Porto does traditional food really well, but it’s not afraid to embrace the new. We also excel in the art of making eggs, pancakes, toasties and coffee drinks. 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
When it comes to brunch, Zenith know the tricks of the trade. There are no fixed menus, but there is a wide array of options, such as: banana bread with blueberry jam; chicken tapioca with cheddar and avocado; Zenith’s poached and breaded eggs with hollandaise sauce; and vegan shakshuka with bell peppers and tomato, tofu, mushrooms and spinach. There are also various coffee drinks available, like the caramel latte or even the Zenith sangria (why not) with sparkling wine, strawberry and mango.
Two simple pancakes (with butter and honey, that is), a cold and a hot drink are common to all four brunch menus available at O Diplomata, a pancake haven – the fluffiest around. You can opt for a menu that includes beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, scrambled eggs and bacon, or one comprising scrambled eggs, bacon and an acai bowl. For an extra 1.50€ you get a smoothie, a mimosa or a two-fruit juice. And if you want to take it to the next pancake level, top yours with fruit, ice-cream and chocolate (extra charge).
There are options for every taste and budget at Vogue Café. Pancakes with raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries, strawberries and berry sorbet; bowl of peanut butter, blueberries and chia; and eggs with green and white asparagus, mushrooms and hollandaise sauce on bread from Alentejo. These are just some of the brunch options you can indulge in. Finish it off with the French toast with almond ice-cream or with the sweet quinoa. We bet you won’t be hungry again before dinnertime.
Do Norte Café & Terrace is one of the city’s newest spots. The decor is rustic, featuring some handcrafted objects and some antiques. They offer two brunch menus. The Traditional includes scrambled eggs, bacon, grilled sausage, caramelised mushrooms with red cabbage, grilled tomatoes, toast with butter and jam, yoghurt with fruit and a latte, tea or orange juice. In the Do Norte alternative, bacon and sausage are replaced by avocado, salmon and spinach.
Located on the third floor of the namesake theatre, they offer a buffet brunch with many healthy options. The menu includes soup, a hot dish – pancakes with marinated salmon, poached egg and hollandaise sauce, or scrambled eggs with rocket and parmesan, for instance – and many other delicious things you can eat, and eat, and eat. Yoghurt with muesli, salads, mini-focaccias, desserts, bread and fresh fruit juices are just a few examples.
This restaurant in Vila Nova de Gaia offers a brunch menu free of animal-derived products. Rustic bread with jam and non-dairy butter, a muffin, vegan cheese, acai with homemade granola and fruit, orange juice, filter coffee and a cappuccino with non-dairy milk are some of what’s included. The other two menu options let you try other treats like velhotes da Braguesa, a type of traditional sweet bread from Gaia, made with eggs and sugar. Just delicious.
On Sundays, Maus Hábitos’ restaurant turns into a brunch mecca, offering three different menus: the mini-brunch, the brunch for one and the brunch for two (to share). Eggs – scrambled or fried – and bacon, green salad, pancakes with lemon curd and house ricotta, and bottomless filter coffee and lemonade integrate all three. You can also try other specialties like the quesadillas, homemade granola with yoghurt and berries or the dark chocolate mousse. You can choose to order à la carte.