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Things to do in Porto

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.
Park
“This park is also known as the “lung of the city” and is not only the largest urban park in Porto but in Portugal, with around 83 hectares. People who come here will have the possibility to spend pleasant moments in the company of family or friends, whether it is resting on the grass that covers a large part of the park or strolling through the various paths, some of which lead to the coast. In addition to the green of the grass, you will also marvel at the diversity of trees that you will find there, as well as some lakes that delight the children who try to throw a piece of bread at the beautiful ducks that swim in these waters.”
  • 290 locals recommend
Bookstore
“They say that the author of Harry Potter found some of her inspiration in Porto and in this amazing bookshop”
  • 329 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Tower, Museum and Church Clérigos are a must-see in the city. After climbing 225 steps to reach the top of the tower, you will be astonished by the view of the city (a 360° perspective).”
  • 283 locals recommend
Garden
“Enjoy the best sunset at Virtudes or at the gardens of Palácio de Cristal (both have beautiful views to the river and the sunset).”
  • 265 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Iconic place back to 1920. Delicious and full of charme to have a light meal or just to stay and enjoy the atmosphere.”
  • 243 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This fabulous cultural institution combines a museum, a mansion and extensive gardens. Cutting-edge exhibitions, along with a fine permanent collection featuring works from the late 1960s to the present, are showcased in the Museu de Arte Contemporânea, an arrestingly minimalist, whitewashed space designed by the eminent Porto-based architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. The delightful, pink Casa de Serralves is a prime example of art deco, bearing the imprint of French architect Charles Siclis. One ticket gets you into both museums. The museums sit within the marvellous 18-hectare Parque de Serralves. Lily ponds, rose gardens, formal fountains and whimsical touches – such as a bright-red sculpture of oversized pruning shears – make for a bucolic outing in the city. The estate is 6km west of the city centre; take bus 201 from in front of Praça Dom João I, one block east of Avenida dos Aliados.”
  • 249 locals recommend
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
Bakery
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“This owes its planning to the visionary spirit of the Almadas whose restoration work brought a new brightness to the city of Porto in the second half of the 18th Century. The road was extended as far as Alameda da Aguardente, today's Praça Marquês de Pombal. Its imposing façades house some fine examples of the Art Nouveau style. Over 1500 metres long, the Rua de Santa Catarina, part of which has been pedestrianised, is the busiest shopping street in the city centre with clothing stores, haberdashery, shoe shops, the Via Catarina shopping mall and countless street vendors, less or more legal and carts selling handicrafts and jewelry.”
  • 145 locals recommend
Place to shop
“You can't visit Porto without visit Bolhão. This market is where farmers and people from here came to sell their fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately it's closed for renovations. But you can visit the temporary one at La Vie.”
  • 178 locals recommend
Bar
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“The street where the magic happens - all the good bars and disco's join together.”
  • 174 locals recommend
Bridge
“City icon, we always recommend crossing it by foot (you can do it by the upper level or down), so you can enjoy the view. In the summer time you will see local children jumping from the lower part of the bridge to the river. ”
  • 158 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“In case you have time and budget, a concert in "Casa da Musica" is a must do. On their website you can find an option of "concert+diner" - a great combo. ”
  • 185 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis is the oldest public museum in Portugal and the most famous in Porto. Discover this impressive museum.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Located in one of Porto’s major nightspots, Plano B is a great place to dance. ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Church
“Here was where the city was born. As you walk through Largo da Sé (the square just in front of the cathedral), you’ll find some of the best views of the city and Douro.”
  • 124 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“Voted as one of the most typical places in Porto, "Casa Guedes" offers the best pork sandwiches of the city. The place is very rustic and the food is homemade. Don´t expect anything fancy or touristic, this is a real local restaurant”
  • 157 locals recommend

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Sandwich Place
“Voted as one of the most typical places in Porto, "Casa Guedes" offers the best pork sandwiches of the city. The place is very rustic and the food is homemade. Don´t expect anything fancy or touristic, this is a real local restaurant”
  • 157 locals recommend
Music Venue
“A meting point of cultural activities, equipped with an art gallery, lounge bar, an inviting interior yard, terrace and a concert hall.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“Speciality: “Francesinha” (the most typical dish of Porto)! Try it but only if you´re a spicy food lover...”
  • 141 locals recommend
Bar
“Galerias de Paris street is one of the most important night spots in Porto. Along the street there are several restaurants, bars and clubs, although locals prefer to grab a drink and stay outside, jumping from place to place. The result is a crowded street, especially at weekends.”
  • 45 locals recommend
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. ”
  • 40 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
Portuguese Restaurant
“Ideal for families or larger groups. Great typical portuguese restaurant with a lot of different options on the menu. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
“One of the best francesinhas you will find in the city. Everything is great. Food, staff and ambience. ”
  • 25 locals recommend

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