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The Best Hot Chocolate in Porto and More Delicious Treats

Imagine wandering through cobblestone streets, a cup of rich, velvety hot chocolate in one hand and a bite-sized treasure known as Pastel de Nata in the other. This is Porto—a city where culinary artistry meets history.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Porto and indulging in a gastronomic journey that included exquisite seafood, flaming sausages, artisan chocolates, remarkable wine and port experiences, a delightful exploration of hot chocolate drinks around the city and, of course, the wonderful Pastel de Nata.

In this article, I will take you on a quick virtual tour of Porto’s culinary scene, sharing my experiences and recommendations and not just of hot chocolate!

From savouring the finest chocolates to embarking on wine-tasting adventures in the Douro Valley, Porto offers a sensory feast that you won’t want to miss.

The Quest for the Best Hot Chocolate in Porto

While hot chocolate is a beloved treat worldwide, Porto’s take on it brings a unique twist to this classic beverage and i was keen to embark on my exploration of hot chocolate drinks throughout the city.

Despite the late summer heat, I resolved to try as many different hot chocolates as possible in my short stay. I’ll also include a few other recomendations I unfortunately didn’t get around to trying but are definitely on my list for next time!

My favourite hot chocolate in Porto hailed from Chocolataria das Flores.

Chocolataria das Flores

  • Location: Rua Flores 121, Porto 4050-266
  • Drink: Hot Chocolate with a Portuguese Twist
  • Experience: A thick and luxurious hot chocolate created with quality chocolate
Chocolataria das Flores hot chocolate | The best hot chocolate in Porto
Chocolataria das Flores hot chocolate | The best hot chocolate in Porto

This small café on the busy Rua Flores elevates the hot chocolate experience by melting excellent quality artisan chocolate in milk or, on request, water.

The result is a velvety, aromatic concoction that left me craving for more.

The cafe also offers port-infused hot chocolate, hand-made chocolates and an array of simple lunches and cakes.

Majestic Café: An Iconic Hot Chocolate Stop

  • Location: R. de Santa Catarina 112, 4000-442 Porto
  • Drink: Majestic Hot Chocolate
  • Experience: Sipping hot chocolate in an opulent, Belle Époque-style café

Another renowned spot for hot chocolate in Porto is the Majestic Café, an establishment that exudes old-world charm.

Here, you can indulge in a sumptuous cup of hot chocolate while surrounded by ornate decor and a sense of grandeur.

It’s an experience that transports you to a bygone era of elegance and sophistication. It’s a lot more expensive than many other options around though.

Honest Greens Santa Catarina

  • Location: R. de Santa Catarina 184, 4000-442 Porto
  • Drink: Healthy Hot Chocolate
  • Experience: An average hot chocolate where a salad was the better option
Honest Greens hot chocolate, Porto
Honest Greens, Porto

Just down the road from Majestic Café is a very different restaurant altogether.

Honest Greens is a restaurant concept known for offering healthy and sustainable dining options that typically focus on serving fresh, wholesome, and locally sourced ingredients.

Their menu often features a variety of salads, grain bowls, grilled proteins and other dishes that cater to health-conscious diners.

The salads looked amazing and the interior was beautiful but the oat milk hot chocolate was a little underwhelming and certainly not the best hot chocolate in Porto!

A Portuguese Delight: Pastel de Nata and Hot Chocolate Harmony

No exploration of Porto’s culinary wonders would be complete without indulging in one of Portugal’s most beloved pastries: the Pastel de Nata.

These delectable custard tarts, with their flaky pastry shells and creamy custard centres, are an absolute must-try when visiting Porto but I first became hooked on them a few years earlier when in Lisbon.

What’s more, they can form a delightful partnership with hot chocolate, creating a taste experience that’s both comforting and unforgettable.

The Pastel de Nata Experience

  • Description: Pastel de Nata is a traditional Portuguese pastry consisting of a crisp, buttery pastry shell filled with a luscious custard made from egg yolks, sugar, and a hint of vanilla.
  • Origins: While Pastel de Nata is popular throughout Portugal, it has deep roots in the city of Lisbon, where it was first created in the 18th century. However, you can find exceptional versions of this pastry in Porto as well.

Pairing Pastel de Nata with Hot Chocolate

The combination of Pastel de Nata and hot chocolate is a match made in culinary heaven.

Here’s why these two delights complement each other so well:

  • Contrasting Textures: The crisp, flaky pastry of the Pastel de Nata contrasts beautifully with the silky-smooth texture of hot chocolate. Each bite of the pastry followed by a sip of hot chocolate creates a delightful interplay of textures.
  • Balanced Flavours: Pastel de Nata’s sweet, eggy custard harmonizes with the rich, chocolatey sweetness of the hot chocolate. It strikes a balance that’s not overly sugary but is incredibly satisfying.
  • Temperature Contrast: The warm, comforting embrace of hot chocolate pairs wonderfully with the cool, creamy filling of the pastry. It’s a sensory journey that engages your taste buds and provides a pleasant temperature contrast.

