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Where to Eat and Drink Around Porto on a Budget

Liz and her husband have enjoyed visiting Portugal on many occasions. On their travels, they especially like sampling local food and drink.

Porto.

Porto.

Our Approach to Eating and Drinking Around Porto

So, you've decided on a destination. In our case this was Porto. You've decided how best to get there and researched the cheapest fares. You've chosen and booked some reasonably priced accommodation. Job done? Not quite. There's the small problem of what you are going to eat and drink while you're away. For us this can be a bit of a 'hit or miss' approach. We tend to hit the ground running (or maybe walking at a leisurely pace is more exact) and figure the food and drink issue out once we're there. This article aims to help others learn a little from our experience.

Note: All of the prices listed below are from the summer of 2017.

Restaurants We Tried Around Porto

  1. Restaurante O Antonio
  2. Restaurante Beira Rio
  3. Restaurante Rabelos
  4. El Corte Ingles
  5. Brisamar
  6. Vagas Bar
Restaurants on Cais da Ribeira.

Restaurants on Cais da Ribeira.

1. Restaurante O Antonio

An early flight from the UK got us into Porto mid-morning on a Sunday and, after a very early breakfast, it wasn't long before we needed some lunch. Unfamiliar with the local area, we asked the advice of the reception staff at Holiday Inn Express Exponor. Due to its location near the Atlantic coast, seafood is in plentiful supply in Porto and the surrounding area and hotel staff were quick to recommend seafood restaurants in Matosinhos, near the fish market.

The setting on an ordinary street behind the port was nothing special. But on a Sunday lunchtime, the restaurants on Rua Herois de Franca were very popular with locals and tourists alike. Chefs were kept busy at barbecues set up on the street, cooking fresh fish to order. We decided on Restaurante O Antonio and ordered sardines and carp at 6.50 euros each. Potatoes were 2.50 euros and a bottle of water cost us 2.25 euros. The language was an issue, as our Portuguese is limited, as was the waiter's command of English.

Tip: when dining a little off the tourist track, you need your wits about you. The waiter was very attentive in restocking our potatoes and offering more fish, which was fine until we got the bill itemizing each extra portion. Three portions of potatoes worked out at 7.50 euros.

The fish was good, but we prefer to have a little more control over the bill.

Sardines and potatoes.

Sardines and potatoes.

2. Restaurante Beira Rio

The next day, having recovered from our early flight and fortified by an all-you-can-eat Holiday Inn Express breakfast, we set off to explore the city of Porto. After visiting some of the tourist sites up the hill, our exploration took us down to Cais da Ribeira, on the north bank of the River, where I wondered if we were going to have to push the food budget a little, as the plentiful eating places were not cheap.

But a walk over the Ponte de Dom Luis 1 restored my belief that Portugal offers some of the best value meals in Europe. Walking west along the River Douro, we came upon Restaurante Beira Rio, Av. Diogo Leite, 64, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-111. The menu touristico (tourist menu) was reasonable at 15 euros for a starter, main course, sweet and a bottle of wine. We went there several times during our time in Porto and were soon being given Mateus Rose, a very nice Portuguese rose wine, instead of the house wine and by the end a glass of port as well, at no extra cost.

Sardines (pictured above) featured on the tourist menu. If you are happy to pay a little more for your food, the a la carte menu gets good reviews, especially for seafood.

Appetiser at Restaurante Beira Rio.

Appetiser at Restaurante Beira Rio.

3. Restaurante Rabelos

We also tried Restaurante Rabelos nearby at Av Diego Leite, 68, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-111. The tourist menu here was 25 euros for two people, but then drinks had to be added to this. We only made one visit here, as it didn’t seem as good value as Beira Rio, our favorite.

Both restaurants offered the option of dining outside with views back across to Porto on the opposite bank and towards Ponte Dom Luis 1. There was also entertainment provided by roving musicians.

View of Porto.

