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Porto is a vibrant city of picturesque streets, grey buildings, honest smiles, and a romantic aura. In three days it’s possible to visit and see its main and most obvious attractions, not only in the historic center, which is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO, but also some of the more modern neighborhoods. In this guide I will tell you about what to see and do, and also give you some tips about where to eat and relax, or have a drink late at night!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

18 Places

3 City Tips

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18 Places

Day 1

Rua Santa Catarina

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Liberdade Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Livraria Lello

Libraries, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Clerigos Tower

Observation Decks & Towers, Churches & Cathedrals

Cais da Ribeira

Piers & Boardwalks, Marinas

Wine Quay Bar

Restaurants

Day 2

Cafe Majestic

Coffee Shops

Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Rail Station Sao Bento

Architectural Buildings, Railways

Palacio da Bolsa

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Igreja de Sao Francisco

Churches & Cathedrals

Graham's Port Lodge

Wineries & Vineyards

Baixa Bar

Restaurants

Day 3

Palacio de Cristal

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Casa da Musica

Architectural Buildings, Theatres

Em Carne Viva

Restaurants

Museu Serralves

Art Museums

Oporto GT Baixa

Restaurants

AndreParente's City Tips

  • There are lots of nice guesthouses in Porto, operating within converted traditional houses. If you fancy a genuine local feeling, stay in one of these instead of a conventional hotel.
  • Tipping in restaurants is appreciated but by no means mandatory. The cheaper the place, the less of a tip is expected. A 5% tip will show the waiter that you enjoyed the service.
  • In the center you can walk around easily between attractions. If you want to explore a bit further out, the best option is to buy the Andante card, which you can use both in the metro and on buses.
    Day 1
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    Rua Santa Catarina
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    AndreParente Says:

    Santa Catarina is probably the most traditional shopping street in Porto. Part of the street is closed to traffic, so one can easily walk around and have a stress-free time window shopping. Plus, you don't need to be a shopping addict to enjoy your time here, as there are also nice coffee shops, beautiful buildings, and churches to discover, not to mention lots of interesting people bustling around.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go straight up to the end of the street towards Praça da Batalha… and look left! There’s a beautiful church hidden right there.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 288 things to do in Porto
    • Best shopping street in Porto 12/08/2018
    • Alive street for walking around and shopping 11/08/2018
    • Rua Santa Catarina
    Address:
    Rua Santa Catarina
    Porto 4000-447
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 934 242 472
    Other:
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    Liberdade Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    AndreParente Says:

    Avenida dos Aliados is Porto’s reception room, right in the heart of the city. The City Hall lies at the top, and this is the place people meet up for festivals, live concerts, and to celebrate whenever our local soccer team wins the championship. It’s a very lively avenue during the day, as there are many working offices in the surrounding streets, and is lined with beautiful buildings with a very specific character. This is a good place for a relaxing promenade.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss a photo opportunity next to the statue of D. Pedro IV on a horse, a symbol of his courage and affection for the people of Porto.
    • There are many cafes along the avenue. Get an outside table and just relax watching the people pass by.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 288 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • IMPRESSIVE 13/08/2018
    • nice in the evening 01/08/2018
    • Liberdade Square
    Address:
    Avenida dos Aliados
    Baixa
    Porto 4000-322
    Portugal
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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    Livraria Lello
    Libraries, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    AndreParente Says:

    Lello & Irmão Library has many times been named one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. It has an exquisite Neo-Gothic facade, and a stunning interior, with a marvelous stairway and wooden walls. The building dates back to 1906 and rumor has it that J.K. Rowling’s inspiration to write Harry Potter began right here!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The policy is very strict concerning photography inside the library.
    • There is an entry fee that you can convert into a discount if you buy a book.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 288 things to do in Porto
    • Beautiful and magic place 14/08/2018
    • Worth the queue 14/08/2018
    • Livraria Lello
    Address:
    Rua Carmelitas 144
    Vitória
    Porto 4050-161
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 200 2037
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Clerigos Tower
    Observation Decks & Towers, Churches & Cathedrals
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    AndreParente Says:

