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How to spend 48 hours in Porto

In Porto just for the weekend? Plan ahead: here are our suggestions for a great couple of days

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Time Out Porto editors
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Doing any city in a weekend is a challenge, so allow us to give you a hand. Here’s where to eat and drink in Porto, what to do and see, and the places you shouldn’t miss. Hey, you can always come back!

How to spend 48 hours in Porto

  • Bars and pubs
  • Baixa

Nestled in the heart of the Sé, the legendary terrace of the Guindalense Football Club is the ideal place to start planning your weekend while looking at the city and making people jealous on Instagram. Like in any neighbourhood co-op bar, the main afternoon menu is a “fino” of cold beer and a hot dog, francesinha or ham and cheese sandwich.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Campo Alegre
  • price 4 of 4

This is a traditional Japanese restaurant, fresh and modern with some Western-inspired dishes. It has two different rooms, with the ceilings full of origami. In the kitchen, there’s Christian Oliveira and Agnaldo Ferreira that have been making sushi for many years. But on top of sushi and sashimi, there’s also ramen, toro and wagyu beef with foie gras. To drink, of course, there are the famous craft sakes.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Galerias

Here you can do more than have a few drinks or dance to the sound of the different DJs that play on the weekends. However, on Fridays, it’s a great spot to have a well-served gin and a quick dance on the always busy dancefloor

How to spend 48 hours in Porto

  • Restaurants
  • Pastelerías
  • Foz

French croissants, made with crispy and delicious puff pastry, are not easy to find in the city. But at Mademoiselle, a bakery managed by a French couple in Foz, they are made fresh every morning. There are plain ones or with fillings and topings, like salted caramel, almonds or jam.

11.30am: Rua Miguel Bombarda
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11.30am: Rua Miguel Bombarda

This street earned the nickname of Art District due to its dozens of art galleries, clothing and design shops, independent brand pop-ups and workshops per square metre.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Bonfim
  • price 1 of 4

Set up in a 20th-century building, this venue has a modern and minimalist design, and a simple idea: good quality coffee and brunch every day. What’s included? Ham, tuna or cheese and basil toastie, a scone with butter or jam, a slice of cake, yoghurt with fruit and granola, fresh juice and a hot drink.

  • Shopping
  • Delis
  • Cedofeita

Wines, jams, olive oils, biscuits, tinned goods, chocolates, cheeses and much more: Copo D’Uva, a gourmet store and deli, is in Quarteirão de Bombarda, and has everything you need to fill your pantry back home with good Portuguese products.

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  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Massarelos

They are in the centre of Porto, and they impress by their diversity. They were created in the 19th century, with a view on the Douro. Besides the botanical species and peacocks walking around, check out the Carlos Alberto Chapel and the Porto Municipal Gallery, dedicated to modern art.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Boavista
  • price 1 of 4

In this Boavista spot, the only place you can sit and eat is at the counter. Have a look around this snack-bar and, from wherever you stand, you’ll have a view of the place where the magic happens: the grill where the hot dogs and steak sandwiches are prepared.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Baixa
  • price 2 of 4

The music is really great in this Baixa joint, and it’s even better when it comes with a Mexican, Jamaican or even a Japanese beer. The kitchen stays open late and there’s an enviable record collection.

  • Nightlife
  • Late-night bars
  • São Bento

This venue has one of the best agendas in the city, and as a result, one of the busiest dancefloors, until the early hours of the day. Jeff Mills, Ben Klock, Nina Kraviz and Helena Hauff are just some of the names that have played there.

How to spend 48 hours in Porto

  • Restaurants
  • Tea rooms
  • Foz
  • price 1 of 4

Your body is probably feeling the excesses of last night and begging for food by now. A good brunch is always welcome, but even more so when it’s in a beautiful place with a nice terrace. There are also daily specials, as an alternative.

12.30pm: Torre dos Clérigos
  • Attractions
  • Monuments and memorials
  • Baixa

The 75 metres, 225 steps high tower gives access to a 360° view of the city – one of the best and most Instagrammable on offer. It was inaugurated in 1763 and has been Porto’s biggest landmark since then.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Aliados
  • price 2 of 4

What if we told you there is a craft beer made especially for the Brasão restaurant, specifically with its francesinha in mind? It’s a perfect combination, especially for a late lunch.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Portuguese
  • Baixa
  • price 1 of 4

Start with the rissóis (patties) and bolinhos de bacalhau (codfish cakes), and then, order some dishes made simply, like Portuguese stew or sausage wrapped with cabbage. For dessert, don’t miss out on one of the best chocolate mousses in the city

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