Top 10 Francesinhas
If we are sure of one thing, is that you need, and you will, eat a francesinha in Porto. One of the most traditional dishes in the city became almost a landmark.
The name, little french woman, no one knows where it came from. But that didn’t make any difference in making the dish so famous. All that is common knowledge is that it was invented by Portuguese emigrants to France that had the inspiration in the french dish croque monsieur.
Traditionally, the recipe is thick white bread, ham, linguiça (a portuguese sausage), steak or roast beef and to, literally, top it all of melted cheese and a tomato and beer sauce. And no, it’s not over yet. Some places also put an egg on top and they always come with french fries to eat with the sauce.
So take notes and put those sweatpants in the suitcase because this dish deserves the extra pounds.
1) Brasão Cervejaria
The francesinha here is becoming so famous that a reservation is advisable. They are a beer house and the francesinha sauce is made also with beer, so you can understand the connection here. Brasão receives a special beer made specifically for the dish.
Sun – Thu
12:00 pm -14:30 pm / 19:00 pm – 23:30 pm
Fri – Sat
12:00 pm – 14:30 pm / 19:00 pm – 01:30 am
Rua Ramalho Ortigão, 28
2) Café Santiago
This is where the locals meet the tourist being that is one of the most famous places to eat the dish in all of Porto. Maybe there will be a waiting line but it goes on quickly. For the family that owns the place, the secret is in the sauce.
Mon – Sat
11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Rua Passos Manuel, 198 (Baixa)
3) Bufete Fase
Also a family business and also a quite famous francesinha. Here is perhaps more adequate to bring the kids since the sauce is a little bit more on the smoother side, considering the main ingredients. Their difference also comes from taking the sausage from under the bread and putting it above it.
Mon – Fri
12:00 pm – 16:00 pm/ 18:30 pm – 21:30 pm
Rua Santa Catarina , 1147
4) Lado B
In a quite cool environment, this francesinha was registered by the owners of the restaurant as “worlds best francesinha.” We do know that their are biased but we can also affirm that their are definitely in the run.
Mon – Thu
11:00 am – 11:30 pm
Fri – Sat
11:00 am – 1:30 am
Rua Passos Manuel, 190/192
5) A Regaleira
There is no denying, this was where the francesinha saw its firsts days. The greasy sauce was so spicy at the beginning that used to make even the toughest ones, sweat like crazy while eating it. Now they make lighter, and still delicious, options but if you are an “all-about-the-origins” person, you know what to order.
Sun – Fri
11:00 am – 23:30 pm
Rua do Bonjardim, 87
6) Tappas Caffé
A small business that has now seven restaurants around town and you tell me if people like their francesinha or not. Even with a lot of places, you most probably will have to wait. But for a good francesinha, its always worth it.
Tue – Sat
12:00 pm – 14:30 pm / 19:00 pm – 22:30 pm
19:00 pm – 22:30 pm
Rua 25 de Abril, 95
7) Barcarola Café
Open for 30 years, Barcarola had a lot of time to make the perfect francesinha. If you are looking for different versions of the same dish, this is the place to go. They have a vegetarian francesinha and one with bacon, mushrooms and olives.
Here you can make a reservation.
Mon – Sun
08:00 am – 12:00 am
Rua Costa Cabral, 806
8) Yuko Tavern
In this 20 year old restaurant, the francesinha has something extra, smoked ham. There are tree different options with other kind of bread or different sausage. The sauce is not to spicy and the place has a really good vibe.
Mon – Sat
12:30 pm – 14:30 pm / 19:30 pm – 02:00 am
Rua de Costa Cabral, 2331
9) O Golfinho
A very local and traditional environment with a very local and traditional francesinha. Nothing fancy just very Portuguese which also means very delicious and authentic.
Mon – Sat
09:00 am – 15:00 pm / 18:00 pm – 12:00 am
Rua Sa Noronha, 137
10) O Afonso
Also a very traditional place in a traditional Portuguese restaurant which also means that the francesinha is flavorful and just delicious way that it has to be. Drop by, have one, and have the certainty that you will go home happy.
Mon – Sun
12:00 pm – 15:00 pm / 19:00 pm – 2:00 am
Rua da Torrinha, 219