View of Porto.

View from Av Diego Leite.

View from Av Diego Leite.

Musicians on the south bank of the River Douro.

Musicians on the south bank of the River Douro.

4. El Corte Ingles

If you’re looking for a real bargain meal and are prepared to forego the riverside setting for the top floor of a high-rise department store, El Corte Ingles might fit the bill. Free shuttle minibusses run from Praca da Liberdade, in Porto and also from Jardim do Morro and Avenida Diego Leite in Vila Nova de Gaia. I would recommend hopping on one, as El Corte Ingles 1 Avenida da Republica, 1435 4430-999 Porto is over 2km uphill from the southern end of Ponte Dom Luis 1. Pick up a tourist map and you should find a 2 for the price of 1 voucher for the tourist menu. You are supposed to prove your foreign status with a passport or similar ID card, but we were never asked for ours. The tourist menu cost us 10 euros each and we had a small beer for a euro each. It’s more of a nice restaurant than a cafeteria. There’s outside dining, which, when it’s breezy or wet has a windbreak around it.

An even better option and one which we noticed the first time we went to El Corte Ingles was the midweek lunchtime buffet, at 9.95 euros each, with an additional 1.80 euros for a liter of spring water. It seemed popular with the Portuguese and it's always a good sign if the locals dine somewhere. If you have worked up an appetite, this all-you-can-eat approach to dining might suit you better. We just had to go back another time to give it a try and this menu didn’t disappoint.

5. Brisamar, Leca da Palmeira

The top bargain eating place we found was on a tip-off from the Tourist Information office in Leca da Palmeira. The man there recommended Brisamar, Rua do Castelo 3, Leca da Palmeira 4450-632. We had a 3-course meal here for 2 people plus wine for a bargain 11.70 euros. Admittedly the choices for the main course were simple (meat/fish) and on the first occasion we weren’t quite sure what meat we were eating, but the fish choice on the second occasion was excellent. There’s a very reasonably priced a la carte menu as well and we couldn’t beat this place on price. There are a limited number of tables outside, but these can get busy or may not be in use if it's windy. Another option is to eat inside with the locals, a sure sign that this is a good value eating place.

The view from Vagas Bar.

The view from Vagas Bar.

6. Vagas Bar

Another place we tried out was Vagas Bar, Avenida General Norton de Matos, Praia Sao Salvador 4450-208 Matosinhos. Located overlooking the beach with great views towards Castelo Quiejo, the outside terrace is very popular. Two main course fish dishes cost us 19.80 euros, a bottle of wine was 6 euros and a 1.5-liter bottle of water cost us 2 euros. Not the cheapest of meals, but a great location.

Restaurants We Tried Around Porto

Food Preferences

Café Majestic, Porto.

Café Majestic, Porto.

Drinks and Snacks Around Porto

It wouldn’t be a holiday without a few breaks for drinks and snacks. Like any other tourist destination, there is no shortage of cafes and bars in Porto and the surrounding area to suit every budget.

  1. Cafe Majestic, Porto
  2. The Hard Club, Porto
  3. Bista Mar, Matosinhos
  4. Vagas Bar, Matosinho
  5. Cheap Sangria in Porto
  6. Francesinha
Interior of Cafe Majestic, Porto.

Interior of Cafe Majestic, Porto.

1. Cafe Majestic, Porto

Porto’s best-known tea house is Café Majestic (Rua Santa Catarina, 112 4000-442 PORTO) dating from 1921, with its art nouveau décor reminiscent of a Parisian café. At busy times you might have to queue, such is the popularity of this tourist watering place.

It is said that JK Rowling came here to write Harry Potter, whilst she was working in Porto and a number of Portuguese celebrities have signed the guest book.

To come here is as much about the experience as the food and drink. This one pushes the budget a little, but there's always room on holiday for the odd treat. A coffee set me back 4.50 euros and an Earl Grey tea cost 5 euros, so by Portuguese standards definitely not the cheapest place for a drink, but well worth it for the setting.