    Torre dos Clérigos is probably Porto’s main icon and, just for that fact, a 'must-see' while you are in town. The baroque style tower was designed by the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, who left an important mark on the city's heritage, and was built between 1754 and 1763. One can climb to the top of the tower via a narrow staircase, and admire one of the best and most extensive city views.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • During summertime, night visits are permitted, and the view is magical.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 288 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Panoramic view at the top of a windy narrow staircase 13/08/2018
    • Excellent view of PORTO AND river 10/08/2018
    • Clerigos Tower
    Address:
    Rua Sao Filipe Neri
    Porto 4050-546
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 014 5489
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Cais da Ribeira
    Piers & Boardwalks, Marinas
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    AndreParente Says:

    The Douro riverbank and the old quarter Ribeira are probably the most popular attractions in Porto. In fact, the site is listed as World Heritage protected by UNESCO, and represents the famous postcard image of the city. Here, you can climb aboard one of the many typical boats available and take a small cruise down the river, or just spend some time in one of the small 'tascas' overlooking the water. Your choice, but don’t miss it!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take the boat trip first and then enjoy some late afternoon wine and cheese at a tasca.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 288 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great atmosphere 14/08/2018
    • Fun, lively and entertaining 11/08/2018
    • Cais da Ribeira
    Address:
    Rua da Ribeira Negra
    Porto 4050-321
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 910 244 180
    Other:
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    Wine Quay Bar
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Portuguese, Wine Bar, Deli)
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    AndreParente Says:

    Great wine with one of the best views in Porto — this is the best way to describe Wine Quay Bar. Located right in Ribeira on an upper level, you can enjoy your glass of wine and some ‘petiscos’ (Portuguese ‘tapas’) on the balcony or inside, taking in views of the Douro River and the bridge at the same time. The owners are really friendly, and will make your experience one to remember.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Ask the owners, Moisés and Filipa, about the history of the building. It’s really cool!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 1,675 restaurants in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic atmosphere, wine & port 12/08/2018
    • Drinks with a view 10/08/2018
    • Wine Quay Bar
    Address:
    111 E 112 Muro dos Bacalhoeiros
    Porto 4050-080
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 208 0119
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$46
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Cafe Majestic
    Coffee Shops
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    AndreParente Says:

    Art Nouveau alert! Open since 1921, Café Majestic is the most renowned café in town, and is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. It has a long tradition as being the meeting point of literary, artistic, and political elites, but was later left abandoned for many years. After some loving renovations, the café reopened its doors in 1994 with all its former glamour, and soon won over the hearts of locals and tourists alike.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Sitting outside is great on a summer day, but the real beauty of the Majestic is on the inside.
    • Ask for a tea and scones or a piece of cake. They’re delicious!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 75 Nightlife in Porto
    • Dont recommend this place!! 28/07/2018
    • Tourist trap! 13/07/2018
    • Cafe Majestic
    Address:
    Rua Caterina
    Porto
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 200 3887
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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    Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    AndreParente Says:

    Porto’s Cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. With Romanesque roots, the building has undergone many changes throughout the centuries, and from the square in front of the cathedral, you will be able to enjoy one of the best views of the city. You will be on historical grounds once here too; some of the most decisive episodes of our country’s history took place or had its roots here. When Napoleon’s Grande Armée entered and pillaged the city, a local resident painted the altar to hide the silver. The troops never realized it was there and left it behind!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don’t skip the visit to the cloisters!
    • The view from the small square in front of the church is one of the best in town.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 288 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • MUST SEE 13/08/2018
    • Impressive 11/08/2018
    • Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
    Address:
    Terreiro Se
    Porto 4050-573
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 205 9028
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Rail Station Sao Bento
    Architectural Buildings, Railways
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    AndreParente Says:

