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Guidebook for Porto

Food Scene
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FLOW Restaurant & Bar
63 Rua da Conceição
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Padaria Ribeiro
21 Praça de Guilherme Gomes Fernandes
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Leitaria da Quinta do Paço
47 Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes
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Cafe Progresso
5 R. Actor João Guedes
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Candelabro
3 Rua da Conceição
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éLeBê Centro
94 Rua da Conceição
Bom de Sal
108 Rua dos Mártires da Liberdade
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O Caçula Restaurante
47 Praça de Carlos Alberto
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Café Luso
92 Praça de Carlos Alberto
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Reitoria
33 R. de Sá de Noronha
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Zenith - Brunch & Cocktails Bar
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Camafeuzinho
85 Praça de Carlos Alberto
Drinks & Nightlife
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Base Porto
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Located in a picturesque square, this modern-age tasca serves great food: quiches, tapas, desserts, artisanal beer and wine by the glass. An always appealing meeting place! Rua das Oliveiras, 36 Porto (Cedofeita) PHONE: 222 084 398
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Taberna Aduela
36 R. Das Oliveiras
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Located in a picturesque square, this modern-age tasca serves great food: quiches, tapas, desserts, artisanal beer and wine by the glass. An always appealing meeting place! Rua das Oliveiras, 36 Porto (Cedofeita) PHONE: 222 084 398
TThe name is inspired by the French emperor, the owner is German and the concept is similar to an Irish pub. Born out of this mixture of references more than 30 years ago was the classic "Bona" in Foz and now its sibling in the Baixa area. Whether for a hot chocolate or an Erdinger, in the cosy interior or in front of the sea, this is the ideal place to let your hair down after work and enjoy the happy hour from 5-9pm. Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 40 Porto (Baixa - Clérigos) PHONE: 220 962 852
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Bonaparte Downtown
40 Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes
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TThe name is inspired by the French emperor, the owner is German and the concept is similar to an Irish pub. Born out of this mixture of references more than 30 years ago was the classic "Bona" in Foz and now its sibling in the Baixa area. Whether for a hot chocolate or an Erdinger, in the cosy interior or in front of the sea, this is the ideal place to let your hair down after work and enjoy the happy hour from 5-9pm. Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 40 Porto (Baixa - Clérigos) PHONE: 220 962 852
A club where you can dance till dawn! The warm up starts in a relaxed mood on the top floor. As you descend, you are faced with two very different choices: the main room, with an eclectic range of music, and the "cube", where the heaviest electronic beats are played. The club's consistent programme also includes concerts and the décor features unusual features that give this Mecca of Porto's nightlife a theatrical atmosphere. Rua Cândido dos Reis, 30 Porto (Baixa - Clérigos) PHONE:222 012 500
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Plan B Club - Port
30 R. de Cândido dos Reis
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A club where you can dance till dawn! The warm up starts in a relaxed mood on the top floor. As you descend, you are faced with two very different choices: the main room, with an eclectic range of music, and the "cube", where the heaviest electronic beats are played. The club's consistent programme also includes concerts and the décor features unusual features that give this Mecca of Porto's nightlife a theatrical atmosphere. Rua Cândido dos Reis, 30 Porto (Baixa - Clérigos) PHONE:222 012 500
Have a coffee and read a book! Café Candelabro is a special cafe-bookshop in downtown Porto. Why so special? Because it’s cosy, artsy and you can find books on the shelves. Some of them, you can actually buy. Others you can take with you to the table and enjoy them. Most of the books are about photography and cinema. Rua da Conceição, 3 Porto (Baixa - Porto) PHONE: 966 984 250
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Candelabro
3 Rua da Conceição
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Have a coffee and read a book! Café Candelabro is a special cafe-bookshop in downtown Porto. Why so special? Because it’s cosy, artsy and you can find books on the shelves. Some of them, you can actually buy. Others you can take with you to the table and enjoy them. Most of the books are about photography and cinema. Rua da Conceição, 3 Porto (Baixa - Porto) PHONE: 966 984 250
This the most beautiful cafe in Porto. Actually, it’s on the Top 10 of the most beautiful cafes in the world. It dates back to 1921 under the name of Elite. It’s located on Santa Catarina Street, the main pedestrian walkway in the city. You can’t miss it. The façade is gorgeous but as you go inside your mouth opens and the sound “UAU” comes out!