We came here on a damp day, by the time we had finished our drinks and taken in the location the weather outside had brightened up and we were ready to set out once more on the tourist trail around Porto.

View from the Hard Club Terrace.

View from the Hard Club Terrace.

2. The Hard Club, Porto

A bar/club is maybe not the obvious place for a middle-aged couple to stop for a drink. But the Hard Club (Praca Infante Dom Henrique, Porto 4050-295) located in a renovated former market and overlooking the same square as the Bolsa, suited us well. By day there’s a terrace overlooking the square with views down towards the river, and we found it a handy place to wait for a timed tour of the Bolsa.

To be fair, tea and coffee here at 3.50 euros for both is not the cheapest you can get, but the location makes up for it and it still represents reasonable value, with its central location near a top Porto tourist spot.

3. Bista Mar, Matosinhos

If you tire of city life, the nearby coast offers a wide choice of cafes and bars at a reasonable cost. Set back from the beach, we found two Super Bock (locally brewed) beers at Bista Mar (Avenida da Republica 44 R/C, Matosinhos 4450-237) cost us 2.80 euros. The Portuguese have a way of serving ice-cold beer in branded, distinctly shaped glasses that can tempt even the least inclined beer drinker (like myself) on a warm day. Super Bock has been brewed in Porto since 1927 and has a 40% market share in Portugal. For those interested in discovering more, there's a visitor center at the brewery in Porto.

4. Vagas Bar, Matosinhos

Already mentioned for its food, Vagas Bar, with the great views from its terrace over the beach is a very pleasant place to stop for a drink. A coffee here costs 1.70 euros and a beer is the same amount. On a sunny day, this is a highly recommended location. Beware of the wind though. We were once here when a strong gust caught a large umbrella, pulled it from its base and dropped it. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, but it gave the management a fright.

5. Sangria in Porto

You might be forgiven for thinking that Sangria is only available in Spain, but the Portuguese are happy to serve their own version of the red wine and fruit mix. Walking west along Avenida de Diogo Leite, on the south bank of the River Douro beyond the restaurants, we came upon a small bar selling jugs of reasonable quality Sangria for 3-6 euros (depending on the size). After a long walk, I think the weary tourist has earned a seat looking out over the Douro with a cool drink of Sangria.

On another occasion, walking from the Palacio de Cristal into the center of Porto we chanced upon a very quiet shopping center, where we found a cafeteria selling reasonably-priced meals. Two large glasses of Sangria cost us 3.20 euros.

6. Francesinha, a Porto Speciality

As we were staying in a hotel, which provided a good breakfast, we tended to be on the lookout for drinks or main meals, but a visit to Porto would not be complete without sampling Francesinha, a local specialty. Translated as little Frenchie, this is a cheese and egg-topped roasted-meat sandwich in a sauce, usually served with French fries and accompanied by a drink of beer. We found ours at a Tropical Burger outlet near the top of Rua das Flores, within a short distance of Sao Bente train station. Two Francesinhas cost us 13.90 euros and two beers an extra 2 euros. It was a very filling and tasty snack and I would highly recommend it.

Drinks and Snacks Around Porto

Port Sampling in Porto

Port sampling at Taylor's.

Port sampling at Taylor's.

Port

No article on food and drink in Porto would be complete without mention of the product for which it is renowned around the world. Port, or Vinho do Porto, as it has been called since the late 1600s, is a fortified wine produced from grapes grown in the Douro valley. Traditionally the port was transported in large barrels by boat down the river to the port houses in Porto. These flat bottomed boats (barcos rabelos) still line each side of the River Douro near Ponte Dom Luis 1, but are now purely for decoration, as they have been replaced by tanker trucks.