    One of the main train stations in Porto, São Bento is the oldest and most beautiful. This station was built on the location of the former São Bento de Avé-Maria Convent. Once inside, take a close look at the 20,000 painted tiles on the walls. These illustrate the evolution of transport in the area, as well as some important historical events.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Walk around and appreciate the glass and iron structure of the station. It will certainly remind you of a couple of stations found elsewhere in Europe.
    • You can get on the regional trains to Braga and Guimarães at this station.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 27 Transportation in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surreal Concourse 14/08/2018
    • Great railway station 14/08/2018
    • Rail Station Sao Bento
    Address:
    Praca Almeida Garrett
    Porto 4000-069
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 200 2722
    Other:
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    Palacio da Bolsa
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    AndreParente Says:

    This used to be the stock exchange in Porto, and is nowadays the headquarters of the city's Commercial Association. Built in 1842, its main architectural style is British Neoclassical, however you'll find a great mix of styles and decorative arts on a visit here. The Arab Room is the most amazing room in the palace, and you're sure to drop your jaw when you enter. It feels just as if you were transported straight into 1001 Arabian Nights!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Some concerts are held in the Arab Room. If you're in town and manage to get tickets, don't miss it.
    • The whole building is incredibly beautiful. Take your time and just enjoy it.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 288 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disappointment 14/08/2018
    • A dip into history 12/08/2018
    • Palacio da Bolsa
    Address:
    Rua Ferreira Borges S/N
    Porto 4050-253
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 339 9013
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$11
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
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    Igreja de Sao Francisco
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    AndreParente Says:

    It took two centuries to build this church, thanks to numerous delays and incidents that took their toll on the process. If you're a fan of Gothic architecture, you won't want to skip this visit. Although the outside of the church seems quite simple, when you step inside you'll be amazed by the colors, and the gilded columns and altars will definitely catch your eye!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can also visit the catacombs. Noble personalities of the city and some Franciscan friars are buried in these underground galleries.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 288 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful church, must see if you visit Porto 15/08/2018
    • Nice church - high ticket price 12/08/2018
    • Igreja de Sao Francisco
    Address:
    Rua do Infante D. Henrique
    Porto 4050-297
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 206 2100
    Other:
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    Graham's Port Lodge
    Wineries & Vineyards
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    AndreParente Says:

    There are a few wine cellars in Porto, but this one is really my favorite. The place is very nice, and both the guided visit and the wine tasting are wonderful, but what makes it truly stand out is its location. Graham’s is located up the hill, providing a superb view overlooking the Douro River and the city.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • During the busiest months, there is a free shuttle bus from the main road by the river. Otherwise, it can take a bit of uphill walking to get here. Whatever mode of transport you choose, the reward is well worth it!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 84 things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Informative tour around the cellars, great tasting 13/08/2018
    • Joao is the best! 11/08/2018
    • Graham's Port Lodge
    Address:
    Rua de Agro 141
    Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-351
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 377 6484
    Price range:
    US$19 - US$19
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Baixa Bar
    Restaurants
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    AndreParente Says:

    Porto’s nightlife scene is pumping nowadays. The entertainment district downtown, around what we call the Galerias square (for Rua Galerias de Paris), is packed with nice, trendy bars. While you can take your pick, I like to start the night in Baixa Bar. The place is beautiful, with a mix of classic and modern decoration, the music is usually good, and the drinks are well served.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Check out several bars before deciding which one to stay in, as most of them don’t have a cover charge to enter.
    • During nice weather, people will be chilling in the street outside the bars, just talking and having fun.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #875 of 1,675 restaurants in Porto
    • Great cocktails 17/03/2018
    • Lovely restaurant 27/11/2017
    • Baixa Bar
    Address:
    Rua Candido dos Reis 52
    Porto 4050-151
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 910 365 625
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Palacio de Cristal
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    AndreParente Says:

