Porto’s food scene has gone through the roof in recent years. Hot at the moment are petiscos (small Portuguese plates, ideal for sharing), lazy weekend brunches, creative vegetarian buffet-style restaurants with bags of charm and imaginative riffs on hand-me-down recipes, and old-school taverns championing slow food. And don’t forget the temptation of local cafes and patisseries around nearly every corner.

Market Self-Catering

If you're craving a quick and inexpensive bite to eat in buzzy, informal surrounds, make your way to one of Porto's excellent food markets, where stands serve everything from roast suckling pig to sushi, ice cream, Portuguese cheese platters, gourmet burgers, beer and wine. Simply go for wander and see what takes your fancy before snagging a seat at one of the communal benches. Try Mercado Beira-Rio in Vila Nova de Gaia or Mercado Bom Sucesso in Boavista.