This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 15 April 2014.
You all know how much I love Porto, and one of the reasons is its food. I was lucky during my trip I met so many people in Porto who were friendly and passionate about their city. I could tell from their genuine smile and excitement when explaining their town. The people I met were also extremely passionate about their food, and as I tasted with them, I could see why.
Here are 5 places I recommend for you to eat while in Porto. Enjoy!
Restaurante Casa De Santo António
Rua São Bento da Vitória 80, 4050 Porto, Portugal
When I was in Porto, I stayed at Nasoni Guest Hostel where I was greeted by their friendly staff. My friend and I were starving so we asked for a good restaurant to have lunch. She recommended Casa de St. Antonio. Trusting her, we went to the restaurant. The interior of the restaurant is clean and bright, they had just opened. We were greeted by a woman, whose smile and warmth made us feel welcome immediately. She couldn’t speak English, only a few words here and there, so we trusted her in choosing food for us. We didn’t regret giving her that power. We ate rice with red beans with fried codfish and pork in beer sauce. It was so delicious. A very cozy place with friendly staff and amazing food, I could not ask for more!
Flor Dos Congregados
Travessa dos Congregados 11, 4000-179 Porto, Portugal
This small restaurant tucked in a cobblestone alley is not to be missed. They have authentic Portuguese food with the finest wine. I had the best “burger” in this place. My food tour guide joked that this was their burger, but really it was more like a very sophisticated pork sandwich. A layered sandwich with the freshest bread from the local bakery combined with juicy pork in spices. It was juicy, tender and full of flavour. Go inside or eat outside, either way this homey restaurant got me addicted. Talk to the staff and play their piano, they will love it!
Brasa dos Leões
Praca Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 7, Porto, Portugal
Brasa dos Leões is a vibrant restaurant, always full of people. When I went there in the summer, tables and chairs were put outside so I could enjoy the warm weather outside. Here they sell grilled meat to fish to authentic dishes like Francesinha. I ate here twice as it was close to my hostel, but it was really a good place with a big portion and cheap price.
A Loja dos Pastéis de Chaves
Rua da Firmeza 476, Porto 4000-226, Portugal
If you love pastry, you really must visit this place. The people who run this place are originally from Chaves, and they brought their delicious pastry to Porto. I tasted both the sweet and savoury pastry – both were equally good, I couldn’t decide which one was better. The pastry had a good crunch and so soft too. They have a lot of flavours, including spicy ones too. Their café is comfortable and is always filled with locals sitting down, indulging their pastry and taking a sip of their coffee. A great place for a light bite.
Leitaria da Quinta do Paço
Praca Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 47, Porto, Portugal
For a sweet-toothed like me, this place was heaven! I am a huge fan of éclair, I love them fluffy and light. That was exactly what I got. I had the classic chocolate and whipped cream, heavenly! They have a lot more other flavours like lemon, coffee and berries, all are worth trying I think. My advice is come early as some of the éclairs might be finished in the evening.
Flor Dos Congregados, A Loja dos Pastéis de Chaves and Leitaria da Quinta do Paço were introduced to me by Taste Porto Food Tours, a food-filled tour in Porto that I would honestly recommend for you all.