    At Palácio de Cristal you will find one of the most beautiful gardens in Porto, and a magnificent view over the Douro River. If you are traveling with your loved one, this is the place to go to really impress her or him, and declare your true love. Wander around and pay attention to every detail: flowers, tress, lakes, ducks, and peacocks are all in abundance here!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The entrance is free.
    • You can get here walking from downtown, or by bus.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 288 things to do in Porto
    • Take time to visit this beautiful spot 14/08/2018
    • Beautiful, quiet garden 13/08/2018
    • Palacio de Cristal
    Address:
    Rua Dom Manuel II
    Porto 4050-345
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 543 0360
    Other:
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    Casa da Musica
    Architectural Buildings, Theatres
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    AndreParente Says:

    Casa de Música is to Porto what the Opera House is to Sydney. This modern and irregular-shaped building was designed by Rem Koolhaas, a world-renowned Dutch architect, as part of the city’s project for European Culture Capital in 2001, and immediately became a city icon. It houses a cultural institution, three resident orchestras, and offers a wide cultural agenda, from classic and children's concerts to dining and clubbing parties. It’s open to public visits, and one can take a guided tour of the building and its magnificent rooms.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Take a guided tour if you are into architecture and arts.
    • There is a nice café on the ground floor, with nice snacks on offer and good WiFi.
    • To get here, you can take the metro or bus.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 288 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice building friendly staff 07/08/2018
    • Guided tour not recommended 30/07/2018
    • Casa da Musica
    Address:
    Avenida da Boavista 604-610
    Porto 4149-071
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 22 012 0220
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Em Carne Viva
    Restaurants (European, Portuguese)
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    AndreParente Says:

    This is a vegetarian restaurant, but is sure to please non-vegetarians too - starting with the name itself, which means 'raw meat!' It is set in a wonderful classic house near Casa da Música, that was rebuilt by the owner himself, with a very nice garden at the back. The food is excellent, and the mood is very quiet and peaceful.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Try the vegetarian “francesinha.” You'll get to taste Porto’s most famous dish in a different style.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #174 of 1,675 restaurants in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Extremely slow service 06/08/2018
    • What a great experience 17/07/2018
    • Em Carne Viva
    Address:
    Avenida da Boavista No 868
    N 868
    Porto 4100-112
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 932 352 722
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$28
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Sat
    12:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Other:
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    Museu Serralves
    Art Museums
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    AndreParente Says:

    Serralves is the perfect place for a relaxing late morning or afternoon. Visit the art exhibitions at the museum and house, explore the gardens, and visit the farm. There are plenty of quiet and mysterious corners to discover in this unique park, which has the perfect balance between art, nature, and history.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visits to the museum, house, and park are free on Sunday mornings.
    • Take your time to walk around the gardens and enjoy a quiet and delicious Sunday brunch at the Casa de Chá.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 288 things to do in Porto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Culture at is best 11/08/2018
    • Sunning gardens but limits to the art and a bit hard to get to 10/08/2018
    • Museu Serralves
    Address:
    Rua Dom Joao de Castro 210
    Porto 4150-417
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 808 200 543
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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    Oporto GT Baixa
    Restaurants (European, Spanish, Portuguese, Pub, Gastropub)
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    AndreParente Says:

    This is a tapas restaurant where you will feel like a real local. The food is delicious and the owner is a truly nice guy who will make you feel right at home. It’s a nice place to finish you day or start your night out.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Ask for a couple of “petiscos” to share among your fellow travelers.
    • Try the dark beer, one of the house specialties.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Friendly atmosphere, excellent host, very nice tapas 27/09/2016
    • Amazing food and drinks for little money 19/09/2016
    • Oporto GT Baixa
    Address:
    Rua Brito Capelo 1127
    Matosinhos
    Porto 4450-078
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 912 008 587
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$17
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
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