Where to eat Portuguese specialities in Porto?

Tripas à Moda do Porto

Dishes to choose from in Porto’s restaurants

The combination of ingredients such as paprika, cinnamon, cod and many others, reflects the way Porto ‘s inhabitants have remained close to their traditions and passionate about their gastronomic history.

The dishes

Porto’s gastronomy boasts a variety of dishes whose main ingredient is cod. You can enjoy it in Bacalao Ze do Pipo (or Bacalhau), a type of baked cake made with milk, mashed potatoes and mayonnaise.

Bacalao Porto

Bacalao Ze do Pipo – Wikimedia – Javier Lastras

Porto’s specialities also include seafood: fish, sardines, grilled octopus(polvo), but above all tripe:

Tripas à Moda do Porto (tripe) is a stew made from high-quality leftover meat such as ham, sausage, veal and chicken, mixed with beans. It is usually served with rice.

Tripas à Moda do Porto

Tripas in Moda do Porto – Flickr – Official Porto Tourism Portal

Another typical Porto dish is called Francesinha (meaning « little French girl »). It’s a kind of white bread sandwich stuffed with ham, veal or pork sausage, with melting cheese on top and covered with a beer-tomato sauce. Served with fries. As an option, you can ask for a fried egg on top. Very fatty, but delicious.

francesinha porto

Francesinha – Flickr – strong

Port wine

There’s nothing like a good wine to accompany a good meal, and Porto has a wide range of options, and its wine is world-renowned. Choose from a wide variety of reds, rosés and whites. All are excellent choices and there’s always something to please you. This wine is produced in the Douro Valley and requires a fairly complex manufacturing process, which is what makes it so successful.

porto vin porto

Flickr – Ricardo Martins

Desserts

The sweet part of Porto is found in Pastéis de Belém from Lisbon, a type of pastry flan served with cream made from a secret recipe. Best eaten with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

Another typical sweet is Queijadas de Sintra, prepared in a crust with sugar, cheese and ground cinnamon.

The Requeijão com doce de abóbora (ricotta with pumpkin jam) is perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Pastéis de Nata Porto

Even here in Porto, Pastéis de nata are a specialty – Flickr – André Luís

Here are some other dishes not to be missed in Porto:

Doces conventuais (very sweet almond cakes)

Queijo da Serra da Estrela (one of Portugal’s finest cheeses, strong and runny when young)

Presunto (large cured ham, either Bísaro from the north or Porco Preto from the south)

Cabrito assado (roast kid)

Some restaurant addresses in Porto

Café Santiago (226 Rua Passos Manuel). Serves one of the best francesinha

Bacalhoeiro (74 Avenida Diogo Leite, Vila Nova Gaia). Cross the Dom-Luís Bridge.

O Marinheiro (Praça de Dona Filipa de Lencastre)

Restaurante Portucale (598, Rua da Alegria)

Bull & Bear (3431, Avenida da Boavista)

Dom Tonho (13-15, Cais da Ribeira)

For ice cream, Gelataria Sincelo (54, Rua de Ceuta) is renowned.

You can also head to the coast to Matosinhos or Foz do Douro, where seafood is cooked to perfection. On the other side of the Dom-Luís Bridge, the town of Vila Nova de Gaia boasts many modern restaurants, some of them Michelin-starred.