Casa Oriental is really just a small grocery store, but it's a very charming one.
It is in many ways the way grocery stores were back in the old days and it has a very good selection of local wines aswell as a good selection of fruit and dried fish.
Both the exterior and the interior of the shop is very original and because it's located right next to the Clerigos tower it's very easy to visit as part of a day tour of Porto.
What to buy: Food and wine.
The Lello bookstore in Porto is a place you should visit even if you don´t intend to buy books.
It´s one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world with a very uniqe design.
The bookstore has been around since 1906 and will hopefully stay around for a few more years.
There is a tiny little cafe on the second floor of the bookstore if you feel like a coffee.
Due to the high number of tourists visitng the bookstore it's now not allowed to take photos inside the store anymore in order not to disturb the people who are there to buy books, so pelase act polite and discreet if you visit this amazing place.
What to buy: Books and postcards.
There are lots of shoestores at Porto,but most seem to have same kind of shoes.I liked most this shop,witch had little different ones.
They also had cheap prices and friendly service.
I bought sandals witch were 19,90e on sale.The original price was also under 30e!
We saw these shops also at other cities of Portugal.
What to buy: Shoes abd bags
What to pay: I think it was very cheap.I don´t know what the locals would say.
I came across this attractive looking shop after viewing the Torre dos Clerigos, on my way to the Cathedral. I was attracted to take a further look by its interesting sign and the display of food outside.
Casa Oriental is one of Portos oldest shops. It offers a reminder of Portugals colonial past, as I entered the shop, a pleasant smell of the various spices on sale was evident.
This is reportedly the best place to buy cod - for making the many variations of Bacalhau. Fresh vegetables and fruit - especially locally grown oranges and lemons also looked good quality.
I'm afraid that I didn't purchase anything from this shop, as I was busy seeing the sights and didn't want to be carrying heavy bags.
The area around here is quite interesting, with many residential houses, some looking a bit shabby, with small balconies, tiles and pot plants. Some small squares and narrow streets.
The locals carry on their daily lives here, away from the tourist throngs.
What to buy: Spices, fruit, Dry salted cod, oils, preserves, sweets and chocolates
What to pay: As little or as much as You want!
Wandering around Porto, I came across a hall, near St Francis church, opposite the Instituto du Vinho do Porto, where I spotted tables set out with an array of goods.
The man on the desk near the door, explained that the second hand goods were on sale to raise money for the homeless of Porto.
I wandered around, spotting lots of things that I would have liked to buy, such as wooden tables, but would have had difficulty carrying them home.
This was my last day in Porto, and I had a list of things that I wanted to buy to remind me of my trip to Porto. 2 items were a cd of Portugese music and a tile.
Rummaging around the stalls I found a heavy blue and white tile (not a 'touristy' picture of a site in Porto) and a couple of cd's of Portugese music.
For a total of 7 Euros, I had a nice tile, 2 cds, a great shopping experience and the knowledge that my money was going to a good cause.
What to buy: There was a wide array of secondhand goods including paintings, clothes, books and magazines, kitchenware, furniture, and some unidentifiable items!
What to pay: As little or as much as you want
If you buy stuff you need to mail home you can go to the post office. We went to one on Ave. des Aliados and it was packed. If you go there, get a number when you walk in. My tip is...there is a post office at the airport and no one was there.
Not a Portuguese chain, but they seem to love it (and our portuguese companion pronounced it "fin-ACK"). It has books, CDs, DVDs, iPods, etc... and not just in Portuguese which is especially good for the foreign traveler.
What to buy: I still think books are the best thing to buy period, but there are some great sales and I recommend looking for them first.
This is a small shop that has been specializing in Port Wine Vinatages and old Port since 1900. They are friendly and have decent prices. They will help you make a selection and don't mind how much or how little you buy. There was no hard sell.
What to buy: Port wine.
