Porto’s food scene is an eclectic mix of traditional peasant food, tapas-style snacks (called petiscos in Portugal), delicious pastries and unique drinks. The best way to sample a bit of each of these delicious culinary specialties is to take a Porto food tour.
A walking food tour in Porto has the benefit of introducing you to the unique food and drinks Portugal has to offer as well as giving you a first-hand account of the history and culture unique to the city. A local guide will take you around the historic narrow streets of the old town, show you the famous sights along the waterfront and explain the tiled facades which make Portuguese architecture special.
There’s so much more of course and once you’re there, you see what an incredible city Porto is, rich in culture, history and music as well as the delicious food you’ll find, both traditional and modern.
Porto Food Tours
Porto has a surprising number of food tours, many of them walking tours of the old city centre but also a few which take you along the Douro River into Portugal’s wine country.
Delicious Food and Wine Walking Tour
By far the most popular and best food tour in Porto is this 3-hour walking tour in through the Old Town. You will start with Portuguese coffee and a pastry then go on to try local specialties from various cafes, markets and artisan shops. You’ll finish with a wine and port tasting at a traditional bar and get tips on where to eat out for the rest of your stay. You’ll have the opportunity to try the famous pastel de nata custard pastry, bacalhau (dried cod), a bifana sandwich, Portuguese cheese, green wine and more.
Secret Food Tour
For a different food tour which takes you around the Ribeira neighbourhood of Porto as well as the narrow streets of the historic old town, this Secret Food Tour will have you feeling very full after three and a half hours of eating. On this tour you will get to try fresh Atlantic sardines, a Portuguese classic, try traditional sponge cake and espresso from a cafe and the most famous of all the dishes from Porto, the francesinha. There’s plenty of wine and beer on this tour too and a secret dish to finish the day.
These food and wine tours of Porto have so much to offer. You’ll get to taste a huge range of dishes, snacks and drinks. You’ll also learn about Porto’s history, culture, customs and people. It’s a great introduction to Portuguese life and cuisine.