The following list is not about gourmet experiences. It is not about a search for the best food or the most authentic, nor about the cheapest prices or the most expensive meals. It's really not. There's also no partnership with us or commissions from their side. This is simply a list of places I have enjoyed a meal in the company of friends or family. And these are the places I will most certainly return soon because, for some reason, I happen to like them :)
1. ÁRVORE Restaurante
Overlooking Horto das Virtudes, the old arborium of Porto turned into a pleasant public garden, this restaurant is included in the Art School and Association called cooperativa Árvore. Therefore, more than good quality and relatively inexpensive food, you have the view and the opportunity to visit any of the temporary art exhibitions in one of the school's galleries, maybe even have a small glimpse of an ongoing paint or ceramics class...!
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2018's MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANTS IN PORTO
If you are looking for a stylish dinner or if you're in the need to impress your running partner, than you may want to skip Porto's traditional 'francesinha in a beer-house' and make a reservation at a more exclusive place, like the ones on this list.
We run right past the front entrance of most of them in Porto on our running tours and that may help you decide which one fits you the best, based on its location and some of the information we provide!
Read on for our 2018's short list of restaurants for a Michelin-starred meal in Porto:
Porto's Coliseu hosts the Climate Change Leadership summit (link) this Friday with a luxury group of speakers, including two Nobel peace prize laureates: Barack Obama and Mohan Munasinghe!
Obama and Bo, his Portuguese water dog, running through the White house's hallways.
Global Running Day is the day for people around the globe to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is simple —just take part in some kind of running activity during June 6th. It can be a solo run around the house, a long run with friends or even a pushing your child's stroller along your favorite ocean front section. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving.
Here at PORTO RUNNING TOURS we're offering a 20% discount on all tours in June if booked during Global Running Day (Just insert the code GRT2018_20OFF in the booking form!)
Happy celebrations! Keep running strong!
Wilfrid (e a primavera) chegaram hoje ao Porto, ele para mais uma das etapas do seu desafio 1000+ ( idiomas FR / EN ) que pretende 'ligar' as 60 capitais Europeias da Cultura através da corrida em 120 dias.
Wilfrid (and spring) arrived today in Porto, him for another stage of his 1000+ challenge ( FR / EN ) that aims to 'connect' the 60 european capitals of culture through running , in 120 days .
Guess what…a new Starbucks franchisee cafe just opened in Porto… yay.. (not...!)
You know, we've all done things in the past that we’re not proud of. Mine include entering Starbucks a few years back in Madrid on a desperate quest for free wi-fi or going for a BigMAc burguer in Vienna. Oh and… those chicken wings at a KFC in London… shame on me…!!
Yes, I have been a lazy tourist, I must admit. Against all guidelines of sustainable tourism, I have 'sinned'. Not proud of it though..!!
Irony aside now: I totally understand people who go in multinational brand cafes or restaurants while visiting a new city, in search for a familiar meal or quick fix of coffee to fight off those jet lag symptoms. I get it, I really do. But if you payed for an airline ticket to Porto, maybe just landed from an intercontinental flight, you deserve much better. And genuine. For unique local cafes - and a decent espresso or specialty coffee - read on:
Some people led extraordinary lives
Our 'King-soldier', Pedro the 'Liberator' , was born in Portugal 219 years ago. When he turned 24 he was proclaimed the first emperor of Brazil, to which he had recently given independence from Portugal. That day was also 12th October, of 1822. These two dates were not too hard for me to memorize because I was also born on 12th of October, though not in 1798!!
Over the course of Pedro's short life he abdicated the throne twice, was father to 19 children and fought many battles for freedom, in two different continents. Pedro's heart is nowadays the most amazing treasure the city of Porto has in its care.
In this post I share a couple more of utterly unbelievable -real- stories about him...!
I’m pretty sure you won’t need more than the friendly attitude of local people or a glass of full-bodied red wine from the Douro valley to really feel like at home in Porto. But still, if you’re looking for a common element, something familiar, one that you can find in other parts of the world, then you may want to read this post through to the end. Spoiler: it's not the croissants!
I had never even set one foot inside that building...! (honest confession)
Fact is, unlike many cities around the world, Porto does not have daily or weekly tours of the city hall. There are, however, arranged visits on special occasions and one monthly opportunity, if you book in advance (see bottom of this post).
So, this was THE gap on my 'rap sheet', considering I am a tour guide in Porto and slightly 'hooked on' History...!
NOT ONE but THREE DIFFERENT BUILDINGS
Allured by the promise of visiting the tower, (finally!!) I registered for a group tour - not a running tour, unfortunately :). As a bonus, the Architect guiding the tour also lead the group to 3 other locations where local politicians discussed the fate of Porto during the previous centuries. Hence this handful of photos you'll see, some of old demolished buildings and some fresh, from inside and from the top of the present building's central tower. Got 2 minutes?
At the top of Aliados Avenue, the present city Hall is turning 60 this year!
Exceptionally this time, the post is not about running and part is written in Portuguese. Its topic is sustainable tourism and it briefly describes my experience as a participant in a program that engaged people from 12 different Portuguese cities on an exploratory one-week journey. Objective was to learn more about the process of generating business ideas for a very specific purpose: tackling some of the Portuguese tourism's most demanding challenges for the next decade...!
If you're into entrepreneurship and tourism trends, you may be interested in this one.
Sérgio is the founder of PRT, a keen runner since 1999 and a friendly running tour guide since 2015.
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