Best Porto Food Tour: Honest Review of Taste Porto 

by | Last updated Mar 15, 2023 | Best Food Europe, Portugal

What better way to experience a country than through its food! We love to seek out the top culinary experiences when we travel, and Portugal offers some of the finest. One of the best ways to find the hidden foodie gems you would never discover on your own is through a food tour. My husband and I were in Porto for 36 hours and wanted to find the best Porto food tour. Taste of Porto came highly recommended by our Douro Valley hotel, Casa do Arco. Here is our experience and what you can expect.

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Overview of Porto Food Tour

Stop right here. Go to YouTube.

Check out Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown S9 E8.

This episode will give you great context about this incredible port city before your food tour. One of my favorite scenes is when the ladies in the fish market heckle the late Tony as he’s walking down the street, making him blush!

Later in the episode, you’ll also see Taste Porto Co-Founder André Apolinário sharing some incredible mouth-watering Portuguese cheeses with Tony.

Ok, let’s continue.

There are two food tour options: Downtown & Bolhão Market Food Tour and the Vintage & Port Wine Food Tour.

We choose the Vintage & Port Wine Food Tour. The 79 includes tasting some traditional Portuguese dishes, local pastries, and some delicious Port wines. A little history and highlights of the city are sprinkled in between these delicious bites.

Do NOT eat breakfast before this tour. You have been warned.

Map of Porto Food Tour Stops

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01- Mercearia do Bolhão

Mercearia do Bolhão in Porto Portugal

Mercearia do Bolhão in Porto, Portugal

Let’s go through what you can expect from the Vintage & Port Wine Food Tour.

First stop was Mercearia do Bolhão.

Our guide was Miguel, a musician and foodie lover whose enthusiasm for his country was quite contagious. He expertly led us through all of our foodie stops, clearly explaining what we were eating and the history behind it.

We would have never discovered this charming century-old grocery store. The Mercearia do Bolhão sells all kinds of goodies including cod, cheeses, sausages, honey, oil, wine, bread, and specialty regional products that are stocked on shelves going all the way to the ceiling.

Local cheese, meat, marmalade at Mercearia do Bolhão in Porto Portugal

Local cheese, meat, and marmalade at Mercearia do Bolhão  

Our small group was led to the back of this traditional shop to enjoy a Tábua Mista, which was a mixed board of delicious local meats, marmalade, and Portuguese cheeses.

02- Bolhão Wine House

Bolhão Wine House at the Mercado do Bolhão in Porto Portugal

Bolhão Wine House at the Mercado do Bolhão 

Let’s go through what you can expect from the Vintage & Port Wine Food Tour.

First stop was Mercearia do Bolhão.

Our guide was Miguel, a musician and foodie lover whose enthusiasm for his country was quite contagious. He expertly led us through all of our foodie stops, clearly explaining what we were eating and the history behind it.

We would have never discovered this charming century-old grocery store. The Mercearia do Bolhão sells all kinds of goodies including cod, cheeses, sausages, honey, oil, wine, bread, and specialty regional products that are stocked on shelves going all the way to the ceiling.

Canned sardine mini sandwich at Mercado do Bolhão in Porto Portugal

Canned sardine mini sandwich at Mercado do Bolhão

Canned fish?

Not as off-putting as it sounds. This Portuguese gastronomic specialty offered way more rich umami flavor than I was expecting!

It was so delicious that my husband and I actually went back the next day to the market and bought canned sardines and horse mackerel to take home.

Portugal is known for not only their high-quality, fresh sardines (which we enjoyed in the Algarve) but also for preserving its sardines in olive oil in tinned cans.

The first commercial cannery opened in 1853 and many more followed. These nutritious, heart-healthy fish actually kept soldiers going through two world wars.

Spiced canned sardines in olive oil from Mercado do Bolhão Porto Portugal

Spiced canned sardines in olive oil from Mercado do Bolhão. Great to add in pasta sauces!

Spiced canned horse mackerel on homemade sourdough bread with capers and red onions

Spiced canned horse mackerel on homemade sourdough bread with capers and red onions

Since we have been back from Portugal, my husband has made two delicious dishes with these artisanal canned fish.

He used our can of spiced sardines (see photo above) to make a delicious tomato-based sauce over a bed of orecchiette pasta.

Secondly, we used our can of spiced horse mackerel as a delicious topping on a piece of my husband’s homemade sourdough bread as pictured above. We sprinkled on a few red onions and capers too. So delicious.

He also tried adding a thin layer of cream cheese too, like a play on lox and bagels.

That was my favorite!

03- Confeitaria Moura

Jesuita and limonete at Confeitaria Moura in Porto Portugal

Jesuita (pictured in front) and limonete (pictured in the back) at Confeitaria Moura

This quaint, family-owned shop has been running since 1892.

The Jesuita is their specialty, which is a delicious triangular-shaped pastry with sweet egg cream on the inside and a crispy sugar-glazed crust on top.

Very light and airy!

We also enjoyed their second specialty, the limonete. This was yet another incredible Portuguese sweet delight made with lemon curd filling and a sugar glazing.

04- Taxca

Taxca in Porto Portugal

Taxca in Porto, Portugal

Taxca is truly a foodie gem and slightly off the tourist path. Expect a lot of locals, so you know you are in a good place!

To come to find out, it was only a 6-minute walk from our exceptional boutique hotel, Canto de Luz. If we had stayed more days, we would have definitely been repeat customers!

They are famous for their Bifana sandwich.

Think of it like a juicy warm marinated pork sandwich on a buttery soft roll. So delicious and satisfying.

We first enjoyed this tasty sandwich at a little riverside restaurant after we hiked the Paiva Walkways and Arouca Bridge. Taxca makes the best one though!

We were also served the local espadal, which is like a rosé wine. Great pairing!

Bifana sandwich and espadal at Taxca in Porto Portugal

Bifana sandwich and espadal at Taxca

05- Garrafeira Oli Portugal

Garrafeira Oli Portugal in Porto Portugal

Garrafeira Oli Portugal shop in Porto

My husband and I were pretty stuffed at this point, but we pressed on. The last stop of the day was Garrafeira Oli Portugal.

What an incredible wine shop!

They had a fantastic wine selection hand-picked by sommelier OIinaIdo Oliveira. We instantly wished we had left a little more room in the suitcase to take some bottles back.

We were already maxed to the brim though after spending several glorious days out in Douro Valley doing wine tours.

Sweets and port wine tasting at Garrafeira Oli Portugal

Sweets and port wine tasting at Garrafeira Oli Portugal

Miguel led us to the tasting room upstairs that was specially prepared for our group.

Our mini Port wine masterclass included a Dalva LBV Port 2015 and a 10-year Tawny Port from Quinta do Noval. ‘

These wine selections paired perfectly with the Portuguese sweets Miguel had picked up from the local bakery Confeitaria Aliança.

I was happy. And quite full. What an incredible, well-rounded food tour!

Final Thoughts

I strongly advise experiencing the enchanting city of Porto through its incredible cuisine. ‘

You could do it on your own, but you really lose that history and insider knowledge only a local guide could provide.

It’s not a surprise that Tase Porto is the BEST Porto food tour endorsed by not only the late Anthony Bourdain, Rick Steves, and Lonely Planet but also the locals themselves.

Bom apetite!

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