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Where are we going out tonight?
22 November, 2019 / , , ,

The answer to this question is not always easy for those who like to go out dancing and truly enjoy music.
In most places, you always hear the same music, where you’ll find the latest radio hits, brazilian music and reggaeton.
But there are still some places, in Porto, where the music makes us travel to other times and makes us remember those moments that were special to us, or even spaces for new musical discoveries and where we can get lost in new sonorities.
To remember, the Batô returned with Noites do Baú (on the last Thursday of each month), where indie rock, which was heard in the 80s and 90s, filled the dance floor once again.
To travel back in time, Griffon’s, now in downtown Porto, is back with its matinées, now on Saturdays, which were legendary in the 80s and helped to
sharpen the musical taste of an entire generation that went there.
For new discoveries, Maus Hábitos, a reference in the city since its opening in the year when Porto was the European capital of culture and with a programme that focuses on discovering new sounds.
Also, to get lost in the night to the rhythm of new sounds, Plano B, despite being irregular in its programming, presents an alternative of two dance
floors that ensure some memorable nights.
Today, we no longer have an excuse not to go out. We’ll dance and travel through time or get lost in rhythms and the discovery of new sounds.

Sugestions by Luis Pedro Martins
4 February, 2019 / ,

Recently elected President of Turismo Porto e Norte, Luís Pedro Martins holds a degree in Equipment Design from ESAD and a postgraduate degree in Marketing Management from Porto Business School of the University of Porto.

 

Hey Porto is an essential publication for visitors to Porto. As the first newspaper for tourists  to  strategically pinpoint news, translating their texts, thus facilitating access to information.

I hope that they will soon expand the scope of action to the rest of the Northern region of Portugal. Having much to report and share due to the fact that we are talking about one of the   most beautiful regions of the country, with unique experiences, rich in gastronomy and wines, cultural heritage, traditions, nature and an extraordinarily welcoming people.

In response to the inquiry put  to me, it is difficult to choose just one restaurant in the city of Porto and considering my new functions, let me at least indicate some of the neighboring counties. It is important to mention that the North of Portugal has hundreds of good restaurants, proof of this are the many awards won by our restaurants and Chefs, including the prestigious award of Michelin Stars.

 

Restaurants

In Porto, for regional gastronomy, without a doubt the “Cozinha do Martrinho”. In another, more contemporary aspect, the “DOP”, the “Muda” o “Reitor” and the “Xico Quijo”.

In Vila Nova de Gaia the “Zé da Serra” and “Ar de Rio”, in the latter one can enjoy the best view of the city of Porto.

In Matosinhos, also for regional gastronomy, “O Gaveto” and “A Marisqueira de Matosinhos”, among dozens of other excellent restaurants of this county.

 

Bars

A casa do livro, Hot Five and o Fé

 

Locations

Serralves, Casa da Musica, Palácio da Bolsa, Torre dos Clérigos, Livraria Lello,,Sé Catedral ,Paço Episcopal, MMIPO, Look at Porto, Parque da Cidade, Ribeira, Rua das Flores , Pontão da Praia do Molhe, Forte de São João Baptista and the Passeio das Virtudes.

 

Hidden secrets

The Igreja de Santa Clara. At the moment it is undergoing restoration, but soon   tourists will be able to visit this fantastic treasure, still unknown even by many portuenses.

The view over the river from the Muralha Fernandina.

Manuel Pinheiro
19 September, 2018 / ,

The President of the Executive Committee of the CVRVV – Comissão de Viticultura da Região dos Vinhos Verdes (Commission of Viticulture of the Region of the Vinhos Verdes) likes to walk to discover the city where he was born. Despite being in love with old automobiles, it is on foot that he likes to travel around Porto.

Manuel Pinheiro was born in 1966 in Sé, one of the most typical parishes in Porto and it was also in his homeland that he studied Law at the Catholic University. His postgraduate degree in Business Administration was held at the Collège d’Europe in Brugge, Belgium, but he would return to Porto to work.

He is president of ANDOVI – Associação Nacional das Denominações de Origem Vitivinícolas (National Association of Wine Origin Denominations), an entity that brings together the Portuguese Regions, and a member of the Conselho Consultivo do Instituto da Vinha e do Vinho (Advisory Council of the Institute of Vine and Wine). He was the vice-president of the CEPV, the European Wine Professional Council, member of the Interprofessional Council of CIRDD and the Institute of Vinhos do Douro and Porto and general secretary of ANCEVE. He has been president of the CVRVV since 2000.

