What are the best restaurants in Porto for a low budget?

Food & Wine

June 19, 2019

Asked by Lucas, Brazil

Asked by Lucas, Brazil

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My mailbox is full with emails from people asking me about the best restaurants in Porto to eat traditional Portuguese food without spending too much money.

Places where the locals go, not the tourist traps that we all fall into when we travel somewhere new. Restaurantes with good traditional food at good prices.

Here’s my Top 9 Restaurants for traditional Portuguese food on a low budget in Porto. Enjoy!

Before reading this article: have you already decided where to stay? If not, read my article about the Best neighborhoods to stay in Porto! There you’ll find plenty of recommendations of great hotels and apartments in Porto.

If you are looking for a budget accommodation, discover the best hostels in Porto (they have double bedrooms as well).

The best restaurants in Porto for a low budget are:

Taberna de Stº António

Rua das Virtudes, 32

taberna santo antonio affordable restaurant porto Taberna de Stº António is a real Portuguese tavern with a warm service and the best Portuguese food – there is no downside on this place, it is definitely one of the best restaurants in Porto!

If you want my suggestion, make a reservation for dinner and start your evening sipping a beer at the viewpoint of the Virtudes, which is one of the most beautiful spots of Porto and very close by to this tavern.

How to get there: Aliados subway station is 10min away on foot.

Cana Verde

Rua dos Caldeireiros, 121

cana verde low cost restaurant porto
Mr. Luis and his restaurant are worthy of an article just for them. I don’t know anyone who serves with such good humor – I always feel that I’m entering the house of a friend where I am waited with a beautiful Portuguese meal.

The menu of the day with soup, main course, dessert, coffee and drink round 12 € (lunchtime).

How to get there: Both Aliados subway station and São Bento train station are 5min away on foot.

Café Ceuta

Rua de Ceuta, 20/26

cafe ceuta low budget restaurant porto
Café Ceuta is a typical café from Porto with homemade food at great prices.

During lunchtime it offers a menu with the dish of the day (you can choose among four options, one of which is vegetarian), drink and coffee for 6€. Fridays are dedicated to francesinha, Porto’s signature dish: a menu with a Francesinha, drink and coffee costs € 7 (yes, you read that well!). If you are not too hungry, go for a mini plate for 2,5 €.

How to get there: Aliados subway station is less than 5min away on foot. You can also take tram #22 and get out at Pr. Filipa de Lencastre.

Pimenta Rosa

Centro Comercial Bombarda

pimenta rosa low cost restaurant porto
Located at the beautiful Miguel Bombarda Mall, which has some of the best restaurants in Porto at an affordable price, Pimenta Rosa serves a buffet of both hot and cold dishes for 4,60€ (drinks and dessert paid aside).

Best of all is that after 4pm it serves its famous cakes and pies for 1,50€/slice and, after 7pm, generous slices of pizza for 1€. It is a must!

How to get there: buses #300 and #602 both stop in two places very near this restaurant.

Sabores & Açores

Centro Comercial Bombarda

sabores acores traditional portuguese Restaurant porto
Sabores e Açores is such a beautiful restaurant, serving traditional dishes from Azores, as well as international specialties (Indian food, Thai, etc.). For me it’s definitely one of the best restaurants in Porto as it beautifully blends traditional Portuguese food with spices from all around the world.

Once there, try the delicious lentils curry and “espécie”, an Azorean biscuit with lemon grass, which is to-die-for.

How to get there: buses #300 and #602 both stop in two places very near this restaurant.

Moment’Um

Rua da estação, 82

The Moment’Um was a pleasant addition to the eastern part of the city, Campanhã. At the competent hands of Helena, we get recipes of homemade flavours, but with half the fats and sugars, often without meat or other ingredients of animal origin.

I am particularly fan of the vegan francesinha, and of the chocolate buns (they are such a delight!).

At lunch there are always several meat, fish and vegetarian dishes from 4€ to 12€. At night you can choose from the two menus – yes, because at Moment’Um there is the “regular” menu and a a vegetarian one, which I particularly like. Close your meal with a golden key, sampling one of Helena’s delicious (and healthy!) desserts.

How to get there: this restaurant is very close to both Campanhã train and subway stations.

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O Caraças

Rua das Taipas, 27

o caracas low budget restaurant porto
When Caraças opened it immediately conquered the stomachs of Porto. This friendly restaurant offers two courses whose prices range between 4,50€ and 6€ (at lunchtime). It serves home-cooked, unpretentious food in the large room or on the terrace outside.

How to get there: you can take the ZM bus line and get out at São Bento da Vitória stop.

