- 4-hour Porto food tour led by an expert local guide
- Learn about the history of Portuguese cuisine on a walk around town
- Sample traditional Portuguese dishes like the Francesinha sandwich and chamuça pastry
- Visit Café Majestic where Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is said to have been written
- Stroll through some of Porto’s best-looking neighborhoods like the historic Riberia district
Recent Photos of This Tour
Porto overviewPhoto by: Anne S
Malaysia, 05 2013
Jackie Sid and PagePhoto by: Mark M
Trip to Train StationPhoto by: Cynthia P
Wine tasting in a family ...Photo by: Cynthia P
Octopus Salad,Photo by: Anne S
Malaysia, 05 2013
Lion Square, or Gomes ...Photo by: Anne S
Malaysia, 05 2013
What You Can Expect
Visit Café Progresso, the city’s oldest coffee bar, and hear how the coffee scene in Porto has changed since the early 19th century. Sample its much-loved brews, and then walk to Bolhão Market – a colorful open-air arcade that sells nearly every food under the sun. Breathe in the aroma of freshly baked bread, and browse stalls selling artistically arranged cheeses and glistening mounds of fruit.
Continue to Café Majestic, a beautiful Belle Époque café with elaborate décor, that’s frequented by Portuguese dignitaries and locals alike. Rumor has it that J K Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone here, so follow in her footsteps and sit down to eat a Portuguese custard tart amid sumptuous surroundings.
Inside the café, sample a classic Portuguese fishcake made of cod called bolinhos e punheta de bacalhau, and then walk to Restaurante Regaleira to try their award-winning Francesinha – an extravagant sandwich adapted from the French croque-monsieur. Consisting of ham, sausage and steak wedged between slices of bread, the impressive ‘snack’ is topped with melted cheese, drenched in a thick tomato and beer sauce, and then served with chips; it's the sandwich of all sandwiches!
Try chamuça – a spicy samosa-like pastry – and then sit down for a wine-tasting session to sip glasses of Port and taste regional olive oil. In between visits to cafés, stroll through some of Porto’s prettiest areas, like the charming Riberia neighborhood and Flores Street with its striking architecture.
After four hours of eating your way around Porto, your tour finishes at Vila Nova de Gaia in the center of town.
We did this at the start of our trip and Virginia helped us by suggesting other places we could visit during the rest of our Holiday. She had lots of information about the City and tailored the tour to meet our needs. So glad we did this, I don't the holiday would of been as good as it was if we hadn't done this at the start.
Be hungry loads of food. Disappointed in Franchesine sandwich. Every thing else lovely.Our guide was very engaging
This tour was exceptional. Our guide was wonderful. Very professional but also very warm and friendly. We sampled some superb food. This tour is a must, not only for the food and wine, but for the general history and culture lesson. We went to some diverse and very interesting parts of Porto. A fascinating place, which this tour showcases in an exemplary fashion.
Virginia was a delightful host making a great day very special.
A must while in Porto. Virginia was our amazing guide and did such a fantastic job sharing Porto with us. This tour is a great way to enjoy the culture and tasty samplings of their delicious foods. She took us to places I would never have know about on my own. I have nothing but great things to say about this tour. I will be back to beautiful Porto again someday,
Great tour guide Virginia took us to oldest cafes, deli and other special places in Porto to sample the local foods and try various combos of wines and ports that went with each petite treat and all on foot.
The whole tour group was English speaking so she may have been frustrated with her little entourage at times given we were all happy to speak in our native tongue after being in various parts of Portugal and not speaking the language.
A fun time had by all
We had a group of 9 and got Sid as a tour guide. Great time and what a fun tour. Perfect for outgoing 20 year olds that like to party. Highly recommend! Thanks!
This tour was in incredible value for the money. Our guide, Virginia, took us to several about 6 or 7 different stops during our food tour of Porto, introducing us to the food and drink of the region. We stopped in little shops that we never would have discovered on our own, experiencing classics like port and the local Francesinha sandwich as well as local secrets such as the anise flavored Eduardino liquor that fishermen used to drink in the mornings. We all left feeling quite full and a little buzzed. A perfect afternoon in my book! Virginia was very friendly and eager to share her city. Definitely take this tour at the beginning of your Porto experience so that you will know exactly what to eat and drink during the remainder of your stay.
This tour was amazing!
Virginia was very interesting and knowledgeable about Porto. We tried few dishes and obscure places we wouldn't have considered entering if we were on our own. It is definitely worth it.