Take a break in Porto
There are several pleasant cafes in Porto that are worth going out of your way to experience if you are looking for a refreshing drink or coffee.
One of them ("Cafe Majestic") is a historical destination in itself.
For a drink with views head to "Bogani Cafe," and to relax with a refreshing drink by the beach, there is "Praia da Luz" or "Homem do Leme." The best pastries are found at "Confeitaria Tavi."
For more details on these and other establishments, see our selection of the best Porto cafes below:
AIARua do Rosário, 274
This café romantically decorated with light colors invites you for a cup of tea, a light meal or a glass of wine. It also has gourmet products you may take home.
ARMAZÉM DO CHÁRua José Falcão, 180
Tel: 222 444 243
The name means "Tea Warehouse" but it's really a café during the day and a bar at night. So you may go for a cup of tea or coffee, or a glass of wine, and sit at one of the three different levels with a minimalist industrial design. It often hosts live bands, only closing its doors late at night.
BRASILEIRARua de Sá da Bandeira, 75
Although not as famous as the Lisbon café with the same name, this is nonetheless an historical landmark, having served the city of Oporto for more than a century. Its has always been popular as a coffeehouse, but today it also operates as a traditional restaurant.
CAFÉ CEUTARua de Ceuta, 20
Tel: 222 009 376
This 1950s café hasn't changed much since it opened, and that's a good thing. It still attracts downtown shoppers and students who also take over the game room's pool table at night. On the menu are local specialties like the "francesinha" sandwich.
Rua Santa Catarina, 112
Phone: 22 200 3887
This Oporto landmark is an essential stop in the city. It is known throughout Portugal, and is also listed among Europe's top historical coffeehouses (as well as one of the world's top 10 most beautiful cafés).
It was born with the name "Elite," which was soon changed to "Majestic." Its beautiful decoration justifies the second name: mirrors, cherubs, chandeliers, marble, and wood. It was once the meeting place for artists and politicians, and is still today often visited by illustrious figures.
It also serves lunches.
CAFE VITÓRIARua José Falcão, 156
Tel: 220 135 538
It has "café" in the name but it's also restaurant and bar. It's open throughout the day, with a colorful interior that includes an interior garden with a welcoming atmosphere. You may show up for a light meal for lunch, a drink in the afternoon, a more elaborate dinner, or a cocktail at night.
It's closed on Tuesdays.
CANDELABRORua da Conceição, 3
Tel: 966 984 250
It opens at lunchtime as a café and bookstore and only closes at 2AM. Young crowds show up for coffee and light meals, attracted by the cool retro décor, the art-related books and the soft music and lighting. Smoking is actually allowed and there's wireless internet service.
CASA DE LÓTravessa de Cedofeita, 20A
Porto's ability to intelligently add the contemporary to attractive traditional spaces is also seen here at this café-bar. It's a place for tea in the morning or afternoon, and cultural entertainment and drinks at night. It's therefore a destination to relax, but also a store where you can buy Portuguese gourmet products, including the house specialty, "pão de ló" (a sponge cake).
CASA DO CHOCOLATEAvenida da Boavista, 1046
Tel: 226 100 742
The local chocolate brand Arcádia opened this café to serve chocolate temptations on the busy Avenida da Boavista not far from Casa da Música. You may take a break for coffee or tea accompanied by a chocolate cake, scones, crepes, or chocolate fondue. In the end, you may also be tempted to buy the classic chocolates as a gift for yourself or someone else.
COFFEE CUP CAFEAvenida da Boavista, 1277, Floor -1
Tel: 22 608 6707
For a relaxing break in a more sophisticated environment during the day, head to this café connected to the Porto Palacio Hotel. It's open every day except on Sundays from early in the morning to 6:30PM, and offers a very contemporary space created by a local interior designer. The soft lighting and colors of the furnishings create a warm, relaxing ambience, perfect for a tea break, some hot chocolate, a freshly squeezed juice, a shake, or a strong cup of coffee. It has more of a lounge feel than a café, perfect for a long break in the afternoon.
CONFEITARIA CUNHARua Sá da Bandeira, 676
Tel: 223 393 070
This is an American-style diner but with an interesting modernist décor which was quite luxurious when it opened in the 1960s. The food is local, including the meaty "Francesinha" sandwich and the "pão de ló" (sponge cake).
CONFEITARIA DO BOLHÃORua Formosa, 339
Come here once for the homemade cakes and you're likely to return often. It's been in business across from the city's central market since 1896 and has an attractive dining area in the back that maintains a historic apprearance despite modern renovations.
Rua Senhora da Luz, 363
Tel: 22 618 0152
This elegant café and pastry shop is over 70 years old, but most of the décor is modern, with the exception of a few old photographs and ancient stone walls. The pastries are reputedly the best and most varied in the city and are reason enough to visit this seaside café.
Avenida dos Aliados, 89/85
Tel: 22 332 1272
Founded in 1933, this café in the city's main avenue became known as "the musicians café" due to its artistic atmosphere.
The name comes from a South American Indian tribe that was the native population in part of Brazil (from where most of the coffee served originated), and there is a marble high-relief of an Indian by a Portuguese sculptor.
It became a meeting place for businessmen and intellectuals, and there are still poetry readings, debates, and concerts from time to time today.
HOMEM DO LEMEAvenida de Montevideu, Praia do Homem do Leme
Tel: 22 618 1847
This beachside café is open throughout the year, rain or shine. Facing the seafront in Foz, it offers a relaxing atmosphere and a variety of drinks and meals. During the summer months the outdoor tables get quickly filled, but there are sea views even from the interior, thanks to large glass windows.
O MELHOR BOLO DE CHOCOLATE DO MUNDORua do Padrão, 8
"The world's best chocolate cake" was born in Lisbon and has spread to different cities around the world. It of course would have to also open a space in Porto, where you can try the specialty cake made with 55% or 70% cocoa.
PRAÇAPraça de Filipa de Lencastre, 193
Tel: 926 810 921
From outside it looks like a classic Porto space, but when you step inside and see the painted walls you know this is a fun, contemporary spot.
It attracts college-age crowds and everyone else who enjoys the specialty cocktails.
Very laid-back, you'll find that everyone gathers outside by the doors on the warmer nights.
PRAIA DA LUZwww.praiadaluz.pt
Praia da Luz
Tel: 22 6100853
This is a coffeeshop, bar and restaurant, right on the beach, so whether you simply want to drink or have a complete meal, it is a place worth checking out.
It remains open throughout the year, and is heated outside as well as inside (where there is a lovely fireplace).
It has a hip reputation, with a live DJ providing danceable sounds until 3:30AM on good weather nights.
Rua do Actor João Guedes 5
Tel: 22 332 2647
A strong coffee aroma and antique furnishings greet you at this historical café. Black and white photos remind you that this is a survivor from the past, and in fact it is over a century old, having opened in 1899.
The upper level however, was given a modern touch, including internet service.
It also serves sandwiches, and is a nice stop at any time of the day (closed on Sundays).
TEA POINTLargo de São Domingos, 78
Tel: 916 405 116
The specialty is obviously tea, but this attractive contemporary space also serves light meals and weekend brunch. The décor by renowned local designer Paulo Lobo includes comfortable sofas that invite long stays, especially when you also see the books on the walls.
THE TRAVELLER CAFFÉRua Passos Manuel, 165
Tel: 222 083 476
Nice spot downtown not just for coffee and Portugal's famous "pasteis de nata" (custard tarts) but also for natural juices, sandwiches, and salads, including vegetarian options. Also excellent breakfast, light meals throughout the day that may be enjoyed on the inviting terrace, coffee to go, and free wi-fi.