Maybe all the thing you know about Porto is just about the Port Wine... Or maybe you don't, you know nothing. Well Porto, or Oporto, is the second largest city in Portugal after it's capital. Beside the wineries, you can see beautiful buildings and outstanding transportation (I'm talking about how clean the metro is!), there are so many things you should do while you're in the city elected The Best European Destinantion in 2014
Try the famous Francesinha in Café Santiago
Open from Monday to Saturday, that's enough to make your tummy satisfied with the signature Porto dish, Francesinha, which literally mean french lady. Well, to be honest with you, after eating that I don't feel like a lady at all! The portion is really big and there are several types of Francesinha, but I suggest you to go with the special one. Or you could go ask the waiter, don't worry because they speak english very well.
It's not that expensive, well it is for a Francesinha, but this café won several awards throughout the years. It will cost you around 7-10€. I personally recommend you to go in weekdays probably around 2pm, because once I went there around 7pm and I could see the long queue outside the café. Just to remind you that your stomach should be empty, because like seriously, this thing is huge!
I also ordered a vegetable soup, it is a typical Portuguese dish. I found many locals eat the soup, it's a bit creamy with many veggies inside, it costs only around 1,20€. Be careful when you order things, because like I said before, the portion is really big, it could make you feel a bit bloated. I also ordered the house wine, it's a green wine. I was a bit confused at first but then I soon found out that that's a typical wine in Porto.
Café Santiago, Rua de Passos Manuel 226, Porto
Strolling around Mercado do Bolhão
It was friday morning and I tried my best to wake up in the morning because I wanna see the famous market in Porto. Well, I'm not disappointed because it was pretty, not many tourists were there- well at least when I was there. I can interact with people and enjoy some Porto snacks, you could see my top Portugal foods to try here.
Just like typical european market, you can find almost anything in the market. But the most fascinating things you can find here is... Cheap souvenirs. If you were thinking to buy souvenirs later in any day or somewhere else, you better be prepared to be regretful. I know maybe it's not the cheapest place to buy things because it is one of the tourist attractions, but I promise you, you would thank me later.
I always love flowers, it just cheer up my day.
Although the Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese Egg Tart) here isn't the best one. You still can spend a little money on it and try it from the local pastry shop in the market. They also sell a lot of varieties (cakes, breads and stuffed croissants, YES they filled up the croissants mostly with cream or cheese). For me those foods are to sweet but if you like it, you should try...
Rua de Fernandes Tomás, 4000-214
Bring sport shoes, because you need to walk a lot, yes, A LOT.
Grab a map from the tourist center or from the airport. Marked the touristic spots and simply...
I don't know about you but I found Porto is amazingly beautiful, enchanting city with friendly locals and great architecture. I mean, look at those buildings, the plazas, the weather is also nice. You can't ask for more.
All photos were captured with iPhone 6s+
I will continue the part two in another post :)