Best places for brunch in Porto
There’s no set menu here: brunch is pretty much what you want it to be. Brazilia-style tapioca pancakes, smoothie bowls, granola, toasted sandwiches, every kind of coffee and a cocktails menu that’s hard to say no to. Plus it’s all very photogenic, which is what brunch was invented for, after all.
Food & Friends opened on the ground floor of cultural centre Breyner 85 with a simple but meaningful concept. Healthy Greek and Mediterranean-influenced dishes with many options for vegetarians and vegans. Tomato bites, quinoa bites, oven-baked brie with honey and nuts, toast with cashew, cheese and honey and toast with cream cheese, salmon, capers and lemon are some of the options to share brunch with your friends at the weekend.
The all-day brunch here democratically treats the annoyingly early risers and slugabeds equally. From €9.90 you can tuck into a croissant or muffin, soup or Greek yoghurt with raspberries, a sandwich or scrambled eggs with ham, and also a slice of cheesecake, apple pie or chocolate cake. And a drink. And off for a lie down...
Served only on Sundays, the brunch at the Crowne Plaza hotel is a veritable banquet. There are dozens of dishes on offer, from steak in a sweet bolo do caco bun, cheeses and cured hams and sausages, quiches, all kinds of eggs made to order, and desserts. Sure, it costs €22, but you can eat your own weight in brunch, so be sure to book.
It’s a paradise for pancakes, which are present in all four brunch menu options on offer (from €6), with butter and honey. Besides the house’s star dish, you can order scrambled eggs with bacon, bowls of açaí, beans with tomatoes and mushrooms and, of course, hot and cold beverages.
Stop here to have breakfast and at the same time buy your vacuum-sealed lunch, available in the shop, to take home for later. You can also eat a fresh bread roll made in house as an afternoon snack and even come back for dinner. Try the veal, that you can eat with a spoon with risotto alla parmigiana, for example. At the weekend, there is brunch from noon to 4pm. Start with some smoked salmon blinis with shallot and fennel mayonnaise, which are fresh and delicious. The crispy alheira sausages reminded us of croquetes, with thick bread crumbs, a fried egg and greens. The spiced octopus comes perfectly cooked, very tender, in a broth of peppers, squash, onions and spices – an intense aroma and original combination. For dessert, we can recommend the excellent cake with different types of chocolate.
There are some very trendy spots in Porto, and not all of them are in Baixa. For example, The Bird, a tea room in Foz. It has bird cages hanging from the ceiling, round tables with napkins shaped in different ways and an appealing enough terrace that you won’t want to leave. There’s a lunch menu, a signature chocolate cake, teas for every taste, and a brunch that can be eaten at any time of the day.
The story of the Crowne Plaza Porto started over 30 years ago, in 1984, with a hotel that was then called Tiara Park Atlantic Porto. Already at the time, because it was right in the middle of Avenida da Boavista, it was one of the most significant accommodation venues in the business district. The Crowne Plaza’s brunch (€22), served on Sundays only, is a real banquet. There are dozens of dishes on offer, from steak sandwiches, cheeses and sausages, to quiches, eggs made every possible way upon order and desserts to top it all off in the best way possible.