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If the air of the Atlantic made you hungry, stop by the small grocery shop of AUGUSTO DA FOZ and buy a piece of homemade cake, some good bread, a few slices of presunto (smoked pork ham), or some handmade biscuits. Then you just have to decide whether to eat in the park or with a view of the sea. (Mon-Fri 09:00-20:30, Sat-Sun 10:30-13:30 15:30-20:00)

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The SERRALVES FOUNDATION features the big Contemporary Art Museum, designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, that hosts several exhibitions at a time by leading artists, concerts, performances and the like. In addition, they have a truly magnificent park. Wander around and find all the contemporary sculptures (ask for a map at the entrance) and pass by one of the only two art deco gardens still existing in the world. Just recently, 85 paintings by the famous Spanish modernist painter Joan Miró were donated to the museum, and they are now exhibited at the big and beautiful pink art deco mansion where the owner of this property used to live (the current exhibition will be on display until June, and after refurbishment works it will become permanent). (TueFri, 10:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-19:00/20:00, €10 museum+park / €16 Miró exhibiton+museum+park / €5 just the park)

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As you enter the cofeehouse TAVI, you sense the ambiance of a place where dondocas (housewives from Foz) go for lunch with their BFF’s. You can watch them nibble salad while they discuss ‘important matters’. Next, see what it’s really all about, an incredible terrace overlooking the sea where you can spend the afternoon feasting on croissants, cheesecakes and chocolate layer cakes. (Mon-Thu 08:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 08:00-00:00, Sun 08:00-20:00)

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People come to VANDOMA, a big open air flea market, to sell their grandma’s porcelain cups, unwanted Christmas gifts, clothes, tiles, records... A year ago the market was relocated from the old town to this new and larger place, and many are still not very happy about the move because they feel it has lost its vibe. But even if the surroundings are not exactly charming, it’s just as busy as before, and you surely can find a good bargain. (Sat 06:00-13:00, Av. 25 de Abril: metro “Campanhã”, then walk 5 min up Rua de Justino Teixeira)

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We come to Foz for a long walk, with the sea on one side and those large fin-de-siècle mansions on the other. But if we simply want to enjoy the sun with a drink in our hands, there are several options along the way (and most are always open). 20 IBAR is sheltered from the winds and serves simple snacks and drinks. 21 CAIPICOMPANY specializes in caipirinhas. The terrace at 22 PRAIA DE GONDARÉM has a wannabe Miami vibe. The terrace at 23 PRAIA DA LUZ, sitting right on the sand, is great for cocktails while melting on a deck chair (beautiful at night as well, with the illuminated ocean and rocks). Like the others, 24 PRAIA DOS INGLESES is a point from which you can see a great sunset with a cocktail in your hand.

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It is foolish to have meat in a fishing village, so PEDRA FURADA offers nothing but fish. It’s a simple, small local tavern, and if the weather is good you can eat on the street. For starters, you get mouthwatering small fried sardines (you can eat the whole thing in one bite, bones, head and tail as well) and delicious cold marinated mussels. The fest goes on with some fabulous grilled carapau (mackerel) and robalo (sea bass). At the end ask for the homemade liqueur, which is infused with cinnamon and coffee beans. They will bring the whole bottle, and you will end up drinking more than you should. (Tues-Sun 09:30-23:00, Mon 09:30-14:00; around €15))

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A recent renovation turned the modernist BOM SUCESSO MARKET into an enormous food court full of small restaurants, with a little corner where the groceries that used to be its main business can still be bought. Good for when you are in a rush, or feel like sampling several foods based on traditional Portuguese dishes, but with a touch of novelty. (every day, 10:00-23:00/00:00)

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In 1963, when it opened, ARRÁBIDA BRIDGE had the largest concrete arch in the world. A Swedish TV channel even broadcasted live its completion in the anticipation of a massive collapse…that didn’t happen. And now, you can climb it! There are stairs on the arch, and you can walk the 262 steps up to the middle, 65 meters up in the air, above the river, and enjoy the really breathtaking view over the city and the sea. (every day; check the tours schedule’s on www. portobridgeclimb.com; €9,50 weekdays; €12,50 weekends)

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PORTO MUNICIPAL THEATRE A programme made up mostly of international and national dance companies and theatre (sometimes with subtitles). www. teatromunicipaldoporto.pt SÃO JOÃO NATIONAL THEATRE Mostly Portuguese theatre productions. Normally in Portuguese, but usually with English subtitles if it’s at their main venue (they have two more) www.tnsj.pt MALA VOADORA Small venue hosting edgy performances and plays, both Portuguese and International. Often in English. www.malavoadora.pt SERRALVES Mostly international programme of dance and performance. www.serralves.pt CASA DA MÚSICA Concerts of basically everything: from classical orchestra to electronic www.casadamusica.com COLISEU A very large concert hall with a mixed programme of concerts. www.coliseu.pt TEATRO DO BOLHÃO/ACE Theatre part of an academy with a mix of young and established actors. Mostly in Portuguese. www.ace-tb.com/teatrobolhao/archive/agenda/ CINEMA check www.agendadocinema.cm-porto.pt for a listing of all independent screenings. The agenda is in Portuguese, but easy to understand. Plenty of films are in English, or have English subtitles (see agenda for listings).

