[ private experience ]

Porto Food Tour

Come and discover a city that revolves around food, Portugal’s very own
gastronomical capital: Porto. The epicenter to the gastronomic culture of the North,
Porto is a fusion of ingredients, tastes, and family recipes.

Baixa

4 hours

14 food tastings

6 drinks

Guided sightseeing

Private walking tour

Outline

Your private guides will show you the beauty of local markets, the bewitchment of oriental-inspired specialty grocery stores, and finally, the most wonderful eateries in town. Meet the people behind the counter, and stumble upon delightful cured meats, luscious cheeses, glorious meat-laden sandwiches, hearty stews, delicious conventual pastries, and much more. And when there’s food, there are drinks. Discover the fresh and vibrant vinho verde, the elegance of the Douro wines, the gripping local craft beers, and the stories and flavors behind the world-famous port wine.

Your guides will be yours truly, Maria and Bruno. As Gourmand award-winning food writers and authors of the Porto Food Guide, we will personally ensure you have an amazing experience. This Porto food tour will delve into the roots and history of local cuisine and plunge into genuine and charismatic restaurants but is also enhanced with architectural, historic, and social insights. Plus, the occasional comical parenthesis.

OUR GUEST'S REVIEWS
*****

What a unique experience spending time with Bruno and Maria. They shared the best Ponto can offer for food lovers. Their in-depth knowledge of history and its relationship to food is amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Samantha Xu, California

So many thanks for sharing your brilliant selves with us… Your hospitality, knowledge, passion, is still burning bright in our brains, heart, and stomach!

Lisa & Jeff, Los Angeles

This food tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Portugal. I can not say enough good things about Maria and Bruno. They were extremely knowledgeable, as well as, a pure pleasure to spend time with. They took us to places and exposed us to foods we could never have done on our own. They gave not only an amazing food tour, but a mini historic tour of Porto due to their deep understanding of the history. They respected our dietary restrictions when choosing the places to tour. Both my husband and I felt like we were spending the day with dear friends. If you are in Porto do NOT miss the opportunity to take a food tour with them.

Lisa Worsek, Chicago

Taking this food tour in Porto was like hanging out with two old friends that happen to know a bottomless amount of information about the local food culture and history. Maria and Bruno chatted with us easily as we walked from place to place pointing out different items of interest as well as culinary masterpieces. The depth of knowledge they have about the local history of Porto and of Portugal as a whole, brought a whole new depth to the tour that, I felt, was unique to this experience. The food and drink pairings were fabulous and brought an enlightened mindset to the ways cultures develop traditions that I had never experienced. If I ever return to Porto I would, without hesitation, go on a tour with them again.

Kate Rich, New York

Our Porto food tour with Maria and Bruno was a major highlight of our 10 days in Portugal. We visited a number a great spots that we never would have found on our own and enjoyed some of the most amazing Porto cuisine. They are passionate about food and true experts. I strongly suggest booking a tour if you are visiting Porto.

Jennifer Bellin, Ohio

BEWARE!!! Maria and Bruno only offer a tour giving you a rare glimpse into the real culture and life of locals. If you enjoy being led around like sheep (tourists) to places where you see other sheep(tourists), this is not for you. Let them push you a bit into trying (pig ears, aguardiente), going (local taverns), understanding (Portuguese cultures, values) a little more than you’ve experienced/understood before. They tailor their tours according to your preferences in order to make sure you get what you want. My only requirements to them were “places the everyday locals go to (the smaller the better) and not wanting to see any tourists.” they over delivered for us. A group of 15 of us and we all felt it was like a 1:1 tour as they made sure to try and speak to all of us individually and not treat us like a herd of animals. HONEST AND PASSIONATE PEOPLE DOING GREAT THINGS.

Kin Hong, Barcelona

The tour was fantastic! Maria and Bruno were great. Robin and I were discussing. They may well be the best guides we ever had, and we have had a number of them.

Robin & Richard Porter, Atlanta

Our tour company hired Maria and Bruno for our food/culture tour of Porto. What a wonderful couple. They stuffed us with food and information! They are fun-loving, knowledgeable, smart, and know several out of the way places to show you whatever your interests are. Would hire them again in a minute.

