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Two Days of Art and Culture in Porto, Portugal

Updated: Feb 10

Coming to Porto for the weekend and want to experience the art and culture in the city? This is the perfect itinerary for you! From museums to live music, there is so much to enjoy in Porto.


Day 1

9:00 am

Enjoy breakfast at Café Passaporte

Start your day with a latte from Café Passaporte. Our coffee is locally roasted and our baked goods are made in-house every morning. The cafe is located in Bonfim, an up-and-coming neighborhood in Porto.


 

10:30 am

Learn about Portuguese history at The Portuguese Centre of Photography

In the building of an old prison, the Portuguese Centre of Photography is a wonderful place to visit with rotating exhibitions, a collection of cameras, and beautiful photographs. Admission is free.


 

12:30 pm

Enjoy local cuisine for lunch at Lareira

Head over to Lareira, a traditional Portuguese restaurant located in the heart of Porto. Here you can enjoy pork sandwiches, local salads, soups, fried snacks, and more.

 

View of the glass ceiling at the Stock Exchange Palace

2:00 pm

Understand Portuguese history and present-day practices at Bolsa Palace (Palácio da Bolsa)

In the beautiful downtown building, Bolsa Palace is the historic stock exchange building of the city. It requires admission through a tour as the building is still in use to this day. During the tour, you will learn about the history of the royal family, the use of this historic building, and the architects behind Porto.

 

4:00 pm

Explore the Historical Downtown (Centro Histórico)

You can't go wrong exploring the small cobblestone streets throughout the city. Keep your eyes out for the traditional tiles, churches, and hidden restaurants only accessible by foot.

 

7:00 pm

Enjoy local wines and tapas at dinner at Capela Incomum

Capela Incomum is a wine bar located in an old church. They offer a wide variety of Portuguese wines and tapas. The perfect place for a small bite and a drink after a long day. Don't hesitate to ask the staff for recommendations, they are very knowledgeable about local wines!

 

9:00 pm

Watch live music at Casa da Música or catch a live fado show

Check out the Casa da Musica schedule for updates on events during your visit. If there are no events during your stay, you can always make your way over to one of the fado clubs in the city.

 

Day 2:


9:00 am

Be like a local at breakfast at Café Passaporte

The best way to feel like a local on a short trip is to frequent the same place while you're there and become a "short-term regular." Interact with the staff, watch local people come in and out, and try different things on the menu. Especially at Café Passaporte, ask the staff for Porto recommendations to further feel like a local in their favorite spots.

 

Area of Serralves Mueum with a fountain and landscaping


10:30 am

Appreciate art and sculpture at Serralves Modern Art Museum

Serralves is a beautiful museum located just outside of the city accessible by bus or Uber. This private museum features rotating exhibits so there's always something new to see! In addition to the art in the main building, you can walk through the sculpture park and the 'tree top walk' to have beautiful views of the property. Our favorite museum in Porto.

 

1:30 pm

Enjoy local cuisine at Lunch at Adega São Nicolau

Head over to Adega Sao Nicolau located in Ribeira, a neighborhood alongside the river with beautiful views and historic buildings. The restaurant specializes in seafood, a favorite of many tourists and locals!

 

View of Calem port wine cellars with the city of Gaia in the background

3:00 pm

Indulge in a Port Wine Tasting

Across the river, in Vila Nova de Gaia, there are many port wine cellars you can visit for a tour and tasting. We recommend Porto Calem, a cellar established in 1859 with wonderful Port wine and an informational tour.

 

5:00 pm

Experience the city culture at the Ribeira

One of the best things to do in Porto is simply explore the city. There are so many beautiful neighborhoods and views hidden throughout the city. Wander around and discover a new spot for a drink or a snack.


 

7:00 pm

Enjoy local cuisine at dinner at Casa Guedes

Originating in 1987, Casa Guedes is a traditional Portuguese snack bar specializing in roasted pork leg sandwiches. This is a wonderfully casual spot to enjoy a variety of local food with friends.

 

Three jazz musicians at the stage at Hot Five Jazz Club in Porto

9:30 pm

Watch a local band at Hot Five Jazz Club

One of our favorite late-night experiences in Porto is the Hot Five Jazz Club. This jazz club has shows Thursday-Sunday and is the oldest live music club in the city. Reserve your seats online before the show.

 


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