I always wondered why Porto never really had an honest Blog written in English. I hate websites that regurgitate information, addresses, phone numbers and fuzzy user pictures about food/bars/events. There is a great need for an un-obnoxious local guide to the city of Porto, as well as other cities.
This blog includes a personal account of my favourite places. Prerequisites include local spots that will make your mouth water and that truly express the culture of this city, as well as making you feel infantile that you didn’t know they existed. I believe in freedom of information so all the resources are here if you need them, please donate on the button on your right below if you have found them useful. But remember that if you book a tour with me you will get all the juicy secrets.
Porto is a magical place that has captured my attention and my heart. This seems to be a recurring sensation for people that pass through this wonderful city. There is something about it, a particular sensation that is uncommon to find in most parts of the world. I think that this defining aspect is similar to the Bermuda’s Triangle, you normally arrive in Porto by mistake not knowing anything about it, it ends up being almost impossible to leave and for some reason you always end up coming back.
There has been a strong influx of tourism to this city in the last couple of years and as well as this guide being a homage to the city, it is also a way to foster local traditional businesses that need to be incentivized and fostered to continue their battle against lazy Ikea furnished replicas that are slowly taking over the heart of all cities. This disease is not only common to Porto, but many other places, and I wish to do my part to stop this unwanted cultural regression. Hopefully with this Blog I can instigate within you a new love for Porto´s culture, which every local here knows about, but that many foreigners only scratch the surface of. When you visit places like these and realize that you never want to travel/eat/drink/experience these moments in a different way again, I have fulfilled my mission as a proud local.
This Blog not only encompasses the true identity of Porto but the journey you need to go through to realize that franchising is a bastardization of culture and that all places that foster local traditional values should be incentivized to continue their mission. If you decide that these places are too traditional for you I promise that you won’t go to hell, but most likely you will just be an unhappy person with terrible taste.