This guide gives you the best places to ear fado in the beautiful city of Porto. Fado is the most musical genre that you can ear in Porto’s restaurants and cafes during the night.
LIVRARIA LELLO | EVERY THURSDAYS | 18:00
Between the theatre and the fado, Livraria Lello has a regular schedule for this summer. Every Thursday there is the traditional fado de Coimbra and fado de Lisboa to listen in “Vozes Vivas” room from this peculiar bookshop. Access is free for holders of vouchers and the “Friend Card” of the bookshop, but limited to the capacity of the room.
GALERIA DE PARIS | REGULARLY | 22:30 TO 02:00
Without a fixed calendar of the fado nights, the restaurant/bar Galeria de Paris have always something happening inside. Live music from fado to jazz or nights of dance in the first floor. Admission is free.
From Livraria Lello: 1 min
O FADO | FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY | 21:00 TO 23:00
Among the several fado houses in the downtown of Porto, Restaurante O Fado is one of those that deserves a visit. The price (between 25 and 30 euros/pax) and the quality of the service are good reasons to come here and be amazed with hours of fado and good food.
From Livraria Lello: 10 min
CASA DA MARIQUINHAS | FROM TUESDAY TO SATURDAY | 20:00 TO 01:00
Always with full room, this “is a Portuguese house for sure”. To be on a memorable night in Casa da Mariquinhas you have to make a reservation (40€) for a good night with wine and live music. Casa da Mariquinhas is one of the birthplaces of fado nights in Porto.
From Livraria Lello: 9 min
ADEGA RIO DOURO | EVERY TUESDAY | 16:00
Because fado can not be heard only at night, Adega Rio Douro is the perfect place for a good afternoon. In Adega Rio Douro the locals can promises good options of “fado vadio” (popular fado, without “professionals”) in a real tavern of Porto with one of the best views for the Douro River. There are no seat reservations and the table is arranged on a first-come, first-served basis.
From Livraria Lello: 25 min (bus)
MAL COZINHADO | FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY | 20:00 TO 00:00
The name of this place does not live up to its dishes (Poorly Cooked). There is fado that is possible to accompany with typical dishes of the region, such as the Bacalhau à Brás or Tripas à Moda do Porto. An advance: telephone booking is strongly advised.
From Livraria Lello: 12 min
REAL TABERNA DO FADO | FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY | 20:00 TO 01:00
They say that here is the meeting point with Portuguese culture. There is fado, there is gastronomy, there is wine and good music between smiles of those who have seen great talents passed by. The dinner has a minimum cost of 35€/pax.
From Livraria Lello: 5 min
CAFÉ GUARANY | THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS | 21:30
It is considered as “one of the most beautiful cafes in Porto” and has an excellent location on Avenida dos Aliados. The Café Guarany also serves good snacks for a great fado night, but it is best to make a reservation.
From Livraria Lello: 6 min
BAR DAS CARDOSAS | MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS | 19:00
With a new gastronomic menu, specially made for summer, Bar das Cardosas have special nights not only for their temporary residents (on the hotel) but also for city visitors and locals.
From Livraria Lello: 2 min