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Majestic Café
112 Rua Santa Catarina
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This the most beautiful cafe in Porto. Actually, it’s on the Top 10 of the most beautiful cafes in the world. It dates back to 1921 under the name of Elite. It’s located on Santa Catarina Street, the main pedestrian walkway in the city. You can’t miss it. The façade is gorgeous but as you go inside your mouth opens and the sound “UAU” comes out!
Café Guarany is located in Avenida dos Aliados, Porto’s main avenue. There’s no way you’ll miss it! And you shouldn’t. Honestly, I can’t say that there’s something on the menu that you really must have. The thing about this cafe is its history. A bit like Majestic Café, Guarany is one of the eldest cafes in town. It first opened its doors in January 1933. Guarany reminds us of the indians from South America and this was used as an allusion to Brazil, XX century world’s largest coffee producer. The people who went to Guarany in the 30’s where mainly musicians, writers, intellectuals and businessmen. After a renovation, Guarany reopened its doors to the city and is again a reference for those who have a creative and inquisitive mind.
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Café Guarany
85/89 Av. dos Aliados
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Café Guarany is located in Avenida dos Aliados, Porto’s main avenue. There’s no way you’ll miss it! And you shouldn’t. Honestly, I can’t say that there’s something on the menu that you really must have. The thing about this cafe is its history. A bit like Majestic Café, Guarany is one of the eldest cafes in town. It first opened its doors in January 1933. Guarany reminds us of the indians from South America and this was used as an allusion to Brazil, XX century world’s largest coffee producer. The people who went to Guarany in the 30’s where mainly musicians, writers, intellectuals and businessmen. After a renovation, Guarany reopened its doors to the city and is again a reference for those who have a creative and inquisitive mind.
Traditional restaurants in Porto
A Cozinha do Manel is a Porto classic. Don’t miss the duck rice and the roast veal, and check out the walls. Everyone from sports stars to prime ministers has dined here, and their pictures decorate the space. They came, they ate corn bread – which comes fresh every day from Avintes – and they got their picture taken. tips: French toast with pumpkin, figs and pine nuts: the must-have dessert. Be prepared to queue. It’s popular! Rua do Heroísmo, 215 Campanhã Porto 4300-259 Price: Up to €20
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A Cozinha do Manel
215 Rua do Heroísmo
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A Cozinha do Manel is a Porto classic. Don’t miss the duck rice and the roast veal, and check out the walls. Everyone from sports stars to prime ministers has dined here, and their pictures decorate the space. They came, they ate corn bread – which comes fresh every day from Avintes – and they got their picture taken. tips: French toast with pumpkin, figs and pine nuts: the must-have dessert. Be prepared to queue. It’s popular! Rua do Heroísmo, 215 Campanhã Porto 4300-259 Price: Up to €20
We don’t hold back about the stuff we love, and when it comes to the Adega São Nicolau, we love everything. There’s a menu full of great dishes – chicken bordelaise, octopus fillets with rice, or the perfect appetiser, cod cakes. Then there’s the desserts (all homemade) or the outdoors tables, overlooking the Douro river. Then there’s the great service – António Coelho has been doing this since he was 11 (in a legally okay way, we’re sure). The restaurant is small, the queues are (very) long. Make a reservation or be prepared to wait. Try the tongue stew. Honestly. Rua de São Nicolau, 1 Ribeira Porto 4050-561 Price: Up to €30
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Adega São Nicolau
1 R. de São Nicolau
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We don’t hold back about the stuff we love, and when it comes to the Adega São Nicolau, we love everything. There’s a menu full of great dishes – chicken bordelaise, octopus fillets with rice, or the perfect appetiser, cod cakes. Then there’s the desserts (all homemade) or the outdoors tables, overlooking the Douro river. Then there’s the great service – António Coelho has been doing this since he was 11 (in a legally okay way, we’re sure). The restaurant is small, the queues are (very) long. Make a reservation or be prepared to wait. Try the tongue stew. Honestly. Rua de São Nicolau, 1 Ribeira Porto 4050-561 Price: Up to €30
