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The new movement of downtown Porto

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Porto is an increasingly cosmopolitan and outward-looking city. This happened mostly due to the opening of new low-cost routes at the Francisco Sá Carneiro airport, the refurbishment of some city streets, which brought new people to the historic center and surroundings, both locals and traders but also more visitors and especially young visitors.

The city of Porto is increasingly sought by people who want to live an alternative experience, in which the wine, the gastronomy and the picturesque streets are no longer the main reason, albeit they are still good reasons to visit the city.

Here you will find a wide cultural offer, from exhibitions in Serralves, to music concerts at Casa da Música to shows at Teatro Municipal Rivoli, not to mention the Primavera Sound festival and events such as the D'Bandada.

At the arts block, which is part of the Miguel Bombarda street and adjacent streets near the Palácio de Cristal and the D. Filipa de Lencastre square, right next to the Downtown Porto, you can visit the "Simultaneous Inaugurations" every two months: an event set up by the art galleries that exist in this part of town.

And along with this cultural activities, very interesting projects have been popping up, such as tea houses, alternative clothing stores and records, contemporary furniture stores, organic grocery stores, bars, co-working spaces, workshops for young fashion designers, hostels and a variety of restaurants, from Japanese cuisine to vegetarian cuisine, as well as gourmet burgers on Miguel Bombarda street, and around it.

The Flores street also suffered a sharp urban renewal and you can now find a bit of everything on this street. Traders have fallen in love with this refurbished area, which has gained a new life and a new charm. Food stores with nationwide traditional products, gourmet products, preserves, cork products, decorative objects, jewelry stores and costume jewelry stores, you will find everything.

Ready to discover this new side of Porto? Grab your backpack, book your hostel and come feel the pulse of the city. If you need help, please contact us. Be part of the new movement of Porto, because we are sure that you will not regret it.

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