Porto does traditional food really well, but it’s not afraid to embrace the new. Get up late, have eggs and whatnot – plus a cheeky mimosa – at one of the city’s best brunch places.
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.
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.
This is a paradise for pancake lovers: they’re a key plank of all four brunch menus here (from €6), served with butter and honey. As well as the house speciality, you can order scrambled eggs with bacon, açaí cups, beans with tomato and mushrooms and hot or cold drinks. Sweet diplomacy.