Written by Mafalda Frade.
Let’s start this off right. If you’re reading this, it means that you’re planning a trip to Porto or you’re already here (and looking for shoes?). Maybe both. And if so, I can skip the whole explaining “why Porto is such a dream destination or why in the last couple of years Portugal has become a highlight in every tour guide you can find”. And I certainly don’t have to convince you that the Portuguese are the friendliest inhabitants of the world and that that might be the reason why we discovered a big part of it (non factual, please don’t look it up).
My mission here is to give you a different version of the city. First and foremost, welcome to Porto! Here you will find a historic yet contemporary city where it is impossible to get bored. Its cultural vibe can and should be combined with the unstoppable nightlife and social stamina you will find in every corner. Make the best of your time here and be sure to interact with strangers – they will give you the best tips.
As there is no better way to travel. The streets, the architecture, the quirky and perky spots, the light, the darkness of the stone and sidewalks, the old stores, the small cafes, the markets and grocery stores, the views, the river and the bridges. You don’t need a map to find any of these. Use your instinct and ask around. Some of the most beautiful - and underrated - streets are right next to the busy ones. And off the guidebooks.
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Support a local artist
Ó! Galeria hosts a curated selection of Portuguese illustrators inside a petite gallery in central Rua Miguel Bombarda, right in the heart of the art district of the city. Here you will find a dozen more art spaces with some of the most original luggage-fitting artwork. Be sure to catch one of the regular openings of some of the most surprising up and coming artists around.
Watch 20 concerts in one night
Every year the guy running the show at Maus Hábitos, the booker himself, hosts an epic birthday party with 20+ bands and DJs. And usually about a thousand people show up to see it. The venue has become an agitator of Porto’s cultural scene and manages to bring to life one of the most entertaining nights of the year. O Salgado Faz Anos… Fest! happens on January 26th and you can buy tickets at the door.
Fun fact: Maus Hábitos means Bad Habits and it is located where once was a brothel.
Tip: Visit the venue’s restaurant Vícios de Mesa the next day for a memorable brunch or pizza and an amazing view of the city.
Enjoy Porto and hit us up with any question or suggestions!
When the passion for finding new bands becomes a job opportunity, you take that chance and never look back. Mafalda Frade has worked in the Music and Entertainment Industry for the past decade, in a vast array of expertise that include communication, PR and social media, editorial management, marketing, events and video production in companies like MySpace, Tradiio, Everything Is New and NOS Alive.Her passion for music might only be surpassed by her love for dogs.She currently lives in Porto, works at craft beer brand MUSA and freelances in communication for a couple of brands and music bands.