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Manoel de Oliveira dies at the age of 106. Born and based here, he’s a world famous film director who worked until his last day (his work fits into a certain type of slow and contemplative European cinema, so we can’t say he was popular among the masses.

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Ryanair starts flying here. Suddenly we are not that far away from the rest of Europe and tourists start flocking in.

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FEIRA DO LIVRO Bookfair. At 36 (free) With a parallel programme of free film screenings and exhibitions. D’BANDADA Concerts of every genre, for free. It’s a onenight event with over 50 concerts at many locations.

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When it was built in 2001, nobody had any clue what the TRANSPARENT BUILDING was for. Yes, a few million euros had been spent without having a plan, and for years it sat empty while idea after idea was AV D A B O AV suggested to find some I S TA 502 use for it. Finally, in E TIMO R D 2007, renovation works R. allowed for a few shops and restaurants to à ILH COV A D open up, all with a ERO R. P privileged view to the ocean.

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PORTA JAZZ Free jazz concerts. www.portajazz.com FESTAS DE SÃO BARTOLOMEU Street festival with traditional food and music. The highlight is when people parade the streets dressed in paper clothes and then go into the ocean.

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Álvaro Siza Vieira, a Porto native, is the first Portuguese to receive the Pritzker Prize, something like the Nobel Prize for Architecture. In 2011, Eduardo Souto de Moura, another local, receives the same prize. This affirms to the position of Porto on the architecture scene.

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Matosinhos district used to have many canned fished factories (you can still see quite a few of the buildings), and even if this industry is no longer as important as it used to be, you can find very good VA LA Ç Ã O E S T. C I R C U N producers around here. PINHAIS is one of the best, and you can buy the cans straight from the factory (for much cheaper than in shops; prices vary, but they start from €2). You have to enter the factory building, where they are sold through a tinny window; if you look inside you can see the workers on the assembly line.

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Because we are such avid supporters of King Pedro IV, fighting for liberal ideals against his brother D. Miguel, he decides his heart must remain here after his death. So they put it in jar at the Lapa Church (it’s still there, but the rest of his body, since he was also Emperor of Brazil, is in São Paulo).

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Connecting Porto and Gaia there was for centuries a bridge made of a series of boats joined together with ropes. On March 29th the army of Napoleon invades the city, causing a wave of panic that leads the population to try to escape to the other side. However, under the weight of the running mob, the fragile bridge collapses and as many as 4000 people drown. This is Porto’s largest disaster. 68

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FANTASPORTO Big horror film festival. Most films with english subtitles or english spoken. www.fantasporto.com

SÃO JOÃO Street festival on the night of June 23rd. Celebrations in honour of the saint who guards over Porto. Thousands of paper hot-air balloons in the sky, the downtown streets packed full of people dancing to popular music, drinking and eating grilled sardines, and smashing each other on the head with plastic hammers! No kidding. SERRALVES EM FESTA Concert/performance/art festival for free. Goes on for 40 hours non-stop at 68 and downtown www.serralvesemfesta.com PRIMAVERA SOUND Open-air music festival. Extension of the famous Barcelona-based festival, with many big names from the rock/indie scene. www.nosprimaverasound.com CAIXA RIBEIRA Fado music festival. Many concerts at diferent locations around the old town. www.caixaribeira.pt VERÃO NA CASA Free concerts during the summer. Ranging from Dj’s to classical music, at different locations. www.casadamusica.com (free)

By royal decree, Marquês de Pombal declares the Douro Valley to be the exclusive production region for Port Wine, thus becoming the world’s first wine region with a formal demarcation.

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HOW TO PISS OFF THE LOCALS ‘I like Lisbon better’, ‘Why don’t you speak Spanish?’, ‘Wasn’t Port Wine invented by the Brits?’, ‘I don’t like Portuguese food.’ Just try. And hope you live to tell the tale.

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HAVE FRIENDS THAT EMMIGRATED Ask any local how many of their friends have moved abroad. Everyone has at least a handful who have. The infamous economic crisis hit us hard, and we now feel somewhat lonely because our friends are no longer around.

BE A FAN OF FC PORTO The real champions! After many years of modest success, in 1982 Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa (‘the Pope’, as we call him) was elected president. Since then, Porto has become Portugal’s best team and won the UEFA Champions League twice (1987 and 2004). José Mourinho also started there.

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Infante D. Henrique is born in town. In 1415 he begins the ‘Discoveries Era’, and with it the longest lasting colonial empire in history, including Brazil, Angola, parts of India, and quite a few other places. The legend goes as he and his sailors are given all the meat, those left in the city eat tripe (hence the nickname tripeiros, ‘tripe eaters’, given to the people of Porto).

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PORCELAIN FROGS You will see some shops and cafés with porcelain frogs by the entrance. Unfortunately they are not just decoration. Some shop owners believe gypsies are afraid of frogs and that they will refuse to enter if they see these figures. Maybe you can let them know that xenophobia is not cool? By the way, gypsies are not afraid of frogs.

