Porto in miniature
8 May, 2017 /

The main monuments of the city of Porto in miniature in an exhibition that can be seen in the shopping center La Vie Porto Baixa Center until May 15.

There are about 20 miniature buildings, which depict precisely all the details of the iconic landmarks in the city. The “Porto em Miniatura” exhibition can be seen on several floors of this shopping center in Porto downtown (Baixa), bringing together some of the most important monuments of the city, such as the Clérigos Tower (which in this exhibition is only “two meters high) São Bento Station, the jail of Relation, the Cathedral of Porto and the Church of Cedofeita.

These pieces belong to a private collection by Agostinho Conceição Gonçalves Teixeira, a genuine “tripeiro” (Porto resident) who, between the 30s and 50s of the last century, dedicated himself to scale models the main landmarks of Invicta(Porto) .

The show, sponsored by Hey Porto, has free admission.

“They are models that portray Porto of the past and memories, focusing on the main monuments of the city, with masterly precise details,” says Francisco Almeida Lemos, promoter of the initiative and current owner of this collection.


In this initiative Hey Porto promotes a contest, challenging its readers to take photographs of the miniature monuments present at the exhibition and the real ones. Then you can send your photos to together with name, nationality and date of birth. The images will then be evaluated by the Hey Porto team. The 10 best photos receive a free entrance to climb to the Clérigos Tower and will be published in the Hey Porto June edition.



La Vie Porto Baixa Center

Rua Fernandes Tomás 506/508 Porto


Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.




Bolhão Market through the eyes of two Americans
23 April, 2017 / , ,

The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal mentions the Bolhão Market as the character of the book. With texts by Gabriella Opaz and Sonia Andresson and photos by Ryan Opaz, this book which is written in English, is a declaration of love to one of the most mythical places in Porto.

Bolhão is the central point of the stories that are told here: the sellers who are the soul of the market, but also the products that are sold there daily, including recipes of typical dishes and their regions.

The book TheUndiscoveredFoodStoriesofNorthern Portugal, by GabriellaOpaz and Sónia Andresson (Book Workshop), was nominated for the Special Prize of the prestigious GourmandWorldCookbookAwards, also known as the “Oscars” of the kitchen.


GabriellaOpaz, one of the authors, revealed to Hey Porto that the inspiration for this book was  the market sellers themselves and the they d manner in which they deal  with hardtimes, always contributing to preserve the Portuguese cultural heritage. Among the many products on sale in the market, GabriellaOpaz highlights the Avintes broa, the succulent olives of the Douro and the fish.


The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal

GabriellaOpaz and SoniaAndresson

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January 31, 1891 – A revolution that ended in bloodshed
3 March, 2017 / ,

On January 31, 1891, the first attempt to establish the Republic took place in Porto. Discontented with the economic crisis and a British-launched Ultimatum, which called into question the Portuguese presence in Africa, a group of influential northern men led dozens of soldiers toward the center of the city with the intention of taking the Post Office and Telegraphs and proclaim the Republic. They were eventually blocked by the municipal guard, faithful to the Monarchy and placed on the steps of the Church of Santo Ildefonso.

The Republic came to be proclaimed on the balcony of the City Hall, which would be the last stronghold of the rebels. Those who did not die in the battle would eventually be taken to ships stationed at Leixões. Others managed to escape abroad. The Republic would only be proclaimed in 1910.

The memory of this date still remains today in the toponymy of the city, with Rua 31 de Janeiro, in downtown Porto, as well as in the streets that have the names of the authors of this frustrated revolution: Alves da Veiga, Rodrigues de Freitas or Alferes Malheiro.

Source: O Tripeiro (New Series) Year X number 1