Porto is a city of many culinary delights. When on the lookout for somewhere to stop for a bit, don’t forget to check out the great restaurants and cafés which can be found around the Pç de Cordoaria. Other areas where you’re bound to find a tasty meal include Ribeira and Foz do Douro.
You’ll find that it’s very good value to eat out here, especially if you stick to the less touristy areas. Even at the string of restaurants along the quay at Ribeira, you’ll be able to find some good value meal offers. A little further afield, small family-run establishments offering cheap local fare can be found scattered all over.
International restaurants are also well represented, with Porto boasting Japanese, Indian and Italian establishments, among others. Many Portuguese restaurants also offer a mix of tasty dishes inspired by international cuisine.
While you’re here, make sure to try out one of the local specialities, such as the ever-popular Francesinha, which is a filling sandwich made from two slices of bread, along with steak, linguica (a type of sausage) and ham, all covered in melted cheese, and then doused in a secret sauce, which usually includes tomatoes and beer.
Rua de Santa Catarina 161, Porto, Portugal
This popular spot boasts a fantastic location on Porto’s main shopping stretch, and that might be what brings the numbers in but what keeps them here is the hugely impressive array of sweet things on offer. A great place to stop off for a mid-shopping treat, Mengos serves cakes, pastries and sweets of all kinds, along with coffees, juices, alcoholic drinks, and snacks such as salads, omelettes and the ever-popular Francesinha. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Open Mon-Sat 7am-10pm, closed Sundays.
Campo Mártires da Pátria 64, Porto, Portugal
In a great spot beside the Pc da Cordoaria, this funky little restaurant has seating both inside and outside. An English menu is available and it’s brought to you with a basket of bread as you take your seat. There’s a great selection of dishes on offer, and the local codfish speciality is a popular choice. If you’re looking to save a few euros, check out the great value set meal for two.
Open Mon-Sat 10.30am-4pm & 7pm-11.30pm, closed Sundays.
Rua de Camôes 398, Porto, Portugal
A real local restaurant, Lusiada is off the beaten track and patronised by locals for the most part. It’s got a family-run feel, with simple décor from the tiled walls to the paper table cloths. The menu is quite comprehensive, and even though it’s in Portuguese, with a little help from the waiter, you’ll be able to figure out what’s what. Great value offerings include soups, omelettes, and meat and fish dishes, with a specially priced sampling menu for visitors also available.
Open Mon-Sat 8am-10pm, closed Sundays.
Rua Fernandes Tomas 985, Porto, Portugal
If you fancy some breakfast, the Terrace Arts Café is a great choice. In a handy location close to Trindade metro station; this café has a varied menu of sweet and savoury options, from pastries to baguettes. Breakfast specials such as coffee and a croissant are offered at incredibly low prices, while sandwiches, salads, quiche and more make it a top spot for lunch or a snack too. Service is quick and friendly, with wait staff offering to explain anything on the menu. For a tasty and cheap meal in a funky interior which includes black light fixtures that look a little like UFOs, you won’t go wrong with this café.
Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm, closed Sundays.