There’s nothing like a good breakfast to cheer you up in the morning, and the Portuguese pastry shops are famous for doing it quite well.Therefore, let me introduce you to the best places to have breakfast in Porto!
And the best places for breakfast in Porto are:
Rua de Cedofeita, 585 | Mon-Fri 7am – 8pm Sat&Sun 7am – 2pm
I’ve been going almost everyday to Padaria Cristal since I was a little girl. This pastry shop in Porto is a delight – everything is fantastic, from all the bread varieties (rye, beetroot, carrot with seeds,…) to the traditional Portuguese pastries and pies.
My all time favourites are the recently introduced courgette and ginger cookies, which I like to get over an espresso.Over lunch they have a delicious soup, as well as some sandwiches. But the best time to get to Padaria Cristal is definitely in the morning as this is one of the top places for breakfast in Porto!
How to get there: Subway station Lapa.
Leitaria da Quinta do Paço
Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 47 | Everyday from 9am to 8pm
Leitaria da Quinta do Paço is famous for its insaneously good eclairs filled with artisanal whipped cream. But it is also one of the top places for breakfast in Porto!
It has several breakfast menus ranging from 3,90€ to 5,90€, which include stuff like croissants, bread or toasts, butter and jams, coffee, fresh orange juice, fruits and yoghurt. I find these menus a good deal!If you have a (very) sweet tooth you can also order an eclair – Leitaria has 8 fixed flavours, but it regularly introduces new ones 🙂
How to get there: Subway station Aliados.
Avenida Rodrigues de Freitas, 256 | Mon-Sat 7am to 8pm; Sun 8am to 7pm
Molete is the cute word we use in Porto to say bread. It is also one of my top places for breakfast in Porto, as here you can find not only freshly baked bread, but all different kind of sweet and savoury pastries.
Molete provides several breakfast menus that range for the simplest one (coffee + egg custard pastry for 1€) to the most complete one, with orange juice, coffee, croissant with ham & cheese, bread with butter and an egg custard pastry for 3,70€. For those of you who prefer to have a salty breakfast in Porto, I suggest you to ask for a bôla saloia at Molete… it’s really good!
Another great thing of Molete is its location, right next to Casa Guedes, where you can find the best sandwich of Porto 🙂 There are plenty of tourist attractions close by as well.
How to get there: Subway stations Campo 24 de Agosto or Bolhão.
Av. de Rodrigues de Freitas 36 | Everyday from 9am to 8pm
I used to live a street away from Confeitaria Chicana, the amazing pastry shop in Porto. I remember going there every Sunday morning, with my parents, to try the most fantastic croissants in the city. They still do them (and they are still the best ones! 🙂
Confeitaria Chicana is a family run pastry shop in Porto, where you’ll only find locals. It’s not a fancy place, but it’s perfect for croissants, for “húngaros” biscuits or simply for toasts. I really love this spot, as it kept its cozy vibe throughout time, so it’s definitely one of my top places for breakfast in Porto!
How to get there: Subway stations Campo 24 de Agosto or Heroísmo.
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Rua da Sra. da Luz, 363 | Everyday from 8.30am to 8pm
Tavi is the most expensive option on this top places for breakfast in Porto. It’s one of the few pastry shops in Porto with a view towards the ocean, since it’s located in the fancy Foz neighbourhood.
Even though it’s a bit far away from Downtown Porto, it’s worth to take the time to have breakfast in Tavi since they have a) the best scrambled eggs with bacon in town b) great toasts and c) a to-die-for plum cake! 🙂 Therefore, every time I visit Tavi I end up eating way too much 😛
I recommend Tavi if you’re not in a hurry – it’s a good option for a rainy day, or if you’re feeling lazy, or even if you’re in the mood to write a few postcards for your friends back home 😉
How to get there: Tram line #1 or taxi/uber.
Rua de Cedofeita, 243 | Mon-Sat from 7.30am to 7.30pm
All and all, I have the simplest taste. I am always satisfied with the best 😛 And since Lamelas 2 has the best toasts with butter in town, it fully deserves its spot on this top places for breakfast in Porto!Lameiras 2 is a simple cafe in Cedofeita neighborhood, where once in a while I go to have toast with butter AND home made compote on top. It’s fabulous.
Completely non touristic, very cheap, everything you can ask when having breakfast in Porto.
How to get there: Subway station Lapa.
Noémia da Costa Pinto
Rua Formosa, 386
My dears, Noémia is a hole on the wall in Porto! I randomly found this coffee shop not long ago, to quickly adapt it as one of my favourite spots to work from. It has a great location, close to Bolhão’s market, it is very quiet and yet so romantic, and it has a small garden on the backyard.
Noémia is a great place for breakfast in Porto as it has a breakfast menu for 2,5€, which includes a meia de leite (coffee with milk) and a toast or a slice of cake. They serve exactly the same thing, in the middle of the afternoon, for 3,2€.
The only bad thing I have to point out to Noémia is that despite being a quiet place the service is quite slow, so it might not be the best option in Porto if you’re in a rush.
How to get there: Subway station Bolhão.
Now, being the considerate blogger I am, thinking ahead of my readers’ needs is my motto. And so with that in mind, I decided to give you some tips of what to do after you’ve had your wonderful and filling breakfast!
Onwards then, travellers, and learn the best (and cheapest!) ways to discover the city:
One way is to get a combo ticket that allows you to visit Calém Port wine lodge followed by a Port wine tasting while watching a Fado show. This allows you to save A LOT of money as a visit to a Port wine lodge costs 15/18€, and a Fado show with dinner costs around 30€/person. By getting this online combo ticket for the Port wine lodge + Fado show you pay only 21€ – this is really cheap!
You can get the whole package with this ticket of a city train tour, river cruise and wine cellar visit. It is a great combo if you want to get the most of a single day and it’s very cheap – only 22€. I absolutely recommend you buy the combo ticket because if you buy separately you will be paying double that price (over 40€).
If water is not really your thing, you can get a similar experience by getting a ticket to the magic train tour and Port Wine tasting.Another great deal is to get a combo ticket for the Hop On Hop Off Bus, river cruise and Port wine cellar for 25,20€. This is incredibly cheap because the river cruise costs 15€, a visit to a Port wine lodge around 15/18€ and the Hop on Hop off Bus around 18€ / day. Save yourself some bucks by getting this online ticket.
Enjoy the city!