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One night in downtown Porto

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In recent years, the center of Porto has completely changed. There are restaurants, bars and clubs to suit every taste in every corner. This effervescent movement turned the heart of the city into the center of nightlife. Whatever your style is, we are certain that in Porto you will find alternatives that will make you enjoy the night.

The end of the day is the right time to explore the terraces of Porto. Set out to explore the historic cafés like the Majestic, in Rua de Santa Catarina, or Guarany, at Avenida dos Aliados, built in 1930, currently with live music performances and fado during dinner.

When you start to get hungry, options won't be a problem: from "francesinha" to signature and international cuisine, passing through the typical Portuguese restaurants. You can dine in Cais da Ribeira restaurants, with a view to the Douro river, with its illuminated bridges.

After dinner, the best thing to do is to walk to the historical center. Some of the streets have recently been converted, as Rua das Flores, which is now an event center. In the old Mercado Ferreira Borges, a landmark of iron architecture designed in 1885 and renovated in 2010, is now a concert hall.

In Coliseu do Porto, milestone in the cultural life of the city, you will also find several performances or in Casa da Música where you can watch a live concert and admire the work of Rem Koolhaas, known around the world. Take our advice: go to the roof of this building and enjoy the view over the city, while drinking at the bar.

Entertainment downtown

The downtown Porto has become the center of nightlife in the last years. Every month there is a new opening of a new bar, restaurant, disco or café.

Start your evening at Café Piolho (Piolho is the name given by all the residents of Café Âncora D'Ouro), at Praça Parada Leitão. Since it was founded in 1909, Piolho has been the meeting point for university students in Porto. Its walls are covered with messages from alumni. Alternatively, head to the renovated Mompilher Square, where you will find a great choice of bars to drink a "fino" (name given to beer in Northern Portugal) or a gin.

Nightlife in downtown Porto takes place in the streets (talking and drinking) or in one of the many local bars. There are also several gay-friendly places and venues that stand somewhere between art gallery, concert hall and bar.

Most of these new leisure facilities are housed in buildings that were formerly used for other purposes and most of them have preserved the original architecture. Most of these are in the parallel streets of Cândido dos Reis and Galeria de Paris, known to locals as the "galleries" - bars with various types of music, from house to indie rock.

In Porto, the night does not end until the first rays of sun are peeking through the sky. Come experience all this excitement in the Invicta city. To combine all this with some well spent days at Porto and the North of Portugal, please contact us. We're here to help.


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