“FADO” IS ORIGINALY NOT FROM PORTO Fado is often said to be the “national song” of Portugal. But the truth is, historically, fado is rooted in Lisbon and Coimbra, with no real tradition elsewhere in the country. However, in Porto, you have fado vadio (“stray” fado), sung mostly by dedicated amateurs at “fado houses” (tavern-style restaurants where people sing fado). Going for fado is something that young people generally don’t do, although it’s getting a bit more popular. If you want to listen to this sad and melancholic music, look for “Casa da Guitarra” (a shop with concerts), or “fado houses” “Adega do Rio Ouro” and “O Fado”.

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Portucale has its independence recognized, and becomes the Kingdom of Portugal. Later, D. Afonso Henriques proceeds to take Lisbon from the Muslims and conquer the modern day territory. For some reason ‘Lisbongal’ is not the name of this country!

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Prime-minister Francisco Sá Carneiro, an esteemed local, dies in a plane crash when flying from Lisbon to Porto. As a kind of morbid homage, Porto’s airport changes its name, and is now the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport.

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Count D. Henrique, from Burgundy, France, helps King Alfonso VI of León y Castilla to drive away the Moors who had invaded Iberia. As a gift for his bravery, and for having married D. Teresa, the king’s daughter, he’s given the county of Portucale.

On April 25th, the Carnation Revolution takes place, putting an end to 48 years of a fascist dictatorship led by Salazar. Porto joins the revolution the same day.

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PARTY LATE Don’t be surprised to find the bars empty at 22:00 and the clubs not yet filled at 03:00 or 04:00. We’re probably still at the dinner table (or trying to decide where to go). Come back later!

RARELY DRINK PORT WINE Of course everyone has a very good, expensive bottle at home, which we use for special occasions with family or friends. But even if port is not that consumed, habits are changing, and cocktails like “port and tonic” are becoming more popular.

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SAY “FINO” AND “CIMBALINO” Two words used only in Porto will get you a lot of extra points. First, when ordering a draft beer, say you would like a fino. For espresso, these days most people would just ask for a café. But cimbalino used to be the standard term, and if you use this phrase the locals will love you.

CENTURY BC. Portus Cale is a peaceful Roman city, serving as a trade centre and meeting point for Roman routes. By the 5th/6th century the name becomes Portucale and spreads to the whole region.

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ACADEMIC TRADITIONS Those people you see wearing black capes on the street are not Harry Potter fans, they are university students (the ones who are into this stuff). With the cape come old-fashioned and bizarre habits that include humiliating (or just plain hazing) groups of first year students on the street. This should help them ‘integrate’ and have ‘the best years of their lives.’

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BE SURPRISED AT THE MANY TOURISTS Once articles and rankings declaring Porto ‘best destination’, ‘hidden treasure’ and ‘most underrated city’ started appearing everywhere, boom! Suddenly there were lots of tourists. We feel it’s flattering and it certainly is bringing a new life to the city, but we are still getting used to all the very quick changes and challenges that come with mass tourism.

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GAIA: take a train from either São Bento or Campanhã stations, direction Ovar or Aveiro. Takes 15-20 min. Ticket Andante Z4 (€1,95). www.cp.pt for timetables. Long stretch of beaches. In Miramar you can’t miss the 4 CAPELA DO SENHOR DA PEDRA (‘Chapel of the Lord of the Rock’) right at the water’s edge. The rock that the chapel is built on used to be a pagan altar which was properly Christianized by the chapel in the 17th century, but people still come at night for witchcraft rituals, so you might find candles, flowers, photos... or even a dead chicken. Aguda is still pretty much the little fisherman village it always was. If it’s your thing, you can visit the 5 LITORAL STATION OF AGUDA (Mon-Fri, 10:00-12:30/14:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00, €2/€4), a building right by the beach that combines a Fishery Museum and an Aquarium that displays local marine fauna and flora. Granja is where the Royal Family had its summer house in the 19th century, which means all the bourgeois wanted to have impressive villas here as well. Most of the new construction is not in the best taste, but you still can get a feeling of the past. Espinho is a proper town, with orthogonal streets that have numbers instead of names, and where you can eat ice cream while looking at the ocean.

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MATOSINHOS: wide beach by the city, with many surfers and surf equipment to rent. Take the metro to “Matosinhos Sul” and walk 5 min, or Bus 500. Ticket Andante Z3 (€1,55). Across the harbour there are more beaches as well, and the wonderful 2 TIDAL SWIMMING POOLS. Either walk across the movable bridge and then alongside the shore (around 25 min), or catch Bus 507.

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Built right on the rocks, these TIDAL SWIMMING POOLS were designed by Siza Vieira and opened in 1966. The building is a modernist raw concrete masterpiece and the two salt water swimming pools merge wonderfully with the rocks and beach. It is open only during the summer months, but even if it’s closed you can see most of the building and the pools from the street. (from mid June to mid September, every day 09:00-19:00, €4 to €8).

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What distinguishes port from other wines? It’s a sweet wine with a high alcohol content because the fermentation process is stopped with the addition of a neutral grape spirit (brandy). It is likely that the idea of adding spirit to the wine came about as a way to prevent it from rotting and becoming vinegar. All ports are made exactly the same way. It’s how they’re aged, and how the grapes are used, that make for the seemingly endless varieties. The most common are tawny, ruby (both red) and white, and prices can go as high as several thousand euros for the really good and old stuff.

