This summer I’ve been fortunate to visit Portugal twice. Never being to the country before, I was eager to explore Portugal as it has been topping hot destination lists the past few years with its rich historic cities, delicious food (and wine!) and vibrant nightlight. I visited Lisbon in June and after this last stint in Porto, I wanted to compile a city guide for y’all as I’ve already received quite a few requests for both cities!
L I S B O N:
- Memmo Principe Real
- Memmo Alfama
- Valverde Hotel
- Vintage Lisbon
- Bairro Alvarez – Portuguese – multiple concepts
- El Clandestino – Mexican
- COMOBA – really cute & clean. coffee shop/brunch – must do
- Time Out Market
- Restaurante Meson Andaluz Portuguese Tapas
- The Mill – Australian brekkie cafe
- Heim Cafe – brunch
- Pasteis de Belem – famous Portuguese pastries
- LX Factory – various restaurants but Rio Maravilha for rooftop
- Bomjardim – really great piri-piri chicken
- Fauna and Flora
- Double 9
- Memmo Alfama Hotel (terrace – must do)
- Lounge Cinco – great cocktail bar with fun drinks
- Hello, Kristof (coffee)
- Park (on top of the parking garage) – great place to have a drink and catch the sunset!
- Belem Tower
- Jeronimos Monastery
- Arco da Rua Augusta
- Castelo de S. George
P O R T O:
- Pestana Vintage Porto
- The Yeatman Hotel
- Eurostars Porto Douro
- Cantina 32 – small plates with a cool ambiance & vintage decor. Lots of good options for vegetarians.
- Porta 4 – a (tiny!) hole the wall spots that only seats 14 people. Super intimate, you feel like a friend is cooking in his house for you! Great food, small menu – make reservations in advance!
- Terra Nova – great seafood right along the waterfront. Get the oysters!
- Taberna Dos Mercadores – hole in the wall traditional Portuguese spot with a great wine selection.
- Bacalhau – Cozy restaurant with a nice view of the river, delicious dishes especially the bacalhau (codfish).
- Cremosi – delicious gelato spot with some uncommon and interesting flavors.
- Quay Wine Bar – we loved this experience. The perfect spot to sit and look out towards the Douro river while tasting wine and trying different meats and cheeses.
- Graham’s Port Lodge – wine tour & tasting. Beautiful cellars with lots of history, the best of the tasting tours!
- Mirajazz – A hidden treasure ~ great spot for a nice sunset with a live jazz band, wine, and beer.
- Bar Ponte Pensil – riverside bar at the foot of the Dom Luís Bridge, a great spot for drinks with a view.
- Igreja do Carmo – connected to its twin church by one of the world’s narrowest houses, this baroque church has a well-known blue & white tiled side facade.
- Igreja da Serra do Pilar – Catholic Monastery with the best aerial view of the city. Be sure to have a drink at Esplanada Transparente before your hike back down!
- Dom Luís Bridge – Porto’s iconic bridge -~ a double-deck metal arch bridge that spans the River Douro between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.
- Livraria Lello – this bookstore is one of the most beautiful in the world – and is famous because it was one of JK Rowling’s favorite spots when she lived in Porto. Harry Potter’s library in Hogwarts Castle was inspired on the Lello bookstore!
- Palácio da Bolsa do Porto (stock exchange building), one of the most beautiful buildings in Portugal.
For this most recent time, Olivia and I took advantage of TAP Airlines‘ Stopover program, which was such a great way to discover the city of Porto. If you’re headed to Europe, you can do a stopover for 1-5 days for a medium or long-haul flight. There are certain hotels that offer stopover deals, and a few perks you can take advantage of – you’re essentially getting 2 destinations in Europe for the price of one!
Are you stopping through Portugal anytime soon? Let me know if you have any spots to add to my list or if it was any help while traveling.