The variety of port known by many is a sweet red dessert wine, but there are also dry, semi-dry and white versions available. Prices vary depending on how much you are prepared to pay. Typically you can pay as little as a few euros for a supermarket branded variety, which is perfectly drinkable, to substantially more for a vintage variety from one of the famous port houses, such as Taylor's or Sandeman's. Many port houses offer guided tours and opportunities for port tasting.

Flat-bottomed boat.

Flat-bottomed boat.

Budget Tips for Food and Drink Around Porto

  • Shop around. We rarely stop at the first bar or restaurant we come across. It pays to check out the competition and get a feel for the price range.
  • Be prepared to compromise on location. Cheaper eating and drinking places are sometimes a little further from where the action or the good views are.
  • Check out where the locals go. They are usually reluctant to pay prices hiked up for tourists.
  • If it's a coffee you want, try the local supermarket. Many in Portugal have a small cafe. They are not the height of luxury, with limited seating, some of which is high bar stools, but you won't beat their prices or deals. Our favorite is Pingu Doce.
  • Buy your own. While you are in the supermarket take the chance to stock up on water (buy a big bottle to refill your smaller ones), cans of beer (much cheaper than from a bar) and bottles of wine and port (to take home or drink back in your hotel room).
  • Be prepared to raise the budget a little for a special treat.
  • Be open-minded and be prepared to try local specialties.
Villa Nova de Gaia and Porto.

Villa Nova de Gaia and Porto.

© 2018 Liz Westwood

Comments

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on July 27, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Audrey. Porto has a lot to offer visitors. I appreciated the fact that mass tourism hasn't reached there yet.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 26, 2020:

Thanks, Liz, for this informative article and the food guide. Gee, I'd love to visit Porto. What a great escape this would be.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on April 16, 2020:

Thanks for looking that up, Robert. It's interesting, but sad to know how Portugal is faring in this pandemic. Boris Johnson, when he was discharged from hospital after treatment for COVID-19 mentioned two nurses, who had cared for him, by name. One of them came from near Porto.

Robert Sacchi on April 16, 2020:

As of 4/16/20 4:38:56 EST - Portugal - 18,841 cases & 629 deaths.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on April 16, 2020:

The Algarve on the South Portugal coast is a popular holiday destination for the English. We have been there before, early in May, when resorts start to get the sunbeds out on the beaches. It's hard to envisage tourism there in the near future.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2020:

It would be hard to imagine that Portugal is escaping scott free from this pandemic. Hopefully, they are doing better than Spain. Wishing you well!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on April 03, 2020:

The Iberia book sounds interesting. I will have to look out for it. So sad to see what's happening in Spain and I heard of a young person dying in Porto from COVID-19 recently. Spain and Italy are hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, but we hardly hear anything of how Portugal is faring.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2020:

That is so funny about the mixup on the interpretation of tortillas in the U.S. and in Spain. Fortunately, before going to Spain, I had read the book Iberia by James Mischner. I learned quite a bit, including some about food. That waiter should have known better and tried to make sure that was what Denise wanted.

I think that your hotel reviews are just as interesting as restaurant reviews. That is a good tip about not putting the pricing in those posts because of them changing.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on February 12, 2020:

I am sure you have some interesting stories to tell about your time there. I have learnt to avoid prices in my recent articles, as they become out of date too quickly. Everything in Spain is in Euros now and no longer pesetas.

I have a similar dilemma as I have a lot of material about hotels, but I am beginning to realise that the traffic for hotel reviews is relatively low and they become outdated quicker than travel articles.

I look forward to reading about your experience.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on February 12, 2020:

I never thought of it but it would, wouldn't it. Although it isn't too timely. We were military stationed at Torrejon AB 30 miles outside of Madrid. We lived there 2 years back in 1975-77. That was a long time ago and much has changed I would think. It would make for interesting memories but not actual travel information since I couldn't give today's prices on anything or actual hotels to visit since they may have changed. Do you think I should anyway?

