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Top 10 things to do in Foz

From the city centre to the seaside, we’ve found the top 10 things to do in Foz

By Time Out Lisbon editors

The smell of the sea, the sound of the waves and its endless gardens are what makes Foz one of the most beautiful areas in Porto. Promenades that go for miles and good food by the seaside – we give you ten reasons to fall in love with Foz. 

Top 10 things to do in Foz

Fim de tarde na praia da Foz
Ana Luzia

Take a dip

Foz means beaches. And beaches mean the sea. The waters in these parts are always on the chilly side, which is great if the weather is baking. If it’s not, you might prefer to stay beachside and just chill to the sound of the waves. Alternatively, stroll beside the sea, or rent a bike and ride along the coastal cycle path.

Fundação de Serralves
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Lose yourself in the Serralves gardens

Museums Art and design Porto

This multifaceted oasis offers plenty of reasons to pass a few hours. Start with the gorgeous art deco house, then explore the sprawling park – which includes a working farm – and wind it all up with a visit to the Contemporary Art Museum (until September you can catch the exhibition of paintings and drawings by Julie Mehretu, ‘A Universal History of Everything and Nothing’). There’s also a shop with designer pieces, an art bookshop, a restaurant and a café.


Stuff yourself silly at Mercado da Foz

Restaurants Foz

Foz’s famous local market hall has piles of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, and also hot takeaway food, including delicious veal pasties, burgers and hot dogs. There’s also a stall specialising in brigadeiros (Brazilian chocolate-caramel bonbons). Drop in, fill your boots, repeat.


Book a table at Cafeína

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Foz

Vasco Mourão is like the culinary king of Foz, as demonstrated 
by the number of places he runs (four, all in the area). Cafeína is the oldest, with decades of experience brilliant wines and international cuisine classics such as beef wellington and duck magret.

Pedro Lemos - Horta do Chef

Visit chef Pedro Lemos’s organic garden

Restaurants Foz

And not only the garden, of course: make sure to book at table at his Michelin-starred restaurant in Old Foz and enjoy a tasting menu made up wholly of seasonal products. The wine list is superb too, so this is definitely not one to miss.

Peebz - Hambúrguer Peebz
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Try one of Porto’s best burgers

Restaurants Burgers Foz

Admittedly, the usual idea in Porto is to stuff yourself with francesinhas, tripe and other traditional local dishes. But there are more culinary delights not to miss, such as the hamburgers at Peebz. The brioche buns are lightly toasted, the meat is super-tasty and the relishes are a dream. As is the banoffee pie, for afters. 


Sample beers at Bonaparte

Bars and pubs Pubs Foz

A real old-style bar in the middle of Foz patronised by both locals and tourists, with an atmosphere all of its own. There are antiques everywhere here: from old dolls to watches and antique signs. While you take it all in, order one (or several, let’s face it) of the many beers on the list.

Sea Life Porto
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Say hi to turtles and sharks

Attractions Zoos and aquariums Foz

Sea Life Porto is the biggest aquarium in northern Portugal and well worth a visit. It has sharks, turtles, octopus, sea horses and other fascinating maritime creatures. A must-see for the kids, of course.

passeio alegre
Fotografia de Laszlo Daroczy

Discover the curiosities of Jardim do Passeio Alegre

Attractions Parks and gardens Foz

With a mini-golf course, exotic trees, a bandstand and public loos with art nouveau azulejos (tiles, mate), this is more than just a garden a stone’s throw from the sea. It’s a quaint, singular landscape, and well worth exploring.

Visit Foz’s most famous grocery

Shopping Grocery stores

What to put on your shopping list before a visit to Augusto: bola de carne (meat roll), pães de leite (milk bread) and biscoitos (biscuits). They’re the classics and you should definitely try ’em. 


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