Antunes rule number one: everything goes down great with a glass of house wine. Rule number 2: follow the advice of Dona Maria Luísa. Third rule: close your eyes and point at the menu – whatever you choose, it will be good. Try hake fillets with vegetable rice, partridge stew, cod with onions (served year round) or wild boar with beans (when in season). Pork fans, the knuckle will blow your porcine mind. tips: Any dish with roast potatoes is a good choice. Rua do Bonjardim, 525 Trindade Porto 4000-126 Price: Up to €20
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Antunes
525 R. do Bonjardim
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Antunes rule number one: everything goes down great with a glass of house wine. Rule number 2: follow the advice of Dona Maria Luísa. Third rule: close your eyes and point at the menu – whatever you choose, it will be good. Try hake fillets with vegetable rice, partridge stew, cod with onions (served year round) or wild boar with beans (when in season). Pork fans, the knuckle will blow your porcine mind. tips: Any dish with roast potatoes is a good choice. Rua do Bonjardim, 525 Trindade Porto 4000-126 Price: Up to €20
Casa Aleixo is like a lovely Portuguese granny in restaurant form. It has a host of fine traditional dishes, including great ‘tripas’ tripe stew, kid goat, pigs’ trotters, bean stew, veal. It’s not just meat, though. Also served daily are octopus fillets with rice and great fish, including hake and cod, the latter cooked in a variety of ways. More please! Rua da Estação, 216 Porto 4300 Price: Up to €30
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Restaurante Casa Aleixo
216 Rua da Estação
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Casa Aleixo is like a lovely Portuguese granny in restaurant form. It has a host of fine traditional dishes, including great ‘tripas’ tripe stew, kid goat, pigs’ trotters, bean stew, veal. It’s not just meat, though. Also served daily are octopus fillets with rice and great fish, including hake and cod, the latter cooked in a variety of ways. More please! Rua da Estação, 216 Porto 4300 Price: Up to €30
Any visit to Casa Ferreira should start with ‘Do you have “pataniscas”?’ If they’re out of these delicious cod snacks, take a moment to rail against fate, then order the chicken soup (almost as great) or anything with potato salad. This family-owned restaurant has been going for more than 40 years, and what comes out of the kitchen is full of the sort of know-how and trickery known only to mothers and grandmothers. The family moved to a new location this year, but their Ferreira steak – rump steak, ham, cheese, egg, fries and meat gravy – remains as essential as ever. They have ‘alheira’ – a cod sausage. Try it: you might like Rua do Breiner, 248 Porto 4050-124 Price: Up to €20
Restaurante Casa Ferreira
248 Rua do Breiner
Any visit to Casa Ferreira should start with ‘Do you have “pataniscas”?’ If they’re out of these delicious cod snacks, take a moment to rail against fate, then order the chicken soup (almost as great) or anything with potato salad. This family-owned restaurant has been going for more than 40 years, and what comes out of the kitchen is full of the sort of know-how and trickery known only to mothers and grandmothers. The family moved to a new location this year, but their Ferreira steak – rump steak, ham, cheese, egg, fries and meat gravy – remains as essential as ever. They have ‘alheira’ – a cod sausage. Try it: you might like Rua do Breiner, 248 Porto 4050-124 Price: Up to €20
Few things are better about Porto than its abundance of family-run restaurants where you can eat superbly. Casa Nanda is typical: it’s been here more than 35 years, and it ain’t about to go changing. The same dishes have been cooked hundreds of times and refined to perfection, their taste refined to perfection: highlights include hake fillets with rice or potato salad and the grilled beef rib. tips: Start your meal with the chicken soup, finish it with ‘aletria’ pudding or crème brulée. Rua da Alegria, 394 Porto 4000-035 Price: Up to €30
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Casa Nanda
394 Rua da Alegria
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Few things are better about Porto than its abundance of family-run restaurants where you can eat superbly. Casa Nanda is typical: it’s been here more than 35 years, and it ain’t about to go changing. The same dishes have been cooked hundreds of times and refined to perfection, their taste refined to perfection: highlights include hake fillets with rice or potato salad and the grilled beef rib. tips: Start your meal with the chicken soup, finish it with ‘aletria’ pudding or crème brulée. Rua da Alegria, 394 Porto 4000-035 Price: Up to €30