Blessings,

Denise

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on February 12, 2020:

That's a shame. It sounds like your travels in Spain would be good material for an article.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on February 12, 2020:

The waiter looked at us funny but he never argued or corrected us. He just brought over an extra table and piled twelve potato omelets for us. Of course, there was no way we could eat all that and back then they didn't do "take out" so we ate one each and left the rest. What a waste.

Blessings,

Denise

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on February 12, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Denise. That's a great example of a language issue. Did the waiter realise or did you end up with a stack of potato omelettes? Spanish tortillas are a favourite with us.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on February 11, 2020:

Eating out in unfamiliar places is always a worry for me. You can drop a fortune without even know it. Plus the language barrier is a problem. In Spain we saw tortillas on the menu and thinking they were the same as tortillas we were used to in California, we ordered a dozen (to same some for later) only to find that tortillas in Spain amounted to a 5 egg omelet filled with potatoes and onions. It's no wonder the waiter looked at us funny when we ordered a dozen along with our meal.

Blessings,

Denise

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on February 11, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Peggy. It is a challenge sometimes to find reasonably priced places to eat in an unfamiliar city. We hope that sharing our experiences might help others.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 09, 2020:

I liked your last tip the best. "Be open-minded and be prepared to try local specialties." That is the fun of traveling and getting to try new experiences when it comes to tasting food. You have obviously had a lot of fun with your food adventures in Porto. Thanks again for all of your tips.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 18, 2019:

Thank you for your comment, Filma. I have spent a lot of time in the past looking for places to eat in unfamiliar places, so I thought it was worth sharing our experience in Porto to help other travellers.

Filma Uselton on December 18, 2019:

Love the article and thanks for the tip on where to eat without breaking the bank, Ms Liz! I will surely revisit your writing when we visit Porto. Thank you for sharing!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 13, 2019:

Thank you for your comment Lora. Although a little pricey, Cafe Majestic is one of those places that is worth it for the experience. Its popularity says it all. Certainly very different from one of the global chain coffee shops. We were fortunate to find Beira Rio, as the restaurants on the Porto side of the Douro were pricier.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 13, 2019:

Thanks for your comment, Denise. That sounds like a long flight. Madrid is on the list of places I would like to visit. We generally find Portugal slightly cheaper than Spain. Lisbon is a lovely capital city to visit and fairly compact. The Algarve is a popular holiday destination. We found prices in Porto slightly more reasonable because it is not yet as popular with tourists, although its popularity is growing quickly.

Lora Hollings on December 13, 2019:

What a great list you've put together here of places to eat and drink in Porto, Liz. The Café Majestic looks like a really neat place to have tea or coffee especially after reading about one of its famous guests. Also the food at the Beira Rio looks great and for a reasonable price too. Well, maybe one day I will get the opportunity to go there and if I do, I will definitely take your wonderful review with me!

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on December 13, 2019:

This is very helpful. The closest I've come to Portugal is when my plain stopped in the Azores for refueling on the way to Madrid. Good to know where to eat if every I get back there.

Blessings,

Denise

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on July 13, 2019:

Thanks for your comment, SP Greaney. It can be little hit and miss trying to find reasonably priced and good eating places in a new city. So I hope other travellers can benefit from our experiences.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on July 13, 2019:

This is a really good list that you've put together of places to eat lunch and dinner in Porto. Your feedback on each place also makes it more useful.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 10, 2019:

Thanks for your comment, Linda. In the past I have sometimes got frustrated searching round places for somewhere reasonable to eat, especially when time is limited. We were fortunate to have time to spare in Porto, so I thought it would be helpful for others to share our experiences. Cafe Majestic featured in the guide books and was worth going to just for the experience.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on January 10, 2019:

Great suggestions for food and drink in Porto. The photos and tips are great for a visit to the city. I think I would have to go to Cafe Majestic for sure. It looks amazing!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 10, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Filma. I would rather have several budget holidays and see a lot of different places than spend out on one extravagant trip. Eating out on a budget can be a challenge so it's helpful to share tips. I hope you get to Porto one day. We find Portugal to be one of the cheaper European countries to visit.

