Even though Boavista stays true to tradition, it is also home to gutsy spaces like Casa da Música and Oporto Music Hostel. This is the most convenient starting point to explore the city, from Foz to downtown. But before you get going, check out some of these places.
What to visit
Casa da Música
The work of dutch architect Rem Koolhas displays an unusual geometric architecture. There are classical and contemporary music shows during the year. Find the guide here. Guided tours, in Portuguese and English, are 7,5€.
Bom Sucesso Market
An old municipal market gave way to one of the trendiest spots in town. Plenty of food kiosks can be found here, serving anything from sushi to fumeiro (cured meats). On weekends you’ll usually find live music.
In the garden of the Mouzinho de Albuquerque plaza you’ll catch sight of a monument that honours the heroes that defeated Napoleon’s army. The sculptures, filled with symbolism, reference the intervention of the public in the battle.
Built for the Euro 2004 championship, the Bessa Stadium is home to the second biggest football club in the city, Boavista.
Mekor Haim Sinagogue
Founded by Barros Basto, a Jewish proselyte, it is the biggest sinagogue in the Iberian Peninsula. The Sinagogue hosts a museum and provides Kashrut options to Jewish tourists.
Porto Botanical Garden
The garden is located in the estate of late Portuguese poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Anderson in Rua do Campo Alegre. There are free guided tours on weekends, at 11 o’clock and 15.
Where to eat
Avenida de França
Right next to the hostel, in Avenida de França, you’ll find many cafés and restaurants with cheap lunch menus. $
Bom Sucesso Market
Pizzas, burgers, fresh shellfish, risotto, paella, rissóis, sandwiches, tapas, cured meats from Trás-os-Montes, cheeses, piglet sandwiches, gammon sandwiches, Azorean and Madeiran specialties: look around and choose! $$
Loja dos Pastéis de Chaves
Rua Nossa Senhora de Fátima, 495. Try the traditional and freshly cooked pastéis from the northern city of Chaves. There are also bagels, toasts and salads. $
Casinha Boutique Café
Avenida da Boavista, 854. Find coffee, lemonade, scones, cheesecake and light menus with soup, toasts and salads. $$
Em Carne Viva
Avenida da Boavista, 868. One of the best vegetarian restaurants in Porto, it set up shop in a restored house in Boavista. $$
Rua Júlio Dinis (local commerce), Shopping Cidade do Porto (rua Gonçalo Sampaio), Península Shopping Centre (rua Gonçalo Sampaio), Pingo Doce (rua Nossa Senhora de Fátima), Minipreço (rua 5 de Outubro), Bio supermarket (rua 5 de Outubro), Lidl (rua de Agramonte).
Metro Lines A, B, C, E, F. Station Casa da Música.
Bus (STCP) 201, 202, 203, 204, 208, 209, 301, 302, 303, 402, 501, 502, 503, 504, 507, 508, 601, 703, 801.