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Porto was the grand finale of our road trip across Northern Spain, partly because flying out of Porto was much more affordable than leaving from Galicia. We dropped off our rental car and took the train down from Vigo and enjoyed just two nights in Porto. We absolutely loved it and can understand why it is such a popular destination. The colorful architecture and winding streets are incredibly beautiful, and the food & drinks were excellent. We particularly enjoyed exploring the streets of the old town as well as Rua de Miguel Bonbarda, the arts district. We also had to pop into the very touristy but very cool Livaria Lello bookstore. It was busy and full of tourists, however that didn't detract from our enjoyment of how beautiful and full of life this city is.

Food + Drink

The Royal Cocktail Club

One of the top cocktail bars in Porto. The drinks were delicious and the atmosphere was beautiful. We recommend getting there early to guarantee a seat.


The best meal we've ever had! The service was excellent, very friendly and accommodating with my gluten-free needs. The food was interesting but not too weird, and absolutely delicious. Our top food recommendation.


Our favorite find in Porto! An outdoor bar with lawn seating among ancient olive trees and beautiful city views. Top recommendation for Porto.

Port Tasting

There are many port distilleries that offer tours and tastings. We landed on Churchill's Lodge based on a friend's recommendation and we really enjoyed it. It was a short walk from the more crowded spots, and they have an outdoor garden bar as well but it wasn't open when we went.


A really beautiful garden restaurant associated with a sweet little hotel, Casa Antiga. We happened upon it around lunch time and decided to stop for a bite and a drink. It was lovely!

Do Norte Café by Hungry Biker

A trendy brunch spot with colorful, healthy dishes.

Coffee + Pastries

You can't go to Portugal and not try their famous pastries. We enjoyed the coffee and treats from Com Cuore, Fábrica Coffee Roasters, and a small local's place called Oporto Bakery.


There were many vintage and antique shops on the map, but most of them weren't open on the days we were there. My favorite shop was LOJA, a mix of vintage and curated pieces located in the artist district. We walked by Pedras & Pêssegos which looked like an amazing spot for vintage furniture.

We loved Porto and would go back in a heartbeat. While two days was enough to get to see the highlights and explore the city, more time would have allowed us to try more bars and restaurants and perhaps a day trip to visit the Douro Valley wine region. Highly recommend!


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