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Top 10 things to do in Foz

With its endless promenades and palpable history, the best things to do in Foz are well worth paying attention to

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Time Out Lisbon editors
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The history of Porto lives in the streets of Foz, where the Douro gives way to the Atlantic and mornings blend into evenings. There is something about this seaside neighbourhood that hits home. Could it be the tranquil power of the Atlantic? That helps, certainly, but this fishing village turned high-class hotspot turned something between the two gets a lot of things right when it comes to enjoyment.

Philosophical musings aside, Foz is one of the most beautiful areas in Porto. The promenades here are neverending, extending into the horizon as a treasure-trove of fantastic restaurants competes for your appetite, the life-giving water protected by the remains of fortresses. These are the best things to do in Foz, Porto’s most marvellous neighbourhood.

Top 10 things to do in Foz

Take a dip
Fotografia: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.

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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.

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And not only the garden, of course: make sure to book a 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.

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  • 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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  • Burgers
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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. 

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  • Museums
  • Art and design
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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. There’s also a shop with designer pieces, an art bookshop, a restaurant and a café.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Pubs
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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.

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

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