If you’re enjoying this article, you might also like to discover Where to eat the BEST francesinhas in Porto 🙂

Novo Paris

Travessa dos Congregados, 19

novo paris cheap restaurant porto
Given its location, we could easily miss Novo Paris if it did not serve such great Portuguese food at such friendly prices.

The daily menu has a lot of options ranging between 4€ and 7€. Once there, try the grilled mackerel, and do not leave without tasting the wafer cake. It’s a must try on this list of the best restaurants in Porto for a low price!

How to get there: Aliados subway station is a less than 5min walk from this restaurant.

Maus Hábitos

Rua Passos Manuel, 178 (4th floor)

maus habitos affordable restaurant porto
In Downtown Porto, in a large, airy room, Maus Hábitos serves menus with include main course and drink for 5,5€ (with dessert, soup and coffee, the price rises to 8€). There is always a vegetarian dish and a meat one.

On Sundays, they serve brunches from 10,50€, from midday to 5pm.

How to get there: you can take the #302 bus to Coliseu do Porto or the subway to Aliados station.

Buraquinho

Praça dos Poveiros, 33
buraquinho affordable restaurant porto

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Buraquinho is not only one of the best affordable restaurants in Porto but it’s an authentic hymn to Portuguese snacks. Here you can find the warming caldo verde (a potato broth with cabbage), delicious mushrooms stewed in white wine and, for the adventurous, the combined dishes of typical Portuguese sausages and meats like morcela, orelheira and fried and floured tripe.

The only downside to Buraquinho is that it’s located in an enclosed basement, but it’s nothing the owner’s niceness can’t fix.

How to get there: Campo 24 de Agosto subway station is 10min away on foot.

Casa Guedes

Praça dos Poveiros, 130

casa guedes pork sandwich porto

I’ve written before about Casa Guedes, the bastion for the true roast pork sandwich in Porto. Served by two tireless brothers, helped by their respective wives (also sisters), these slightly hot sandwiches go wonderfully with a nice glass of espadal (carrascão wine). Have it with some traditional codfish cakes or a plate of chips (they’re delicious) and finish off with some chocolate mousse.

 How to get there: Campo 24 de Agosto subway station is 10min away on foot.

Adega Viseu no Porto

Rua da Madeira, 212
adega viseu porto cheap restaurant

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I was looking for a place to finish a tour once and I called a friend of mine who’s a connoisseur (well, he likes food, that’s what I mean). He recommended Adega Viseu no Porto as a cheap restaurant in Porto, with simple but delicious food.

What he forgot to mention is that I would find there the most delicious snacks in the city: codfish cakes, piglet patties, boiled octopus salad and steaming breaded meat. If you want to have a full meal, you can always chose from the menu or ask for the day’s menu, which is much more economic. I highly recommend!

How to get there: São Bento train station is 10min away on foot.

Adega Rio Douro

Rua do Ouro, 223

adega rio douro portuguese snacks

Adega Rio Douro is a lost culinary treat that can be found in the Foz area, and is best known for its regular Thursday Fado shows. However, it’s always been one of the most affordable restaurants in Porto, where some amazing Portuguese gastronomy is served like codfish cakes, liver sandwich (my damnation!), octopus salads and other marvels.

How to get there: bus line #500 or tram line #1.

Mercado do Bom Sucesso

Praça Bom Sucesso, 74-90
bom sucesso market porto food stalls

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This market is the authentic compendium of affordable restaurants in Porto, where you can find vegetarian cuisine stalls, roast piglet sandwiches, risotos, the famous éclairs from Leitaria da Quinta do Paço, Neveiros’s ice creams, and much more. It also has several stalls dedicated solely to wines and cocktails.

How to get there: Casa da Música subway station is 15min away on foot.


Let’s talk about other ways you can save money in your trip to Porto. These are all great ways to get to know the best the city has to offer at great discount prices.

You can visit the most important sites in the city with this Hop On Hop Off bus + Douro river cruise and Port Wine Cellar tour – you can buy the online ticket for the bus + cruise + cellar for only 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).

You also have the option to do the same tour but, instead of a bus, you will go through the city in a traditional city train. It’s ideal for big families and it is very cheap – buy the online ticket for the train + cruise + cellar for 22€.

You can’t leave the city without getting a view of it from the Douro river, and the best way to do it is by sailing in the Six Bridges Cruise. A calming experience that will help you digest that wonderful lunch you had at one of our restaurants. 😉 You can buy the ticket for the cruise for only 15€ and get a lifetime of memories!



If you would like to make it extra fun during your party weekend in Porto, why don’t you join a tour with me?

I’ll give you a glimpse of Downtwon Porto, tell you a lot of stories that not even the locals know about, and give many suggestions for restaurants and bars. I am sure we’ll have a great time together! 🙂

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