Southern Rose from Tennessee on December 10, 2018:

Love this article! We are budget travelers like you and it's interesting to find tips on where to eat. This is one of the dream places in our bucket list. Beautiful photos, too. Thanks so much!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 21, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Patricia. I hope that one day you get to Portugal. Porto is worth a visit. I have yet to get to the USA. The Atlantic between us makes for expensive travel.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 20, 2018:

Someday this would be a place my friends and I may visit. It is so heloful to know "ins" before making such a trip. Thank you for sharing. Angels are once again on the way. ps

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on October 07, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Kirti dv. The longer you stay somewhere the more time you have to find a good range of eating places. I think Porto is slightly cheaper than other places because it is not yet a top tourist destination. Although it is definitely increasing in popularity.

kirtidv2006 on October 06, 2018:

Amazing Liz. Many choices to dine and snack. That's my kind of place.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 19, 2018:

Thanks, Robert. I appreciate your comment. I find writing about my experiences helps me to relive my travels.

Robert Sacchi on August 19, 2018:

This article gives great details on where to eat and the prices. Great travelogue.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 14, 2018:

I hope that one day you might experience it for yourself, Tom, without being kidnapped. Who knows? Maybe with the developments in virtual reality, we'll all be travelling from our armchairs in the future. Although I think we have a while to go before they can fully replicate the restaurant experience!

Tom Wagner from Los Angeles on August 14, 2018:

Now if some hoodlums kidnap me and dump me unawares in Portugal, I'll know exactly where to eat for cheap. Thank you! Of course, being a fat man is the best defense against kidnapping, so it's exceedingly unlikely that it will happen. Still, one can hope.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on July 17, 2018:

Thank you, Linda. I appreciate your positive comments.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on July 17, 2018:

Thanks for your kind comments, Peg. I'm pleased that I've found an avenue for using my photos. I take so many!

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on July 17, 2018:

Liz, lovely photos of the food and the place you visited. What a very detailed article you got here about where to eat and drink for good value. Portugal looks very beautiful indeed from the lovely photos. Well done.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on July 15, 2018:

This looks like a gorgeous place to visit to try out the local food. The photos really enhanced the description of the restaurants and the area.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 13, 2018:

Thanks for the comment, Coolmon2009. We enjoyed going there and I hope our experience can help others.

Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on June 13, 2018:

Thanks for this information on dining in Porto; Good article if planning a trip there.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 11, 2018:

Thank you, Dora. Having had four children, we've been in the habit of making our budget go as far as possible on holiday.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 11, 2018:

Very good food guide complete with helpful suggestions. Thanks especially for the budget tips; this can save the tourist from running out of money for food.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 11, 2018:

Carrefour is one I remember, as well as Auchan. That must have been a great experience to go to school in Grenoble. I blame the availability of alcohol at such cheap prices in France for getting me into the habit of having a glass of wine with a meal. Whenever we take the car over to the continent we make sure to stock up at Carrefour or Auchan in Calais on the way home. After Brexit, this will all change, as I'm guessing that the customs tariffs of my youth will return, limiting how much we can bring back to the UK from France.

Gregory DeVictor on June 10, 2018:

Liz, when I was going to school in Grenoble, France, I was introduced to a French hypermarket called Carrefour. It was spectacular and nothing like any grocery store back home in Erie, PA. I remember all the different types of wine that were on the shelves. This was new to me because at that time you could not buy any alcoholic beverages in grocery stores in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (I still remember what it was like when we had to by alcohol for college fraternity parties.)