Pastel de Nata and Other Treats

When in Porto, you can savour the delightful combination of Pastel de Nata and hot chocolate at various cafés, bakeries, and pastry shops throughout the city.

It seems as though Pastel de Nata are sold at pretty much every café, bakery and quite a few stores that specialise solely on them.

chocolate drink and pastel de nata
delicious chocolate ice cream in Porto

Additionally, many local cafés and bakeries offer their unique interpretations of this pairing, allowing you to sample different variations and discover your personal favourite.

As I was only there for a few days, I really didn’t get the chance to explore every option.

Add into that the very hot weather and you’ll understand why the temptation of cold chocolate drink and some really exceptional chocolate ice cream did occasionally get the better of me!

Exploring the Culinary Delights of Porto

Porto, Portugal, is a city that captivates visitors with its rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, and, of course, its delicious culinary offerings which I was keen to sample.

Seafood lunch in Porto
Flaming sausage lunch in Porto

Porto’s Chocolatiers: A Sweet Revelation

One of the first discoveries I made in Porto was the city’s vibrant chocolate scene.

While Porto may not have the global recognition of Switzerland or Belgium for its chocolates, it certainly holds its own in the world of cocoa delights.

Portuguese chocolate tends to be more artisanal and small-batch and one particular gem that stood out was Chocolataria Equador, located at R. das Flores 298, 4000-069.

Chocolataria Equador Porto
Chocolataria Equador Porto

They have a few shops around Portugal’s main cities and a couple in Spain but this place was beautiful and not to be missed. The smell alone as you enter the store was truly intoxicating.

Porto even has its own chocolate museum: The Chocolate Story, which is on the Vila Nova de Gaia side of the river behind all the wine merchant cellars.

If you can’t make it to Porto’s chocolate museum, then why not check out my own quick history of chocolate?


  • Don’t miss the chance to explore the artisanal chocolates at Chocolataria Equador.
  • Try a variety of chocolates, including those with unique Portuguese flavours.

Porto’s Wine and Port Experiences

Pinhao | Douro Valley, Portugal

Porto is synonymous with wine and specifically, port and its historic cellars along the Douro River are a testament to the city’s deep-rooted connection with viticulture.

During my visit, I embarked on a wine and chocolate-tasting experience at Quinta do Bomfim, in the Douro Valley, a region renowned for its picturesque vineyards and world-class wines.

Quite a lot of wine, cheese and chocolate was consumed on a beautiful sunny day in the perfect location.

Quinta do Bomfim | Douro Valley, Portugal
Douro Valley vineyards
Chocolataria Equador wine tasting

Douro Valley Wine and Chocolate Tasting

  • Location: Douro Valley, Porto’s wine country
  • Experience: A self-guided tour through vineyards, followed by a wine and chocolate pairing session
  • Highlights: Sampling the finest Port wines, reds, and whites, each beautifully accompanied with handcrafted chocolates and local cheeses

This experience was unforgettable, with the wines’ complex flavours complementing the sweetness and texture of the chocolate.

It’s a must-do for wine enthusiasts and anyone looking to deepen their appreciation of the produce of this region.

Practical Tips for Culinary Explorations in Porto

To make the most of your culinary journey in Porto, consider the following tips:

  • Reservations: Some popular restaurants and cafés, like the Majestic Café, may require reservations, especially during peak tourist seasons.
  • Local Recommendations: Don’t hesitate to ask locals for their favourite dining spots and hidden gems. They often know the best places that may not be in guidebooks.
  • Language: While many people in Porto speak English, learning a few basic Portuguese phrases can enhance your experience and show respect for the local culture.
  • Wine Tours: If you plan to visit the Douro Valley for wine and chocolate tastings, book your tours in advance to secure your spot.

Conclusion: A Culinary Odyssey in Porto

My visit to Porto was a culinary odyssey filled with delectable chocolates, memorable wine and port experiences, delicious hot chocolate and the timeless allure of Pastel de Nata.

As you wander the charming streets of Porto, take a moment to indulge in this perfect union of Portuguese pastry craftsmanship and the comforting embrace of hot chocolate.

It’s a match that will leave you with a taste of Porto’s sweet and rich culinary heritage long after your visit.

Porto’s culinary treasures are bound to leave an indelible mark on your taste buds and your heart.

Hot Chocolate World author
Andrew Lowry

Hi, I’m Andrew and I like hot chocolate. Given the nature of this blog, that’s probably not surprising though.

I don’t drink coffee or tea (except a bit of green tea occasionally) so my hot drink options are limited.

I’m a champion of good-quality hot chocolate and want to see and learn more about it, so join me and let’s learn together.

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