Porto Gastronomy is the pure expression of the culture of its people.
Port wine, the icon of the city and the Douro region, is one of the oldest gastronomic examples of the Invicta city, being known worldwide.
Also with large hundreds of years, the Tripas à moda do Porto a typical Porto dish that emerged in times of difficulty for the people of Porto that started cooking pork tripes in a stew with beans to avoid hunger, but that have eternalized throughout history, being today considered the delicacy of the city. This name comes from the nickname for which the inhabitants of Porto are known – tripeiros – a denomination of which they are very proud, reflecting the strength and resilience of these people. More contemporary, but equally traditional in Porto is the Francesinha, a snack that quickly asserted itself, becoming an ex-libris of the city. These three gastronomic elements contribute to the affirmation of Porto’s authenticity, increasing the heritage of this metropolis.
The Portuguese love to sit at the table to eat and drink well, if possible in the company of family and friends and are proud of their cuisine.
Maybe that’s why, in Porto, several meals are eaten: breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, snack and dinner.
For breakfast there is traditionally bread, butter, cheese, ham, cakes, coffee, tea, milk or juice. In the middle of the morning and at lunch there is a break for fruit, a yogurt or a simple coffee.
At lunch and dinner there is soup, salad or vegetables, fish or meat, rice, potatoes, fruit, and coffee.
During lunch, most people have at least 1 hour of free time and a 15-minute break in the morning and afternoon for a snack.
On every corner there is a restaurant or a pastry shop, but don’t think that you just eat. Portuguese who are Portuguese like a good wine, but also a cold beer, especially if you go with some snacks at the end of the day.
And coffee is part of Portuguese culture. The Portuguese drink coffee for pleasure, but also as an excuse to meet friends and socialize. More than 80% of Portuguese drink coffee daily, 42.3% drink 2 coffees a day and 22.2% drink between 3 to 5 coffees daily. The Portuguese generally prefer to drink espresso.