Head to the Portuguese coast for a weekend. Sunny in spring and summer, Porto is the perfect destination when you want to eat well while enjoying great weather. A quick tour of the city in four addresses.
Cover photo: Shaun Donnelly
A restaurant: Nola Kitchen
Photo: @nolakitchen.porto on Instagram
“No additives. No oils. No sugars. No lies.” That’s the mantra of this restaurant that champions healthy yet delicious food. On the menu: dishes prepared from seasonal ingredients, with a special focus on textures. For example: energy balls, gourmet bowls (like the Protein Bowl with hummus, spinach, kale, pumpkin, celery root, Jerusalem artichoke pickles and Brazil nuts), crisp toasts and fresh-squeezed juices. All in a modern, brutalist setting.
Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre 25
4050-259 Porto, Portugal
A rooftop: Rooftop Flores
Photo: @rooftopflores on Instagram
Make a stop in the world’s metropolises and you’ll quickly realise that museum bars and restaurants should not be overlooked. Case in point: Rooftop Flores, set up on top of the Museum and Church of Misericórdia do Porto (MMIPO). Don’t miss the famous torrada portuguesa, a local cheese platter, sandwiches to eat there or to go and desserts that are each more incredible than the last. Bonus: the unblocked view of the city.
Rua da Vitória 177 4050
4050-542 Porto, Portugal
A brunch: Negra Café
Photo : @negra__cafe on Instagram
This is the place to be at noon on Sunday. In one of the three locations in Porto, savour a gourmet brunch in a warm and cosy setting. Be sure to arrive early, because reservations are not accepted. When the weather is nice, grab a table on the outdoor terrace and get ready to unwind!
R. Guedes de Azevedo 117
4000-272 Porto, Portugal
An ice cream shop: Portuense
Photo: @gelateriaportuense on Instagram
If you’re imagining a typical ice cream shop that you might find anywhere on holiday, you’re in for a surprise. The menu contains very few choices (everything is artisanal), but with flavours that are very unusual – and seasonal. Ice cream lovers have been delighted to try pineapple-basil, coffee-sesame and avocado-lemon, for example. To enjoy in a cone or cup, in the shop or to go in the nearby Jardim Marques de Oliveira.
R. do Bonjardim 136
4000-114 Porto, Portugal
Visit American Vintage in Porto
“Porto is a perfect city to enjoy excellent food and sublime sunsets. You can visit the whole city in just a few days. There are tons of hidden spots with breath-taking views. And the bonus is that we have lots of green spaces, where you can relax and have a stroll, even inside the city. Come visit us in spring or winter to avoid the wind, which can be a little intense!”
— Mariana Vidal, Store Manager in Porto
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Rua das Carmelitas 7
4050-162 Porto, Portugal
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