24 Hours in Porto

My favourite spots in and around Porto.

24 Hours in Porto
Overlooking the Douro River - Porto is stunning. Photo by K. Mitch Hodge / Unsplash

We're waiting to board our Air Canada flight back to Montréal and I'm reflecting on another fantastic European gateaway. I’ve now been to Porto a handfull of times and one of the software company I work with (TalkDesk) has a development team in the city. I've accumulated a few favourite spots in the city - why not share them with you in case you ever find yourself in this historic Northern Portuguese stunner.

Good Coffee

7G Roaster is tucked away on a quiet street across the Douro river in Nova de Gaia. You get there by crossing the beautiful Luis I Bridge and taking the teleferico cable car to the water front. I recommend you get there early or before the lunch crowd. The secluded courtyard is shaded and private, perfect to regroup before tackling your day filled with sightseeing.

Local Shop

Claus Porto is obviously headquartered in Porto and available in many high-end department stores around the world. However, their shops in Porto are a mix of old school chic with modern touches. They also carry exclusive products, scents and objects you won't find elsewhere.

Splurge meal

Vinum at Graham's is located high on the cliffs of Nova de Gaia with breaktaking views of old Porto. If you reserve a day or two ahead, you can score a table in the glassed-in veranda (see first picture). It is worth the money. The food is elevated Portuguese with attentive waiting staff. You can easily pair a Port winery tour and tasting with your meal (see last picture).

Must-see sight

Simply get lost by the Douro river and explore side streets. Of course the train station, cathedral, Clerico Tower and Luis I Bridge are going to be landmarks but go and get lost!


Base Porto (see third picture) is located right under the Clerico Tower and is a perfect spot to stop to catch your breath with an affordable glass of Vino Verde or a tall glass of sparkling water. Look at the web link, marvel at how clever the architecture is and plan to be at Base on the hour to hear the Clerico clock... Oh, and the people watching here is the best.

Eat with the locals

O Caraças at Rua das Taipas 27 is owned by two sisters and they are both avid runners. They need to because the restaurant is all stairs. Wait for a table on the covered terrace (see 4th picture) with views of the Porto Cathedral and feast on grilled fish, chicken or beef. The menu and prices are tiny.