The Majestic dates back to 1921 and is considered the most beautiful café in the country. Its fine artwork and architecture attracts a balanced combination of locals and tourists.
Casa da Música is one of the best places to attend a concert in the city, from classical music to contemporary performances.
Fundação de Serralves Modern Art Museum . The elegant art deco villa, designed by the famous architect Álvaro Siza, sits in a huge park – perfect for relaxing on a summer’s afternoon.
Café Guarany on the corner with Avenida dos Aliados is the ideal spot to start a day of sightseeing with an expresso and some of their sinful pastry specialities.
Temperatures by midday can easily exceed 30°C in July. To benefit from a bit of a river breeze, walk downhill to the Ribeira area and find a nice spot for lunch. Adega de São Nicolau is a good choice both in terms of temperature and atmosphere. With a nice view to the river and the iconic D Luis bridge, here you can taste some of the best regional cuisine and try fine Portuguese wine at affordable prices.
If you like the music of Garbage, The Cult, Kaiser Chiefs or Billy Idol, or want to discover Portuguese artists, such as Pedro Abrunhosa or Os Azeitonas, take to the south bank in Gaia for the Festival Marés Vivas (18-21 July).
Hotel Infante de Sagres (rooms from €112) is a boutique hotel that will appeal to those who like a mix of modern and old. Don’t worry about the lively crowds that congregate around the bar on the street outside – the hotel has great double-glazing so you won’t hear a thing once inside your room.
Sheraton Hotel & Spa (rooms from €144) has spacious rooms in one the most affluent areas of the city.
Eureka, just around the corner from The Majestic, stocks shoes designed by renowned Portuguese fashion designers and the factory’s own brand at pretty good bargain prices.
Make your way to Rua Galerias de Paris and drop in to one of this street’s many clubs or visit Café au Lait, a small club one street up.
Located in an old market, Hard Club moved to Mercado Ferreira Borges in the historical centre of Oporto after nine years in the south bank of Gaia. Here you can find all sorts of events and activities in a club offering a lounge area, auditorium, recording studio and book and record store.