Old cars are one of his passions. “I like to work on them and drive them with the calm that today, in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we do not know,” he reveals. In 1995, this passion led him to open Ascari (http://www.ascari.pt), in Rua da Constituição, which is still the only bookstore specialized in automobiles, motorcycles and techniques.

In his spare time, the CVRVV president also loves to walk: “Porto has lots of options for walkers. Whether it’s in the centre of the city, the historic area with its alley ways and staircases to discover, the avenues like Boavista or Marechal Gomes da Gosta with imposing villas. One of the most interesting routes is the Douro, from the historical centre to the beaches of Foz. There are two cities in one: the urban centre and the coastal area, formerly a summer resort of the Porto and now a residential area and with excellent restaurants” he advises.

Restaurant

 Porto has more and more food offerings of all flavours and origins. We will therefore return to two places that preserve the traditional gastronomy of Porto and whose rooms are filled with local customers. The Morfeu Marginal, in rua do Ouro 400, almost under the Ponte da Arrábida, offers a menu that varies everyday (do not miss the Cozido on Fridays!) and the Cozinha do Martinho, on the other end of the city in Areosa (Rua de Costa Cabral 2598), which preserves a traditional menu that seduced Anthony Bourdain on his last visit to Porto.

Bar

With a glass in hand, you can stand and chat whilst watching the city go by, Aduela (Rua das Oliveiras, 36) is a good informal meeting place.

Location / City tour

Go to the less touristy end of the city in Campanhã, and hop on the eco-tour of the Douro that begins next to the Pousada do Freixo/Museu de Imprensa, that stops at a great place to have lunch and with an unforgettable view, Casa Lindo. This eco-tour always follows the river, very serene along the curves of the bank. Perfect for a late afternoon too.

A secret of the city
All visitors to Porto pass through the Cathedral, the city’s central building dating back to the 12th century. If you’re at the door of the Cathedral and look forward carefully, you will see a yellow arrow marked on the stone. Walk up to that arrow and look for another one. Follow the arrows around the city and tell us where they took you.

Where to drink a Vinho Verde

Right next to Porto you will find Matosinhos is easily accessible on foot or by metro. It has a huge offer of restaurants with fresh fish every day. It is the ideal environment to taste the best of Portuguese gastronomy with a great Vinho Verde.

Manuel de Novaes Cabral
13 August, 2018 / , ,

Born in 1960 in this city, where he carries his professional life, excluding the period in which he was head of the office of Minister Valente de Oliveira, in Lisbon. It is from here that since November 2011, he leads the IVDP, Institute of Douro and Port Wines, which supervises, monitors and certifies the quality and quantity of the and Douro wines as well as promotes them and defend the respective designations of origin. Graduated in Law and postgraduate in European Economics by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, served as deputy director of the newspaper O Primeiro de Janeiro and was an adviser to the of the Fundação de Serralves.

But before arriving at the IVDP he was the Municipal Director of the Presidency of the Porto City Hall for 8 years and many years in the Coordination Commission of the Northern Region.

Getting back to wine, his connection is deeply familiar and institutional as for 4 years he was also Secretary-General of the Assembly of European Wine Regions, and represented the Porto City Hall at the Great Wine Capitals.  This connection is still made through books, rooted and properly cultivated taste; among others, he published “Aspects de la politique Vitivinicole des Régions d’Europe” (3 vols., 2000 and 2001), “Territories of the Wine” (1st edition, 2009, 2nd edition and Mode de Ler, 2010) and “Other Territories of Wine” (ed. Modo de Ler, 2012) and, of course, his frequent and regular participation in newspapers and magazines.

With wine as the center of attention, but with special focus on what the Douro region provides us.

As he considers wine a cultural element, he does not cease to make this connection constantly: he presented this month in July the book Poems of My Life, the 23rd volume of an annotated collection of poems inserted in a collection begun by Mário Soares, which includes authors such as Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Vasco Graça Moura or Eduardo Lourenço.

His suggestions are about the city where he lives and knows well. And what good tips he has to give

Restaurant: I really like going to Ernesto, in Rua da Picaria. It blends really well its old feel with the cosmopolitanism of its clientele. And the walls full of memories, with the cosy good taste of my friend Reinaldo, along with an honest and impeccable kitchen.

 

Bar: A Capela Incomum, in Carregal. The place, the friends and the very old memory of the visits (without any success) of the old Conservatory.