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A cute souvenir from a past era, the TRAMS are nowadays solely for tourists (locals use the much faster buses). But if you really want your early 20th century-like experience, of the three lines left we would recommend Nr.1, along the riverside. (every day, 08:00-20:55, €2,50)

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Have you ever been in a bank vault, like the ones you see in films? Going for an exhibition at CULTURGEST, housed in a former bank, might be the chance you never had! They exhibit work by international middle-career artists, and even the safe where the money used to be kept (which is downstairs) is used to exhibit works of art. (Mon-Sat, 10:00-18:00, free)

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If you’ve been to Lisbon and had bifanas, forget it. They’ve got it all wrong. Their tasteless, grilled meat in a bun cannot compete with our very thinly sliced pork loin. It’s cooked in a spicy sauce until the meat falls apart, and then put between warm, mildly toasted bread. The myth goes that the big pot in which they are cooked is never washed, in order the make the taste more complex. Try bifanas at CONGA. Open late, so perfect for that midnight hunger.  (Mon-Tue 09:00-00:00, Wed-Sat 09:00-02:00, Sun 11:30-00:00, €2)

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The BOLHÃO MARKET opened in 1850 and is a must-go place for the freshest fish, meat, fruit or vegetables, but it’s the sellers that make it iconic. They are loud, and they shout, but always begin with querido or rico (both mean ‘sweetheart’). And they are incredibly proud of their market as many of them grew up there, since their parents and grandparents were already vendors. What’s not to love? If you feel like having lunch, you can trust D.GINA (inside, under the main stairway). For €5/€7 there will be the freshest grilled or fried fish (try petingas fritas com arroz de feijão, small fried sardines, with rice and beans), or stewed ribs (delicious!) among other local treats. A word of warning: you might find this market closed when you come. A much wished for and needed renovation is now taking place and the building will be closed to the public at some point during 2017, and remain closed for the next 2 to 3 years. In the meantime, the vendors will be moved to a temporary market inside La Vie shopping centre, just a block away. Not quite the same, we know, but the city is just thrilled with the idea of having a clean-faced Bolhão to go to. (Mon-Fri 07:00-17:00/Sat 07:00-13:00)

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The best francesinha (see ‘Impress the Locals’) in town is a major point for discussion among locals, but we have chosen BUFETE FASE because theirs has all the pros, including nice meats, a spicy sauce and homemade french fries. Despite cooking one of the best, the owner hates the dish. This place is certainly not fancy and has just a few tables, but it’s very popular, so arrive early or be ready to wait. (Mon-Sat 12:00-16:00/18:00-21:30, around €12)

Despite the existence of a younger generation eager to eat traditional dishes such as boiled fish head or ovas (fish eggs still inside the ovaries), most restaurants have given up on them because they remind people of poorer times. Thankfully, we still can rely on CASA NANDA. If you feel like skipping these delicacies, go with the costeletas de sardinha (literally ‘sardine chops’, sardines opened in half and fried with bread crumbs) or the bolinhos de bacalhau com arroz de feijão (codfish cakes with rice and beans). Leave some space for desserts (got the plural?). (Mon-Sat, lunch and dinner, dishes around €9)

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Most of us locals have only been here on a school trip (our port wine doesn’t taste any worse because we get it from the supermarket). But if you’re really curious about port wine making or to see how big the barrels are, feel free to choose from one of the many “caves” (the place where the wine ages) around here. Usually you have to join a guided tour, and there will be some tasting at the end.

The main structure is medieval, the cloister gothic, the exterior redone in the baroque era and the square outside an invention from the 1940s. But perhaps the most interesting thing inside the SÉ CATHEDRAL is the Silver Altarpiece (left of the main altar). A widespread legend says it was painted white during the Napoleonic invasions to make the French think it was made of wood so they wouldn’t steal it. Aren’t we smart? But it’s not true, and documents prove we paid them not to take it. (every day, 09:00-12:30/14:30-18:00 or 19:00, free)

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Cross the archway into the small courtyard, turn the cute ‘closed-fist’ doorknob and enter the baroque SANTA CLARA CHURCH, so hidden that even most locals pass by without knowing about it. Inside, admire its glittering beauty: from floor to ceiling it’s all carved wood completely covered with gold leaf. (Mon-Fri 9:30-12:00/15:30-18:00, Sat 15:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-11:00, free)

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Standing today as the centrepiece of the classic postcard view, LUIS I BRIDGE has joined Porto and Gaia at two different heights since 1886. Cross its upper deck to Jardim do Morro and enjoy the best view of Porto’s old town. When crossing, you can see its sister bridge, the Maria Pia Bridge, built in 1876 by Eiffel and his associate Théophile Seyrig. Most people think that the Luís I Bridge is also a work by Eiffel, but it was Seyrig alone who later designed it, and even beat Eiffel’s proposal for the same crossing.

