In the same fashion as the article about New-York I thought I’d share some addresses in Porto.
When I first decided to go to Porto for a quick gateway weekend, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had never been to Portugal and knew very little of Portuguese culture and food. Pictures on the internet looked pretty and I knew I wanted to stuff myself with their famous egg custard tarts but it was the extent of my knowledge. Now I’ve experienced it, I want to see the rest of Portugal!
The goal of this trip was to eat as many Pastel de Nata as I could, paired with fantastic cheap wine and discover local food. I can proudly say the goal was achieved and crushed. Along the way we discovered beautiful dining spot (and did a bit of tourism).
Here are a few of my favourite spots in the city:
- Cantina 32
I did a bit of research before leaving and a place that seemed to be mentioned over and over on IG was Cantina 32. I saved the address in my Mapster but I have to admit I stopped my research there. After landing, we were starving and while waiting for our Airbnb to be ready we decided to check out Cantina 32.
We fell in love with the place right away. The grey tadelact on the walls reminded me of the warmth of Morocco, and the menu got us even more hungry.
We opted for a bunch of snacks to share but to be honest, we really went overboard. We were so used to London tiny portions (at incredible prices) that we ordered as if we had never seen food in weeks.
When the first snack arrived we understood we were in for a feast. Everything we ordered was just insanely tasty and generous. We loved it so much we decided to come back the next day for dinner to try the king prawn we were eyeing the day before.
The prices are a little higher than your average restaurant in Porto but it’s totally worth it. Our highlights were the Croquettes and Squid. The King Prawns were also worth the trip!
You should not skip this one. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Address: R. das Flores 32, 4050-262 Porto, Portugal
Best for: Lunch or dinner
Comment: You might want to book, especially for dinner as it gets busy
I’ve mentioned it before but I was obsessed with finding the perfect Pastel de Nata and eating as many as possible during my trip. Obviously, being so emblematic in Portugal, Pasteis de Nata could easily be found everywhere, from the supermarket to the duty free at the Airport but I wanted the best one so, once again a little research was made beforehand.
From all the research I’ve done 2 places were mentioned: Manteigaria and Padaria Ribeiro. I’ve tried both and my favourite was Manteigaria.
Their Pasteis de Nata was not too cooked so the inside was still very gooey, silky and creamy, the puff pastry was flaky and quite thin and I loved the touch of cinnamon added to the egg custard. That’s the way I want my Pastel de Nata. The one at Padaria Ribeiro was good but I found the puff pastry too thick. The added ground almond in the egg custard made it loose its silkiness. It also was sweeter than Manteigaria’s but if you are an almond lover try Padaria Ribeiro!
Manteigaria address: R. de Alexandre Braga 24, 4000-049 Porto, Portugal
Padaria Ribeiro address: Praça de Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 21, 4050-024 Porto, Portugal
Best for: Snack
3. Café Progresso
This trip was also a great opportunity to catch up on some much needed sleep so brunch seemed like a good option for us. I was a bit disappointed by the local brunch scene. There’s so much room to adapt local dishes to this meal but instead it was all quite common. Our first try was supposed to be the best brunch in town, Zenith Café, but the food was average and the service horrible. We then tried café progresso who claims to be the oldest café in Porto.
If you’re not into brunches (or do not feel like brunching in Porto) but really like coffee just go for their coffee, it’s delicious. The brunch menu is “traditional” with pancakes and eggs and a few toasts. I went for the goats cheese and honey and loved it (even though the goats cheese was really strong).
Best for: Breakfast, coffee or brunch
4. Casa de cha da Boa Nova
Wherever we go, we always like to try one really nice restaurant. While researching Porto food scene I stumbled upon this gem of architecture that happened to be a Michelin starred restaurant.
Without thinking about it twice or really checking the food I booked it, just for the surroundings . It was a bit of a bet but it was one that definitely paid out! I’m not going to expend too much about it here because I’ll write a longer article about it. I really want to take the time to share this experience. In the meantime, I leave you with a sneak peak of the food and view.
I wish I could have had more time in Porto to try more places and experience more of the city but these 4 days were also just enough to make me fall in love with Portugal and spark the interest to discover the rest of the country.
Best for: Lunch or early dinner to enjoy the view (or even sunset)