9, 2020
  • Cruzeiros no Douro

    Anyone will tell you the best way to enjoy the eclectic views of the city is by sailing along the Douro River on a 7 bridges cruise. An inexpensive, must-do on a sunny day!

    July 9, 2020