Porto’s food and wine goes on tour!
Home to ornate Neoclassical churches, a rich food and wine scene, and incredibly affable inhabitants, Porto undoubtedly stands out. Despite being one of the oldest cities in Europe, the city has experienced a recent cultural renaissance that has drawn the presence of artists, chefs, and architects. The result? Visiting Porto implies a dynamic mix of old and new, an enthralling adventure for all.
Porto has a flourishing gastronomical scene. Due to the city’s coastal location, you’ll easily find fresh seafood, seasoned with spice and hints of citrus, sometimes even lovingly batter-fried. Of course, it also goes without saying that Porto is also one of the strongest wine regions in Europe, if not the world.
Need a bit of help getting started? No problem. Our list of Porto food tours will help you discover the local food and wine scene, while assuring distance from disappointing tourist traps.
If you find yourself heading south, check out our Lisbon Food Tours for insider perspective into another beautiful Portuguese city.
Porto Food Tours
Let your taste buds guide the way with the help of our curated list of Porto food tours!
1- Taste Porto
Taste Porto tours are recommended by the Guardian, National Geographic, and Lonely Planet among others. The wide acclaim doesn’t come without reason. Their tours truly provide an occasion to fall in love with Porto – through its food! Take their Craft Beer & Food Tour, for instance. Not only will you visit some of the coolest microbreweries in town, you’ll learn the basics of Porto’s craft beer history. What’s more, every stop at a locally-run beer spot includes a perfectly-paired food pairing. Taste Porto also offers a Downtown and Vintage Porto food tours, which you can book on their website!
2- Porto Walkers
Porto Walkers are the long-reigning Porto food tour company, with over 7 years of experience and more than 4500+ TripAdvisor reviews. What better way to get an authentic Portuguese experience than with them? We think you’d enjoy their Tapas and Vinho Verde Experience. On this tour, you’ll visit tascas (small, intimate restaurants) and try 12 different local snacks. Along the way, you’ll be served three local wines – with a focus on a particular table wine called vinho verde. In case your stomach is already full, don’t worry. Porto Walkers also provides free walking tours every day!
Detours are focused on accessibility and fitting the food tour around you! For that reason, the stopping points of their Porto Local Food Tour are adapted to the specific day of the tour. As such, if you have dietary restrictions or particular requests, you can communicate them to your tour guide who will build an authentic, delicious experience around them. This tour will lead across Porto’s historical centre. Along the way, a knowledgeable guide will indicate curious anecdotes and city stories while you build up an appetite. Then comes the feast – three different stops with lots of different local Porto delicacies. Book now on the Detours website!
4- Food Lover Tour
At Food Lover Tour, you’ll eat like the locals! The emphasis is truly on the experience, so you can be guaranteed not to be rushed around like tourists. Instead, experience typical moments of life like Porto inhabitants. On the Petiscos Brunch tour, for instance, you’ll explore the typical Portuguese breakfast. First, you’ll visit a busy market, learning about the families behind each stand. Then, you’ll taste a café de nata, complete with a sweet pastry. After touring the unique Bolhão neighbourhood, you’ll then get a second breakfast – lanchar. We truly recommend this tour for those who want to try the local must-eats of Porto.
Catavino tours are private: just you and your friends or family enjoying a cozy yet memorable experience! Their Porto Walking Tour will take you through the city’s narrow, cobbled streets as you trace Porto’s rich history. You’ll get to sample all sorts of Porto treats, with a focus on seafood and meats. But what if you want to visit something that’s not on this particular tour? Catavino also offers fully customizable tours to suit your every desires!
6- Culinary Backstreets
Maybe you’re looking for a tour that’s a little off the beaten track. In that case, check out Culinary Backstreets. Their tours are full of life and joy, but also remarkably well-designed. Backstreets work with academics, but also journalists and other culinary professionals in order to constantly evolve their tours. As a result, their tours occupy the space between Porto classics and contemporary cuisine trends. Their Beyond the Barrel tour digs deep to find the “complexities and contrasts” of city life. In other words, you’ll test the working man’s francesinha sandwich at one stop, and at the next, you might find yourself at a Parisian-style cafe. All together, you’ll test up to twelve specialities, and a couple selections of alcohol!
Porto Wine Tours & Regional Tours
Let these Porto wine tours guide you through the region that, among other gifts, has granted us Port wine!
7- City Lovers Tours
Cross over the Douro River and join a City Lovers tour to start your journey! Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, their Porto Wine Tour will allow you to discover wines from the Douro and Verde regions. What’s more, you’ll also check out the oldest Port cellar in Porto! Book now on the City Lovers website!
8- Douro Exclusive
Douro Exclusive provide the gold standard of Porto wine tours. The guides, Ana, Marco, and Sandra, live in the Douro Valley and share their most fervent passion – local wines. Alongside amazing Port Wines and the DOC Duoro reds and whites that fill your glass, you’ll be regaled by historical tales of this wine region. We recommend the Duoro Exclusive Gold Experience tour, which includes wine-tasting, as well as a scrumptious lunch on the Duoro River. Be sure to check their website for updates on their upcoming Duoro Roots tour.
9- Lab Portugal Tours
For true wine aficionados, Lab Portugal Tours is for you. Indeed, Lab Portugal offer more than just short visiting tours. You can also select private wine tours for a more personal experience but also Overnight tours. On this last tour, you’ll spend one to two days in the Duoro region. This allows for a fuller experience, accommodated in a charming wine estate that is sure to be the highlight of your trip.
10- The Cool Tours
The Cool Tours introduce you to the Duoro valley through Pinhão, a small village inhabited by artisans and producers. On the nine hour Duoro Wine Tradition tour you’ll hike through the stunning Duoro landscape and vineyards. Alongside wine you’ll also taste other regional products like olive oil and honey from selected estates! Truly an experience that will show you the best of the Duoro region.
11- Efun Tours
Efun Tours offer a variety of well-reviewed Portuguese tours, including walking and food tours. Their Port Wine Walking Tour combines ten different port tastings with a discovery of Duoro Valley’s rival wine houses. Make sure to check out their website if you’re interested in other tours, such as their Jewish Heritage Walking Tour, and their Essential Porto Walking Tour!
12- New Europe Tours
Last but not least, New Europe Tours offer you a Porto-based Port Tasting Tour. The tour is based in the Sandeman cellars, one of the most famous wine cellars in the world. On their 2.5 hour tour, expect to be hum in surprise and delight as your sommelier guides you through the complex history of the Sandeman family, as well as various tastings of their Port.
While you’re in Portugal, you can also check out our list of Lisbon Food Tours to help plan your travels.
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