Taste Porto On A Budget: 10 Best Cheap Eats In Porto, Portugal

Best places to eat in Porto
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If you’ve been to Portugal before, you are already well aware of how amazing Portuguese food is. But, if you’ve never been here before, you have no idea what awaits you. You may have read your city guide thoroughly, but trust us when we say that you can’t possibly know how good Portuguese food is until you try it for yourself. And if you’re planning a trip to Porto, you’ve just won the culinary lottery.

Porto will show you what ‘delicious’ means and your concept of what great food is will change when you taste their local delicacies. Your taste buds will explode as soon as you taste a drop of francesinha sauce. And you will be forever attempting to recreate (albeit unsuccessfully) the taste of the freshly baked nata you will enjoy whilst walking down Porto’s picturesque streets.

Porto will give you these delicacies and more and it won’t ruin your bank account if you know where to go. Keep reading to find out the 10 best cheap eats in Porto.

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When in Porto, make sure to sample Francesinha, the city's most renowned dish

1. Munchie

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Este nosso Gula a derreter corações desde 2013 #MunchieBK

Posted by Munchie on Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Munchie is a quirky but very small and discreet restaurant that can go unnoticed if you don’t pay attention. It’s famous for its scrumptious burgers, inspired by the seven deadly sins: pride, greed, lust, gluttony - well, you get the idea! Each one comes in a basket filled with handmade fries, which prove to be very useful when your burger starts dripping sauce all over them. Can you imagine how delicious this is? No, you can’t! Try it yourself: Munchie is a must-try, in Porto.


Address: 4000 407, Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre 177, Porto, Portugal

Website: Munchie

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2. Black Mamba

 Mushroom Burger
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user SweetOnVeg used under CC BY 2.0

Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed

Speaking of burgers, if you’re vegetarian you’re going to want to try Black Mamba’s. Choose from a tofu, seitan, chickpea, soy, or mushroom burger (among others), add a vegan dessert to your meal and you will never forget this place. This is where the cool vegan kids go and even if you’re not one of them, you may as well try it! Black Mamba will prove to you how delicious vegetarian food can be.

Black Mamba

Address: Rua dos Mártires da Liberdade 130, 4000 Porto, Portugal

Facebook: Black Mamba

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3. Degema

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Não querer comer carne nem sempre é mau. Vai na volta e passas a fazer disto um hábito.... #degema #artesãosdegema #degemaburger #hamburguer #burger #veggie #vegan #vegetariano

Posted by DeGema Hamburgueria on Saturday, April 16, 2022

The last burger place on the list, Degema names its burgers after local funny sayings. Porto has a very peculiar personality and it has shaped the Portuguese language to fit its need for fervent freedom of speech. Let’s just say that not every burger on Degema’s menu has a polite name. But, each one of them is delicious in its own way and that has made this burger place one of the most famous in Porto. Be sure to get there early or you won’t find a table!


Address: Rua do Almada 249, 4700-312 Porto, Portugal

Website: Degema in Portugese

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4. Lareira

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Para hoje, sugerimos um PO (Presunto com Ovo) Estamos na rua das Oliveiras nº8, na Praça Carlos Alberto.

Posted by Lareira on Friday, November 6, 2015

On to a tapas bar: Lareira is a great place to taste amazing Portuguese cheese, bread, and ham, as well as other local specialities. This eatery is a bit off the beaten path, so if you’re looking for somewhere cosy, where you can taste genuine Portuguese flavours, this is it. Get yourself a couple of tasty sandwiches and a glass of Porto wine and you’ll feel just like a local.


Address: Rua das Oliveiras 8, 4050-159 Porto, Portugal

Facebook: Lareira

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5. Santa Francesinha

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

E que tal um Bife de Ervas Aromáticas para começar a semana? Santa Francesinha

Posted by Santa Francesinha on Monday, June 26, 2017

Considered one of the best places to have a francesinha, Porto’s official local dish, Santa Francesinha is a great place to try this delicious dish, for a very reasonable price. Francesinha is a sandwich made with bread, ham, linguiça, fresh sausage and steak, covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato and beer sauce and served with french fries.

It’s one of the most beloved dishes in Portugal and one that doesn’t fail to surprise tourists. Santa Francesinha will present you with a delicious version of this dish, so don’t hesitate to try it!