Tour: Is Porto not a romantic city by nature? Let’s do the Caminhos do Romântico!

Ideal place to drink some port wine: Port wine, by itself, at the right temperature and in the glass, transforms any place. I suggest, of course, the atmosphere of the Port Wine Cellars, in Vila Nova de Gaia.

A secret of the city that you can reveal: The heart of D Pedro, in the Church of Lapa, whose keys are shared by the Ombudsman of the respective Brotherhood and the Mayor of Porto – only accessible to some and in very rare moments.

And if being a bit eerie: Why not circle through the cemeteries of Porto, like the catacombs of S. Francisco, or “hanging out” with Camilo Castelo Branco or Arnaldo Gama in the cemetery of Lapa? And if you go there, ask to see the pistol with which Camilo committed suicide in 1890 in S. Miguel de Seide.

One last tip: Do not forget to visit one of the lesser-known and most notable Houses of Porto, the former Banco Comercial do Porto, currently the Douro and Porto Wine Institute, in Rua Ferreira Borges where you can with a glass of Port in hand.

Suggestions by Jorge Curval
13 March, 2018 /

 

Born in Porto in 1958, Jorge Curval has participated in individual and collective exhibitions in Portugal and in countries such as Greece, Brazil, France and Spain. His favorite places in Porto reflect his love for art but also represent his constant search for innovation. This artist, is also a teacher and, above all, a lover of the good things in life.

Jorge Curval attended the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto and since the mid 80’s that his work has been exhibited in galleries and events inside and outside Portugal. He has contributions in public and private collections, whilst dedicating part of his career to sharing knowledge.

Since 1997 he has taught Plastic Arts at the Faculdade Senior in Porto. Between 2001/2004 he taught plastic arts workshops at the Soares dos Reis National Museum in Oporto. Responsible for the Painting Workshops at the Museum of Memory of Vila do Conde and at the Palácio das Artes Foundation of the Youth of Porto. Painter, sculptor, designer and bon vivant, Jorge Curval suggests places in Porto dominated by art but without ever forgetting the outdoors to enjoy the tranquility and the landscape.

 

 

Bar:

In the summer, Base for its heterogeneous environment, its good atmosphere, for providing us with pure oxygen, being outdoors, and music. During winter, Bonaparte in Baixa, for its cosy decor and heterogeneity of people, with a mixture of different age groups and countries of origin.

Restaurant:

Digby, at the Hotel Torel Avantgarde, because in addition to feeling at home I enjoy a unique view of the Rio Douro and a carefully curated gastronomy to the flavours of the whole world.

City Tour:

Enjoy and walk in the city park, with its diverse land, sea and forest. It is undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive parks in the world.

 

Statue:

The Exiled, at the Soares dos Reis Museum. I lived for 3 years as a supervisor of plastic arts workshops at this Museum and found this sculpture to be a perfect example of the Portuguese Romanticism.

Painting:

Instrument of music 1915-16, by Amadeu de Souza Cardoso from the private collection of the National Museum of Soares dos Reis.

Monument:

National Theater of São João, for being so classical and well recovered. It is to me a bookplate of the city. Not neglecting the Casa da Música and Serralves.

A secret of the city:

Situated behind the Palace of Justice, the Garden or Horto das Virtudes develops in terraces, allowing an excellent perspective on the Douro River and the imposing Alfândega do Porto. It is not a very well known or visited garden and whenever I visit it, I feel that it is like a secret in the city.

 

A day in Porto with: Susana Ribeiro
6 February, 2018 / , ,

The author of the blog Viaje Comigo (www.viajecomigo.com), Susana Ribeiro has spent the last few years traveling around the world. But it’s to Porto, her home, where she always returns to and, as you will see from her suggestions, a city that never ceases to surprise her.  Get to know her suggestions for an unforgettable day in Porto.

Breakfast

Carvalhido gathers some of the best bakeries in the city of Porto. Nova Real is one of them and it’s the perfect place to kick start the day with some breakfast made of fresh bread and baked gods. It is difficult to offer any suggestions, whether savory or sweet, as everything available is delicious – it won’t be an easy choice!

 

Mid-morning coffee

I don’t drink coffee. When I travel, I jokingly get told that I must be the only Portuguese in the world that doesn’t drink coffee. However, for a mid-morning tea, I’d say Tavi, in Foz, with its ocean view. And get something sweet on the side to go with it.

