Porto city guide: a place made for interior design lovers

A beautiful place, with the river painting amazing landscapes but also dressed up with a strong culture? Yes, that is Porto!

Welcome to the Porto city guide: the Portuguese city that speaks with this traditional north accent. Besides knowing the city architecture, you have this variety of cultural activities to keep in mind. Well, for the interior design lovers, this is also the right place to fall in love.


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A colorful city that tells stories himself

Let’s start with a tour through Porto architecture. This city is an old sold and that’s why is like an open-air-museum: you see and you learn.

D. Luís I Bridge

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Conceived by Gustave Eiffel and finished in 1888, the main bridge of Porto is an easy way to walk to Vila Nova de Gaia and its wineries. All made of iron, the double-decked arch bridge is a popular spot for photographers lovers. One of the best spots to watch sunset.

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World Heritage proclaimed by UNESCO and one of the best destination in Europe, Porto is an attraction also because of his warm summers.

Places to visit
Covet House Douro

After a long walk by the city, nothing better that stop by a comfortable place, near to the river. Covet House is the place. Besides being a important member of Interior Design in Portugal is also a place where you can feel like home.

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Visiting this showroom of Covet Group is a totally experience through luxury, modern and mid-century design. The house – an ancient three-floor waterfront mansion – is filled with remarkable architectural details that hold the glory from the noble past and traditions of Portugal. Prestigious brands – Boca do Lobo, Essential Home, DelightFULL – make this house timeless.

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Schedule your visit! Website: https://www.covethouse.eu/covet-showrooms/covet-douro/
Address: Avenida Clube de Caçadores 4604, 4515-654 Porto, Portugal

 Lello Bookshop 

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Lello looks like a place get out of a movie? You are not wrong! This bookshop, voted as one of the most beautiful, inspired J.k Rowling creating the Harry Potter saga. With a Neo-gothic style, you can find books that carry also this history.

Website: https://www.livrarialello.pt/
Address: Rua das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto

Casa da música

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The culture also sings. And this place is like a music box with the most varied concerts. For sure, goes to the things to do in Porto list.

Website: http://www.casadamusica.com/
Address: Avenida da Boavista 604-610, 4149-071 Porto

Train Station – S.Bento 

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One of Porto points of interest for tourists from all over the world, S.Bento train station is an expression of contemporary art deco. This amazing building dates back to 1893, and keeps alive some of the amazing work made by portuguese artists: Jorge Colaço.

Address: Praça Almeida Garrett, 4000-069 Porto

Serralves Foundation 

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Serralves Foundation‘s is a place about contemporary art and architecture: just one more stop in this city made for interior design lovers. This is a masterpiece building by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, and if in one hand you’re visiting a museum, one another, you’re just walking  between this garden.

Avenida dos Aliados

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Avenida dos Aliados has references from the 19h and 18h century and is a must stop in Porto.

Santa Catarina Street 

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Where to eat
Brasão 

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One of the classic dishes in Porto: francesinha. You cannot leave without trying what many consider an north iconic when it comes to food and to the north of Portugal. One good place for that: Brasão.

website: https://brasao.pt/

adress: Rua Ramalho Ortigão, 28,  Porto

Líder 

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This is an emblematic restaurant in Porto. It serves Portuguese traditional dishes and the ambience is exquisite. If you would like to taste this Porto personality, you have try this “tripas à moda do Porto”!

Address: Alameda Eça de Queirós 120/130, 4200-272 Porto

Cantinho do Avillez 

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The person behind this modern dining room, José Avillez, is an award winner of 2 Michelin stars. Near to S.Bento train station, is a good opportunity to visit the two places and leave your signature.

Address: Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, 166, 4050-416 Porto

Essência

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More than a restaurant, Essência is a full sensorial experience. He open its doors for the 40’s classy ambiance. You can go with the vegetarian option while appreciating the different aromas around you.

Adress: R. de Pedro Hispano 1190, 4250-368 Porto

Website: http://www.essenciarestaurantevegetariano.com/

We already passed by city architecture and design, and by the meal time, but, one day in Porto it doesn’t look enough right? So let’s see where you can stop by for a coffee or for a drink as well as where to sleep!