Santa Francesinha

Address: Praça dos Poveiros 72, 4000-032 Porto, Portugal

Website: Santa Francesinha - in Portugese)

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6. Restaurante Cana Verde

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Estão pela baixa do Porto e procuram um sitio para almoçar rapidamente sem complicar? Então porque não nos visitam?

Posted by Restaurante Cana Verde on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

At Restaurante Cana Verde, you’ll have the chance to try most Portuguese dishes: duck rice, roasted octopus, sardines, roasted codfish with a delicious sauce, among others and every single one of them is made with fresh ingredients and authentic flavours. This place is usually filled with locals who go here because they know how good the food is and how lovely the restaurant’s atmosphere is. If you want to have an authentic experience, this is where you must go.

Restaurante Cana Verde

Address: Rua dos Caldeireiros 121, 4000 Porto, Portugal

Facebook: Restaurante Cana Verde

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7. Miss Pavlova Cake & Co

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

• A tão esperada Pavlova Ferrero vai voltar e a grande novidade é que estará também...

Posted by Miss Pavlova on Saturday, December 5, 2020

Miss Pavlova has the best, you guessed it, pavlovas you’ll find in Porto! If you’re craving a sweet dessert or just a big slice of cake, you have to go here. Their mousse cakes are heavenly and even the coffee is amazing. If your sweet tooth is aching for more sugar, you must try one of Miss Pavlova’s incredible treats. Forget about the calories: these cakes will change your life.

Miss Pavlova Cake & Co

Address: Rua do Almada 13, 4050-036 Porto, Portugal

Website: Miss Pavlova Cake & Co - in Portugese)

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8. Spirito Cupcakes & Coffee

Spirito Cupcakes & Coffee
Source: Photo by Flickr user Spirito Cupcakes ... used under CC BY 2.0

You haven’t tried cupcakes until you’ve tried Spirito’s. This dessert shop/café is a locals’ favourite and a place like nowhere else in downtown Porto. The décor is charming, original, and quirky, and the space is as cosy as your own home. Usually filled with young people, Spirito is a heaven of cupcakes, muffins, cheesecakes, and ice creams.

You won’t find a place similar to this anywhere else: it calls to you like a spell and enchants you with its sweet flavours. Don’t miss it!

Spirito Cupcakes & Coffee

Address: Praça de Gomes Teixeira 36, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal

Website: Spirito Cupcakes & Coffee - in Portugese)

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9. A Sandeira

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Hoje as Clérigos saem com manjericão fresco da horta. Bom almoço e boa semana!

Posted by A Sandeira do Porto on Monday, June 8, 2020

A Sandeira is the best place to get a sandwich in Porto. Having a sandwich for lunch might sound boring, but A Sandeira’s are delicious and scrumptious. This very small restaurant serves artisanal, lovingly-made sandwiches that will make you feel satisfied and happy. For a very reasonable price, your lunch won’t be just simple: it will be tasty and amazing. Who said sandwiches have to be boring?

A Sandeira

Address: Rua dos Caldeireiros 85, Porto, Portugal

Website: A Sandeira *in Portugese

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10. Cereal Porto Café

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Estás convidado/a a entrar no Cereal World Porto, para descobrir um novo mundo de cor Conhece também o Cereal World...

Posted by Cereal World Porto on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Cereal cafés are becoming increasingly popular, so much so that even Porto has one. If you’re a fan of this trend, you’re going to want to try this café: recently opened, Cereal Porto Café is already the favourite place to have a delicious start to the day, in Porto. If you’re the kind of person who needs sugar to feel ready to face a day of exploring, you have to try one of this café’s delicious cereal bowls, which can be filled with cookies and chocolate, among other sweet treats. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this café will make it glorious.

Cereal Porto Café

Address: Rua de Fernandes Tomás 916, 4000-056 Porto, Portugal

Facebook: Cereal Porto Café

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Porto: A mix of traditional and unconventional

Francesinha @ Ar do Rio
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Filipe Fortes used under CC BY-SA 2.0

From this list of amazing cheap eats, you might say that Porto isn’t as traditional as you thought. On the surface, Porto might look imposing and even severe, but it’s none of those things. The city is friendly, full of life and entertainment and, of course, great restaurants, where you can wolf down incredible food you can’t taste anywhere else.

And, you don’t have to pay a lot do it either: our list of cheap eats in Porto will guide you through the city’s best eateries and let you choose between local delicacies and original versions of international dishes. If we were you, we would try every one of these places because they’re worth every cent. And after you visit them, tell us what you thought in the comments section!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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