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Zona Ribeirinha

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 years ago.

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