Porto at Golden Hour. Image by author
Ah, Porto. Famous for Port wine, its beautifully tiled buildings, and… specialty coffee? Well maybe it’s not famous yet but it should be. Porto is fast becoming a specialty coffee lovers’ dream destination.
Its hilly streets have become home to roasters and cafés serving up delicious beans that make a welcome change from the over-roasted coffees that are still more commonplace.
Let’s dive straight into a rundown of the top 5 specialty coffee shops in Porto, as rated by Kava users.
Hakko opened in March 2022 and we were tempted in during their soft launch by the lure of their in-house-baked sourdough bread. But it was the quality of the coffee that really made a lasting impression. Kava users agree, with it currently being ranked the top spot for specialty coffee in Porto. With beans coming from some of Europe’s top roasters such as La Cabra and local favorites SO Coffee Roasters, it’s easy to see why.
Their food offering has grown from simple cookies and bread, to encompass everything from croissants and donuts to focaccias and Turkish pidés. A glance through their Instagram will get you drooling.
Go check it out and don’t forget to rate your coffee there on Kava.
If you’re looking for a laptop-friendly café to get some work done while enjoying a great cup of specialty coffee then Mesa 325 is the place for you. It’s always buzzing with people – so much so, it sometimes feels like a coworking space. But of course, the coffee is on point.
Mesa 325 is in Bonfim, which is fast becoming one of the most exciting areas of Porto and just down the street from another of Porto’s top coffee shops: Combi Coffee Roasters. Compared to Combi, Mesa 325’s coffees are generally a little lighter roasted and perfect in a V60 or Chemex.
Come for the view, stay for the great coffee. My Coffee Porto is right next to the famous Ponte Luís I with a spectacular view across the Douro river to Vila Nova de Gaia. The Escadas in the address means stairs which gives you a hint that you’ll need to burn a few calories to get there. But it’s more than worth it.
It’s not just about the location though, the coffee is amongst the best in the city. Try one of their beautiful Flat Whites with perfect latté art. Just don’t forget to capture the ultimate Instagram shot before taking a sip.
Find them on Kava here.
SO Coffee Roasters is the perfect all-round coffee shop. On the ground floor, there is a beautiful space to sit and chill or chat. And if you want to work, there is a communal table on the mezzanine that is laptop friendly. On the mezzanine level, you’ll also get to take a look at their roasting setup, as this is where the magic happens.
SO’s principles are sustainable, transparent, fair coffee. As they say, “We are not bankers. We can be a little emotional about coffee.” And this love for coffee shines through. The coffee can be intense and powerful but always with freshness and vibrancy.
Try a Flat White or a beautifully fluffy Capuccino. Take a look at what Kava users have been drinking at SO Coffee Roasters here. You can also find their satellite sites at The Fleeting Room on Largo dos Lóios in Porto and Calçada do Sacramento in Lisbon.
Fábrica’s expansive space on Rua de José Falcão has everything. A garden. Cosy booths. Communal tables for working. And of course, a roastery. Although they now have several sites in Porto and Lisbon, this original site remains our favorite. It’s the perfect spot to while away a few hours journaling, chatting, eating or working.
Don’t agree with this top 5? It’s up to you to start rating your coffees on Kava specialty coffee app and make sure your favorites move up the rankings. Try some of Porto’s other top specialty coffee shops like C’alma Coffee Room, Combi Coffee Roasters or for an epic brunch check out Época.
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