Tasting Location: Taxca | Taste Porto Food Tour

Welcome to TAXCA!

This place opened in 2013, owned by Tiago and Hélio, two brothers that wanted to bring back to life the old Porto taverns that have existed in town ever since medieval days. They were owned by farmers that sold their products here.

During the industrial revolution days, these places gained an even higher relevance, since they were the places that the working-class men visited for a cheap meal: a sandwich and a glass of wine.

After so many places opened as “tascas” and “tabernas”, these guys come along with THE real thing. No fancy stuff, no high prices, just exactly as it was before. Taxca is one of our favorite places in Porto because it’s simple and honest. You get your food at the counter and you enjoy yourself.

Today, you’ll be treated to a cured ham sandwich made from a leg of ham sourced from a special breed of pork called bisaro, found exclusively in the northern region of Portugal. This ham has been aged for 15 months, ensuring its exceptional quality

Your eyes are saying to me: where’s my sandwich?

Well well, present the QR code to the waiter, in order to generate a code that will give you access to a cured ham sandwich. If you want to blend in with the locals, try expressing your gratitude in Portuguese: “Obrigada” for ladies and “obrigado” for gentlemen. When someone responds with “de nada,” it means “you’re welcome.”

THIS IS IMPORTANT:: Avoid ordering a bottle of water at this establishment, unless you wish to be part of a playful tradition. They have a unique way of teasing non-alcoholic beverage drinkers by ringing a bell. That’s their way to embarrass non-alcohol drinkers in front of all their friends.

This is where we are heading next:

  • Tasting Location #5: Fabrica da Picaria (closest metro station: Aliados)
  • Address: Rua da Picaria 72, 4050-477 Porto
  • Working Hours:
    Monday to Thursday: 5 PM to 11 AM
    Saturday: 12 PM to 12 AM
    Sunday: 1 PM to 12 AM
  • Contacts: +351 22 321 9209
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