 

 

Shopping

One might just say window shopping and Rua Miguel Bombarda, where you can find the Centro Comercial Miguel Bombarda, has several different stores and dozens of art galleries to visit. Nearby, you will also find Palácio de Cristal, a perfect place for a stroll, weather permitting.

 

Lunch

For lunch… a francesinha! That way, you have all day to burn those extra calories.

Rua Passos Manuel has already been named the Francesinhas Street, considering all of the places that serve them… and the delicacy has already spread to the Praça dos Poveiros. Since everyone has a different opinion as to which one is the best, I will leave it up to you… But, if you ask me, the ones from Lado B are very good.

 

Some shopping

At Rua de Guedes de Azevedo, 123, the Mercado Loft Store is a dream for those who like décor accessories, with some beautiful items and very original gifts.

 

Dinner

After shopping and a stroll along the main avenue in Foz, your appetite will flare up and you will be ready for dinner. But how to choose?

I suggest Wish (at the Largo Igreja da Foz) with traditional food and Sushi or BH Foz (Avenida do Brasil) – which serves a little of everything and with an ocean view.

 

Drinks

These days, the nights in downtown Porto are largely spent on the streets. However, when it’s cold, I go to Gin House bar: a great environment and peaceful during the week.

 

Dancing

Recently I discovered the bar Embaixada Lomográfica do Porto (close to praça Carlos Alberto) e Garden’s (in Travessa de Cedofeita). Both are great for talking and dancing.

 

The Porto of Catarina Beirão
15 January, 2018 / , ,

She is 17 years old and the beaches of Porto and Matosinhos are almost a second home for this promising Portuguese surfer and female regional champion in the U-18 category. Her passion for surfing surfaced five years ago and has already led to many national and foreign beaches, but it is in Porto that are some of her favorite places.

The athlete of Porto Surf Club does not hide her passion for the sea and the beaches of Porto, and shares with the readers of Hey Porto some of her suggestions for days well spent in the city.

Bar: Bonaparte, Avenida Brasil

I like the environment. I like it because it is a traditional bar in the area where I have always lived, because there are great “pregos” (pork steaks), and because I go there with family and friends.

 

Restaurant- Picaba – Edifício Transparente – Healthy food, in front of the ocean and the beach where I started to surf. The employees know us and make us feel at home. It has a Surf menu and because, no matter how many times I go there, I never get tired of it.

 

Stroll:  seaside walkwayl from the mouth of the Douro River to the Ribeira – walking for me has to be on the shore with the ripples caressing my feet. I am fortunate to live in a unique area of ​​Porto, almost in front of the sea, where I can take this particular stroll very regularly. A walk that is never the same, because the uniqueness of the sea is what makes us always see it differently. There is an unmistakable scent of the sea, and even on foggy and cold days the “whistle” sound (sound coming from the lighthouse to warn the boats on foggy days) makes this tour unique.

 

Ideal place for surfing: Maceda beach (Ovar, Aveiro)

I love the access through the middle of the forest, dunes and cliffs that constitute the beach. Looks like a dream surf spot!

 

A secret of the city: Jardim das Virtudes (Garden of Virtues) – has been less known … but remains a place with some magic. I remember the first time I went there and realized the wonderful view that this garden has. A view to our river Douro and, at the same time in the middle of Baixa, with the court and the garden of Cordoaria at the back. I have no doubt that whenever someone goes there for the first time they will be surprised to have one of the most beautiful views of our city.

Suggestions by Joaquim de Almeida
6 November, 2017 / , , ,

With a career spanning almost 40 years and more than 100 films and television series, Joaquim de Almeida is the most famous Portuguese actor in the world. He lives in the USA, where he worked for the most part of his career, but spends some periods of the year in Portugal.

He was born in Lisbon in March of 1957, being the sixth of eight children to a couple of pharmacists. His career, however, would turn out to be another and, still very young, chose to pursue the profession of actor. When the Conservatory of Lisbon was temporarily closed due to the upheaval caused by the revolution of April 25, he moved to Vienna to continue studying. At that time he landed a job as a gardener.

In 1976 he went to New York to study acting with Lee Strasberg, Nicholas Raye and Stella Adler, while working in a bar. His first major role came in “The Soldier” in 1981, but it was “Good Morning Babylon” that launched him into an international career that has not stopped since. He has worked with actors such as Harrison Ford, Gene Hackman, Antonio Banderas, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderbergh, Benicio del Toro or Kiefer Sutherland.