This Campo Alegre restaurant’s name is pretty descriptive: this is indeed Amélia’s kitchen. She’s in charge of the show, offering delicacies such as the cod cakes or the eight (yes, eight) other kinds of cod dishes. If you’re in the mood for meat, go for the tripe stew or the ‘mirandesa’ beef steak, or the (sniff!) kid goat. Try the ‘best “pão-de-ló” sponge cake in the universe’: it’s good, though a frankly indefensibly hyperbolic claim. Rua do Campo Alegre, 747 Porto 4150-171 Price: Up to €20
Cozinha da Amélia
747 Rua do Campo Alegre
This Campo Alegre restaurant’s name is pretty descriptive: this is indeed Amélia’s kitchen. She’s in charge of the show, offering delicacies such as the cod cakes or the eight (yes, eight) other kinds of cod dishes. If you’re in the mood for meat, go for the tripe stew or the ‘mirandesa’ beef steak, or the (sniff!) kid goat. Try the ‘best “pão-de-ló” sponge cake in the universe’: it’s good, though a frankly indefensibly hyperbolic claim. Rua do Campo Alegre, 747 Porto 4150-171 Price: Up to €20
You’ll probably have to wait at this traditional restaurant: both upstairs and downstairs rooms are usually full, particularly at lunchtime. Home-style dishes are the speciality: one of their most famous, veal pie, is difficult to find elsewhere in the city. And there’s more: hake rissoles, fried sardines with rice and beans, ‘rojões’ diced pork, duck rice and tripe stew, Porto-style. Everything is very affordable. tips: On Tuesdays, ‘cozido’ is served. Rua Bolhão, 95 Santo Ildefonso Porto 4000-112 Up to €20
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O Buraco
95 Rua do Bolhão
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You’ll probably have to wait at this traditional restaurant: both upstairs and downstairs rooms are usually full, particularly at lunchtime. Home-style dishes are the speciality: one of their most famous, veal pie, is difficult to find elsewhere in the city. And there’s more: hake rissoles, fried sardines with rice and beans, ‘rojões’ diced pork, duck rice and tripe stew, Porto-style. Everything is very affordable. tips: On Tuesdays, ‘cozido’ is served. Rua Bolhão, 95 Santo Ildefonso Porto 4000-112 Up to €20
It’s paean to Portuguese cuisine, with a creative use of produce that cries out for the tasting menu. The experience is organized into five courses, involving more than ten different plates, such as lobster rissoles with fish roe, Setúbal-style red mullet or veal with quince. Save room for dessert. ‘Save room’ – ha ha! Rua de Costa Cabral, 2343 Areosa Porto 4200-232 Price: More than €50
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O Paparico
2343 Rua de Costa Cabral
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It’s paean to Portuguese cuisine, with a creative use of produce that cries out for the tasting menu. The experience is organized into five courses, involving more than ten different plates, such as lobster rissoles with fish roe, Setúbal-style red mullet or veal with quince. Save room for dessert. ‘Save room’ – ha ha! Rua de Costa Cabral, 2343 Areosa Porto 4200-232 Price: More than €50
If it’s a Monday, head to Rápido for their Spanish-style cod. If you’re reading this on a Wednesday, book a table anyway and order a cozido. This restaurant, next to the São Bento railway station, is steeped in tradition, which has earned it many devoted patrons. The owner himself picks all the ingredients – including those in the famous oven-roasted octopus, served by special order. Oh, and save room for dessert. Make a reservation or show up for lunch at noon prompt. Gather your mates and order the group menu, including starters, a meat and a fish course, desserts, drinks and coffee. Rua da Madeira, 194 Porto 4000-330 Up to €20
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O Rapido de São Bento
146 R. da Madeira
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If it’s a Monday, head to Rápido for their Spanish-style cod. If you’re reading this on a Wednesday, book a table anyway and order a cozido. This restaurant, next to the São Bento railway station, is steeped in tradition, which has earned it many devoted patrons. The owner himself picks all the ingredients – including those in the famous oven-roasted octopus, served by special order. Oh, and save room for dessert. Make a reservation or show up for lunch at noon prompt. Gather your mates and order the group menu, including starters, a meat and a fish course, desserts, drinks and coffee. Rua da Madeira, 194 Porto 4000-330 Up to €20
