Five places for very different experiences in the city of Douro. From exquisite dinners to casual lunch breaks, a non-conventional guide in a non-conventional year to taste the flavours of Porto.

Editor Penélope Blas at Lazy Breakfast Club.

LAZY BREAKFAST CLUB

My favourite brunch discovery and the first stop on ‘Flavours of Porto’ was Lazy Breakfast Club – a casual and modern space with pink interiors and a dash of neon. There were a few brunch menus available and a lot of avocado, poached eggs, and hot coffee. Our favourite option – homemade pancakes with a touch of maple syrup. We were too full for an extra dessert, but we are guessing it does not disappoint.

Lazy Breakfast is also very well located and just a few minutes from the Lello Library and the main city attractions. If you are looking for an easy-going place to meet up with friends and gift yourself a brunch, Lazy Breakfast is definitely a good choice. 

Lazy Breakfast interiors and brunch menu.

Views of Rua de Mouzinho da Silveira from Club Life terrace.

CLUB LIFE PORTO

We ordered from their daily menu and asked to eat outside – with a fantastic street view. Our personal favourites – the organic juices & the ever-tasty codfish, this time with a side of hummus. We were lucky to lunch under the sunlight and watching people come and go from their work breaks.

Since we were shooting a lot in Porto and running from one place to another, we were really looking for a nice place to get a quick and healthy lunch in between shots. We were lucky to find Club Life, which was very conveniently located next to the Exmo. Hotel.

 

Flavours of Porto. Five places for very different experiences in the city of Douro.

Club Life’s healthy food and organic juice with editor Noelia Blas 

PANDA PORTO

Panda Porto was undoubtedly one of our culinary peaks from the trip. We had a dinner reservation after a long day of sightseeing and work, and it was a true discovery. The food was exquisite and flavourful. We were lucky to talk to the restaurant’s manager and he explained us the concept of Panda and their aim to keep the menu fresh and original – they change it every couple of weeks.

The interiors were also very inviting and Mediterranean. We decided to follow the staff’s recommendations and were not disappointed. We cannot pick a favourite here, so please try the grilled salmon, the noodles, the ceviche and – if you’re not too full – the desserts. We will be back next time Porto calls us, for sure!

 

Flavours of Porto. Five places for very different experiences in the city of Douro.

Picks from Panda Porto: left dessert, right main meals.

Flavours of Porto. Five places for very different experiences in the city of Douro.

At Panda Porto enjoying good wine and wonderful views from Porto.

NOSHI COFFEE

Flavours of Porto. Five places for very different experiences in the city of Douro.

Beautiful and typical portuguese facade of Noshi Coffee.

Whenever we are on trips both in Spain and in other European cities we really appreciate good cafés. Sometimes it’s nice to work out of the hotel room and Noshi is one of those perfect working places with a chilled atmosphere. Its location is also unbeatable, facing the most ‘Instagrammable’ church in the city – Igreja do Carmo.

We decided to eat in their interior patio and asked for a focaccia, a vegan burger and a couple of fresh lemonades. We also tried their cheesecake, and everything was very tasty and quick. The staff was also especially kind and guided us every time.

 

Flavours of Porto. Five places for very different experiences in the city of Douro.

Noshi Coffee in order: Foccacia, Vegan Burger and fresh limonade.

BOA-BAO

Flavours of Porto. Five places for very different experiences in the city of Douro.

Boa-Bao best asian food of Porty city.

Our last dinner in Porto was also very much anticipated. We had heard great things about the Boa-Bao group and could not wait to live the Boa-Bao experience. We were lucky to have their management team with us and learned about their philosophy and journey.

The restaurant was filled with Asian interiors details and a low light. We particularly loved the atmosphere while dinning.

 

Flavours of Porto. Five places for very different experiences in the city of Douro.

Right: Dim Sums. Left: Best cocktail ever. 

Our picks – baos, shrimps pad thai (best we had in a long time), dim sums & squids. We love it all and were impressed with the cocktails’ selection. They have won several cocktail prizes and now we know why. 

We encourage you to try them. Boa-Bao is also opened in Lisbon and Barcelona & we cannot wait to try them in our next visits.

 

Flavours of Porto. Five places for very different experiences in the city of Douro.

Boa-Bao’s red interiors inspired by asian culture.

Disclaimer: Every restaurant featured on the food guide ‘Flavours of Porto’ is a gifted invitation. Opinions and reviews are completely reserved to editors’ real experience.

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