If you really love sweets then Porto is the right city for you. There are plenty of bakeries, cafes and restaurants to satisfy your sweet tooth. Be it at the end of a meal, at breakfast or at the mid-afternoon, any hour is a good hour to have a great sweet among the many places that Porto has to offer you.
Porto by Livraria Lello shares with you the 10 best places to have pastries in this gastronomical city. Discover and have a sweeter Porto experience.
Miss Pavlova opened up in the concept shop Almada 13, at Rua do Almada. The pastry shop serves its speciality – pavlova, as the name indicates –, but it also serves other delicious sweets and snacks, in a lovely and relaxed space.
Cooked with fresh and natural ingredients, pavlovas are crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside and available in various flavours.
Address: Rua do Almada, 13, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 4 min
The most popular Portuguese pastry, pastel de nata, is the special sweet cooked at Manteigaria, that opened up first in Lisbon and, now in Porto, as well. The Manteigaria in Porto shares its space with the brand café Delta Q.
One of the most iconic characteristics of this space, besides the delicious pastel de nata, is the fact that you can see this sweet pastry being cooked through the glass walls of Manteigaria’s kitchen. Visit this place, whatever hour of the day, and eat this freshly baked egg tart dusted with cinnamon.
Address: Rua de Alexandre Braga, 24, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 11 min
LEITARIA DA QUINTA DO PAÇO
Leitaria Quinta do Paço has several shops in Portugal and it is famous for the French pastry: éclairs. It is also one of the oldest Porto’s coffee houses selling this delicacy.
Besides the most classic éclair, the one with whipped cream and milk chocolate, Leitaria Quinta do Paço offers many other variations of this sweet, including éclairs with lemon, blueberry, caramel or passion fruit cream.
Address: Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 47, Porto
Da Livraria Lello: 1 min
Cremosi it is a famous ice cream house in Porto, known for its traditional methods, counts with five shops in Porto.
Apart from the artisanal ice cream with various flavours, you can also enjoy a crêpe, a waffle or a freshly cooked pancake, to which you can always add Cremosi’s speciality: artisanal ice cream.
Address: Rua de José Falcão, 2, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 2 min
We bring you another historical coffeehouse of Porto, O Diplomata. In the sixties, it was usual for writers to meet up there and have long talks about philosophy, politics and daily life. Nowadays it is popular among the younger generation eager to eat delicious pancakes and snapping pictures to Instagram.
The Diplomata’s speciality – the pancake – exist in a great variety of flavours and combinations which you can find on the menu. We have simpler combinations like pancakes with butter and honey, to bolder combinations to those with a sweeter tooth.
Address: Rua de José Falcão, 32, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 2 min
If you are not familiar with Padaria Ribeiro, then we recommend you to visit and try the many pastries that this Porto’s downtown historical bakery. If you go there, save some extra minutes, because this is a busy place and the service might take a bit longer than usual.
Freshly baked bread, homemade cakes and some of the best croissants in town are the many reasons why it is well worth a visit to this bakery. If you walk past by and see the many sweets, cakes and loaves of bread you might not resist and end up finding yourself in the middle this sweet place. If that happens, have a croissant, a custard pie or some biscuits.
Address: Praça de Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 21, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 1 min
If you are a fan of crepes, you have to try Mão Travessa bakery. The crepes are freshly made with quality ingredients.
There are various types of crepes for you to taste at Mão Travessa: from some of the sweetest crepes in town to saltier ones. If you don’t like crepes that much, you can always have tapas that are the perfect fit for the many wines and natural juices available. To finish up the meal and if you still have some space why not indulge yourself with some traditional ice cream.
Address: Rua de Miguel Bombarda, 38, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 6 min
Confeitaria Moura, originally from Santo Tirso – a small city northeast of Porto – has been open for more than 120 years. The reason for its success? One very special cake known as jesuitas. The store that opened in Porto’s downtown produces all its products and doesn’t sell them anywhere else.
This special cake was created in Santo Tirso and Confeitaria Moura developed a secret recipe, that gives this cakes a unique a very special flavour.
Address: Rua de Rodrigues Sampaio, 115, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 10 min
In Porto, there are many spaces that sell waffles, but Waffle House is different from all others, mostly because of its original waffle recipe. This recipe came directly from Belgium, from a former cook that lived in Belgium many years ago.
Here you can have simple waffles, waffles with chantilly, with honey or dried fruits. You can also try more waffle variations, like with hot chocolate, ice cream, Nutella or jam.
Address: Rua de Santa Catarina, 444, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 13 min
CEREAL WORLD PORTO
Cereal World Porto is a space dedicated to the cereal lovers and it was the first shop with this concept to open in Porto. It has never been easier to eat your cereal in Porto’s downtown. And if you are picky about your kind of cereals then you are in the right place, because the options are so many that the only difficult thing it will be to choose the cereal that you want.
Here you will find commercial brands, available at any supermarket, but you will also find unknown brands that are rare to find or from exotic places.
Delight in this space and choose what cereal you want to have, the kind of milk and the toppings. Pretend that you are a kid once again and have fun at Cereal World Porto.
Address: Rua de Fernandes Tomás, 916, Porto
From Livraria Lello: 11 min