Portucale, in Bonfim, is one of the city's most venerable classics. Why is it one of Porto's 50 best restaurants? Because it ignores trends, within the kitchen or elsewhere. It serves traditional fare, cooked as in 1969, the year it opened for business. Some menu options have been there since the beginning, such as the Portucale steak, flambéed in the dining room, or the Walewska fillets, poached in champagne and covered in lobster. Also unchanged: the decoration, dominated by velvet, leather and wood. Address: Rua da Alegria, 598 Porto 4000-037 Price: Up to €50
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Restaurante Portucale
598 Rua da Alegria
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Portucale, in Bonfim, is one of the city's most venerable classics. Why is it one of Porto's 50 best restaurants? Because it ignores trends, within the kitchen or elsewhere. It serves traditional fare, cooked as in 1969, the year it opened for business. Some menu options have been there since the beginning, such as the Portucale steak, flambéed in the dining room, or the Walewska fillets, poached in champagne and covered in lobster. Also unchanged: the decoration, dominated by velvet, leather and wood. Address: Rua da Alegria, 598 Porto 4000-037 Price: Up to €50
There’s one rule at the Rei dos Galos de Amarante: start your meal with the fish soup, and end it with Seia whey cheese and pumpkin jam. In between, choose whatever you want. They have salted white sea bream and sea bass, game rabbit, roast kid goat and even cuttlefish or octopus bean stew. A classic tripe stew is only served on weekends and must be ordered in advance. So worth it, mind you. Rua das Taipas, 121 Vitória Porto 4050-600 Price: Up to €20
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Rei dos Galos de Amarante
121 Rua das Taipas
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There’s one rule at the Rei dos Galos de Amarante: start your meal with the fish soup, and end it with Seia whey cheese and pumpkin jam. In between, choose whatever you want. They have salted white sea bream and sea bass, game rabbit, roast kid goat and even cuttlefish or octopus bean stew. A classic tripe stew is only served on weekends and must be ordered in advance. So worth it, mind you. Rua das Taipas, 121 Vitória Porto 4050-600 Price: Up to €20
The Taberna dos Mercadores in the Ribeira is owned by the same family as the nearby Adega São Nicolau. Traditional and regional dishes dominate the menu: prawn açorda bread soup, rojões diced pork and even an unmissable arouquesa meat pot. For special days – and by special order only – they make cod tongue rice and roast kid goat, prepared with ingredients that proprietor António Coelho sources from his home town of Resende (sort of ‘return to Resende’). Rua dos Mercadores, 36/38 Ribeira Porto 4050-373 Price: Up to €30
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Taberna Dos Mercadores
36 R. dos Mercadores
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The Taberna dos Mercadores in the Ribeira is owned by the same family as the nearby Adega São Nicolau. Traditional and regional dishes dominate the menu: prawn açorda bread soup, rojões diced pork and even an unmissable arouquesa meat pot. For special days – and by special order only – they make cod tongue rice and roast kid goat, prepared with ingredients that proprietor António Coelho sources from his home town of Resende (sort of ‘return to Resende’). Rua dos Mercadores, 36/38 Ribeira Porto 4050-373 Price: Up to €30
A restaurant named after the patron saint of eating had better be pretty shit-hot. Luckily, Taberna Santo António in Miragaia is. Order one of the four daily specials, all guaranteed to be good. If the menu includes alheira sausage pie and turnip greens, or cod pataniscas with rice and beans, choose them. From the massive dessert display, the homemade chocolate mousse is among the city’s finest. Nice one, St Antonio. Rua das Virtudes, 32 Porto 4050-630 Price: Up to €20
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Taberna Santo António
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A restaurant named after the patron saint of eating had better be pretty shit-hot. Luckily, Taberna Santo António in Miragaia is. Order one of the four daily specials, all guaranteed to be good. If the menu includes alheira sausage pie and turnip greens, or cod pataniscas with rice and beans, choose them. From the massive dessert display, the homemade chocolate mousse is among the city’s finest. Nice one, St Antonio. Rua das Virtudes, 32 Porto 4050-630 Price: Up to €20