Going Down (town)
Porto’s downtown has been receiving a lot of hype for the last couple of years: bars, stores and events are all happening there.
The area surrounding “Praça dos Leões” has always been a night’s out destination for those wanting to have a few drinks with their friends in such iconic places as the “Piolho” Cafe. Nowadays, however, the sheer amount of cultural and social offerings have created a momentum for an ever evolving city centre, providing not only an impressive nightlife but a day one as well.
One of the most appealing projects, for me, is the one regarding local street markets held on famous streets and plazas:
- Porto Belo Market: a miniature take on the original Nothing Hill’s Portobello, held in Praça Carlos Alberto;
- Clérigos Market: taking place in Cândido dos Reis St. and organized by Plano B (a well reputed club located in the same street), expect to find all sorts of entertainment and items;
- Feiras Francas: national and international artists show their work in this event at Palácio das Artes;
- Flea Market: Maus Hábitos club has been housing this market dedicated to all things vintage.
You’ll come across all kinds of antiques, artifacts, vintage clothing, jams, wines, designer pieces, art, accessories, you name it. When it comes to clothes, the offer isn’t enough for you to replace regular shopping at retailers, but you are likely to find a special vintage or designer item to give that extra something to your look.
I recommend taking a stroll through these markets as a getaway from the usual weekend routine as there’s always a nice vibe surrounding the events. Also, while you’re at it, keep an eye out for the amazing historical heritage, both built and cultural.