Since we’ve been having crazy weather in Porto, Beatriz Maia went looking for the 5 Best Coffee Shops in Porto so you can enjoy the good and the bad weather. Take a look:
Yours Bistrô it’s a place full of tradition and culture and their goal is to make you feel like home. It’s recognized for its traditional Portuguese inspired cooking and it’s definitely one the 5 Best Coffee Shops in Porto.
It’s the best place to enjoy a cozy and familiar environment, with a sunny and welcoming terrace. The best thing is that no matter what you eat at Yours Bistrô, you can be sure that is made with fresh products and from local farmers and producers. You can taste that homemade effected on the plate. You can also enjoy magic and poetry nights that Yours Bistrô provides from time to time.
It’s located at the heart of the city, and offers you breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Also a perfect place to go for a coffee on their amazing terrace, alongside the view above the historical part of the city. Perfect to relax with your friends and family.
You can find Yours Bistrô at Rua dos Caldeireitos, 131 and it’s opened from Sunday to Tuesday from 8:30 am until 4pm and Wednesday to Saturday from 8:30am until 12pm.
Café Piolho (Lice Café)
Café Piolho is knowed to be the students coffe shop and it’s without a doubt the one that sells more beer in the whole town. Locals, students and Erasmus get together in front of the coffee shop during the week, especially after hours, to hang out and have a nice time. For all those reasons we had to include Café Piolho on our 5 Best Coffee Shops in Porto list.
Although it’s not as glamorous as others, Piolho is the perfect place to have lunch, study during the day between coffees and sandwiches, and to have a drink between friends and unknowns by night.
The original name of Piolho is The Golden Anchor Café, however since it was the nearest coffee place of the universities, students and teachers got together and waited in long lines just to get a table. Since Piolho was always crowded and full of people outside, people started to compare the crowd of people to the crowd of lice that, from time to time, appears on our heads. So the name stuck and nowadays the whole area is knowned as Piolho or The Lice.
It’s located at Praça Parada Leitão, 45 and it’s opened from Monday to Saturday from 7am until 4am.
It’s the most beautiful coffee shop of Portugal, with an environment full of tradition, romance, finesse and intimacy, so we had to include Majestic Café on our 5 Best Coffee Shops in Porto.
Majestic Café tells us the story of Porto during the decadent 20’s, of the Bélle Époque or The Golden Age, as you wish. It was a period characterized by optimist, economic growth and cultural innovations. The arts were growing and getting recognized. The Majestic Café was full of glamour and it was the meeting point of famous artist, politicians and writers who got together to share their stories, ideas and conspiracies. Many poems were written there and it’s said that J.K. Rowling used to spend there some time to write many of Harry Potter’s books.
The magnificent marble façade and the elegant doors trio invites you to go inside. In its interior, the New Art language prevails with its symmetries, the decorative details and the huge mirrors and metal chandeliers. At the back, there is a garden where you can relax and have a glass of wine.
Majestic Café offers you many options like breakfast, lunch, dinner and Tea Time or tapas if you’re in a mood for a snack. It’s located in one of the most famous streets of Porto, Rua Santa Catarina, 112 and it’s opened from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am until 12pm.
Born in 1933, Café Guarany is one of the oldest coffee shops in the city and it’s filled with history and culture. Is one of the mandatory places to visit in Porto so that’s why it’s one of the 5 Best Coffee Shops in Porto.
When you walk in Café Guarany you immediately feel the allusion of Brasil as the first and biggest coffee producer in the world. During the 30’s, Guarany was the place where artist, musicians, writers and intellectuals met because it was different from every other place back then. You could feel the history and the culture of the city just by smelling their coffee. Today, Café Guarany is not very different from the old days. It’s still full of creative minds, however, it has more tourists than ever. It’s a place that is normally filled with cultural nights and events like Fado Night and Cuban Night. You can also enjoy your meal at the Piano Bar.
They have many lunch and dinner options, but on a cold night I advise you to go there and try their most amazing hot chocolate. It’s located at Rua dos Aliados, 85 and it’s opened everyday from 9am until 12pm.
Café Aviz it’s an unique and memorable place of Porto and it has over 50 years of existence. It’s a modern place were youngsters and elders go just to have fun. Because it is a place like no other, Café Aviz had to be one of the 5 Best Coffee Shops in Porto.
It’s a great place to have lunch, study and to drink some beers. It’s also one of the few places that have billiard tables, appropriate for an awesome night between mates. Since it’s so close to Galerias Paris, the place to go at night for drinks, you can start your night by eating the most amazing Francesinha (warm sandwich) at Café Aviz and drink some beers to kick off.
It’s located at Rua de Avis, 27 and it’s opened Monday to Wednesday from 7am until 12pm, Thursdays from 7am until 1am and Fridays and Saturdays from 7am until 2am.