Porto has become in the last few years a pet friendlier city, from parks to gardens, to restaurants and coffeeshops where it became allowed to have your four-legged friends with you.
Since 2018, Portugal approved a law that allows pets to enter restaurants and other food places. Since then there are many places that took advantage of that law and that has helped to make Porto a more pet-friendly city.
Find out all the best places to take man’s best friend with you.
O Base é um dos locais mais populares do Porto, quer entre portugueses e estrangeiros, muito devido à esplanada, ao jardim, à música ambiente e às bebidas geladas sempre prontas a sair. Este espaço verde, mesmo no centro do Porto, é um local perfeito para estender a toalha, relaxar e brincar com o seu animal de estimação.
Base is famous among Portuguese and foreigners, due to its terrace and its green spaces that are perfect for sunny days, for spreading out a blanket on the grass in the company of friends, family, children and, of course, in the company of your pet.
Address: Passeio dos Clérigos, Rua das Carmelitas 151, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 1 min
Located in Porto’s City Park, Soundwich is the perfect place to gather your family, your children and your pets. Soundwich menu is the creation of 14 well-known chefs and there is even a dog exclusive menu, this is how pet-friendly this place is.
Address: Avenida do Parque, 595, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 40 min by bus – 208 or 501 STCP bus
Mira Maia Shopping
Mira Maia Shopping is a pet-friendly shopping center and yes, it is true, you are allowed to take your four-legged friend with you while you go shopping. This shopping center also has a stroller service for dogs, in case they get tired and don’t find joy in walking down the aisles of the supermarket.
Address: Estrada Real, 95, Maia
From Livraria Lello: 55 min by bus – 602 STCP bus
O Boa-Bao is a restaurant inspired by Asian flavours, where you can find food as diverse as Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Indonesia and Vietnamese. The restaurant is also decorated in an oriental style that takes the visitor to an authentic journey through the Asian continent.
Another curiosity about Boa-Bao is that it welcomes pets and provides water bowls for them, in case they feel thirsty.
Address: Rua da Picaria, 61-65, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 6 min
Aduela is the perfect place to have a drink with friends or with a loved one in a welcoming and intimate environment. This tavern with a contemporary style is famous for its terrace, where pets are welcome.
Address: Rua das Oliveiras, 36, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 4 min
Zenith is a cafeteria that offers a great variety of delicious options to create your own meal, be it a brunch, a mid-afternoon snack or dinner. The cafeteria is pet friendly, allowing the costumers to keep their pets around in an assigned zone.
Address: Praça de Carlos Alberto, 86, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 4 min
Picaba Natural Café
Picaba Natural Café, located in Edifício Transparente, in Matosinhos, is the ideal place to sit on the terrace and to smell breeze of the ocean, while eating one of the many healthy light meals available, for example the acaí bowl or the tuna and roast beef salad.
After a long walk along the seashore with your pet, take the opportunity to seat at Picaba’s terrace, where all domestic animals are welcome.
Address: Via do Castelo do Queijo, 395, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 37 min by bus – 500 STCP bus
The first “dog park” in Porto opened in the last months of 2018, in Paula Vallada Garden. In this garden dogs are free to roam, discover and play freely, without a leash, in a big fenced space.
The dog park is divided in two areas – one for large size dog and another for the small ones and puppies. In the park, there is also a sandbox for hole digging and diverse wood equipment for exercises, jumps and runs around the fenced space.
In addiction, this park has water fountains: one exclusive for dogs, and the other exclusive for the owners. There is also many bag dispensers and litters, so you can leave the space as you found it.
Address: Rua Dom Agostinho de Jesus e Sousa, 49, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 28 min on foot; 17 min by bus – 305 STCP bus