As you might know, Porto is known for being a windy, rainy and foggy city… And this winter has had a lot of windy, rainy and foggy days! But even with such harsh setting, Porto has and keeps its own charm. In my opinion, walking around town this time of the year you get to see some areas of town through this “lens” shows you a different Porto. A Porto where the granite gray becomes darker, but highlights the warm earthy colors of the roof tiles. At some point, though, the rain and wind might prevent you to enjoy walking around town. In such case you may want to get inside, so let me share with you a few places where you can enjoy a rainy or cold day:
Some say the éclairs from Leitaria da Quinta do Paço are the true Porto’s sweet. And I agree with them. You can choose from a wide variety of flavors, but my favorites are the ones with lemon and with red fruits topping. Ask for a bowl of whipped cream on the side to dip the éclairs…
Relax is the thing to do here. Ask for a Pastel de Chaves or a smoked ham toast (made with traditional bread from Chaves) along with freshly made lemonade while you enjoy good music laying back in one of the couches… And to top it off, eat some of their freshly baked cookies. Get your batteries charged to do some more walking!
Go inside one of the oldest cafes in town and you will understand why people say it is one of the most beautiful ones in the world. Enjoy the Belle Époque feel while listening to the piano and having one of their specialties:“rabanadas” (similar to French toast).
Porto is much more than just Ribeira and downtown. So if you are in Porto’s ocean front be sure to make a stop at Tavi, enjoy the view while you eat a croissant. And their croissants are amaaaazing…
Right in the heart of Porto’s art district there’s a place where you can hide from the rain and cold and get the feel of being in a secret garden! Choose from a wide, wide variety of teas, being the Mate tea my personal favorite. Ask for the apple pie to go along with the tea and let the music take you to oblivion… If it’s not raining enjoy it in the garden in the back.
Now, not even rain, cold or fog will be an excuse for you not to enjoy Porto. Come and visit Porto!