Top 5 Places for a Brunch in Porto
Even though the concept of “brunch” arrived late to Portugal, it has come to stay. People fell in love with the meal that combines a late breakfast with lunch. Being a synonym of lazy days without obligations and plenty of time to enjoy food and the company of friends and family, which is why we think you definitely cannot skip brunch in Porto during your vacation! Here’s a list of some of our favorite brunch spots in town.
Rosa et Al
Rosa et Al offers another of our favorite brunch in Porto. Located right in the middle of the arts district, there are no pre-combined menus and the egg is king! You will choose what you want from a huge menu that includes puffy pastries, sweet doughs, mini sandwiches, scones, soup, salads, porridge, tartines… and an incredible variety of recipes with eggs, from scrambled or fried to benedict, arlington or the classic omelet. We must warn you that choosing will take time since everything is delicious! But the preparation will take time as well since everything is made to the order, so you should enjoy your brunch slowly. The calm and relaxed atmosphere and the beautiful decor will help. Oh, and the sun drenched garden should also entice you to this magical spot!
At Terrella, located right next to Casa da Música, the brunch has the signature of a well-known Portuguese Chef, Hélio Loureiro. Served as a buffet (so yes, you can eat everything you want as many times as you wish), it is an elegant selection of different types of bread and typical sweets, croissants, crepes, waffles (and of course, the toppings to go with it), light salads, warm dishes, smoked meats and cheeses, fruit, bacon and eggs… and of course, some delicious desserts. It also includes a cold drink and a coffee, expresso style. Elegant can also describe the restaurant, featuring large glass windows that allow the sun to fill the room.
Away from the city center and all the confusion, though within walking distance, is where you will find Brando. With an airy decor and good food, Brando is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed brunch at any time of the day. For less than 10 euros, the brunch menu includes scones (with butter and jam), croissant, cake, a toast (there are three to choose from and one is vegetarian) with salad and a hot beverage: a flat white (with soy milk) or an americano. You can also choose between a natural juice and a greek yogurt with fruit and granola. A lighter brunch that we promise will fill you up faster than you think… in a place that feels like home.
Zenith Brunch & Cocktails
Zenith is a recent and trendy place downtown where you can make your own Brunch, at any time of the day, with a lot of different options to choose from (here’s the list). The menu includes pancakes (simple, sweet, savory and even tapioca pancakes), smoothie bowls, banana bread, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, toasts, salads and even a protein shake… but also the typical croissant and the hot beverages, like cappuccino or americano. Everything comes to the table looking Instagram-able… you just have to be sure you go there hungry! But be aware: Zenith is often full, so you might need to wait to get a table.