The Zona Ribeirinha or Quayside Zone or Cais da Ribeira is one of the
main places to walk, people watch and dine in the city.
While Porto remains a port city it is true that it's
peak has past in terms of tonnage of cargo moved.
So what was once a busy loading and unloading area is
now quiet and a perfect place to stroll.
Many authentic and trendy eateries have grown up in
the buildings line the river, and the wide open quay is
used for al fresco dining.
Walk along the Quayside as far as the riverfront
square or Praça da Ribeira where there is always
something going on. It is here that traditional and
modern boats dock and it is a popular place to take
those classic images of traditional boats framed by the
Dom Louis I bridge. Don't also forget to take the back
road and take the stairs down for the cathedral to see
the quieter side and imagine how Ribeirinha was 100
On feast days such as Saint John's Day in June and on
New year's Eve when fireworks are exploded overhead then
this is a popular place to come to watch with an
unobstructed view over the river.
At other times people com here to soak up the
sunshine and to drink coffee and wine in the outside
bars and cafes.
Try Don Tonho at 13-15 Cais de Ribeira for
some of the finest Tripe Porto, rodaballo, Bacalao or
Vitela à Moda de Lafões, and of course for the view of
the bridge. website