Donna Jones, Florida

Amazing, all around experience. These guides were top notch and showed us a great time. By far the best experience in Porto. Would 10/10 recommend for anyone wanting an authentic food and historical experience. Obrigado.

J Euneman, Indianapolis

Highlights

With this Porto food tour, you will...

– Come in contact with the places that matter, from market to table.
– Taste a delicious and diverse selection of the city’s staple food and drinks.
– Have a unique and personalized experience.
– Find the genuine spots that locals praise and love.
– Learn the story behind the city and its gastronomy.
– Feel immersed in local culture and customs.

Details

AVAILABILITY

Monday through Sunday

DURATION

3 to 4 hours

GROUP

Minimum: 2 pax* | Maximum: 10 pax*

* For solo travelers or bigger groups, please ask us for a quote

TASTINGS

19 food and beverage tastings at 6 stops.

INCLUDED

✔ Private expert food guide
✔ Delicious food
✔ Amazing beverages
✔ Awesome fun

NOT INCLUDED

✘ Transportation
✘ Personal expenses
✘ Gratuities
✘ Boredom

FAQ

Should I book the tour in advance?

Yes. In order to guarantee our availability and also of the places we will be visiting, we ask you to book the tour with a minimum of 3 days in advance. If you book in shorter notice than 3 days, we may not be able to accommodate your request, however, do not refrain from contacting us.

What is the price of a tour?

Please ask us for a quote. Prices may vary according to customizations and the number of guests.

Are the tours private?

Yes. Our tours are private and only include you and your guests.

What language is the tour given in?

The tours are provided in English or Portuguese.

What is the usual distance walked in your Porto food tours?

Usually we keep the tour around 3 km (1.86 miles). This distance will be covered during 3 or 4 hours, at a medium pace. Guests will have the opportunity to sit at most tasting locations.
However, if a guest has impaired mobility the distance may be reduced or be done in a larger amount of time.

How is the tour given?

Our Porto Food Tour is a gastronomical and also cultural experience. You will be walking through some of Porto’s most interesting neighborhoods, thus our guides will talk about contextual historical, social, and architectural facts. Before, after, or during the tasting our guides will approach insights about the tasting location, and also about the making and history of the food itself. Our guides will happily answer all your queries.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

Please indicate all dietary restrictions in the form, including allergies.
Our regular tour destinations are not suitable for vegans. Vegetarian options may be accommodated into the tour.
We cannot guarantee fully gluten free experiences due to the possibility of cross-contamination, however, the guides may provide gluten-less options,  if guests are aware of the latter fact.
Dairy-free options may be provided upon request.

What if it rains?

The tour will be pursued even if it rains. We ask you to bring adequate clothing for rainy weather, and an umbrella.

Can I postpone my tour?

A tour may be postponed only once, with a minimum notice of 7 days. The possibility of postponing is dependent on availability.

Are bathrooms available during the tour?

Yes. Bathrooms are available at selected tasting stops.

Is the tour baby or children friendly?

Please indicate if you’ll be bringing children or babies, and their ages. We will try to accommodate them with maximum comfort during the tour, however, please take in mind that the tour may last 4 hours and may be tiresome for young children. Also, please remember that the tour will be done walking, and that Porto is slightly hilly, so there may be some extra effort involved. Some streets and locations may not be stroller friendly, so baby carriers are ideal.

Babies don’t have to pay a fee, and the same goes for young children who will not be tasting the food.

May I ask for a refund?

We do not refund tour reservations. The tour may be rescheduled to another date, whenever possible, or we may emit a voucher you may redeem during the following year.

Terms and Conditions

PRIVACY

We value your privacy and do not share your private information with any third party entities. You are free to request the deletion of your data at any time.

LIABILITY

We are not responsible for situations caused by Third Party services that occur before, during, or after the tour.

TAXES

All prices are exclusive of VAT (when applicable).

MORE INFORMATION

Any additional questions may be placed using the “Contact Us” form.