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Rather modest looking on the outside, the IGREJA DE SÃO FRANCISCO (“Saint Francis Church”) has an immensely rich interior. The altars and decorations were almost entirely covered in gold in the 17th and 18th centuries and make the church look more like a golden cave. And for the morbid souls among you, there are catacombs you can visit. (open every day; Nov-Feb 09:00-17:30; Mar-Oct 09:00-19:00; Jul-Sep 09:00-20:00, €4,50)

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Although the name literally means ‘looking at Gaia’, the view of the lower MIRAGAIA district has been blocked since the 19th century, when the building of the massive ALFÂNDEGA NOVA (“New Customs House”), cut the access to the river and ruined the boat-making business. The neighbourhood is still rather unexplored, so you can still enjoy an old school vibe just by walking around the maze of narrow alleyways and tiny stairs. (Tue-Fri 10:00-13:00/14:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 15:00-19:00, €7,50)

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For 250 years the baroque CLÉRIGOS TOWER has stood as one of Porto’s most iconic sights. From the top you can get (guess what?) some of the city’s best views, so don’t be lazy! Just climb those 240 steps. After you get back to earth, check out the adjoining church for some more baroque beauty. (every day, 09:00-19:00, €4)

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We know éclairs are a French classic, but even if the ones at LEITARIA DA QUINTA DO PAÇO are not purist, they are a must. Instead of the usual eggbased filling, they are stuffed with incredibly heavy whipped cream. The classics are topped with dark chocolate (but there are many other flavours). Also available are whipped-cream-filled berliners and a very rich homemade butter you can take home. (SunThu 09:00-20:00, Fri-Sat 09:00-01:00)

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Ask anyone. PADARIA RIBEIRO is Porto’s best bakery. With bread of every shape and size, as well as the finest biscuits for you to choose from, the variety is almost too much for the tiny space. Try the almendrados (almond biscuits from heaven), clarinhas (thin dough fried and stuffed with a sort of sweet pumpkin) or the empadas (small pot pies with fillings such as veal or shrimp). (Mon-Sat 07:00-20:00)

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This is a large record shop, selling both vinyl and CD’s, new and used. So, be it dark goth, indie rock, hardcore, jazz, electronic or Portuguese underground stuff, chances are they have it at LOUIE LOUIE. (Mon-Sat 10:30-13:00/14:30-19:00)

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LELLO&IRMÃO BOOKSHOP could be the set for a Harry Potter film. Legend has it that its curving staircase inspired JK Rowling (who lived in Porto for several years) to create the Hogwarts’ Grand Staircase. Look past that, and you’ll also see one of the city’s oldest bookshops (opened in 1881) and, before becoming a tourist attraction, one of the best. It regularly ranks as one of the prettiest in the world, and you surely will understand why. (every day, 10:00-19:30; because it became so touristic now you have to get a ticket for €5 in order to visit (do it online if it’s high season and avoid the queues), but if you buy a book the cost of the entrance will be deducted from the price, and it’s valid for a month; www.livrarialello.pt)

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A hotspot for late-afternoon drinks and meetings, ADUELA is a small café where you can have a variety of Portugese wines at fair price, and local snacks such as fish preserves and cold meats with bread. If the terrace outside is full, do like everyone else and purchase your glass of wine, stand by the entrance chatting, or sit on the sidewalk. (Mon 15:00-02:00, Tue-Sar 12:00-02:00, Sun 14:00-02:00)

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This was the shop that, a few years back, started the whole revival of old school Portuguese products and turned them into a cool thing. One side effect of this was that too many others copied the strategy, but visit the original A VIDA PORTUGUESA, a very beautiful 19th century bazar with a great selection. These products might at first look like vintage editions of brands that have since modernised themselves. However, they are in fact genuine and have been around since at least our great-grandmothers’ time. Examples include fish preserves in beautiful cans, soaps with nice wrappings, pottery that looks like vegetables, classic Couto toothpaste, and toys and notebooks from the days of fascism (we know it’s a bit perverse to buy things from such a dark period of Portuguese history, but the truth is they have a really nice retro design). (Mon-Sat 10:00-20:00, first floor)

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WORKSHOPS POP UP is a store with several shops inside selling Portuguese and international brands, consisting of clothes, shoes (ladies, check Cortebel), decorations, vintage looking kitchenware, items for the bathroom, etc). Not strictly a shop of traditional products (despite carrying them as well), but still a good stop for holiday souvenirs. (Mon-Fri 11:00-19:30, Sat 10:00-19:30)

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A small restaurant and delicatessen where you sit at a large communal table next to an open kitchen, NABOS DA PÚCARA serves some Portuguese classic foods with good touches of novely, as well as creations of their own. The portions are quite small, so you should get a few things, which is even better if you have some company. Think of portoblello mushrooms with port wine, marinated pickled mackerel, or mussels with saffron. (Tue-Sat 11:00-23:30, around €15 per person)

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All that survives of this once classic used bookshop are the old books in the window, since CANDELABRO is now a café and bar with low lighting and soft music. Come in the afternoon for a quiet coffee and toasted bread with pumpkin jam, or drinks before or after dinner. A drinking crowd gathers on the little surrounding square. (Mon-Sat 10:00-02:00)

