The Galeria de Paris, in the heart of Porto‘s Baixa district, is a wonderful late night drinking area with a choice of bars and restaurants.
Galeria de Paris bar and restaurant
With a large square room and very high ceilings, the mostly wooden interior is dominated by two walls full of back-lit display cabinets chock full of historic memorabilia.
As you sit and chat with friends, you can let your eyes wander over old radio sets, telephone switchboards, Monopoly games, glasses, bottles, model boats and so much more. The interior decorator of this bar must have had a ball pulling all this stuff together to create the look.
Nestled in the centre of Rua Galerias de Paris (See map), the bar fills up at the weekend with crowds squeezed in like sardines, and the street filled with smokers and those who just can’t get inside. Even on a Monday night, once you hit midnight, you’ll find it hard to find a free table. The music is also fantastic.
La Bohème is a place with strong personality. Its identify is inspired by French art deco styles. The bar offers a cosy environment with an extensive wine list and delicious tapas, with live music. It’s also a popular warm-up venue for a late night on the town.
Casa do Livro bar
Casa do Livro (house of books), is a bar that was once a bookshop, and the books remain as part of the decoration, making it one of the most interesting bars to visit in Galerias de Paris. The music choice is very eclectic, and sometimes there are live shows.