7 places for an amazing breakfast in Porto

Food & Wine

March 13, 2017
top 7 places breakfast porto

Asked by Jay, USA

Asked by Jay, USA

top 7 places breakfast porto

Confeitaria Cristal

Rua de Cedofeita, 585 | Mon-Fri 7am – 8pm Sat&Sun 7am – 2pm

I go almost everyday to Padaria Cristal since I am 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 stations CAMPO 24 AGOSTO or BOLHÃO.

Molete

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 AGOSTO or BOLHÃO.

Confeitaria Chicana

Av. de Rodrigues de Freitas 36 | Everyday from 9am to 8pm

I used to live on 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 AGOSTO or HEROISMO.

Tavi

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.

Lameiras 2

Rua de Cedofeita, 243 | Mon-Sat from 7.30am to 7.30pm

All and allI 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 and 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 a go, 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.

Noméia 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.

2017-08-31T09:24:09+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Food & Wine|3 Comments
  • Carlos Aguiar

    e no BOP?

    • Portoalities

      Nunca lá tomei o pequeno almoço… vale a pena? Tem menús pré feitos? Tem muita variedade de produtos?

  • Alcino Ferreira Jorge

    Excellent article, Sara, and very useful for those getting to know the city and/or those wanting to show it off to their guests! 🙂

    As an international marketing consultant, my only advice would be to not translate the names of certain products or itens, such as pastéis de nata, but, instead, call them by their original names and then either describe them or (and why not?) create a separate article dedicated to them 🙂 It is this type of approach that has allowed products such as croissants or éclairs to no longer need an introduction. It is also this type of strategic generic product marketing that will allow Portuguese and, primarily, Portuense products and ways (or “Portoalities” — a term you have so perfectly coined) to find their way into common vocabulary. Product differentiation is key to how consumers ultimately make choices and psychologically categorize products.

    Once upon a time there were “buttery, flaky, viennoiserie-pastries” and “oblong pastries made with choux dough filled with a cream and topped with icing”… and then there were croissants and éclairs……… and pastéis de nata 😉

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