Porto is not as well-known for their digital nomad community as Lisbon, but there is definitely a thriving presence! I actually felt as if Porto had more options for coffee shops with wifi than Lisbon. So here is a list of my favorite Porto coffee shops for working and good vibes.
#1. Best Cafe for Amazing Coffee and Wifi
3 ping (ms), 199.96 download (mbps), 102.94 upload (mbps).
Delicious coffee, probably the best in Porto. I highly recommend trying their lemonade coffee which has lemonade, tonic water, simple syrup, and espresso. It sounds weird but I promise it tastes amazing. Other fun drinks they have are Nitro Cold Brew, Japanese Iced Coffee, Cold Brew Negroni, and Passion Fruit juice.
It is nice and quiet here, lots of digital nomads come here to work. The staff is very helpful and kind; they are very passionate and knowledgeable about coffee. It felt very cozy and the interior was different from a typical, modern coffee shop.
Lots of outlets but some of the tables don’t have them.
A good amount of comfortable seating but the best work spots fill up quickly, so it’s best to come early!
HOURS: 10am-6pm, closed on Sunday.
#2. Best Cafe for Cozy Vibes and Yummy Pastries
Amazing wifi connection: 4 ping, 397.67 download, 104.38 upload.
Combi coffee is absolutely delicious, I especially loved my latte here.
Cozy, rustic vibe and there are usually people working, quietly chatting, or reading here. The staff is incredibly friendly and very passionate about their coffee. It also has big windows so there is plenty of natural light.
#3. Best Cafe for Peace and Quiet
FABRICA COFFEE ROASTERS
The wifi switched between being absolutely terrible to mostly usable. I think it depends on the day/time.
A bit expensive for the quality of the food and drinks.
Fabrica Coffee Roasters is really beautiful with a contemporary design and open floor plan. It feels very relaxed inside and it attracts a younger crowd.
Indoor and outdoor seating, plenty of spots to choose from.
#4. Best Cafe for Eating and Working
Lots of options, big portions, Portuguese food, and yummy brunch foods.
Plenty of natural lighting and the inside is cute. However, it does get loud since it is a restaurant.
Not a lot of seating options but if you can grab a booth it is really comfortable and there is an outlet underneath.
#5. Best Cafe for Students on a Budget
17 ping, .67 download, .56 upload.
Charge everything before you come to work here or you’ll be fighting over the outlets!
This coffee house is not an especially cute place but has lots of lighting and seating. Most of the people are digital nomads, online workers, or students. You can stay here all day and nobody will say anything. They have some booths and comfortable seats so you don’t have to spend hours on a wooden chair. One of the best parts is that it is open later than the other cafes (besides Starbucks).
HOURS: 9am-8pm, closed Sunday.
#6. Best Cafe to Feel Like a Local
31 ping, 64 download, 13.75 upload.
You won’t find many other people working/studying here and you’ll probably be the only foreigner. It is a relaxed atmosphere, locals come here to chat and eat. I don’t know how long I would feel comfortable staying, I got the sense that the staff wouldn’t want you staying more than a few hours.
Lots of indoor and outdoor seating.
HOURS: 7:30am-7:30pm, 8am-8pm Saturday, closed Sunday.
#7. Best Cafe for Coworking Vibes
. 23 ping, 6.7 download, .65 upload.
SNACK FOOD: 4
I only tried their pastries and bagel sandwich but both were pretty bad.
Mesa 325 felt like a cute coworking spot, everyone here was on their laptops and working quietly. The staff is very nice, the neighborhood was calm, and the cafe felt very homey. It’s a cheap alternative to buying a coworking pass and a good way to meet other digital nomads.
A bit cramped but you get a whole table to yourself!
HOURS: 8:30am-6pm, 9am-2pm Saturday, closed Sunday.
#8. Best Cafe for Aesthetics & Specialty Coffee
2 ping, 185.88 download, 102.58 upload
Highly recommend their iced oatmilk latte!
Great coffee shop music, friendly staff, modern interior, and chill coworking atmosphere.
There are a lot of people who also love working here so it is best to come early if you want seating. In the afternoon it gets fairly cramped, although there is a community table upstairs that usually has at least one seat free.
HOURS: Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, 9:30am-1:30pm Sunday
#9. Best Cafe for Snacks & Good Vibes
SUPERNOVA HOSTEL & CAFE
SNACK FOOD: 9
They have cheap toasts, brunch foods, pastries, and sandwiches.
Supernova doubles as a hostel so there are a lot of people coming in and out. I personally liked the fact that there were plenty of people around and a younger crowd but it could be distracting for some.
Plenty of seating indoors and outdoors! A lot of the tables inside also have window views.
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