25 September 2017

A Pocketful of Porto Recommendations: Eating and Drinking

With the time we had in Porto, and a definite manifesto of nothing much with a side of custard tarts, we sampled as much of the local cuisine as we could. Especially as we were in the namesake city of my favourite fortified wine. Known as a hub for foodie travellers, for the most part we simply let local recommendations and google guide us, and in the process discovered a few lovely spots to settle into that didn't break the bank (in line with the challenge we were set).

Where to eat in Porto Portugal Adventures of a London Kiwi

Nb: when planning your days, everywhere we went was really lovely, but rather laid back - so don't expect London-style hustle - except in tourist haunts where they'll want to flip tables as soon as they can (but why would you want that?)

Brunch:
Googling furiously in the mornings for recommendations, we found three cute spots to park ourselves whilst planning the day:


Apartamento - Rua de Cedofeita
Low-key, great coffee, angry birds for decoration and crepes drizzled with condensed milk. What isn't to love?

Hungry Biker - Rua das Taipas
Ranking on Tripadvisor for the keywords 'brunch', 'chia' and 'smoothie', we spotted this little hipster gem on our first wander through the city, and had to go back. The walk up the curving hill was worth it though, when our chia laden dishes came out - tropical porridge for me, French toast for the RunawayKiwi.

Where to eat in Porto Portugal Adventures of a London Kiwi

Noshi Coffee - Rua do Carmo Across from the tile-laden Church that we must have passed a gazillion times on our wanderings around the city, Noshi Coffee was a really cute find - if again a little slow. We ordered our breakfasts of pancakes (quite delicate, accompanied by goji berries and nut butter) and toast respectively, and my honeyed ice coffee was really scrumptious.

Where to eat in Porto Portugal Adventures of a London Kiwi

Late Lunch/Dinner

Grupo Desportivo Infante D. Henrique - Cais da Estiva
My second favourite meal we stumbled on by accident. With a name almost longer than the restaurant is wide, this is a locals haunt that doesn't really speak English (bar on the chalkboard menu.) But, it most definitely isn't a touristy spot (as we were warned to avoid them) and between the amazing sunset views and butter and garlic infused prawns I want to return already.

Where to eat in Porto Portugal Adventures of a London Kiwi
Where to eat in Porto Portugal Adventures of a London Kiwi

Barão Fladgate restaurant, Taylors Wine Cellar - Rua do Choupelo
We didn't actually see much of the Taylor’s Port wine cellars in the heart of the historic area of Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river from the old city centre, but we did settle in for a delicious lunch overlooking the terracotta rooftops and Duoro river below. The Barão Fladgate restaurant was a welcome respite from the sunshine, with a light and intriguing menu. My salad was perfectly executed, Rebecca's lamb looked perfectly cooked and our raspberry desserts were scrumptious.

Where to eat in Porto Portugal Adventures of a London Kiwi
Where to eat in Porto Portugal Adventures of a London Kiwi

And the terrace view was ok, I guess.

Where to eat in Porto Portugal Adventures of a London Kiwi

After lunching at Taylor's, we made our way down the hill towards the river, sampling port as we went (and going downhill is definitely the right order to do it rather than struggle further up hill later in the day!)

Where To Enjoy Port
The historic area of Vila Nova de Gaia is where the infamous port caves are, and we just followed the signs and wandered in for a taste here and there. We tried Taylor's dry white port with lunch, a tasting flight in Osprey's, the delicious rosé port in Croft and a cheeky quick snifter in Augustino's.

Our joint favourite was the rosé, so one night we arranged for a bottle and a few pasteis de nata to join us for an evening feast celebrating our last night.

Where to eat in Porto Portugal Adventures of a London Kiwi
Where to eat in Porto Portugal Adventures of a London Kiwi

So, Porto definitely is delicious. Oh, and forget the organised port cellar tours - just hop across the river and take yourself on a self-guided wander.

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Where to eat and drink in Porto Portugal Adventures of a London Kiwi

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