The ‘downtown euphoria’ that started a few years ago around Galerias de Paris and Cândido dos Reis streets is now quickly spreading to the surrounding areas. Locals complain that every door is now either a bar or a restaurant, many of them having an identity crisis with each looking just like the next, but for the time being we can still live with it. On the plus side, you can visit many of them with minimal walking and find one to your liking. On weekends the streets are full of people drinking outside, but you can find an open bar on any day of the week. We’ll give you some tips, but have in mind, there are many, many others. Rua Galerias de Paris: CAFÉ AU LAIT: mostly electronic concerts and DJ’s (every day, 22:30-04:00) Rua Candido dos Reis: PLANO B: an unexpectedly large club with two dance floors downstairs, Greek statues and fountains, and some parties with good DJ’s (from electronic to r’n’b, to rock, check in advance) (Thu-Sat 22:00-06:00; entrance varies) Rua Conde de Vizela: TENDINHA DOS CLÉRIGOS: you might stumble upon quite a few drunk people, but it is the place to dance to rock classics (Wed-Sat 00:00-06:00) Travessa de Cedofeita: ESPAÇO 77: rather shabby café where beer is €0,50 and they have greasy snacks all night long, and where you can play table football and meet loads of students (Mon-Sat 10:00-04:00). (As of February 2017, it’s closed for renovation; but we hope it will remain pretty much the same). Rua das Oliveiras: CAVE 45: for those who love guitars, this is a rock bar in its all variants: psychedelic, punk, V I A PA NFri-Sat ORÂMICA metal, rockabilly, hardcore. (Tue-Thu 22:00-04:00, 22:00-06:00, €5-€10 when there is a concert. Check their FB).

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It’s not really fancy looking, but Miguel Bombarda Street (and some of the nearby streets) is home to most of Porto’s ART GALLERIES. There are more than 20, so just go around and you will find them. Sometimes they have good stuff, sometimes not so much. You be the judge. In the same street there’s a variety of everything in an alternative version: clothes and accessories, decoration, restaurants, cafes, etc. (normally Tue-Sat 15.00-19.00/19.30)

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ARCÁDIA is a very old, very traditional chocolate factory featuring the kind of gifts you get that old aunt for Christmas. Besides chocolates, they have some quite funky liquor-filled hard candies that come in many shapes with hand-painted designs of peas, carrots, olives, cherries, pigs and…babies. Imagine biting a delicious baby’s head and the liquor flows out. Isn’t it dreamy? (Mon-Fri 09:30-19:00 Sat 09:00-13:00)

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Around downtown there are quite a few vintage clothes shops worth a strong recommendation, and MON PÈRE is one of them. The shop is inside a slightly shady-looking shopping gallery, but worry not. Going inside this shop is like entering an indie music festival, with its oversized knitted jumpers, leather jackets, high waisted jeans, sunglasses and bathing suits from other epochs. Mostly for the ladies, who can find cheap and really pretty things here. (Mon-Sat 14.00-20.00)

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A regular stop for the hip and trendy crowd, CAFÉ VITÓRIA features a really lovely terrace and winter garden, a restaurant upstairs, and serves hot knife-and-fork snacks like codfish salad and scrambled eggs with farinheira, plus lunch menus for €6. A good place to read a book on the sofas in the afternoon, or for relaxed drinks and a chat later in the day (no DJ’s or dance floor). (Mon,Wed,Thu,Sun 12:0001:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-02:00)

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RÁDIO is a 3-in-1. In the back there’s a garden with a terrace. At the entrance you have a disco and dance floor that gets very busy with party people after midnight on weekends. On the first floor there’s the Rádio AM bar for cocktails and fancy drinks. This floor was the location of the criminal court in the 19th century, where Camilo was sentenced (read 60 ). You can still see Latin writing on the walls from that time. In the early 20th century it was the famous ‘Spring Cabaret’. A bar with history, indeed. (Tue-Wed 18.00 02:00, Fri-Sat 18:00-04:00)

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For vegetarian and vegan lunches or snacks (like smoked tofu with olive paste, walnut and port wine cake, toast with olive oil and herbs) come to QUINTAL BIOSHOP. As a bonus, they have a few nice cats and a host that speaks a handful of languages. (Mon-Fri 10:30-20:00, Sat 15:00-20:00)

For the full on gay experience, you start with a few drinks at 44 CAFÉ LUSITANO (Tue-Thu 21:30-02:00 Fri-Sat 22:00-04:00), a venue popular with all sorts of men, housed in a beautiful former 19th century coffee warehouse. Still quite alive in Porto, clubs with drag shows include the small 47 INVICTUS (inside the shopping gallery, Wed/FriSun 23:00-04:00, show at around 02:30) led by 69 year-old diva Nany Patrova, and 86 PRIDE BAR (Tue-Sun 22:00/23:0003:00/04:00, shows on Fri-Sat at 02:30); both are busy venues playing gay anthems by Madonna, Kylie and crew. Hidden in a dead-end street, 77 ZOOM (Fri-Sat 00:0006:00) is where everyone ends up, a large disco playing tech-house rather than dancefloor charts. Still, Porto is quite a liberal city and you can be gay pretty much anywhere. Gays who are not into the sort of clubs just mentioned above, go to CAFÉ AU LAIT, CAFÉ VITÓRIA, MAUS HÁBITOS, PASSOS MANUEL or PLANO B. The last three regularly host queer parties, so just look for Club Kidz, Conga Club, Rabbit Hole, Disco My Ass, Festa da Gigi, Groove Ball and Ruído Rosa.