It’s changed a bit today because you can now purchase beer and certain wine products at designated grocery stores within the Commonwealth like Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle. As for vodka, gin, rum, etc., you still have to go to a special liquor store that is moderated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 10, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Gregory. French hypermarkets have cafeterias that can offer some good meals at reasonable prices. A friend once traveled to Rome and passed on the advice to eat where the locals go, after her experience there. I think it holds true for a lot of tourist destinations.

Gregory DeVictor from Pittsburgh, PA on June 07, 2018:

Liz, thanks for a great article. I especially liked your meal of sardines and potatoes at Restaurante Beira Rio. (The photo is great too.) It’s interesting too that local supermarkets in Portugal have cafes. Some grocery stores in Pittsburgh have them too, notably the Giant Eagle store where I shop sometimes. You were wise in going to places that the locals frequent. Oh yes, your article is really packed with detail.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 06, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Peggy. I prefer sardines like this, rather than out of a can. The first ones I tried were in Spain, on the Costa del Sol, where they grill them on barbecues by the beach. We took some friends to Barcelona a few years ago. He loved his sardines from a can, but he was bowled over when we found some grilled sardines for him in a restaurant there.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 06, 2018:

I don't recall seeing many street vendors if any on our visit, Janisa. I guess I tend to avoid them, as I'm wary of hygiene issues and risks associated with them. Although I do recall sampling an almond drink, horchata, in Valencia from a street vendor and also churros in Tarragona, Spain. Generally, I prefer to eat from a cafe or restaurant.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 06, 2018:

If we ever plan a trip to Porto I will definitely put this information to good use. Loved seeing your photos. The photo of the sardines reminded me of the first time we had ever eaten them like that (not out of a can) when we were in Madrid. They were wonderful! Thanks for all of your tips.

Janisa from Earth on June 05, 2018:

And what about street vendors in Porto? Are they common or nonexistent? I'm trying to remember my trip to Lisbon, but can't recall this detail. One of my favourite ways to try local cuisine affordably is by buying from people selling on the street, although I'm quite skeptical about it sometimes.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 05, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Linda. Spain is where I've tended to drink Sangria the most. I've noticed that how it's made varies greatly. Supermarkets stock cartons or large bottles of the red wine mixed with fruit juice variety and I suspect that this is what a lot of bars serve up in jugs topped with fruit pieces. I have also seen it prepared in hotels with various spirits in the mix, making it a lot more potent. In recent years I've noticed a lot more white Sangria, made with white wine. We have also picked up plastic bottles of Sangria in French supermarkets.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 05, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Mary. Unfortunately, our visit to Afurada coincided with village celebrations and eating places were either packed out with locals or stopped serving early in preparation for the upcoming parade. You are right, occasionally it has been good to spend what we have saved and enjoy a really memorable but not so cheap meal.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 02, 2018:

The only time I've ever drunk sangria was on a trip to Spain. It's interesting to hear that the drink is popular in Portugal as well. This article and your other ones about Porto are great guides for someone who plans to visit the area. You've included a lot of useful information in them.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 02, 2018:

You reminded me of our wonderful stay in Porto. The food is great but the best meal we had was in Afurada, just a short boat ride from Porto. It is still a fishing village. You are right about supermarkets. We often use these in our travels and save some money to enjoy in the best restaurants.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 01, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, FlourishAnyway. I hope your trip to Peru goes well. I'm always slightly wary about eating out, as I'm never quite sure what the hygiene standards are like in a restaurant kitchen. I steer clear of mussels, prawns etc after a bad seafood paella experience in Spain a few years ago. Some say to avoid salads, especially in hot countries, because you don't know what water it was washed in and there's a risk from bacteria. I tend to just follow my instinct (and my husband's advice!).

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 01, 2018:

I’m such a picky eater that when I travel it’s always a challenge. I’m going to Peru this summer and am very nervous about what to eat because I’ve been thoroughly warned by medical professionals about precautions to take. Your trip, however, sounds delightful because you have an adventurous spirit gastronomically and it looks like there was much to choose from.