Autumn is around the corner. The evenings spent indoors, the long talks with friends and the warm drinks to fight the fall of temperatures; all these become more frequent with the arrival of Autumn.
In the city of Porto it is no different. The greyer days make for different activities. Concerts, gatherings, poetry readings, or even just a “cimbalino”, there are cafés in Porto that you have to get to know:
Café Guarany opened its doors in the 30's and it is located in the Avenida dos Aliados, right in the middle of the Baixa1 in Porto. The walls are decorated with paintings by the plastic artist Graça Morais. The Café Guarany hosts concerts, gatherings, poetry readings and even plastic art exhibitions. In addition to its great cultural agenda, this café is known for its delicious menu. It is one of the most cosmopolitan cafés in Porto and it guarantees great moments.
Talking about Café Majestic is talking about the history of the Porto. Located in the Rua de Santa Catarina, one of the busiest streets in the city, the Café Majestic opened in the 1920's; back then it was called “Elite”. A year after its grand opening its name was changed to “Majestic” thinking of the audience for whom it was intended at that time. To this date it is one of the most beautiful representations of Art Nouveau in the city of Porto. It is in all the tourist guides of the city of Porto, which makes it an unavoidable spot to visit and have a “cimbalino” or even just admire the architectural beauty of the building.
Café Ancora D'Ouro (Piolho)
The Café Âncora d'Ouro, better known as Café Piolho, was one of the first to make history in the city of Porto. It was the first one to have electricity and the first one to have the Italian coffee machine “La Cimbali”, which gave origin to the “cimbalino” so well known in the streets of the city of Porto. Do you know now what a “cimbalino” is? This term for espresso coffee became widespread in the city of Porto.
Also known as “Café Piolho” due to the amount of people that go there, for constantly being too small for so many people and also due to the large amounts of university students that frequent it.
The Café Progresso is an essential reference point for the Baixa in Porto. It was founded in 1899, but in 2005 underwent extensive remodelling that have made a visit to this icon of the city of Porto even more pleasant. The strained coffee is still a rarity maintained in this centenary café, which has the reputation of having the “best strained coffee in Invicta”.
The cultural agenda is very rich. The Café Progresso hosts live music concerts and DJ sessions on the weekends as well as exhibitions. In its varied menu you will find crêpes, ice cream, fish pies and meats. Looking for a place to have some “brunch”? The Café Progresso is the ideal spot, because it is personalised according to a what good Portuguese table should be. Are you curious? That's easy, go and see the Café Progresso.
The Douro right beside it is a great company for an excellent meal at the Cafeína. Since its creation it has been one of the most popular places in Porto. Born from the restoration of a house at the beginning of the twentieth century, its decoration is sober and refined, and its architecture is bold and contemporary. It is frequented by many artists such as actors, musicians, designers... It is where “fashion meets” in Porto.
The Cafeína has two rooms, a café and bar as well as a restaurant. The menu is original, with Portuguese roots, but also with some French and Italian influences. Can you imagine a better setting than a meal with friends and a view of the Douro?
Not enough? We have one more suggestion: the route of the “tascos”. Do you know what a “tasco” is? When entering a “tasco” you'll feel like you've stepped into a typical Portuguese kitchen. The aromas are unique and you will never find anything similar. Wooden tables and benches and the aromas of Portuguese food in the air. The walls will certainly be decorated with some symbols, even if it's the owner's favourite football club.
The menu? You can count on finding local and regional products, in most cases produced nearby. Going to a “tasco” is like entering a time machine. Why? Find out for yourself, we are certain that you won't forget the experience.