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NATIONAL MUSEUM SOARES DOS REIS hosts a fine collection of mainly Portuguese 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture with some masterpieces. Don’t miss the ‘Nambam Screens’. It’s a set of two 17th century Japanese hand painted screens depicting the arrival of those strange men with long noses, pale faces and weird clothes - the Portuguese, the first Europeans to get to Japan. (Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00, €2,5/€5)

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A mushroom-like sports arena, built in 1951 for the World Hockey Championship (Portugal had its sights set on becoming a hockey superpower) at the former site of an iron and glass exhibition hall dating from 1865, the PALÁCIO DE CRISTAL (“Crystal Palace” (every day, Oct-Mar 08:00-19:00, Apr-Sep 08:00-21:00, free). The name was kept, and is apropos to the surrounding romantic gardens with their delightful views over the river. Perfect for picnics (mind the peacocks roaming around, they will try to steal your food). Don’t miss the art exhibitions at the MUNICIPAL GALLERY, (inside the library building, Tue-Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun-Mon: 14:00-18:00), they normally are quite interesting.

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Long before the gourmet frenzy, there were already “mercearias finas” (delicatessens) selling but a fine selection of simply the best food Portugal has to offer. After some difficult years, the arrival of the foodie trend brought them back with a new allure. A good share of them are located on the streets around Bolhão market, such as CASA CHINESA, MERCEARIA DO BOLHÃO, PÉROLA DO BOLHÃO, or COMER E CHORAR POR MAIS. Visit them for breads such as Broa de Avintes or Pão de Montalegre, bacalhau (salted codfish, that white thing hanging over the door), the best nuts, dried and caramelised fruits (ask for Ameixas de Elvas, plums cooked for days in a complicated way), or an exquisite selections of charcuterie, be it alheira (sausage made out of chicken, bread and spices), farinheira (cured sausage made with flour, pork fat and paprika) or morcela (blood sausage). They also feature a wide variety of cheeses, wines and canned fish preserves. Ask the staff for help, as they are super nice and speak decent English. All these places vacuum-pack their stuff if you ask, so that none of your luggage will stink of smoked whatever.

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Rissóis are fried dumplings filled with meat or shrimp or whatever you want. They are usually eaten as a snack, and IMPÉRIO constantly has batches coming out, so you can always have them warm. The other sweet and savory pastries they have are also good, but you are insane if you skip the rissol. (Mon-Fri 07:30-20:30, Sat 07:30-19:30)

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Yes, it comes in every guidebook. Yes, it’s beautiful at Noveau. Yes, a coffee cost 4 times the price of any other place. And yes, waiters will approach the few Portuguese customers in English because they are simply not an usual sight. CAFÉ MAJESTIC used to be a pearl, now it’s a perfect way to see how tourists can ruin a place. (Mon-Sat, 09:30-00:00) More artsy fartsy than Maus Hábitos across the street, PASSOS MANUEL is like the living room of the arts, music and cinema crowd. The good, the bad and the wannabes have drinks at the bar of this former cinema, which has kept its stylish dark interior from the 70’s intact. There is also a good programme of independent cinema, concerts, DJ sets and parties on the weekends. Don’t miss the hidden white rooms with sofas! (Wed-Sat 22:00-04:00, look for the neon sign on the same building as Coliseu do Porto)

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BAR AND CLUB AT A PENTHOUSE

Take the lift (or the stairs) up to the 4th floor of this modernist garage building and you will find MAUS HÁBITOS (“Bad Habits”), a bar with several rooms and terraces where you can come at any time of the day (it’s lovely in the afternoon as well). This is where people from the independent music and art scene come, as they have concerts by new Portuguese and international bands, and parties (Fri-Sat) that range from cumbia to queer to hiphop or indie-rock (or a mix of it all). Also, young curatorial collectives have been organizing exhibitions of emerging artists in the gallery space, and they are often quite interesting. www.maushabitos.com/exposicoes). There is a restaurant as well (lunch and dinner), serving very good pizzas and vegetarian food. (Mon-Tue 12:00-15:00, Wed-Thu 12:00-02:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-04:00)

94

CHEESE MEETS HOLLYWOOD

QUEIJARIA AMARAL is a top-class old-school cheese shop where you can buy some of Portugal’s best cheeses, from buttery Serra to spicy Serpa and moist Requeijão da Beira Baixa (you’ve never heard of them, we know, but there’s a lot of good cheese in the country. Don’t be shy, try it!) It is also known for owner Maria José Silva’s unexpected hobby as an amateur filmmaker. Her films, featuring a lot of family members, are also available for sale. (Mon-Sat 09:00-19:00)

