“Mercearia do Fado” The Corner-shop of “Fado” is a recent reference of “Fado” culture in Porto, they have been open for less than a month and they already have a full house every Friday. Due to its popularity it is a good idea to come 30-40 min earlier in order to guarantee a table. The “Fado” is scheduled to start at 16:00 and finish at 20:00.
“Fado” culture revolves around listening to live “Fado” singers, drinking wine, eating traditional Portuguese snacks and fraternising with the local crowd. When I go to this place I normally drink red wine, €1 a glass, eat a “caldo verde” collard soup for starters €1.50, then a plate of “moelas” chiken gizzards cooked in a spicy tomato sauce €2.00, the sauce on the plate must be cleaned with bread for the full experience. For desert you should order “Romeu & Julieta”, which is cheese with marmalade €1.50.
I am glad that “Fado Vadio”, stray “Fado” has come back to the centre of Porto on Fridays, it’s a breath of fresh air for these afternoons. As well as the traditional decoration, the typical Portuguese snacks, the local musicians and the multicultural crowd, this “Fado” Corner Shop executes these events in a classy and eloquent way even though they are newbies in the business. I wish them luck and hope that they become a popular Friday “Fado Vadio” establishment.
It is also worth mentioning that live traditional music continues post “Fado”, and if you want to continue to absorb traditional Portuguese music this future corner-stone establishment is glad to satisfy your cravings. Browse their Facebook page for more details about these events.
Address: Rua das Taipas nº 51, 4050-007 Porto, Portugal
Tel.: 911 575 495
Opening times: Fridays from 16:00 – 20:00