Downtown Food Tour in Porto, the oldest Food Tour in town

The oldest Food Tour in Porto

You have seen Ribeira, Luis I Bridge, Clérigos Tower and have tasted Porto's cholesterol bomb (Francesinha). Now let us take you beyond the tourist attractions for a taste of the real Porto with our Downtown & Bolhão Market Food Tour – the oldest Food Tour in Porto.

Like taking a walk with a friend, your tour guide will introduce you to 5 unique tasting locations. At each tasting location on our Downtown & Bolhão Market Food Tour, you will taste an important element of the cuisine of Porto and the North of Portugal. You will also learn about the families and the history behind each of the restaurants, cafes, and specialty food shops that you visit. In between tasting locations you will hear about the history, architecture, and culture of the area while you walk around the charming streets of Porto.

Our Downtown & Bolhão Market Food Tour was designed to welcome as many travelers as possible so it's where we can accommodate more dietary requirements. Tickets tend to sell out.

Downtown Porto & Bolhão Market tour ticket price

  • Adult ticket: 65€

  • Children under 13 years old: 42€

12 Reasons Why People Love this Food Tour in Porto

  • 3.5 hours guided walking tour in Downtown Porto

  • Small group tour

  • A visit to 5 unique family-run tasting locations

  • A hand-selected tasting menu: 9 food tastings (a perfect balance of sweet and savory) and 5 beverage tastings

  • Great insight into Porto's food, history, architecture, and culture

  • An overview of the old Jewish Porto History

  • A wine tasting led by a wine expert

  • A visit to the bustling Bolhão Food Market

  • A passionate and experienced, English-speaking, local guide

  • An exclusive Porto Free Guide where we point out the best places to eat, drink or visit in town

  • Unique access to an online show cooking class

  • A charitable donation to a local NGO that helps the homeless people in Porto

Good to know

  • Tours run daily. Monday to Saturday at 4:00 pm

  • All tastings listed below are included in the price

  • Please advise of any dietary restrictions on booking. We can accommodate some food restrictions on this Downtown & Bolhão Market Food Tour: Vegetarians, Pescatarians, No Pork, No Beef, Gluten or Dairy intolerants, No Nuts, Coriander or Cilantro intolerants, Shellfish Allergy, No alcohol

  • Children are more than welcome to join the tour but their presence must be notified

  • Tours are for all age groups and all fitness levels

  • Experiences happen rain or shine

  • Restrooms are available during the tour

  • The distance walked is 3 km/1.9 miles

  • Bring good shoes and an appetite

  • The tour starting point is located a short 3 min walk from Bolhão metro station (exact location provided with tickets)

  • Pickup not included

  • All our tours are run in English but we can provide Portuguese or Spanish speaking guides upon request, for closed groups. Feel free to ask us about this and more at [email protected]

  • Advanced purchase of tickets is required: we don't accept walk-ins

  • Tickets must be purchased by 8:00 pm WEST the night before

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

If you'd like to upgrade to a Premium Drink Package, we invite you to request a Private Downtown & Bolhão Market Food Tour. Please contact us for more details at [email protected]

List of measures to keep you safe

  • No physical contact with guests (hand-shakes, kisses, or hugs), which includes a safety distance of 1 meter when possible; even though we are a nation that loves hugs, kisses, and handshakes, we’ll have to keep a safe distance this time

  • Disinfection of all guests’ hands with alcoholic gel before entering the restaurants and after a meal - feel free to bring your own hand sanitizer, but please notice that all restaurants will be able to offer you this

  • According to the DGS (Portuguese CDC), masks are no longer mandatory, except in health care facilities and care homes

Peace of mind policy

Let's imagine that you are unable to make the tour. Can you have a refund? The answer is yes.

  • If we are notified within 72 hours of the tour we will be happy to offer you a refund or reschedule you on a tour anytime over the next year. We can also generate a Gift Card so you can book it at a later time - for free. Please note that, unless you are rescheduling for a specific date, we will issue a Gift Card that is valid for 2 years. If you decide to proceed with the refund, a processing fee will be charged.

We've worked hard on making this a 5-star Food Tour. Book your place today and let's see if you agree with us.

Local food

We only work with locally owned and operated food establishments.

Oldest Food Tour in Porto

Tens of thousands of happy guests, including Anthony Bourdain and Rick Steves.

Experienced Tour guide

We see our guides as culinary ambassadors of the city and you as our guest.

Socially responsible

A portion of the ticket price is donated to a local NGO that helps the homeless people in Porto.

Trip Itinerary

Stop #1 – Loja dos Pastéis de Chaves

The day begins with a centenary recipe: the warm flaky pastry of Chaves. A savory and sweet-tasting that will provide you with the energy and curiosity to start your exploration of Porto.

Stop #2 – Bolhão Wine House

In an age when food is shipped in from unknown locations, it is almost impossible to know what you are consuming. But in Bolhão, everything is on display! Soak in the energy of the market while enjoying a few glasses of Portuguese wine along with some traditional sardines.

