Here are the best restaurants in Porto and North of Portugal!
Porto and the North of Portugal inhabitants are proud of their food. And so they should be as every single thing tastes delicious. From high-end restaurants to the most genuine and typical “tascas” (small, unsophisticated, inexpensive restaurants), you will fall in love with their food, diversity and charisma.
In greater Porto, these are some of our favourites: Olhinhos de Polvo (in Matosinhos) for octopus recipes only. Delicious and surprisingly inexpensive. Casa de Pasto da Palmeira (in Foz) is another one, with its little tasting dishes and trendy atmosphere. Also in Foz, try Cafeina. A classic, the food is good (try their tuna carpaccio with sesame seeds!) and the atmosphere homely with a touch of sophistication. For probably the best views of Porto, perfect service and 1 Michelin-star, try one of the country’s best restaurants: the Yeatman, at the Yeatman hotel, with its signature cuisine. Their menu changes all the time – as it should be expected from a Michelin starred restaurant – and the wine list is superb!
A little further North, in the city of Guimarães, we recommend a great regional restaurant: Chello’s. Classic and sober, their duck, pork or pheasant courses are always highly recommended. Another one which should not be missed is the Turismo Lounge in Barcelos: excellent service and views towards the Cavado river. It is also a good way of combining food, such as “smoked cod with a touch of Transmontana crusted sausage” or “soufflé of seabass with creamy prawns”, with visiting a city with many medieval and baroque churches and manor houses.
Adega da Vila, in Vila do Conde, not far from Porto, is an opportunity to have delicious “tapas” in a typical setting and to visit a village with much history and loads of charm. Just before we finish, we cannot help mentioning another of Porto’s gourmet highlights: the Doce Mar Patisserie, in the Foz borough. With views over a rocky coastline exhaling a strong sea scent, this is a local gathering point. You will only come across parents with children, students with their books, intellectuals reading newspapers and nowadays maybe the odd tourist. Ask for an expresso and a croissant with cheese or ham. They are divine (and not inferior to the French ones!).