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Best 10 places to eat and drink in Porto for 2016

Food blogger and tour guide André Apolinário shares the top 10 places to eat and drink in Porto, Portugal

1 Bake off Get some energy for sightseeing along Porto’s cobblestone streets with breakfast at Padaria Ribeiro, a bakery that has been in existence since 1878. Order the pirilampos; little worm-shaped crunchy biscuits, or a lanche, a sandwich-like snack filled with ham, sausage and bacon.

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2 Top shop The 19th-century Mercado do Bolhão dazzles with fruit and veg, cured hams, regional cheeses and freshly caught fish. Take a break at Bolhão wine house and snack on smoked ham from the butcher across the hall, sardines from the nearby fishing village of Matosinhos, and a glass of Moscatel do Douro. 1 Loja, 00 351 222 009 975

3 Secret supper At O Paparico you have to knock on the door as you would at a friend’s house. Exquisite presentation and sophisticated cooking hint at Michelin aspirations but, for now, this modern Portuguese restaurant is still something of a local secret. Try the octopus ceviche with olive oil, onion and coriander.

4 Green gold If it’s made from olives you’ll find it at Olivia & Co, in Ribeira, Porto’s UNESCO-protected historic heart. From cookies, cakes and paté to face creams, it’s all here alongside a great range of olive oils.

5 Sunset donuts The juxtaposition of the Douro river and the Atlantic ocean make for some spectacular sunsets, especially in the Foz district. At the Parque da Cidade the Tavi bakery is famous for its bolas de Berlim (custard-filled donuts) and ocean-view terrace.

6 Wine o’clock There’s more to Portugal’s wines than port. Explore the distinct qualities of each of Portugal’s wine regions at PROVA bar, kicking off with a glass of dão and a carefully paired selection of cured meats.

7 Top of the crops At modern drinking hole Taberna do Largo (pictured centre right), the menu takes you on a journey through Portugal via some of the country’s best small-scale producers. Local wines, cheeses, meats, olive oils and even tea are covered; order a Porto tonico while you choose. 69 Largo de São Domingos, 00 351 222 082 154

8 Soul food At Flor dos Congregados, every dish is cooked with passion. Try the terylene sandwich, a double-layered roast pork and ham affair that takes a full day to cook, or a slice of sericaia cake (a kind of egg pudding) and a glass of chilled port. 11 Travessa dos Congregados, 00 351 222 002 822

9 Hip hangout With its stylish décor, great music, top-notch staff and traditional Portuguese food, Tascö is wildly popular. Petiscos – tapas-like portions of larger dishes – are the thing here. Try the pataniscas (similar to a frittata, with cod or octopus), or moelas (stewed gizzards in a spicy tomato sauce).

10 Something fishy Portugal is famed for canned fish, and Central Conserver Invicta is the place to find it. Shelves groan with sardines, tuna, cod, mackerel, sea bass, gilt-head sea bream, eels, lamprey and mussels. Sit down to sardines in spicy tomato sauce, bread and a glass of vinho verde. 115 Rua Sá da Bandeira, 00 351 912 833 884


HOW TO DO IT

New flights from Gatwick to Porto start this month from British Airways, with return fares from £75 (britishairways.com). Double rooms at boutique guesthouse Rosa Et Al start at €118, room-only (rosaetal.pt). More info visitporto.travel

Trust olive: Food blogger André Apolinário runs culinary tours of Porto (tasteportofoodtours.com).


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