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Residencial Pao de Acucar
residencialpaodeacucar.com Centrally located near Porto's city hall, this mid-range hotel is comfortable, quiet, and has a very helpful staff. For $98 a night, get a room with a private terrace -- an ideal spot for breakfast -- overlooking Porto's terracotta-tiled rooftops.
Hotel Infante de Sagres
hotelinfantesagres.pt Two blocks away from one of Porto's main squares, this recently renovated five-star jewel is the place to stay for grand style. Spacious rooms, furnished with a tasteful mix of old and new, start at $215 a night.
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Rua de Sobre-O-Douro, 1A
Housed in a former monastery, this sleek new restaurant dishes up tasty modern riffs on Portuguese classics. An excellent three-course meal with wine runs $35 to $40 per person.
Rua Cais da Ribeira, 32/33A
Although this marisqueria (seafood restaurant) is located on the touristy riverside boardwalk, the fish is fresh and moderately priced, with entrees ranging from $10 to $25. For a memorable lunch, sit outside to people watch and enjoy the views of the Douro River.
BARS AND CAFES
Solar do Vinho do Porto
Rua de Entre Quintas
This swanky port bar run by the organization that maintains port wine quality is a must for port connoisseurs. There's a $9 tasting menu featuring three ports and the price includes sweeping vistas of the Douro river and the Atlantic beyond from the Solar's terrace.
Located on the Vila Nova de Gaia side of the Douro river, this hip café with a large outdoor seating area is perfect for taking in views of old Porto over coffee or a glass of Portuguese beer. The view and trendy décor are, naturally, factored into the prices.