Porto, the city on the Rio Douro: Sara Sebastião's insider tips
On her blog "Confessions of a Shopaholic," the stylish Portuguese shares her fashion and lifestyle insights as well as her life in the must-see Porto.
23 June 2022
Name: Sara Sebastião
Profession: Product Content Specialist
Lives in: Porto
As one can see on your blog, you travel a lot. Why do you always like to come back to Porto?
Because it's my home and I feel incredibly comfortable here.
What makes the city so special for you?
It's the whole atmosphere: the buildings, the people, the weather. Unlike many other cities, Porto is just insanely relaxed. Especially the summers here are indescribable.
Colorful city on the Atlantic Ocean, Porto in northwestern Portugal is perfect for a short trip. © Unsplash
What does a perfect day in Porto look like for you?
It starts with a croissant from Dolce Alto, followed by an extensive shopping tour. For stylish designer pieces, I prefer to go to Fashion Clinic, for furniture to Loja and for magazines that you can't get anywhere else, to Stay Wise. For lunch, I often go to Casa d'Oro, which offers a unique view. In the evening I meet friends for a glass of wine at sunset in the restaurant Miradouro Ignez.
Where do you go with friends who are visiting Porto?
A picnic in the Parque de Las Virtudes is an absolute must. Afterwards, I show them the Serralves Villa and of course the Livraria Lello. In the evening, when we are still hungry after the long day, we get a hotdog from Gazela - the best in town.
Livraria Lello: The famous bookstore, with its iconic double-spiral staircase and rich ornamentation, has been considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world since it opened over 140 years ago. © Unsplash
What do you think everyone who comes to Porto must have tried?
A Francesinha, the classic Portuguese sandwich topped with cheese. It has a million calories, but it's simply delicious!
Read more: A Weekend ... in Porto
Text: Michaela Hessenberger, Philipp Rossmann and Heidi Rietsch
This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Spring 2022.