10 Things to eat in Porto and where

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Every self-respecting trip must absolutely understand the discovery of local gastronomy. In this way it is possible to venture into the history of the local population, immerse yourself in the traditions that distinguish it and taste the flavors of the chosen destination. Porto is one of the Portuguese tourist destinations where visitors can sample the best of the country's traditional cuisine.

The typical local cuisine places particular emphasis on fish-based recipes and seafood, but in Porto the locals have also developed a genuine cult of tripe stew, that's why they are also known by the nickname of "tripe eaters". From fish to meat, to desserts, that's it 10 typical Portuguese specialties not to be missed in Porto, perhaps accompanied by a good glass of local wine.


  1. Pastéis de bacalhau
  2. Green soup
  3. Porto-style casings
  4. Francesinha
  5. Cozido à portuguesa
  6. Bacalhau à brás
  7. Fish stew
  8. Bulhão Pato Clams
  9. Cake de Azeitão
  10. Octopus to "Lagareiro" Style
  11. Where to eat in Porto: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Pastéis de bacalhau

"There are more types of cod than days in a year." So goes a famous Portuguese saying, which gives a good idea of ​​how much cod is used in the local culinary tradition, so much so that it forms the basis. To prepare this dish, the fish is sliced ​​and turned into croquettes golden on the outside and soft on the inside.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: cod, rice

2 - Warm green

It is a soup where the main ingredients are potatoes, onions, kale and slices of pork sausage (chouriço). It is usually consumed during traditional festivals Portuguese, such as the one dedicated to the patron saint.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, onions, kale, pork sausage

3 - Tripas à Moda do Porto

Il typical dish of the city it has a particular history concerning it. It is said that when Henry the Navigator was preparing for one of his expeditions, he asked for help to gather supplies from the people of Porto. The response was very generous, but the citizens were left with only available waste and entrails to get out. Of necessity, virtue: this is how Tripas à Moda do Porto was born!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: animal entrails, beans, sausage, vegetables and spices

4 - Francesinha

You know the classic sandwich with ham and cheese? In this Portuguese version the amount of cheese inside the sandwich is tripled, the ham is the cured one and the whole is covered with a good dose of meat sauce in the center. The dish is very similar to the French croque monsieur, from which it took its name (Francesinha means "little French lady").

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: bread, ham, cheese, meat sauce

5 - Cozido à portuguesa

It is a dish made from chicken, beef and pork, enriched with various pork sausages and black puddings. As you can see, it is not a specialty suitable for everyone and is quite heavy, moreover it is often also accompanied by boiled carrots, beans and cabbage.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: chicken, beef and pork, pork sausages, black puddings, vegetables

6 - Bacalhau à brás

Cod is again the protagonist of this specialty. The fish is sliced ​​and combined with onions and fries, enriched with olives and parsley: this is the typical bacalhau à brás.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: cod, potatoes, onions, olives, parsley

7 - Caldeirada de peixe

To prepare this dish is enough take all the fish available and combine it in a saucepan. It is, in fact, a stew based on different types of fish and shellfish, enriched with tomato sauce, spices and various herbs. It is undoubtedly a substantial specialty, to be enjoyed perhaps after returning from a day spent on the beach.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: various types of fish and shellfish, tomato, herbs and spices

8 - Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato

Seafood is the protagonist of this specialty, in particular the clams. To be accompanied with a cold beer, this dish continues even when the shells are all empty. In fact, it is recommended soak the bread in the sauce that accompanies the clams, based on olive oil, coriander, garlic and white wine.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: clams, white wine, olive oil, garlic, coriander

9 - Torta de Azeitão

Desserts are very popular in Portuguese cuisine, especially those egg-based. This dessert is no exception soft and spongy cake, covered with egg yolk. Its peculiarity is to be rolled up to take the typical final shape ..

  • Recommended to: dessert at the end of a meal, snack
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: egg, sugar, corn flour, cinnamon

10 - Polvo à Lagareiro

It can not miss a dish based on octopus among the specialties to taste in Porto. This recipe is also typical of important holidays, such as Christmas or Easter. Most restaurants include it on the menu, the octopus is first roasted and then soaked in olive oil and served with baked potatoes.

  • Recommended to: starter
  • Average cost: € 11,00
  • Main ingredients: octopus, olive oil, potatoes

Where to eat in Porto: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

In Porto certainly there is no shortage of bars, restaurants and places where you can have a quick lunch or where you can sit down for a dinner in peace. Portuguese cuisine is varied and very tasty.

So expect dishes that will satisfy both fish and meat lovers (even if fish prevails).
The basic ingredients of the dishes are fish, potatoes, seafood and rice!

One of the most lively and full of restaurants is the Ribeira, the lower part of the city, on the banks of the Duero where there are plenty of places to have a meal and enjoy a great view.
In general, the prices are quite low even if obviously the clubs in the center are more expensive.

1 - Mercearia das Flores

  • Description: little place in the center of Porto halfway between a bistro, a restaurant and a shop where you can buy strictly local and organic products. Ideal for a quick snack or lunch
  • specialty: sardines, mackerel and croutons with cheeses
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: rue das Flores 110, Get Directions - Official Site

2 - Grelhador from Boavista

  • Description: the typical local family Sunday lunch open since 1997 offers meat or fish dishes to choose from at the refrigerated counter
  • specialty: fresh grilled meat and fish
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: rue da Meditação 39, Get directions - Page Fb

3 - Mini Chefe

  • Description: few seats, traditional Portuguese cuisine cooked as they used to be and exquisite dishes. Prices are super fair!
  • specialty: soups and cod
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: rue da Firmeza 129, Get directions

4 - Casa do Pescador

  • Description: another classic traditional restaurant is mainly frequented by families and groups of friends in search of the perfect bacalhau and a good fish soup
  • specialty: cod and fish soups
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: rue Vasco da Gama 16, Get directions

5 - Cafè Santiago

  • Description: it is a restaurant just a few steps from the beautiful and charming Igreja de Santo Ildefonso that serves the best Francesinha
  • specialty: francesinha
  • Average price: from € 12,00 per person
  • Address: rue de Passos Manuel 226, Get Directions - Official Site

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