Porto is full of fun stuff to do, but there are some things you absolutely cannot miss: we'd say tinned fish, good port, and your first ever francesinha. This monstrous sandwich was invented in the 50s, by a Portuguese man (Daniel Silva) who was living in France at the time. He saw the croque monsieur and thought, ‘hey, let's go bigger’.
Thick white bread encases layers of Portuguese sausage, ham and roast beef or steak, served with a fried egg and an incredibly rich beer and cheese sauce. It's not for the faint hearted, but it's absolutely delicious, and a non-negotiable must-try in the city. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of places to get it, but only some of them are worth your dough. Here are the best places to get a francesinha in Porto.
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