95 DUAS DE LETRA

With a trendy vibe, DUAS DE LETRA is a small cosy café good for when you want to have a long chat or read a book (arrive with time to spare, for the service is not exactly fast). They have lunch menus for 6 (think of salmon pie, vegetable curry, and pumpkin soup), serve snacks like scrambled eggs and toasted bread with mushrooms all day long, and always have a slice of caramel pie or cheesecake to entertain you while you sip your coffee. (Mon-Thu 10:00-22:00, Fri-Sat 10:00-00:00, Sun 14:00-20:00)

96 SISMÓGRAFO

Regular international programme of contemporary art, occasional experimental and improvised music performances and events devoted to literature and thought. (Thu-Sat 16:00-20:00; Praça dos Poveiros 56, 1st floor (entrance through the newsstand). www.sismografo.org)

97

CHEAP AND GOOD VEGETARIAN

For cheap and good vegetarian and vegan meals, come to ÁRVORE DO MUNDO (“Tree of the World”). They offer full meal every day menus for €7/€9 if it’s dinner) consisting of a starter, main course, soup and drink: think stuffed tomatoes, bean stew or roasted tofu, plus wonderful desserts like banana mousse or date and almonds pudding. The restaurant is cosy and has a warm feeling, plus a sunny terrace on the back. Though kind of self-service, it really isnt a canteen. (Tue-Thu 12:30-19:30, Fri-Sat 12:30-00:00)

98 RUA DO SOL 172

A collective working space for young artists, also hosting exhibitions, cinema screenings and workshops. Located inside the building of the centenary association of Catholic Workers. (Rua Duque de Loulé, 206; www.facebook.com/ruadosol172)

99

URBAN ISLANDS

Turn into this alleyway and you will find yourself in an ‘island’ (ilha, we call these places) of narrow streets, rows of small houses and clothes drying above your head, inside what otherwise looks like a regular city block from the outside. Although living conditions have improved, this will give you an idea of how bad life was for workers coming from the provinces in the 19th century when the industrial revolution was in full swing. In 1900, about 35% of the population lived on these islands, but more shocking is that nowadays about 10,000 people still do (more blocks than you might imagine hide places like this). Please have some common courtesy, don’t act like a tourist and snap pictures as if this was Disneyland.

100 GOT SOME DIRTY SOCKS?

Before the invention of washing machines, clothes were washed by hand in public communal basins. Many still exist in Porto, but this WASH HOUSE (turn left under the bridge where the street starts going down) has the best view, and as you might see people still come here to wash, these days mostly just big things like carpets and heavy blankets.

101 MACROBIOTIC CANTEEN

SURIBACHI is a canteen-style macrobiotic restaurant that serves honest, well-seasoned tasty food which always has cooked whole grains on the menu, as well as stir-fries, miso soup and a variety of rissoles, tarts, quiches and desserts. The bizarre mix of kitsch water-fountains, decorative pumpkins and relaxing pan-pipe and flute music certainly makes for an amusing experience. Don’t forget to try their delicious, homemade bread! (Mon-Sat 09:00-10:00)

102 NOVA ERA

This place is noisy, big and always busy. People come to NOVA ERA RESTAURANT because the food feels like home and is very well cooked, the menu offers some 30 dishes, and the portions are large and cheap (half a portion costs around €10 and is more than enough for two people – they have quarter portions for a reason). You can try classics like arroz de pato (rice cooked with chunks of duck and sausage and then baked), bacalhau com natas (pieces of codfish with cream and potatos baked in the oven), stewed beef tongue, various roasted meats or thick fish soup. (every day 09:00-23:00)

103 ESPAÇO MIRA

Three large former warehouses, focused mostly on photography and video. The programme changes very frequently. (Tue-Sat 15:00-19:00; Rua de Miraf lor, 159. Keep going down Rua do Heroismo for a bit more, and Rua de Miraf lor will be on your lefthand side www.facebook.com/espacomirafotografia)

104 TOY SOLDIERS

What used to be the headquarters of the PIDE (political police of the fascist regime) is now the MILITARY MUSEUM. Inside you can admire a collection of Portuguese weapons from the 15th to the 20th centuries while also learning some history. But if that sounds boring, then go and enjoy the impressive collection of 16.000 tin toy miniature soldiers, featuring armies from ancient battles up to World War II. (Tue-Fri, Sun 10:00-12:30/14:00-17:00, Sat 14:00-17:00, €3)

105 TAKE A LONG, LONG, REST

The 19th century PRADO DO REPOUSO is the city’s first public cemetery and has many beautiful graves from that time. Number 177/33 has a curious story. It was built in 1868 by a rich prostitute who, after many years of serving men and hating them, fell in love with a younger lady. The lover died, and the older woman asked to be left alone with the body, chopping off its head to keep as a memento. She was taken to court but considered innocent because everybody saw the macabre gesture as an act of love. To this day, prostitutes from the nearby streets still put flowers and light candles at the site. (every day, 08:30-17:00, free)

INDEPENDENT ART SPACES 61 GALERIA PAINEL 74 A CERTAIN LACK OF COHERENCE

85 GALERIA SILO AUTO 93 MAUS HÁBITOS 96 SISMÓGRAFO 98 RUA DO SOL 172 103 ESPAÇO MIRA

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