Stop #3 – Flor dos Congregados

Enjoy this one-of-a-kind third-generation owned restaurant and its sandwich that brings together fresh bread, slow-roasted pork loin, and sweet cured ham. Perfectly paired with a glass of red sparkling wine.

Stop #4 – Café Guarany

The crown jewel of Porto. Fancy a cup of coffee? Sit back and relax with the best coffee in town or, as we call it, cimbalino.

Stop #5 – Popina

Popinae were small taverns in Roman times that focused on serving wine and small bites. This place is accurately named, serving delicious petiscos, the small Portuguese dishes to share, and sporting an impressive wine list. Finish off your tour in style with a few glasses of wine to pair with our favorite comfort food: pataniscas and the so-called naughty rice. Yumminess!

Reviews

Went on a 3,5 hour downtown tour with André (the founder and owner), easily the best money I spent this year!
Oliver, Denmark
We had a 6-month-old in a stroller, so naturally we were concerned about the narrow Porto streets, hills, and smaller restaurants. But that was not an issue! Each area had enough room for us and the overall tour was amazing. Props to Ricardo as a great and knowledgeable guide!
Mike, USA
My husband and I don't typically seek out many tours when we travel but it came recommended by someone who is actually from Porto. We are so happy we obliged! It was a wonderful opportunity to go into small hidden gems and try traditional Portuguese dishes (including dishes that aren't obvious to those visiting). Sergio was our guide and he was absolutely lovely and knowledgeable. He gave a short history and background about each food we ate. Loved that we also got to go into the food market which was an authentic experience and likely would not have found it on our own. Had a great variety of places and types of foods to try-- eat light that day beforehand! We had such a blast with our small group that we ordered a bottle of wine and stuck around for 2 more hours! Also, they are conscious of COVID-19 precautions which is greatly appreciated.
Amber, USA
Are you an Expat/Immigrant looking for a Food Tour? DO THIS ONE! I did the Porto Food Tour with Andre! Andre is the founder of Taste Porto! What a great experience! Not only did I learn about wine, cheese, pastries but also about the history and the PEOPLE who contribute/create these wonderful epicurean delights! I would suggest this tour to anyone who not only wants to eat great food (BTW - you will eat a LOT of yummy food) but also to any Expat/Immigrant who has landed in Porto amongst all of the restaurants! Being an Immigrant (Expat) myself and living in Porto it has been intimidating to try and narrow down which restaurants, bakeries, markets, etc. to go to! Andre was SO HELPFUL that he actually catored (pun intended) the (end of) the tour to ME, and MY NEIGHBORHOOD. He introduced me to a local shopkeeper, showed me which restaurants in my neighborhood to go to - AND even wrote up and emailed me the list!
Christine, Porto
The Downtown Tour was a great intro to Porto and Miguel was our friendly passionate guide. We enjoyed the morning tasting our way around streets to foodie places we would never have found without him. Miguel knows everyone and it made the tour more of personal experience to meet up with his food partners and share their stories. All the food was delicious. The tour was well-paced and we learned so much more from our own guide rather than a travel book.
Helen, New Zealand
Sergio was an awesome guide and the whole experience was really fun- super glad we picked this tour over the others!
Merritt, USA
I wish I did this first on my trip. You get to taste a lot of great food but also get a lot of great recommendations for the rest of your trip.
Matt, USA
We’ve just had the most fantastic morning with Miguel. We read about this food tour which was recommended in the latest Sunday Times Travel Magazine. If you look at the website it honestly delivers and more! Miguel was so passionate about his city and all the fabulous places we visited. The best bit is we’ve got another 3 days to go back and visit all the amazing places we visited. If you get the chance book the DownTown Food Tour.
Rose, UK
Book this tour! It was our 2nd time in Porto and the first time we did a food tour...it was excellent! We choose the Downtown tour and we had food we would not have experienced any other way. The food was delicious and fun speaking to the owners of the restaurants. Joana our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and gave us the history not only of the food, but its origins as well. She was funny, nice and just great to be with. She even contacted her company to give us recommendations on restaurants (we wanted a really special Michelin Star Restaurant and they sent us a list). When we come back to Porto, we plan on booking again. Thank you, TastePorto!
Jackie, USA
They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and Taste Porto takes this saying to another level! These guys are super professional and will go out of their way to answer questions you might have about the city or the food that you are tasting. We absolutely loved our downtown tour and enjoyed every bit of our time. Highly recommended!
Feras, USA
We did an amazing food tour in downtown Porto with another couple it was a slow Saturday for some reason, it is usually up to 10 people. We ate specialties from Eastern Portugal. We went to the market. I enjoyed an amazing coffee at one of the oldest cafes in Porto. We meandered to a very old jamon (ham specialty house) and drank special red sparkling wine from Portugal and delicious ham on rolls, done in several layers. We went to "All in Porto" which is an excellent wine bar and ate a charcuterie plate with some local Douro wine, and then finally we went to had a special liquor and a Christmas Dessert. All carefully selected locations. Led by the amazing Gregorio. If you are reading this Gregorio, I hope you are doing well!
Fober, USA
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