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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.
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
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
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
Church
“ St. Francis Church was built in the fourteenth century, during the reign of King Fernando, in the place of a modest church belonging to the Franciscan order that had settled in Porto in 1223.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“It's beautiful and restaurant nice and good whine Porto. Nice fhotos.. Tipique people Porto ”
  • 67 locals recommend
Theatre
“They not only show great performances, but also their tour of the building and the theatre is very interesting! ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Palace
“This pompous 19th-century building with a vast Neoclassical façade is the former stock exchange that was built to impress and earn the credibility of European investors.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Palace
“Built in 1842, this used to be the stock exchange in Porto, and is nowadays the headquarters of the city's Commercial Association. The Arab Room is the most amazing room in the palace.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Rua da Flores is certainly one of the most touristic streets in the city of Porto. It wasn’t always like this. This street, that crosses São Bento Station and São Domingos Square, was the old street of merchants and aristocrats. Crossing Rua das Flores is not always an easy task, given the amount of people entering and leaving the shops, grocery stores, and cafes, on the terraces. Until today, the street has maintained its original profile and architecture of the XVII, XVIII e XIX centuries, and this is where one of the most emblematic baroque façades of Porto can be seen, the Misericordia Church (1749-1750), rebuilt by the architect Nicolau Nasoni.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Route
“Lots of cool bars, shops and a hip and happening place for young people, especially at night, close to Galerias de Paris, if you wanna go out at night, definitely stop by.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Garden
“This beautiful park has several platforms of garden, all facing the river with astonishing views.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“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
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“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
Wine Bar
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“Here you can follow our history, become well acquainted with our Ports and see our “Quinta” in the Douro.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Great place for shopping with Special rates for tourists. Catch the metro and leave at "João de Deus" station. 7 minutes trip.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Route
“You can go by cable car from Vila Nova de Gaia to Cais de Gaia. It is near the river and ther are lots of restaurants, bares and shops.”
  • 70 locals recommend

Top restaurants

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
Restaurant
“there's the menu, full of great choices – such as chicken bordelaise, octopus’ fillets with rice or the perfect appetizer, cod cakes. But we can also mention the desserts (all homemade) or the outdoors tables, strategically facing the Douro river. And then there's the great service – Mr. António Coelho has been doing this since he was 11 · ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Small family restaurant with real portuguese typical food. Better to do a reservation, just to be sure. Closed on Mondays.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“For you veggies and vegans, this place is amazing! Yummy buffet lunch for around €7-8. Take a plate and fill it as many times as you want! Organic wines, teas, coffee, smoothies and the tastiest chocolate cake you'll ever eat!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Music Venue
“With an amazing view you will find different kind os parties or bands playing here”
  • 13 locals recommend
Building
“Project celebrating Port Wine culture, combining contemporaneity and tradition and settled in a building from the 18th century, recovered to offer leisure, shopping and exhibitions. Enjoy a port whilst enjoying one of the most beautiful views of Porto!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Plaza
“Gazela's hot dogs, in Porto, were chosen as one of the five world “house specials” at The World Restaurant Awards.”
  • 33 locals recommend

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