As a guest star on TV shows such as “CSI Miami” or “Bones” – where he often plays the role of a Latino villain – he has also appeared regularly in other series, such as “24”, “Queen of the South” or “Training Day.” Simultaneously, he continues to work with Portuguese filmmakers and actors, achieving box office successes and winning several awards and distinctions.

 

Best bar

On a more cultural level, I suggest Maus Hábitos. To go out late at night, any day of the week, Casa do Livro.

Best Restaurant

It is difficult to choose one. Thus, there are three:  Oficina of chef Marco Gomes or the LSD of the chef João Lupo and also the less known Paparico, perhaps the biggest secret to eat well in Porto

Romantic Site and Tour

Sail the Douro River on the boat that was built for the 60th birthday of Queen Elizabeth of England. Spend two nights in cozy rooms and enjoy first class service. September and October is the best time to do so.

Secret of the City

It is the view that one has from the space of the Cooperativa Árvore. How beautiful it is to see the Douro from there, spend the afternoon between a wine and a snack … Very close to the center and yet, still so unknown to the people of Porto.

Iker Casillas’ Oporto
8 May, 2017 /

Iker Casillas’ Oporto

 

A true champion. IkerCasillas, currently representing FC Porto, has accumulated sports titles and international distinctions. He arrived in the city in 2015 and has already been captivated by its charms.

Casillas’s career was soon marked by achievements: in 1999, at the age of 18 and 115 days, he was the youngest goalkeeper ever in the main team of Real Madrid in which he played 725 matches. With the “Merengues” jersey, he added more titles: three Champions League, one Club World Cup, two Intercontinental Cups, two European Super League, five Spanish Leagues, two King Cups and four Spanish Super Cups.

In 1997, in the Spanish national team, he won the UEFA European Under-16 Championship and in 1999 he won the Under-20 World Championship (in both cases the titles were won by defenses in the penalty shoot-out). It would only be the beginning of a successful journey, which would also include the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships. The goalkeeper also shines in support of humanitarian causes. He created a foundation focused on the welfare of children and in 2011 was named the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations.

He has lived in Porto since 2015 with his wife, Sara Carbonero and their two children. He soon surrendered to the beauty of the city, sharing on social networks, with photographs and videos of his visits and the landscapes of Porto.

 

Bar: Miradouro Ignez

Restaurant: Casa de Pasto da Palmeira and Wish Restaurant & Sushi

Tour: Boat trip on the river Douro and a visit to the FC Porto Museum

Romantic place: a walk through the gardens of Serralves

A secret of the city: watch the sunset on the beaches in Foz do Douro

Suggestions by Katty Xiomara
23 April, 2017 / , ,

 

She is one of the most internationally known names in Portuguese fashion. Although born in Venezuela, her career development has been in Porto and it is from here that she designs creations that tread on the catwalks of the whole world.

Katty Xiomara was born in Caracas, Venezuela, having arrived in Porto at the age of 18. It was at this point that she decided to start studying fashion. All the same, it was as a student that she won, at the age of 22, the first prize of Porto de Moda. In 1996 she participated in Portugal Fashion for the first time and since then has been regularly present at this event, also presenting collections at Portugal Fashion Paris.

Since 2005 she has participated in international fairs such as Bread & Butter, Berlin and Barcelona, ​​and Project in Las Vegas among others. Her international career was consolidated in 2013, when she began to attend the New York Fashion Week. In 2014 she received the Silver Winner, awarded by IDA “International Design Awards”, a prize that she won again in 2015.

In 2007 she set up her studio in an old townhouse on Rua da Boavista, although it is possible to find her collections in the United States and Japan. Her creations are elegant and timeless but at the same time joyful and romantic, destined for confident women who prefer a unique individual style.

Katty Xiomara’s career also includes collaborations with several international brands, ranging from sportswear to creation of uniforms. A designer who is also a teacher at the same fashion school where she graduated, Modatex.

Atelier

Rua da Boavista, 795

Phone: +351 220 133 784

 

Suggestions:

  • Bar – I know it’s not really a bar, but I really like the mojito, blackberryfizz and berrygood at Honorato (Baixa)
  • Restaurant – Traditional and unpretentious: Antunes. In another register, I would emphasize the Flow or the Reitoria.
  • Stroll – Palácio de Cristal, the waterfront between Foz and Ribeira
  • Romantic place – The old manor house of Porto wine, in the romantic gardens of the Palácio de Cristal
  • A secret of the city: It is not really a secret, but I really like Passeio das Virtudes, the Portuguese Photography Centre and Soares dos Reis Museum