Roy Hersh, american journalist of the For The Love of Port, wrote the following about Vinologia on his January-2006 Newsletter:
"[...] I discovered a fantastic Port wine bar Vinologia, La Maison des Porto, which is a very small but ultimately impressive bar of the Porto kind. If this was near my home, I'd be broke and homeless. Although it is a "bar" they consider themselves as a real "Port Wine School" offering more than 200 different bottlings of Port, with the best selection of Port by-the-glass in Oporto. Gustavo Duhard, the manager and son of the proprietor pointed out that Vinologia is a truly international place, and showed me the numerous signed guest books they've kept since their opening. The Port paraphernalia is crammed into every conceivable nook and cranny. I love this place!
Gustavo's father, originally from France, is a quieter more pensive gent and a fellow Confrade of the Port Wine Institute's "Confraria" (brotherhood). The "bartender" is an affable young Swiss guy named Cristophe and is fluent in at least a half dozen languages. He is well on his way to mastering the mysteries of the plethora of Ports in this establishment. I found all three men extremely well versed in Port, but it was Gustavo that impressed me with his encyclopedic knowledge of small producers and off vintages. Vinologia specializes in mostly small if not obscure Portuguese producers that few people in America have ever heard of. Admittedly, there were a few that I had no knowledge of and was glad to have Gustavo guide my tasting, as he grasped the depth of my passion and desire to explore.
I knew I'd be returning that evening for an extended tasting, so I only tried one great Port that afternoon: Quinta do Romaneira Porto, Over 40 Years Tawny [...]"
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What to buy: Port Wine by the glass. More than 200 kinds of Ports available.
Vinologia's slogan in portuguese is: Um Cálice de Porto, no coração do Porto.
Located in Oporto downtown, close to Douro river,Vinologia can hold 25 guests maximum.
French born Jean-Philippe & Christophe Gustavo, owners, are pleased to provide a detailed education on the various Port Wine types.
Vinologia has many rare and unavailable wines and, in my opinion, this might be the best place in whole Oporto where guests can find such Port Wine variety.
The shop & wine bar is open 7 days a week from 2 pm until midnight.
What to buy: Port Wine by the glass. More than 200 kinds of Ports available.
AVEPOD is an association of about 60 wine producers of Port and Douro wines and its wine-shop is located in downtown Oporto, very close to Cais da Ribeira. Actually, it is located right in the middle of the Historic Centre of Porto - whose area is classified by UNESCO as an world heritage site.
The difference here is that none of the big-brand of Port or Douro producer belongs to this association. All 60 members only bottle wine of their own vineyards. Therefore, the shop pretends to showcase wines of those "unknown" producers by selling it at producers' prices.
350 different wines (Douro & Port combined) are available and tasting are permitted for a small fee.
In my opinion this is a must-visit wine-shop for visitors who are looking for those different wines that are being produced in the Douro Valley.
From their brochure - quote:
AVEPOD is the Association of Douro and Porto Wines Producers and bottlers, who produce, bottle and sell directly some of the most prestigious Porto and Douro Wines. Produced exclusively from grapes of their own vineyards selected among the noblest grape varieties from the Demarcated Region of Douro. The wines age in old chestnut and oak pipes (barrels). All the wines are estate-bottled. The wines have different styles depending on the care and method put into every stage by each Producer under the control of The Douro and Porto Wine Institute.
Produced in small quantities of high quality, they represent an alternative offer at a competitive price. Douro is the first demarcated wine-producing Region in the world,classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
What to buy: Douro & Port Wine & Wine Acessories
The store was founded in 1917 by António Rodrigues Reis.
“Arte Nova” is present in its beautiful façade.
Monday to Friday 09.30-13.00/ 15.00-19.30
What to buy: You can bye spices, coffee, cheese, Port wine...
When visiting Porto you can't miss the opportunity to buy Porto sweet wine. There are several makes, and some of them are equally good. As in any other wine, price and taste will depend on year, being that Vintage are more expensive. You should avoid tourist shops and go to some wine cellar. You will probably get a better deal in wine cellars, regarding quality.
It was founded in 1.906. Although you don't want to buy, it is worth it a visit, the building and the shop itself are very beautiful, many people come here to enjoy it.
Fax: (+351) 22 205 85 11
Food and drinks, although it's very nice to visit the market unless you don't want to buy anything.
- Moday-Friday: 8 am-5 pm
- Saturday: 8 am-1 pm
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