Coofee places and party time!
Vogue Cafe 

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Good news for all Vogue fans and also for those who had never been there. You can delicious coffee in a stylish and cosmopolitan space like Vogue Café in Porto. Modern and sophisticated this place is an inspiration.

Address: Rua de Avis 10, 4050-075 Porto

Galerias de Paris

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Here it is a plan for those late summer nights. This full street has bars and coffe places where you can spend a good time or only enjoy the warm summer weather over a drink while listening some music.

Address: Rua das Galerias de Paris, 4050-284 Porto

Sandeman Foundation

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Dressed with the mantle of the Porto’s University students and a wide-brimmed hat, Don (the iconic Sandeman figure) stands out as a dramatic shadowy figure, holding a glass of a ruby coloured Port wine. This is winery is located in a building built in 1797, offering guided tours of Port cellars and tastings, plus a museum and a gift shop.

Website: http://www.sandeman.com/
Address: Largo Miguel Bombarda 3, 4430-175 Vila Nova de Gaia

Taylor’s

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Taylor’s is a historical place with 300 years old. Updating time by time is now a modern and innovative  museum. You can watch films, see pictures and paintings while tasting this famous Porto Wine.

Website: https://www.taylor.pt/
Address: Rua do Choupelo 250, 4400-088 Vila Nova de Gaia

Plano B

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This one should be one of yours plans, not B and first plan. This is a meeting place for many culture events and portuguese bands. With live music and get to know this artists and also enjoy some jazz, rock and electronic music.

Website: http://planobporto.net/
Address: Rua de Cândido dos Reis 30, Porto

Hard Rock

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This place is for fans: music fans, rock fans and also interior design and good food lovers. If you’re travelling to Portugal and you cannot be one week away from Hard Rock don’t worry, you can find it in Porto!

adress:  Rua do Almada 120, 4050-031 Porto

website: https://www.hardrock.com/cafes/porto/

Majestic Cafe

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This place is one of the most luxurious cafes in city center. With wood details and mid-century mirrors, is a good place to remind the Belle Époque era. 

Address: Rua de Santa Catarina 112, 4000-442 Porto

Maus Hábitos

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Besides the literally meaning of the bar name “bad habits” this is a totally good habit and a routine for many people. You can see yourself watching an interesting talk seassion or just enjoying all the jazz around.

Website: https://www.maushabitos.com/
Address: Rua Passos Manuel 178, 4th floor, 4000-382 Porto

Base

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With view for one of the most emblematic monuments in the city – Torre dos Clérigos – this is the right place to hang out after a long day. Open air space, it make you enjoy the whole Porto vibe with a background music.

Adress: Passeio dos Clerigos, Rua das carmelitas 151,Base – Quisque Jardim, 4050-163

website:https://baseporto.com/

Places to sleep

Time to rest after seeing all this places, so let’s go to some of the best hotels to sleep and also to appreciate the decoration.

Infante Sagres Hotel

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This Hotel are used to receive the most international celebrities and are just waiting for you. With a stylish ambience and you count on elegance and that contemporary idea that you are looking for.

Website: http://www.infantesagres.com/
Address: Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre, 4050-259 Porto

Intercontinental Hotel

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5 start hotel, right in the Porto heart’s, Intercontinental is knowing by his majestic lamps. If you like elegance and and modern this place might be the one to match with your style.

Address: Praça da Liberdade 25, 4000-322 Porto

Pestana Freixo’s Hotel

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We are know moving to the river side, so you can have the interior decor and also the great view with amazing landscapes painting by the river.

Website: http://www.pousadapalaciodofreixo.com/
Address: Estrada Nacional 108, 4300-316 Porto

The Yeatman

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And speaking in amazing views… What do you think about this one? Located in the historic heart of Vila Nova de Gaia, you can have an eye on Porto just in front. Is also near to the iconic lodges of Porto Wine and you can make a quick stop there.

Address: Rua do Choupelo, 4400-088 Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto

Porto is an amazing city to visit and a great experience for having. Beside all of the diverse cultural activities, every places has an unique design that can inspire you: luxury, modern and also mid-century. And you can also enjoy the opportunity to get to know some of the most prestigious interior design brands in Portugal together in one place: Covet Douro. Did you already add Porto to your what to visit in Portugal list? Beautiful monuments and landscapes are waiting for you!


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