There's so much to see and do in Porto, but what about where to stay and what to eat? That's half the fun!
Where to Stay
Christina picked up the May issue Elle decor last year and fell in love with the feature on the Guest house Miss Opo. Miss Opo is walking distance to the city center and Douro riverfront. She was fascinated how raw and industrial the building was but at the same time so inviting! Miss Opo offers 6 apartments and a bar where you can listen to good music on the ground floor. When Christina and Tim checked in, they were told they would receive a basket with breakfast outside their door-how charming and convenient!
"Waking up to the crisp air in the morning I checked at our front door to see if we had received a basket. Not only did I find the most delicious pastries but also a handwritten note from Sara, the awesome receptionist wishing us a great day. I wrapped every single one of her notes and brought them back with me." -Christina
Where to Eat
The food of Portugal is similar to Spanish food; delicious pork, flavorful small plates, and fresh seafood. A perfect example of this cuisine is Restaurant Traca. Christina and Tim loved it so much that they went there twice while in Porto!
Christina decided to try something she'd never had before: wild boar. The dish came stuffed and baked in peppers which made for a strong and flavorful dish that she loved. Tim got pork cheeks braised in that famous Porto port wine with cheese mash. Heaven on a plate.
If beautiful views and awesome sangria sound like something you'd enjoy, Riverfront Cafe is the place to be! You can get any of the cafes traditional octopus with olives, bread in olive oil and cheese while you enjoy the view on the bridge and listen to the boats floating by.
If you're staying at Miss Opo, Trasca is perfect since it is just around the corner. It's a very small and cozy place that offers various types of tapas. Christina and Tim showed up here for a nightcap last glass of sangria and beer.
Sandes de Porto is an awesome tiny spot for sandwiches and salads. Staffed by one person who cooks and serves incredible sandwiches and salads all made with ingredients fresh from the market.
Christina and Tim enjoyed many beautiful days in Porto, but also endured some rainy ones as Porto’s weather is unpredictable. One day, it was raining so hard with strong, cold winds that it destroyed the umbrella they had just bought. Since the weather was so bad, they decided to take one of the Hop on and off Tours and drove to the Foz district where they wanted to see the lighthouse. After the storm, they were wet and cold and decided to find a place to eat lunch and found Bar Tolo on Rua Sr da Luz. It is a cute building with three floors. On the top level is a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea where they enjoyed authentic Portugese flavors. Christina had a fish soup, which she says was the best soup she has ever had. They always put the catch of the day in the soup, so it is very fresh and tastes amazing. Sangria is not to be missed at this great restaurant with a very friendly staff.